Schools do packets, in-person

High school students who attend the Upward Bound program at CMI lined up to obtain their CMI ID cards in order to enter the college campus in Uliga. Photos: Wilmer Joel.


Upward Bound Program is sticking to its traditional school calendar and is scheduled to start classes next week.

This program is a college preparatory program that provides eligible high schoolers rigorous academic support and guidance toward post-secondary education.

However, there will be changes in how students will enter the campus at the College of the Marshall Islands (CMI), where the UB office is located.Upward Bound Program

Just like the CMI students, students of the UB program will need to have a CMI ID that says they are fully vaccinated with regular vaccinations and booster shots. If not, they bring a regular CMI ID and vaccination card that goes along with it.

Meanwhile, Minister of Education Wilbur Heine reported last Monday to members of parliament that schools in Majuro and Kwajalein, including neighboring islands schools at Jaluit and Wotje, will start September 12.

He also mentioned that the Public School System (PSS) recruited Nurse Philmar Kabua, who will work closely with the Ministry of Health and Human Services regarding the vaccination and handling of Covid protocols in the schools.

For the first three weeks, public schools will be doing remote learning from home using packets. Students will have to collect and drop off the learning packets at specified drop zone areas. The packet is to contain study guides, worksheets, and reading material.

“The learning packets initiative was recommended by high school principals for two or three weeks to the executive,” PSS Associate Commissioner for Secondary Schools Junior Paul told the Journal. “The reason why they recommended learning packets first, is this would give them an opportune time to prepare the school in terms of establishing protocols cleaning and disinfecting school surroundings, retraining admin and teachers of school, testing and swabbing.”

The largest high school in the country, Marshall Islands High School (MIHS), is one of the public schools that will be applying this type of learning. MIHS Principal Barbara Ned told the Journal that students will collect the learning packets on Monday and drop them off in the drop zones the next Monday for three weeks. She also strongly recommended that the students wear masks and follow the Covid protocols. Last year, the school had a two-week lockdown practice that prepared them for this situation. Ned said this is not new to the school since most students, teachers, and staff are familiar with this process.

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