FLASHBACK - Fatima College students leave the Mucurapo Road, Port-of-Spain school’s compound after the first day of the reopening of school on October 4th..

Anna-Lisa Paul

All classes at Fatima College, Mucurapo will be conducted virtually for the remainder of this week after four students tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, forcing authorities to switch to the online modality to preserve the health of the school population.

Confirming the news yesterday, principal Fr Gregory Augustine said although the Form Five students had been quarantined, the move was taken out of an abundance of caution.

Augustine denied the school’s operations had been disrupted in any way and said this meant those in Forms Four to Six would now be logging in to class from home, as has been done in the past.

No members of staff have tested positive and Augustine assured, “Everybody has been vaccinated and everybody has been boosted.”

Unable to understand why the hype surrounding persons testing positive still continued two years later, the principal said 98 per cent of the school population was vaccinated.

“We are not overly worried as they have all been vaccinated, but this is what has been advised so we took the precautionary step,” he said.

Asked if anyone else was suspected to have contracted the virus, he added, “There were four boys…but we don’t doubt there may be more and that’s why we decided to go online for the rest of the week.”