News Release: HAMILTON, Bermuda – The Minister of Education, Diallo Rabain released the following statement at 11:15pm last night regarding the Clearwater Middle School.

Minister Rabain said: “Last Thursday, the staff at the Clearwater Middle School reported Air Conditioning (A/C) problems, which resulted in high temperatures throughout the school.

“Due to the holiday last week Friday, Technicians were only able to get to the school late this afternoon (June 1) to assess the A/C System and advise what repairs would be necessary.”

Minister Rabain added: “Earlier today (June 1), the principal was presented with a letter from the staff about the A/C issues as some staff and students were experiencing illness resulting from the heat.  In the interest of Safety and Health, a decision was made to conduct classes outside for the remainder of the day.

“The Ministry of Education apologies to all staff and students for this issue and are working with the Ministry of Public Works to have the necessary repairs done as quickly as possible.”

Minister Rabain concluded: “Technicians were on site this afternoon and will return to carry out additional work. As a precaution, the school building will be closed tomorrow so this work can be completed and to ensure that the system is functioning correctly. Staff, parents, and students are advised that remote-learning will be in place tomorrow, Wednesday, June 2nd. The Ministry will provide a further update later during the day.

“Bermuda, I remind you each of us has a role to play in stopping the spread of the coronavirus. Follow Public Health guidelines, wear a mask, practice good hand hygiene, maintain physical distance and download the WeHealth Bermuda app. Do the research, talk with your doctor, and make an informed decision about getting the COVID-19 vaccine.”