Bermuda High School for Girls (BHS) will close at the end of the day today for an unknown period after a student was screened for COVID-19.

According to the school’s statement, a girl in the secondary school was screened as a precautionary measure on Sunday.

She was absent from class for most of the week last week – all members of her household have been quarantined.

The school’s board met last night and decided to close the school for “an unknown period of time”.

Head of the school, Linda Parker said: “We did not think we would be making this decision so quickly, and we are aware that it will pose significant logistical challenges to all of our BHS families.

“We do, however, take the health and safety of our students and staff very seriously and we believe this is in the best interest of all involved to do our part to keep our school community, and the wider community, safe and healthy.

“At this point, it is impossible to give a date when the normal school schedule will resume. We will monitor conditions daily, and we will give as much advanced notice as possible.”

Ms Parker noted that the school was “not accepting non-essential visitors at this time”.

Any alumni who are home from boarding school and university, were urged not to visit the school today, regardless of their arrival date.

“Provisions have been put in place to allow for learning to continue at home. Primary students will be sent home with work packs and their resources will be shared on our virtual learning platform and parent portal, Firefly,” said Ms Parker.

“Secondary students will continue with their e-learning through Google Classrooms and Managebac.”