Mixed signals being sent out by the Department of Education following the announcement of an Emergency Meeting for the membership of the Bermuda Union of Teachers (BUT) at 8:30am Friday morning.

The BUT made the announcement on Thursday evening stating that the venue is Heritage Worship Centre on Dundonald Street in the City of Hamilton.

Within hours of the announcement, a spokesperson for the Department of Education said: “All teachers should be aware that the BUT has not requested time away from work for their members to attend this meeting.

“Therefore teachers are not authorized to absent themselves from work but are expected to report to school for the regular school work day.

“However, the Department will work with the BUT in alignment with correct protocols to find a more suitable time to hold a general membership meeting rather than disrupt the teaching day for students.”

At time of publication of this report on Thursday night, there was no notice of cancellation of the planned meeting, scheduled to get underway at 8:30am Friday morning at the Heritage Worship Centre.