Education Minister Diallo Rabain announced today that Dellwood Middle School will officially reopen for all students on Wednesday, September 13th, instead of relocating students temporarily while contractors worked to remove mould from the building.

In a statement released this afternoon, the Minister said: “Yesterday, I met with the principal, parents and staff to inform them that the Ministry of Health and the Government Health and Safety Officer has cleared the areas of concern for occupancy after receiving the air quality report carried out by an independent company.

“The repair work that was initially scheduled for six weeks has successfully been completed in four weeks, allowing for the school to reopen on Wednesday, September 13. Dellwood Middle School teachers will be able to access the school on Friday, September 8th to allow them to take inventory of classroom needs. Teachers will use Monday and Tuesday (Sept 11 and 12) to finalize classrooms and plan lessons for students,” said Mr Rabain.

He also took the opportunity to thank Public Works Minister Colonel David Burch “and his team, the Department of Education facilities team, the Health Department officers, school custodians and the three independent contractors who have all pulled together to get the school facilities ready”.

“I am grateful for the support of the Dellwood principal, Mrs Tina Duke, the PTSA and staff who have made every effort to ensure that our students have minimal disruption to their learning,” he added.

With the exception of Dellwood, Bermuda’s public school students return for the new school year on Monday.