Some 4,820 public school students go back to school Tuesday morning for the official start of the new school year.

Education Minister Diallo Rabain and Kalmar Richards, the Commissioner of Education will be out bright and early to greet students at various schools on the first day of class.

In a statement released on Monday, Ms Richards said the visits were designed to “show our support to staff and students, and to remind us about the important work we do each day – work for our children”.

“The staff and I are fully committed to student success and will continue to set out a path towards improving results and transforming Bermuda public schools,” she added.

“I expect our students to do well and I look forward to seeing an improvement in our results this year.”

Teachers participated in professional development sessions in the lead up to the first day of school.

New teachers also completed orientation “to equip them with the knowledge they need to seamlessly transition into the Bermuda public school system”.

“I have no doubt that all of the staff will inspire and encourage our students towards their maximum potential this year,” Ms Richards said.

“I am also encouraged by work being done within the Department of Education (DoE) to ensure a successful year.”

Tasks leading up to the first day of school included preparations for the increase of internet bandwidth at preschools and middle schools.

Staff also prepared for the launch of the DoE’s complaints policy and upgrades to PowerSchool, the online school information site.