News Release: HAMILTON, Bermuda – The Ministry and Department of Education advises parents and guardians that there will be a staggered opening of schools for Term 2.
We are pleased to report that an overwhelming majority of staff participated in PCR testing in preparation for the return to work on the 4th January, 2022; however, we still have staff who are waiting to receive their test results.
The Acting Minister of Education, the Hon. Tinee Furbert JP MP stated, “First, I would like to thank all of the parents, teachers and staff that have done their best to get tested in time to be ready for school. I want to also thank the staff at MDL who are working tirelessly to get all the tests done and results back in a timely manner. Unfortunately, there are still a number of schools that have not had adequate teachers cleared for resuming in-class teaching for Wednesday. With results continuing to coming in, there are also students who have yet to be cleared for in-class learning.”
Based on the data that we have received up to 4:00 pm today the following schools have been cleared to open on Wednesday, January 5th, 2022:
1. Lyceum Preschool
2. St Paul’s Preschool
3. Southampton Preschool
4. Prospect Preschool
The remaining preschools, other than Lagoon Park and St. David’s preschool will be receiving class groups of student starting tomorrow. Parents will receive an email advising which classes will start tomorrow.
Seven of our primary schools will open for specific classes tomorrow. Parents and guardians of those seven schools will receive an email with information about the specific classes that will return tomorrow:
1. Northlands Primary (5 Classes)
2. St George’s Preparatory (5 Classes)
3. Gilbert Institute (2 Classes)
4. West End Primary (4 Classes)
5. Purvis Primary (8 Classes)
6. Somerset Primary (5 Classes)
7. West Pembroke (7 Classes)
Other primary schools will open as they reach the appropriate staffing levels.
Middle, Senior Schools, Dame and Success Academy
Our middle and senior schools, DAME and Success Academy will not be ready to receive students tomorrow based on staffing levels.
MDL has reported that all negative results for teachers and staff testing on 2nd January, have been sent. All teachers and staff who have received negative results, to date, must report on site to work on 5th January, 2022.
Once the Ministry has received additional data for staffing levels they will be able to communicate the additional classes and schools that will be open.
Minister Furbert stated, “It is important to us that children can return to in person-learning. While these outcomes are not what we would have liked, those who can be in school will be in school. We ask for understanding, cohesiveness and patience as we navigate through re-opening of schools as this is a fluid process. We again extend thanks to the Molecular Diagnostic Lab staff for their Trojan efforts to process testing samples. We heartily thank all teachers, and staff who participated in testing in preparation for the return to work on January 4th. We also thank parents for ensuring their children were tested in preparation for the opening of schools on January 5th.”
The Ministry would like to remind parents that students returning to school will operate under PHASE 2 protocols which can be found here