Dellwood pupils back to school tomorrow

  • Dellwood Middle School  (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

Students at Dellwood Middle School are expected to report to the school as normal tomorrow morning after an emergency meeting held this evening.

Students at the school have been off for the first two days of the year due to work being carried out on the building by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Public Works.

The original plan had been to relocate students in “locations in the City of Hamilton” but that did not go ahead.

Teachers at Dellwood Middle School and members of the Bermuda Union of Teachers met Government health and safety officer Yuri Lightbourne this morning to discuss the state of the school in the run up to the first day.

As a result of the meeting, the union teachers decided they were not comfortable with pupils entering the school in its current state.

PTA president Kelland Hayward said that parents of students attending Dellwood had been complaining because while teachers were invited to today’s meeting, parents had still to be informed of any potential change of plan.

The Bermuda Union of Teachers called an emergency meeting this evening to discuss the matter further.

A statement released after the meeting said that pupils should assemble in the amphitheatre tomorrow morning.

The school’s usual year-opening activities were planned for tomorrow and Thursday, with a team building exercise on Darrell’s Island planned for Friday.

According to a ministry spokesperson, following additional testing and inspection conducted today mould was discovered in some rooms that had been given the all clear.

Diallo Rabain, Minister of Education and Workforce Development, and Lt. Col. David Burch, Minister of Public Works, met parents, teachers and union representatives this evening.

A statement said: “It was agreed that on Monday students will be sent to TN Tatem and Clearwater until the school is cleared and renovations completed.

“Both ministers and technical staff will inspect the school tomorrow and determine what needs to be done to ensure the school is healthy.”