Somersfield To Move To Remote Learning

March 26, 2021

Somersfield Academy will be moving to remote learning as of Monday, saying it is for the “health and safety of our whole school community.”

A letter sent to parents said, “Given the significant rise in the number of positive Covid-19 cases in Bermuda, especially among young children, I’m sure you share our heightened concern for the health and safety of our students.

“We are fortunate that we have not had a positive case confirmed within our building; however, with the general infection rate rising, the first confirmed positive case within our school is, I suspect, imminent.

“As a result of infections in the wider community, a number of our students and staff have already been forced into mandatory quarantine. Of particular concern are the number of students who have been identified as close contacts of confirmed cases in the community and/or contacts of contacts.

“As we continue to abide by the advice of the Department of Health, we must support their elevated efforts to stem the rising tide of infections among children. In support of this effort, we have taken the pre-emptive decision to move to remote learning for the final week of this term.

“This is an extremely difficult decision to have to make, but it is done with the health and safety of our whole school community as our primary responsibility.”

The school will move to remote learning from Monday, March 29th, and the letter added they they “hope that the combination of taking these proactive steps for next week together with the natural break of Easter will mean that we can look forward to welcoming back the whole school on Monday, April 19th.

“The situation in the community is clearly very dynamic. We will continue to provide regular updates as the situation evolves. It is, of course our desire to return to in-class learning as soon as possible, but we remain guided by government and Department of Health requirements and the overriding principle of keeping students and staff safe.

“Please continue to be vigilant, reduce and protect your bubbles, and practice the all too familiar health, hygiene and safety guidelines.”

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