Govt Releases School Testing Consent Statistics

September 23, 2021 | 4 Comments

The Ministry and Department of Education provided an update on the Saliva Screening Programme and reminded “parents and guardians that all public schools are continuing with remote learning until further notice.”

The Minister of Education Diallo Rabain said, “As we have repeatedly expressed, our goal is to return to in-person learning as quickly as possible and we will return to in-person learning once it is safe to do so and the data supports it.”

“Each school will be assessed individually, and the data that we are looking at includes the percentage of students consenting for the Saliva Screening Programme, coronavirus testing results, and staffing availability.”

“On Sunday, we highlighted that we will look at schools with the highest percentage of student consent for the Saliva Screening Programme and prioritise getting the students at these schools scheduled for testing first.”

“We are encouraged by the increase in parents and guardians providing consent for the Saliva Screening Programme. We also will continue to encourage parents and guardians who have not yet provided consent to do so as we work together to have all of our schools return to in-person learning.”

Minister Rabain added, “Each Public School has been provided with the statistics on the number of students with consent at their school. Each school has reached out individually to parents and guardians who have not given consent to encourage them to consent.”

Minister Rabain concluded, “We will provide statistical updates to our schools regularly so that we can continue to work together to increase consent.”

“As a reminder, Saliva Screening is an additional layer of protection that is complemented by mask-wearing, hand sanitising, physical distancing, and proper ventilation.”

“While Bermuda continues to feel the effects of this pandemic, it is critical for all of us to play our respective roles. Our children’s educational needs are being hampered by our inability to adhere to COVID protocols and that is not fair to them. It is time for all of us to be responsible and do what we can to protect ourselves and our children’s education.”

“Each of us has a role to play in stopping the spread of the coronavirus. Please follow Public Health guidelines, wear a mask, practice good hand hygiene, maintain physical distance and download the WeHealth Bermuda App.”

The latest statistics as of September 20th on consent by school is as follows:

Special Schools
Success Academy Robert’s Avenue50%
Dame Marjorie Bean Hope Academy41%
Middle Schools
Whitney Institute73%
Lagoon Park83%
St. Pauls75%
St. David’s38%
St. George’s60%
Victor Scott53%


Senior Schools
CedarBridge Academy59%
The Berkeley Institute60%
Primary Schools
East End81%
Dalton E. Tucker59%
Francis Patton66%
Gilbert Institute71%
Harrington Sound61%
Heron Bay51%
Port Royal79%
Somerset Primary59%
Sr. David’s47%
St. George’s Prep42%
Victor Scott66%
West End52%
West Pembroke82% 

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  1. Question says:

    Let’s see the staff testing consent numbers as well. Might as well see the whole problem.

  2. enough says:

    Wouldn’t you want to have your child tested, basically to protect them. simple test and not invasive. we grumble that our children are having to be home on zoom well agrre to the testing hen we can get them back into school.

    • Honestly says:

      Some ppl make no sense. The children are the major concern in all decisions I’m sure. The parents aren’t worried. The staff probably care more than the parents do. That’s why they want to her back in the classroom! Some parents aren’t thinking!

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