Weekly Saliva Screening Available to All Schoolchildren on the Island

In the most recent edition of the Ministry of Education’s newsletter the Scoop, released on Wednesday May 5, the Office of the Commissioner of Education informed parents, teachers and students that the Education Emergency Measures Committee revised COVID-19 guidelines to include saliva screening within all schools on the island, both public and private.

Participation in the weekly screening is completely voluntary for students. However, the message indicated, it will help the ministry identify possible risks and therefore keep the school environments safer for students, faculty and staff.

“It is my hope that all parents and guardians appreciate the role that [this screening] can play in helping Bermuda move beyond the pandemic,” the newsletter read.

Details of the program and parental consent forms will be sent to parents and guardians will be sent to parents and guardians next week. A series of ZOOM informational town hall meetings will also be held; different dates for different age levels.

The meeting for parents and guardians of pre-school kids will be held Monday May 10; parents and guardians of primary school kids will meet on Tuesday May 11; parents and guardians of middle school kids, Success Academy kids and Hope academy kids will meet on Wednesday May 12 and parents and guardians of high school students will meet on Thursday May 13.

All ZOOM meetings will begin at 6 p.m. People who wish to tune into these meetings must pre-register to get the ZOOM info.
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