School back to normal, says Dellwood head
The end of troubles at a mould-hit school is in sight, the principal said yesterday.
Tina Duke, head of Dellwood Middle School, is confident the problems that have plagued the school are almost solved.
Her assurances came as pupils returned for the start of the new term despite fears they may have had to take their classes in temporary accommodation in other schools.
Ms Duke said: “They are back — it is school as normal and all classrooms are opened.
“We are really glad to be back and that we didn't have to do that transition to other middle schools.”
She thanked Commissioner of Education Freddie Evans and Minister of Education Diallo Rabain for their efforts in getting the children back to their classrooms.
Ms Duke was speaking after a delayed start to the Dellwood term, which began on September 11 for other public schools, although the school's library, cafeteria and gym are still off limits while work is carried out.
She said: “We are very resilient. We lost a few days of instruction time, but we will have no problem making that up.
“The cafeteria will probably be ready sooner rather than later. They are bringing their own lunch right now. But as for the library and the gym, extensive work needs to be done. I don't have a timeline for those.”
Ms Duke said she had yet to get a report on work at the school, but was confident she would get one as soon as remedial work is finished.
She added: “I feel very confident and we all have our part to do, teachers as well as the ministry, in making sure that the building is kept up to standard.
“I am very confident that moving forward we won't have any more major issues.” Dellwood pupils were, in June, moved to Bermuda College after severe mould problems at the school were highlighted.
A plan to move them to other sites for the first two weeks of the new school year was proposed but never materialised.