Schools to return from Christmas a day late
Public school pupils will return to school one day late in January so that teachers can be trained on the new standards-based grading system.
Commissioner of Education Kalmar Richards said the Bermuda Union of Teachers had requested the move as educators prepare to deal with the new system, which has been a source of complaints in recent months.
Public school pupils will return to school on January 3, although preschool students will return as planned on January 2.
Ms Richards said: “We at the Department of Education remain committed to working collaboratively with parents, teachers and principals to improve the outcomes of students in the Bermuda public school system.
“The academic calendar was changed at the request from the Bermuda Union of Teachers to provide training for standards-based grading at the primary and middle school levels.
“Additionally, on January 2, principals and school staff will participate in school-based professional development as requested by our senior school and special school principals.
“Let me take this opportunity to extend our apologies for any inconvenience caused by the change in the academic calendar.”
The Government has been at conflict with teachers over a range of issues, including the introduction of standards-based grading, which the union claimed has caused anxiety for teachers.