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Still closed: The Berkeley Institute (File photograph)

Both senior schools will stay shut today, the Government announced last night.

CedarBridge Academy and Berkeley Institute will continue with remote learning amid problems with coronavirus testing of large numbers of staff and pupils across the schools system.

Sandys Secondary Middle School will also be closed today, but is expected to move to staggered opening over the course of the week.

A spokeswoman for the education department said all preschools would be open as normal.

Most schools in the primary sector will also be open, although the Gilbert Institute will stay shut and Elliot Primary, Paget Primary, Purvis Primary and Heron Bay Primary will be open for specific classes only.

The spokeswoman said: “The Department of Education is aware that some students need to either test for the first time or retest to return to school.”

She added an “alternative plan” would be drawn up to deal with the backlog of tests and parents would be updated tomorrow.

Tinée Furbert, the acting education minister, said: “Everyone has been working hard to get students back to school.

“We understand that testing delays have impacted this process, but we wish to thank parents, guardians, staff and students for their co-operation and patience as we ensure all students are back to in-person learning.”

The Dame Marjorie Bean Hope Academy and the Success Academy, as well as Clearwater Middle School, will be open to all pupils.

The Whitney Institute Middle School and Dellwood Middle School will be open for specific classes only.

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Still closed: CedarBridge Academy (File photograph)

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Published January 10, 2022 at 8:41 am (Updated January 10, 2022 at 8:41 am)

Senior schools to be shut today as test problems continue

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