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A coronavirus case has been found at CedarBridge Academy and the school is to be closed while a risk assessment is carried out (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Diallo Rabain, the education minister, announces the temporary closure of CedarBridge Academy after a coronavirus case was found (File photograph by Blaire Simmons)

A coronavirus case has been found at CedarBridge Academy and the school is to be closed while a risk assessment is carried out, the health ministry said last night.

A spokeswoman for the ministry said that pupils and staff would be banned from the Devonshire school from this morning “until further notice”.

She added: “Once further instructions are received from the Ministry of Health, we will provide an update.”

The spokeswoman said the school would move to remote learning on Tuesday, if required, and pupils should work from home today.

Diallo Rabain, the education minister, said: “We have instituted a new policy in the event of a confirmed positive test to assist the department in mitigating and navigating the current increase in Covid-19 cases in our community and schools.”

He added: “As Bermuda has entered a new phase in the Covid-19 pandemic, our school communities are reminded to adhere strictly to public health guidelines.

Mr Rabain said: “ I encourage CBA families to follow general public health guidelines until further information is received from the Ministry of Health."

The news came as the ministry announced that a coronavirus test clinic would be set up in the gym at Dellwood Middle School in Pembroke on Friday between 10am and 6pm, with priority given to pupils and staff.

Mr Rabain said that the school, shut late last month over potential exposure to the coronavirus, would remain closed for teaching up to and including Friday.

He added a test after the quarantine period was required and pupils and staff must take a test on, or after, Friday before they could return to school.

Mr Rabain said that children must attend with a “responsible adult” able to give consent to children being tested.

He added the adult should bring Government-issued ID and, if possible, also for the child they were responsible for.

Mr Rabain said: “Negative test results by a particular child or family will not automatically mean a return to school.

“The Ministry of Health will inform the school and affected families on updates to the recommended public health measures.”

The ministry spokeswoman said anyone with questions on Covid-19 should speak to their doctor or contact schoolsurv@gov.bm.

Covid-19 health advisories are posted at https://www.gov.bm/coronavirus.

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Published December 07, 2020 at 6:47 pm (Updated December 07, 2020 at 6:46 pm)

CedarBridge to close after coronavirus case found

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