***Update, 5.20pm Wednesday***
Prospect Primary School will reopen Thursday, 30 Sept., according to the Ministry of Education.
The school was closed Wednesday for ‘deep-cleaning’ after a Year 6 student tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday.
The students and classsmates of that student will remain in quarantine for 14 days, according to Public Health guidelines.
Here is the Ministry’s press release:
Ministry of Education (MoE) Announces Reopening Date for Prospect Primary School
The Ministry of Education today (29 September) announced that the Prospect Primary School will reopen on Thursday, 30 September 2021. The members of the affected class will remain in quarantine with members of their households for 14 days, as per directives from Public Health.
The school was closed on 28 September after Public Health confirmed that a Year six student of the school tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. The school will be moving to the mandatory health and safety protocols that are outlined in the Ministry of Education’s COVID-19 Guidance for Educational Institutions.
Parents are advised if their child develops flu-like symptoms to contact their primary care physician or the Flu Hotline at 947-3077, 925-6327 or 1-800-534-8600.
Alternately, they can take the child to the Flu Clinic at Cayman Islands Hospital, Monday to Friday, 8 am-4 pm or to the Accident and Emergency Department outside of those hours.
Symptoms of COVID 19 are usually runny nose, headache, cough, sore throat, fever, diarrhoea, loss of smell or taste.
Prospect Primary School will be closed Wednesday after a Year 6 student tested positive for COVID-19.
Public Health officials have quarantined the child’s classmates and teachers for COVID testing at the school, have contacted parents and guardians, and have begun contact tracing of other contacts.
This is the third Cayman Islands school to close because of a COVID case during the pandemic.
Red Bay Primary School was closed last year due to a student testing positive for COVID. George Town Primary School was closed after a student tested positive on 13 Sept, and will remain closed at least until Thursday, 30 Sept. A total of 18 George Town Primary students have tested positive for COVID.
During a press conference held Thursday, 23 Sept., Premier Wayne Panton said government wouldn’t automatically shut down a school for prolonged periods if a single student tested positive, and that those decisions would be based on individual factors.
The following is a press release from the Ministry of Education:
Prospect Primary School Student Tests Positive for COVID-19 and Primary Contacts Tested
Today (28 September), Public Health confirmed that a Year Six student of the Prospect Primary School tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.
The Ministry of Education has since implemented the following measures, on the advice of Public Health officials, to ensure the wellbeing of the entire school population:
- The child’s primary contacts at the school are being quarantined and Public Health has been on site to conduct testing.
- The primary contacts include the child’s classmates and teachers who have had prolonged interaction with that class.
- The school’s leaders also reached out to the parents/guardians of the child’s classmates for them to attend the school to consent for testing.
- In order to facilitate deep-cleaning activities, the Prospect Primary School will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday 29 September 2021. The Department of Education Services (DES) will advise on reopening.
- Public Health will contact other parents, as required, or indicated based on findings of contact tracing activities.
The Ministry of Health and Wellness has declared its support for the Ministry of Education, Public Health Officials and the Community at large in managing this latest positive case and encourages the public to adhere to the guidance issued from the Public Health Department and the Ministry of Education accordingly.
To contact the Flu Hotline, please contact 1-800-534-8600, 947-3077, 925-6327 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.