***This story was updated at 1.40pm Thursday to include new COVID-19 testing results and a new COVID-19 guidance document from the Ministry of Education.***
In total, 19 George Town Primary students ended up testing positive for COVID during the outbreak.
“The George Town Primary will continue to offer online classes and will reopen for face-to-face classes on Monday, 4 October for all students and staff who have been cleared by Public Health,” Education Minister Juliana O’Connor-Connolly said in a press release.
The school’s student and staff, and their families have been in isolation since 14 Sept. O’Connor-Connolly said reopening the school on Monday (rather than today or Friday) will give those families the chance to tend to personal matters before starting back at school.
George Town Primary was the second school to close due to COVID. Last year, Red Bay Primary school closed when a student tested positive for COVID.
On Wednesday, Prospect Primary School was closed for just one day after a student tested positive for COVID. The school reopened Thursday, except for that student’s classmates and teachers, who remain in isolation as ‘primary contacts’.
On Thursday, it was announced an additional child at Prospect Primary (from the same class) had tested positive for COVID.
Premier Wayne Panton has said government officials will adapt their guidance on school closures depending on specific factors as COVID continues to circulate in the community, following a year when it was absent in Cayman.
Here is the press release from the Ministry of Education:
Ministry of Education (MoE) Announces Date for George Town Primary School (GTPS) Reopening
The Ministry of Education today (30 September) announced the reopening date for the George Town Primary School.
“The George Town Primary will continue to offer online classes and will reopen for face-to-face classes on Monday, 4 October for all students and staff who have been cleared by Public Health,” stated Education Minister Hon. Juliana O’Connor-Connolly.
“This will facilitate any reorganisation that may need to occur at the school prior to the resumption of face-to-face classes and allow staff and families the opportunity to tend to personal matters before the school reopens.”
The school will be moving to the mandatory health and safety protocols that are outlined in the attached Ministry of Education’s COVID-19 Guidance for Educational Institutions.
Minister O’Connor-Connolly also thanked parents, teachers and other stakeholders for their role amidst the school’s closure.
“I wish to go on record to thank each of our GTPS families for working together with our educators to ensure a seamless transition to remote education and for fully utilising the available technologies to ensure that none of our children was left behind during this challenging time.
I also wish to thank the team at the Department of Education Services, Public Health as well as the groups and organisations whose efforts helped to support the continued nourishment of our children’s minds and bodies.”
To download the Ministry of Education’s COVID-19 Guidance for Educational Institutions, visit www.exploregov.ky/coronavirus-education.