Rain stops school

Just over half an inch of rain on Friday morning closed down John Gray and George Hicks high schools for the rest of the day.

Government primary schools were not affected, nor were three private schools contacted by the Caymanian Compass

A spokesman for the local meteorological office confirmed a rainfall of 14 millimetres or .55 inches between 7.21am and 8.26am. He noted that there were breaks in that timeframe.

According to a GIS release, students in Years 7, 8, 9, 11 and 12 were sent home at 10am because classes had been cancelled due to flooding at both sites.

The release further states: ‘George Hicks also suffered some leaking roofs, which were repaired with ice and water shield. The contractor is aware of this problem and will remedy the situation.’

At a Cayman Islands Recovery Operation press briefing Friday morning, Ms Mary Rodrigues, Acting Permanent Secretary for the Education Ministry, responded to questions about the school closures.

A decision to close any school is never taken lightly, she emphasised.

She explained that students in the past have had covered walkways to get to the various buildings of the high school compounds, but ongoing construction has made the walkways unusable at this time.

Ms Rodrigues noted that rain did not affect the Agape Family Worship Centre, which is where the Year 10 students have their classes.

Both John Gray and George Hicks campuses were expected to open ‘as normal’ today (Monday).

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