Changes to Gov’t schools openings

Following the passing of Hurricane Gustav, the Ministry of Education, Training, Employment, Youth, Sports and Culture and the Department of Education Services would like to advise students, parents and all school staff, along with the general public, of the following changes for government schools across the three Cayman Islands:

Grand Cayman

All Government schools in Grand Cayman will open for the new academic year on Thursday 4 September, as opposed to Wednesday 3 September.

High schools:

The George Hicks Campus will hold an Induction Day on Tuesday 2 September for all Year 7 students, starting at 8.00am and finishing at 12.15pm.

All John Gray High School students, including new students, should report on Thursday 4 September.

Primary schools:

Registration for new students of John A. Cumber Primary will take place on Tuesday 2 September at the school hall between 8.00am and 12 noon.

Parents of students who will be starting any other primary school in Grand Cayman should contact the relevant primary school for any orientation arrangements.

Monday 1 September and Tuesday 2 September will be utilised as School Planning Days. All staff should therefore report to their respective schools on these days. There will also be a Principals Meeting on Monday 1 September at Countryside, which will commence at 2.30pm.

Professional development will now take place on Wednesday 3 September at the Westin Hotel. There will only be one day of professional development in Grand Cayman at this time.

Cayman Brac

The commencement of the new academic year for all government schools will be Monday 8 September. This should ensure that repairs to all facilities will be completed before students start the school year.

Provided flights can be secured, professional development in Cayman Brac will now take place on Thursday 4 September and Friday 5 September at the Brac Reef Hotel. As soon as these arrangements can be confirmed, all education professionals will be advised accordingly. In the meantime, all school staff should report to their respective schools.

If parents of students due to join a new school in Cayman Brac are in any way unclear about the arrangements for their child, they are advised to contact the relevant school directly.

Little Cayman

It is anticipated that the Little Cayman Education Service will re-open on Monday 8th September. Parents of the students at the Little Cayman Education service will be advised on its re-opening as soon as more information on the electricity supply is available.

Statement from Minister

The Hon. Alden McLaughlin, Minister of Education, Training, Employment, Youth, Sports and Culture would like to thank all education professionals at this time for their dedication to duty and for their commitment to an exciting new school year ahead.

Commenting on the passing of Hurricane Gustav, he noted the Cayman Islands has indeed been fortunate.

‘With some minimal delays, the new academic year will commence shortly in all three Cayman Islands,’ he said.

‘With many school facilities contributing to the provision of shelter space, this is only possible with the dedication and hard work of school staff, for which I thank each and every one of you,’ he continued.

‘I would also like to express my gratitude to the Department of Education Services, who went to great lengths to ensure that new education professionals who have recently arrived from overseas were well looked after. It has certainly been a challenging start to their careers here in Cayman, but I trust that their dedication will not be diminished and that they are well set to make a valuable contribution to the development of the education service in these Islands.’

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