We asked readers – particularly parents of school age children – what they thought of the prospect of the Cayman Islands reopening to visitors in October.
Here’s what they had to say:
“The possibility of schools closing again concerns me. If children have to be at home and parents have to go to work, it [will be] hard to monitor schoolwork or when they go online, and I know some teachers were very, very unreliable last year.”
“Day care starts at two months. How do we protect our babies if we can’t stay home and social distance? We can still catch the virus and give it to them even if we are vaccinated. This is so scary as a mother of a baby. What can I do? I can’t help but feel that it’s only fair that government wait until babies can be vaccinated. We’ve already made it so far.”
“I am very worried about what this will mean for the children. There needs to be a more well-thought-out plan in place which prioritises the protection of this very vulnerable section of the population.”
“One only has to look at the news to see how this is going to go. Schools open, then close in three weeks. Fist fights between parents over the masking controversy. This is the only place in the world where kids can go to school in any sort of normal environment.”
“I worry about the consistency of education and social interactions (like sports, music or other clubs) if there are quarantines required for contacts, or closing of schools periodically. The impacts on children seemed the last thing considered in our previous restrictions. (For example, that recreational sports were allowed for adults but not children). Beyond just keeping children from getting the virus, we should do all we can to keep kids in schools/activities in person.
In my opinion, at the very least, teachers/childcare providers/camp counsellors, bus drivers, anyone who has regular close interactions with children should be mandated to be vaccinated, like frontline workers, to protect the children who are not able to be.”
Amanda Branch Vierra
“No fear in our home! We keep our bodies as healthy as we can and support our health wherever needed with vitamins, minerals and nutrients. We understand this virus is never going away and fearing it will cause way more harm. The survivability is highly in our favour, especially when it comes to children. I feel sad for all those living in such fear.”
“I would love kids to be vaccinated prior to border reopening. My kid is at higher risk of serious COVID, and this really makes me nervous to have borders reopen.”
“Concerned about kids needing to wear masks at school and the possibility of remote learning again. Neither is desirable.”