Government published details of a new protocol for handling positive COVID-19 cases in schools, after Public Health confirmed on Friday that seven additional children have tested positive for the virus.
The new cases include three students from Prospect Primary School; one from George Town Primary School; one John Gray High School student, who is a direct contact of a Prospect student already in isolation; one student from Just for Kids Preschool; and one student from Triple C School.
Public Health partnered with Doctors Hospital and Health City Cayman Islands on Friday to test classmates of affected students and teachers who had prolonged interaction with those classes at three locations: John Gray High School, the Lion’s Centre and a Doctors Hospital drive through.
According to the new health protocol developed by Public Health, the Ministry of Health & Wellness and the Ministry of Education, classes will resume on Monday, 4 Oct., if no additional positive cases are identified in the tests carried out Friday.
If more than one student tests positive in the same class, the entire class will have to isolate together with their households for 14 days.
Specifically, the protocol for handling confirmed cases of COVID-19 in schools states that, in the event of a confirmed case in a class/year group (student or teacher):
- The case will be isolated with their household and retested on Day 15;
- The classroom(s) and common areas will be sanitised in the evening/night.
- The entire class/year group will be tested, and lessons will continue in school.
If additional cases are identified in the testing, the entire class or year group, and members of their households will be required to isolate.
Persons in isolated households will be retested on day 15. If the household retests are negative, then they will be released from isolation. But if a member of the household retests positive, the entire household remains in isolation until they test negative.
The Ministry and Department of Education issued COVID-19 guidelines for educational institutions on 14 Sept., 2021. All educational institutions should continue follow those guidelines, government said in a press release.
Classes and year groups that are in isolation will study via remote learning.
And additional sanitisation protocols have also been put in place, the press statement said.
To download the MoE COVID 19 Guidance for Educational Institutions, visit www.exploregov.ky/coronavirus-education.
To contact the Flu Hotline, please contact 1-800-534-8600, 947-3077, or email [email protected]. For additional COVID 19 information, contact Public Health at 244-2648.