(CMR) At least 10 teachers from the Creek and Spotts primary schools in Cayman Brac are reportedly out of school recovering from COVID-19. CMR has also been told that several students from the Clifton Hunter High School have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.
Parents have expressed concerns that teachers from neighboring Caribbean islands have been allowed to come to the Cayman Islands just before school starts without any testing or protocols in place. They believe this has led to the recent spread of the virus in schools.
There are unconfirmed reports that affected schools may close and resort to remote learning if the cases continue to increase.
One person who told CMR about the recent outbreak said while the government has not said anything, people should take the necessary precautions.
“I just think the people should be informed so they can choose what measures of precaution they wish to take. I feel like it's being hidden. Maybe that's because the symptoms are pretty mild for the average person, but what about those with health issues and our elderly,” this person stated.
Under current COVID-19 guidelines for government schools, updated on 3 September, those who test positive for the virus are to isolate for 6 days, with the initial LFT positive test considered Day 0.
Persons may leave isolation on Day 7 and return to their schools provided they are no longer experiencing symptoms, in particular, sneezing and fever.
If the LFT result is negative, persons may attend school and observe good hand hygiene and social distancing.
Those who are still sneezing or coughing persistently are also strongly encouraged to wear a mask. If the symptoms are accompanied by fever, they are urged to stay at home until they are symptom-free.