Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all educational institutions in the Cayman Islands were closed effective 16 March 2020, in response to directives from the Ministry of Education, Youth Sports, Agriculture and Lands (MEYSAL).
All schools and some Early Childhood Care and Education Centres (ECCE) have been undertaking remote and flexible learning and care since that date.
On 23 April 2020, MEYSAL announced that all educational institutions in the Cayman Islands would remain closed for the rest of the 2019/2020 academic year.
The purpose of this guidance is to set out the conditions and procedures under which schools and early childhood care and education centres will re-open on-site.
From Sunday, 5 July 2020, educational institutions and facilities may commence full operations. This includes early childhood care and education centres (nurseries, preschools and daycares).
You can download our guidance on re-opening schools and early childhood care and education centres after mandatory closure due to COVID-19 here:
Conditions required for re-opening
Schools and ECCE centres will not re-open until the country (or island, subject to policy directive) has reached Suppression Level 2 of the Cayman Islands Government (CIG) COVID-19 Suppression Levels, or as per directions from the Public Health Department. At Level 2, borders and immigration remain controlled (with mandatory quarantine requirements), the disease is contained and although the risk of community transmission still remains, positive cases are restricted to sporadic (single or isolated cluster) outbreaks due to household (not community) transmission.
At Suppression Level 2, all students can go to schools and ECCE centres/Nursery Class. The only exceptions are children who are:
- currently have any COVID-19 symptoms;
- are in isolation;
- are subject to contact tracing;
- are awaiting for the result of a test.
Public Health Department will provide further guidance if necessary.
All staff are expected to return to school unless they produce a medical certificate from the competent authorities indicating they are unfit for, or unable to work.
Distance learning for students in schools will still be available for those who need to remain at home. This will likely be in the form of learning packets or recorded online lessons where possible. The exception to this would be students who are sick and unable to complete work. It will be necessary for schools to look at how these students will close any gaps resulting from their time away from active schoolwork.
Enhanced hygiene requirements will be required for all aspects of the school and ECCE centre/Nursery Class day.
If suppression levels regress to Level 3 or higher, Government will make further directives as to whether to close schools and ECCE centres/Nursery Class again and revert to distance learning or continue to keep schools and ECCE centres/Nursery Class open under more restrictive conditions.
In our guidance, you can learn more about conditions required for re-opening as well as:
- Procedures for re-opening
- Health and well-being
- Essential actions during the return of schools and ECCE centres/Nursery Class
- Health and Hygiene
- Teaching and Learning
Parents and guardians are encouraged to reach out to schools directly for any additional information. Contact info can be found here.