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Caye Caulker school reports seven COVID-19 cases; situation under control, says Ministry of Education

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Posted: Friday, November 19, 2021. 3:57 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: The Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Technology has confirmed the detection of COVID-19 at the Caye Caulker Roman Catholic School, forcing it to temporarily close for face-to-face learning.

A statement released this week said there were seven cases – three among the school’s staff and four among students. All are in quarantine recovering from the virus.

All of the staff infected are fully vaccinated – the students being under the age of 12 would not be eligible as yet for a vaccine – and are experiencing mild to no symptoms.

The Ministry says it was promptly informed of the index case by administrators and ordered the closure of the school for sanitisation and contact tracing purposes. The Ministry of Health and Wellness initiated a contact tracing exercise which uncovered the remaining 6 cases.

Caye Caulker R.C. school goes back to distance learning until January, as according to the Ministry of Health there is “active community spread on the island of Caye Caulker which would hinder hybrid learning at this time.”

Online school sessions will be held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; on Mondays, parents will drop-off and receive distance learning packages for their children, and Fridays will be regarded as ‘independent work’ day.

The Ministry’s statement concludes: “The Ministry reiterates that the health and the general safety of our school communities remain our number one priority. We are increasing our vigilance of schools that are open for hybrid learning and we continue to stress the importance of the 3W’s – washing/sanitising our hands, wearing our masks and watching our distance – and vaccinations. These are key to ensuring that our children can return safely.”

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