Friday, December 11, 2020

A Mayo school has been forced to close early for the Christmas holidays due to concerns over rising Covid-19 cases at the education facility.

This is the first school in Mayo to close due to Covid-19 concerns. A childcare facility in Mayo also closed early for Christmas this week due to concerns over the spread of the virus.

The primary school informed parents of students attending the school yesterday evening that the Board of Management and principal had taken the very difficult decision to close the school from Friday, December 11th to Tuesday, January 5th, inclusive of Christmas holidays.

“We believe it is the right thing to do and necessary at this stage.”

The school had informed parents earlier this week that a number of pupils in two separate classes had tested positive for the virus. A total of nine students had tested positive for Covid-19 up to Wednesday last.

The school expressed its deep frustration at the system adopted by Public Health on cross-infection levels and the Department of Education regarding Covid-19 and its effects to insist that ‘schools remain open at all costs’.

“We believe these exceptional closures are necessary.”

Students attending the school will continue to be taught through online platforms.

The Western People is not publishing the specific locations of schools to protect the privacy of pupils and teachers.

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