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Local secondary school moves two years to online classes after Covid outbreak

Apr 19, 2021 13:04 By Shannonside News
Local secondary school moves two years to online classes after Covid outbreak Local secondary school moves two years to online classes after Covid outbreak
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The school has implemented its own Covid protocols to ensure that staff or other students are not at risk

A Leitrim secondary school has returned to online classes for its fifth and sixth years after a number of positive Covid cases were confirmed in recent days.

Drumshanbo Vocational School has confirmed in a statement this afternoon that  four students, all in the same senior year, have tested positive for Covid.

The school says that "as a precaution" they have returned to on-line classes for all Fifth & Sixth Years until they receive further advice from the HSE.

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A special Covid response plan is also underway which includes disinfection in all areas of the school and management has confirmed "all necessary precautions" have been taken to prevent any exposure in school to staff or students and the school says parents will be advised of any further updates by text.

The school's statement in full is below:

Statement from Drumshanbo VS
We have been informed that four of our students – all in the same senior year have tested positive for COVID-19. As a precaution we
have returned to on-line classes for all Fifth & Sixth Years until we get further advice from the HSE.

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We have implemented our Covid response plan which includes disinfection of all areas of the school.
We are in consultation with the HSE and will follow HSE protocols and the public health guidelines. We also consult with the MSLETB Covid Response Team.

All necessary precautions have been taken to prevent any exposure in school to staff or students. The HSE is responsible for
testing and contact tracing and we are co-operating with them to ensure all information is provided and they can evaluate any further steps that may need to be taken.

Our primary focus, at this time, is to support the work of the HSE and
to support the recovery of those affected while continuing to prioritise
the safety, health and wellbeing of students, staff and teachers.

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Parents will be advised of any further updates by text.

Martin Fallon

April 19th 2021

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