Bray People

LO­CAL SCHOOLS RE­ACT QUICKLY TO COVID CASES

- By BREN­DAN KEANE Health · Public Health · Child Health · Society · Bullying · Parenting · Family · County Wicklow · Saint Patrick · Saint Anne · Loreto

SCHOOLS in County Wicklow are among those that have had to im­ple­ment Covid-19 pro­to­cols over the last week as a re­sult of pos­i­tive cases be­ing recorded or test re­sults pend­ing.

St Pa­trick’s Loreto Pri­mary School, in Bray, in­formed par­ents that it was no­ti­fied of two pos­i­tive Covid-19 cases.

A risk as­sess­ment was car­ried out by the HSE and con­tact was made with any­one deemed to be a close con­tact of a con­firmed case.

The school is also strictly fol­low­ing all public health and HSE ad­vice and is be­ing guided by the HSE.

In Tem­ple Car­rig Sec­ondary School in Grey­stones the par­ents were in­formed last week that fol­low­ing a con­firmed case of in one year, a num­ber of staff have were called for test­ing.

The par­ents were told that as many as 20 teach­ers might be forced to stay out of school for Covid rea­sons.

How­ever, it’s also un­der­stood that the school wasn’t given any no­tice of that from the Public Health Depart­ment and that it came to the school’s at­ten­tion when teach­ers started get­ting text mes­sages about test­ing around 6.30 p.m. on Tues­day, Septem­ber 15.

The school im­ple­mented a strat­egy to work around the staff short­ages and ar­range­ments were also made with re­gard to class and year groups with some of them be­ing ad­vised to re­main at home for lo­gis­ti­cal rea­sons.

How­ever, there was no ad­di­tional risk posed to those year groups and the changes were only nec­es­sary as a re­sult of the Public Health Depart­ment re­quir­ing a large num­ber of teach­ers to re­main out of the school pend­ing test re­sults.

Par­ents in St Anne’s Na­tional School in Shankill, were also no­ti­fied of a con­firmed Covid-19 case in the school on Tues­day, Septem­ber 15.

The par­ents were told that a public health risk as­sess­ment was un­der­taken and the par­ents of any chil­dren deemed to be close con­tacts of the con­firmed case would be con­tacted and ad­vised ac­cord­ingly.

Par­ents of chil­dren in the af­fected pod at the school were con­tacted in ac­cor­dance with rec­om­mended guide­lines.

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