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Primary school closes as a number of staff are identified as close contacts of confirmed virus case


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A primary school in Co Clare will be closed for at least a week after a number of staff were identified as close contacts of a person confirmed as having Covid-19. It comes as a second Dublin school sent pupils home after their classmate tested positive for the virus.

In a message to parents, the Co Clare school said it could not remain open without a permanent member of staff.

"We hope to reopen on Wednesday, September 9, unless advised otherwise.

"Currently this has no implications for students and no pupil has been identified as a close contact to date.

"We regret the closure of the school but we are obliged to follow the HSE guidelines".

It is understood children from the school were due to make their Holy Communion this weekend. Parents have not yet been informed if this will go ahead.

Meanwhile a primary school in west Dublin sent home a number of pupils yesterday who were considered "close contacts" of a child confirmed as having the virus.

The pupils have been asked to restrict their movements for two weeks and to follow all public health advice.

It is understood the classroom has undergone a deep clean.

One parent said the school is "following all protocols" and "we are all fighting this together".

The school principal urged parents to "remain calm" and said these situations will arise for schools in the coming weeks.

Remote lessons will be provided for the children.

It is the second school in the capital that has sent home pupils following a coronavirus diagnosis.

Meanwhile, creche owners are warning of widespread closures unless the Government rolls out priority Covid-19 testing for their workers.

The Federation of Early Childhood Providers urged the Government to address a "staffing crisis" facing the sector.

It said some staff are not being referred for tests by their GPs unless they display three symptoms of the virus.

"Some staff are being advised by their GPs to self-isolate for 14 days to see how their symptoms develop, even though they don't refer them for a test," said chairperson Elaine Dunne.

"Without adequate staffing numbers, many creches are being forced to close their doors."

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