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Row over Mayo school’s closure highlights lack of clarity over how outbreaks are handled

Colette Browne


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The decision last week by Claremorris Boys National Schol principal Mark Loftus to close the school in the face of an outbreak of Covid-19 was overruled by the Department of Education

The decision last week by Claremorris Boys National Schol principal Mark Loftus to close the school in the face of an outbreak of Covid-19 was overruled by the Department of Education

The decision last week by Claremorris Boys National Schol principal Mark Loftus to close the school in the face of an outbreak of Covid-19 was overruled by the Department of Education

PUBLIC health teams have advised people to restrict their number of contacts in advance of Christmas – unless you happen to attend a small school in which there is an ongoing outbreak of Covid-19.

When the principal of Claremorris Boys National School, Mark Loftus, announced the closure of the school, it was a last resort. Out of a total student population of 125, 16 students had been diagnosed with Covid-19 in the past three weeks – 15 of these diagnoses coming in the last two weeks alone.


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