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Covid-19 is on the rise in schools according to the INTO.

Covid-19 is on the rise in schools according to the INTO.

Covid-19 is on the rise in schools according to the INTO.

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An INTO survey of school principals has found that some 1.7% of pupils have tested positive for Covid-19 in Sligo.

From Tuesday, 16 November 2021 to Thursday 18 November 2021, the union conducted a snapshot survey of 3,100 school principals across the country to assess the level of Covid-19 infection they were aware of in their school community and the extent of the substitution crisis.

A total of 877 principals responded. The data submitted related to the period from 1 November 2021 to 16 November 2021. In Sligo, 1.7% (54) of pupils were reported as testing positive based on the survey sample. “Our snapshot survey shines a light on a primary education system that is creaking at the seams. Soaring transmission levels are an indictment of the premature removal of testing and contact tracing from our primary schools, and of the frustrating failure to move quickly to deploy antigen testing.

“The cessation of public health risk assessments following primary school outbreaks, and the resulting unavailability of weekly reports detailing infection levels from 27 September, has concealed the escalation of positive case numbers among pupils and staff in primary schools,” said General Secretary John Boyle.

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