Tuesday 20 February 2018

Roundwood school re-opens following temporary closure

St Laurence O'Toole NS.
St Laurence O'Toole NS.

The children of Roundwood got a surprise day off last Wednesday, due to the possibility of rodents at the school.

St Laurence O'Toole National School was closed for just one day before getting the all-clear to re-open.

The school re-opened on Thursday after the completion of inspections and sanitation procedures.

The Board of Management said in an email that the school has a pest control policy over many years. This includes monitoring by an external company.

'Following recent inspections, we were advised to close the school to facilitate further inspections and deep cleaning/sanitisation of the part of the school affected,' the email stated. 'This was carried out over one day and the school was cleared to open. The school was transparent with its parent/guardian body and the situation is fully resolved.

'We are fortunate to have a nice building which includes a lovely new extension and all our children are in permanent classrooms.'

In a message to the parents regarding what they said was a 'rodent control policy', the Board of Management said that the action 'has not been taken lightly and is in the best interests of pupils and staff'.

It is unclear whether children or staff may actually have seen a rodent on the school grounds.

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