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Class act: Five-year-old Harper Shea during her first day of kindergarten in Stamford, Connecticut last week. Photo: Bloomberg

Class act: Five-year-old Harper Shea during her first day of kindergarten in Stamford, Connecticut last week. Photo: Bloomberg

Class act: Five-year-old Harper Shea during her first day of kindergarten in Stamford, Connecticut last week. Photo: Bloomberg

Teachers want rapid testing of suspected Covid cases in schools as a matter of urgency after more than 50 schools were found to have cases of the virus.

Teaching staff have serious concerns about what actions ought to be taken once a case of the virus is suspected in a school, said Kieran Christie, general secretary of the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI).

Primary teachers are also seeking action to ensure priority testing is provided for teachers to avoid the disruption caused when a teacher can't attend school.


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