Primary school closes until November after 30 outbreaks

A Co Wexford primary school has blamed «serious flaws» with revised close contact rules for the outbreak of more than 30 cases of Covid-19, forcing it to close until next month.

This follows an emergency meeting of the CBS Elementary School Board of Directors yesterday evening. The board said it was closing a school for 270 students «as a vital precaution for the health and safety of all».

Under changes to the rules last month, children in close contact with confirmed cases of Covid-19 in primary schools are no longer required to self-isolate if they are asymptomatic.

The move means that thousands of children, who were previously forced into isolation at home, were able to continue attending class.

In a letter to parents issued just before 6pm on Sunday, Principal Vicky Barrow said the school board had decided to close due to the scale of Covid-19 cases.

While the school building will remain closed, she said she will continue to teach online.

She said the school was first notified of a case in one of the school’s classrooms last October 8, and a second case two days later.

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