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Portlaoise secondary school informs 5th year students to stay at home after confirmed Coronavirus case

Students in 5th year in St Mary’s CBS in Portlaoise have been informed to stay at home for the next seven school days following a confirmed case of Coronavirus with one of the students.

“We have been notified today by the HSE that one of our 5th year students has tested positive for Covid-19,” said a message to parents this evening.

“We wish this student a speedy and full recovery.

“We have been advised by the Department of Public Health, HSE Midlands that our 5th year students should be educated from home until Wednesday, October 21,” said the message.

Classes will be run via Microsoft Teams as per the VSware timetable from Monday morning, October 12., from 9am to 4pm.

All homework should be submitted through teams and “if by chance a teacher is absent their classwork and homework will be posted up on Teams”.

“If your 5th year son has a sibling in the school, they should attend as normal. For all other year groups, school will continue as normal.

“All parents should remind their sons that this virus is real, it is in our community and we must all follow the HSE Guidelines in the letter.

School management says the HSE letter giving further details to parents of 5th pupils, will be emailed to all parents on Sunday and Monday.

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