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Confirmed Covid-19 case at Drogheda’s Ballymakenny College

Ballymakenny College in Drogheda
Ballymakenny College in Drogheda.

A confirmed case of Covid-19 has been notified at Ballymakenny College in Drogheda, it has emerged this evening (Wednesday).

A public health risk assessment has been undertaken and the parents of children deemed to be close contacts of the confirmed case have been contacted and advised accordingly.

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The school will remain open and all students not identified as a close contact of the positive case may continue to attend school and are not required to undergo a Covid-19 test.

Parents have been advised that if their child develops any symptoms suggestive of COVID19 infection – such as a cough, a fever, loss or change in sense of taste or smell – that they do not send their child to school and to phone their GP an restrict their child’s movements, as per public health advice.

If a child has developed symptoms, their siblings should also be kept home from school.

The school has introduced a number of Covid-19 guidelines for the reopening of schools this month, including opening the school to students no earlier than 8.15am – and separating junior and senior cycle students before school and during break and lunch periods.

No games are permitted during lunch periods and when re-entering the building after lunch, each year must enter through a designated entrance. Students do not yet have access to their lockers, with the school saying they may be re-introduced on a phased basis later in the year.

Meanwhile, the canteen at Ballymakenny College remains closed until mid-September when it will reopen using a cashless system.

Ballymakenny College opened its doors to the new first year intake on Monday August 31, with this year’s Leaving Cert class following the next day.  The multi-denominational school had 843 pupils last year.

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