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.
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.