Wexford school with Covid outbreak forced to reopen by Department of Education

Wexford school with Covid outbreak forced to reopen by Department of Education

A Wexford school which had over 35% of its student absent last Friday due to a Covid outbreak has been forced to re-open by the Department of Education.

The board of management at CBS Primary School in Wexford town wrote to parents on Sunday night explaining that the school would shut until November in order to try and stem the outbreak.

However, those plans have now been squashed by the Government, with a new email sent to parents on Tuesday evening explaining that the school would be “ready to welcome children” from Wednesday morning.

The email, coming directly from Principal Vicky Barron, noted that the board still had “ongoing concerns” around the safety of the situation and plead with parents not to send asymptomatic pupils into class.

It all stemmed after a child tested positive on October 8.

Under revised HSE guidelines for schools, children in classrooms are no longer classed as close contacts and no contact tracing was carried out after the initial positive test.

This led to the outbreak as the virus quickly spread throughout the school, leaving 35% of students missing on Friday afternoon as a result.

CBS Primary School, Wexford

CBS Primary School, Wexford

In her original note to parents, Ms Barron explained: “As Monday, October 11 progressed, we were informed of two more positive cases in 2nd class and the Board of Management took the serious decision to close this class. It was only on Tuesday 12th that the HSE recognised that the entire class were close contacts and sent all children for testing.”

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