Parents seek information on Covid-19 case at Douglas primary school

Parents seek information on Covid-19 case at Douglas primary school

Scoil Bhríde Eglantine in Douglas notified parents today of the news.

A school in Cork City has confirmed a positive case of Covid-19.

Scoil Bhríde Eglantine in Douglas notified parents today of the news. 

Confirmation of the Covid-19 case at Eglantine primary school in Douglas over the weekend prompted parents to seek further information from the school and whether children and families need to self-isolate or restrict their movements.

School principal Eoin Kennedy informed parents by email late on Sunday night that a case of Covid-19 was confirmed among the “school community”.

Mr Kennedy, engaged with the Cork branch of the National Public Health Team as well. 

The principal did not say whether the case was confirmed among the 550 pupils or among staff at the school but the Irish Examiner understands the case relates to a pupil attending the school.

In an “urgent” letter to parents the principal confirmed he was liaising with public health officials in relation to the confirmed case and had also contacted “relevant families”.

Mr Kennedy also advised parents to send their children to school “as normal” on Monday unless they were advised otherwise.

“I write to inform you that we have a confirmed case of Covid-19 within our school community. I have been engaging with the local Cork team of National Public Health Team,” Mr Kennedy wrote.

“I have contacted all the relevant families at this point as advised. If I have not contacted you by phone call please send your daughter to school as normal tomorrow. Our school will be open for all classes as normal,” he added.

Some parents, however, said they were in “shock” by the way the news was communicated and are seeking further information from the school.

“I sent my daughter to school this morning because I didn’t see the email and I expect many other parents didn’t either. It would've been better to send parents a text message instead of an email,” one concerned parent told the Irish Examiner.

“The letter contained zero information and just confirmed a case of Covid-19 and that the school was open as normal,” they added.

“We need to know what class the confirmed case relates to so that we, as parents, can identify any interactions with our children and whether we need to stay at home,” they continued.

“I would be concerned if it was my daughter’s class as my grandmother is in her 90s and would be vulnerable to the virus and it may be the case that we need to take extra precautions and stay home and that is something I would consider but we just don’t have that information at the moment,” they added.

The newspaper has contacted the school for an update.

School is continuing for all other students.

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