June 18, 2021

Wicklow school in contact with HSE due to coronavirus fears after students return from Italy

Presentation College Bray has cancelled a parent/teacher meeting tonight as a precaution due to fears about the coronavirus.

Second year students from the school returned from a ski trip in northern Italy last Friday not far from where the current outbreaks in the country have been reported.

A statement from the school says it has been in contact with the HSE over how to proceed and that anyone who is feeling ill is being advised to seek medical advice, as per the HSE guidelines.

A number of ski regions in northern Italy are now on lockdown following the spread of the illness across the area.

A statement from Presentation College Bray reads: “As many of you are already aware, some of our second years returned from a skiing trip in Italy last Friday.

“Naturally people are concerned as to what consequences this may have with regard to the coronavirus COVID-19. We have been in contact with the HSE and the advice to-date is if you are feeling unwell to contact your doctor for medical advice.

“We have spoken several times today with the HSE regarding the coronavirus. They are currently in a meeting and we are waiting for them to respond to our particular situation. As a precautionary measure, management have decided to postpone today’s second year parent/teacher meeting until a later date.

“We will inform you when a new date has been arranged. School will now finish today at the normal time of 3.50p.m. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. As soon as the HSE have advised us how we should proceed and what measures should be taken if any we will let you know.”

Meanwhile, students from three schools in Waterford have been identified as “high risk” cases for the coronavirus after recently returning from trips to Italy.

The student groups also returned from Italian trips in recent days, having spent time in the Trentino, Andalo and Folgaria regions of Nothern Italy.

It has also emerged that the HSE is also monitoring a Mount Anville school in Dublin whose students also returned from a trip to Italy, while students in a school in county Kildare are also being watched.

Commenting on the precautions and the ongoing response to coronavirus in Ireland a spokesperson for second- and third-level union the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) said:

“We will be guided on this matter by the relevant Government departments, including the Department of Education, and members should follow the most up to date public health advice issued by these departments.

“Clearly, this is a developing situation, and should additional advice or updates on any aspect of the situation be communicated to us by the Department of Education or other departments, we will of course relay this to our members.

“Of course, we would anticipate that schools and colleges will act with due prudence in ensuring the health and safety of everybody concerned.”

The HSE’s National Public Health Emergency Team is meeting later this evening “to monitor the situation in Europe and globally, and to advance preparedness plans for Ireland”.

It’s expected a statement will be issued this evening at the conclusion of the meeting.

To date there have been no confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland.

Around 50 pupils and staff at an Antrim grammar school have been sent home as a precaution against coronavirus after returning from an Italian ski holiday.

They were in the Lombardy region in the north of the country but did not visit nine towns affected by the Covid-19 infection and are showing no symptoms.

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