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South Armagh primary school confirms pupil has tested positive for Covid-19

'I do appreciate the concerns of parents, pupils and the wider school community and wish to reassure you that every precaution has been taken'

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A south Armagh primary school has confirmed a pupil has tested positive for Covid-19.

Jonesborough Primary School has written to parents after the confirmation in a bid to address concerns.

Principal Donal Keenan said the classroom where the child had been taught has been closed to undergo an “enhanced clean”.

And anyone who may have been in contact with the pupil is expected to be contacted by the Public Health Agency.

The school remains open.

Mr Keenan, in his letter, confirmed the child – in P2/3 – had contracted Covid-19 and he had contacted the Public Health Agency for the most up-to-date advice.

This, he assured, was being followed at every stage.

Mr Keenan wrote: “If your child is in Primary 2/3 and therefore may have been in close proximity to the positive case last Friday, your details have been passed on to the PHA who will be in touch with you shortly with the latest advice on what you should do next.

“All children in primary 2/3 will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days from the last date of contact (in school, Friday, 28th August).

“If you are not contacted by PHA then your child was not in close contact with the positive case and your child is free to return to school.

“At this stage, the classroom has been closed and will undergo an enhanced clean in the coming days.

“All other areas around the school remain unaffected.

“I do appreciate the concerns of parents, pupils and the wider school community and wish to reassure you that every precaution has been taken.

“Ensuring the safety of pupils and staff is my absolute priority and I will continue to monitor this situation carefully and keep you informed.”

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