Substitute staff brought in as Cork school confirms third case of Covid-19

Substitute staff brought in as Cork school confirms third case of Covid-19

Scoil Bhride, Crosshaven.

A Cork county school is set to reopen its doors tomorrow after being temporarily shut due to staffing shortages caused by Covid-19.

Scoil Bhríde in Crosshaven has confirmed its third positive case of Covid-19 among staff at the school today after two staff members previously tested positive, meaning four teachers, two Special Needs Assistants (SNAs) and the principal Séamus O’Connor had to self-isolate for 14 days.

The drop in staff at the primary school for girls forced the school board, in conjunction with the HSE, to make the decision to close on Wednesday last to assess the situation.

Speaking to The Echo, Mr O’Connor said that the third case was unrelated to the two previous cases in what he described as a “fierce unlucky” circumstance.

The school will reopen tomorrow with six substitute teachers available to teach the school’s pupils.

“A third risk assessment by public health and again our practices have stood up to scrutiny.

“We will open tomorrow. We have booked six qualified substitute teachers and are hoping to filter back teachers over the course of the week as isolation periods end,” Mr O’Connor said.

The school normally operates with eight teachers with two SNAs and two learning support teachers.

Stock image. Picture: Pexels
Stock image. Picture: Pexels

Meanwhile, a surgery in North Cork has announced its temporary closure after two of its doctors tested positive for Covid-19.

Dr Leader’s surgeries in Boherbue, Kiskeam, Ballydesmond and Rockchapel will close from Monday, October 19 to Friday, October 23.

Two doctors of the surgery tested positive for the virus while all other staff members tested negative.

Both doctors are contacting patients who they saw on Monday, October 12 and Tuesday, October 13.

A doctor has been made available on 029 76003 for telephone medical consultations and advice, Covid-19 testing, blood results, social welfare and private sick certs.

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