Cork school forced to shut over Covid staffing issues hopes to reopen on Monday

Cork school forced to shut over Covid staffing issues hopes to reopen on Monday

More than 200 girls are taught at Scoil Bhríde in Crosshaven.

A national school in Crosshaven, which closed due to staffing shortages related to Covid, hopes to reopen on Monday.

More than 200 girls are taught at Scoil Bhríde in Crosshaven. Due to two positive Covid cases among staff at the school, four teachers, two Special Needs Assistants (SNAs) and the principal Séamus O’Connor had to self-isolate for 14 days. 

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

Speaking to The Echo, Mr O’Connor said they had managed to secure five teaching subs and two SNA subs from Monday and the staff who are self-isolating, which includes two teachers and one SNA, would hopefully recommence work from the Friday 23 October.

“Practically all staff have passed their first test and are awaiting their second test,” Mr O’Connor said.

“It took a couple of days to secure the subs, it is very hard to get people at the end of a week so that is why we had to close the school, we just didn’t have the numbers of staff to open.” 

In relation to the school procedures and his staff, Mr O’Connor said the fact that all of the adults and pupils who were required to be tested are negative, was an indication of the good practices devised and followed by staff.

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