A LARGE Covid-19 outbreak has resulted in all Leaving Certificate students being sent home from Loreto Secondary School.
After a significant number of students were sent home earlier this week, management took the decision today to send all sixth years home today.
The students will be taught remotely until Wednesday, April 28, the school said.
It is believed that the outbreak is linked to attendance at house parties and other social gatherings recently.
Many Leaving Cert students have been isolating at home as either positive cases of close contacts of a positive case.
“Loreto Secondary School, Letterkenny, is committed to providing a safe learning environment for all our students and a safe learning workplace for all our staff,” the school said in a statement.
“After consultation with the HSE and the Department of Education regarding the Covid outbreak in our Leaving Certificate Year, the Board of Management has decided that the Sixth Year students will be taught remotely at home until Wednesday 28th April.
“This decision has not been taken lightly as we know that this is a very important time in our student’s final year, however it is not tenable to teach while some of the sixth years are able to attend school yet the majority are not. This is the best temporary solution.
“We ask that the Parents/Guardians of our Sixth Years to ensure that their daughters stay safe and remain positive so that they can return to school next Wednesday 28th April.”
It is understood that some students will not be finished their isolation period by that date and will be required to remain at home until the mandatory time has elapsed.
The Royal and Prior School in Raphoe confirmed earlier in the week that they were also dealing with conformed cases, while measures have been put in place at Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair after a teacher tested positive for the coronavirus.
Alternating year groups will stay at home one day a week with Leaving Cert students at the west Donegal school every day.
This evening, health officials announced 84 new cases of Covid-19 in Donegal, with the county now having the highest 14-day incidence rate in the country.Tags: