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Meelick school forced to close as staff members deemed close contacts of COVID-19 case

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A South-East Clare school has been forced to close until Wednesday at least as staff members have been identified as close contacts of a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Parents at Meelick NS received correspondence from the school yesterday afternoon (Wednesday) alerting them to the possible risk. With the staff members forced to restrict their movements until their results are processed, it has forced the temporary closure of the school.

No students are deemed to be at risk, The Clare Echo understands. “It is not possible for the school to remain open without any permanent member of staff so unfortunately the school will have to close immediately”.

Management of the school are hopeful it will reopen by Wednesday September 9th. Approximately 100 students are enrolled at the South Clare school.

It is the third school in the country to have closed since the reopening of schools in the past week.

Speaking at Wednesday’s press briefing, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronan Glynn urged parents not to send their children to school if they are showing symptoms of COVID-19.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, TheJournal.ie and The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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