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Derry secondary school closes due to a rising number of positive Covid-19 cases

 Thornhill College in Derry is to close for one week due to a rising number of positive Covid-19 cases.Photo: Google

A LARGE school in Derry is among the latest to close due to a rising number of positive Covid-19 cases.

The all-girls Thornhill College was shut for a deep clean yesterday.

Staff will deliver virtual teaching to pupils for the rest of the week.

In an email to parents, it said governors were "mindful of the rising number of positive Covid-19 cases in the school and the associated number of absences from those who are self-isolating".

"The school has been working closely with PHA on the public tracking system and is advising any member of the school community to contact the PHA directly in the coming week to report any health issues relating to Covid-19 matters," it added.

"This has been requested due to staff shortages within the school for Covid-19 reasons."

In the last seven days, 1,426 people have tested positive in the Derry City and Strabane District Council area.

St Genevieve's High School in west Belfast, meanwhile, has told pupils they will be learning from home for one day a week until Halloween.

Principal Jackie Bartley said the move was necessary "to avoid a whole school closure due to reduced staffing levels".

Only those in Year 12 and 14 will attend every day.

"Pupils will be expected to follow their normal timetable for that day and will be given tasks by their class teachers, which will be followed up on their next day of school," Ms Bartley said.


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