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Thornhill College in Derry latest to close due to Covid-19 spike

Pupils at Thornhill College in Derry will learn from home for the rest of the week

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."

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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