Pupils sent home as child at NI primary school tests postive for COVID-19

Some pupils at an NI primary school have been sent home after a child tested positive for COVID-19.

The principal of St Anthony’s Primary School in Craigavon, Mr P Mallon, said the school had received confirmation of the positive result today.

He said: “I have sought and followed the most up-to-date advice from the Public Health Agency (PHA). Parents of the children in this class were informed as well as all relevant bodies.

“All children in this bubble were sent home and the class will remain closed until further notice.

St Anthony's PS in Craigavon. Photo courtesy of Google.

“An enhanced clean of the school has been arranged.

“I do appreciate the concerns of parents, pupils and the wider school community and wish to reassure you that every precaution has been taken.

“All other children remain unaffected and should attend school as normal.

“Ensuring the safe return of pupils and saff to school is my absolute priority and I will continue to monitor this situation carefully and keep you informed.

“Thank you for your patience and understanding at this time,” said Mr Mallon.


A message from the Editor:

Thank you for reading this story on our website. While I have your attention, I also have an important request to make of you.

In order for us to continue to provide high quality and trusted local news on this free-to-read site, I am asking you to also please purchase a copy of our newspaper whenever you are able to do so.

Our journalists are highly trained and our content is independently regulated by IPSO to some of the most rigorous standards in the world. But being your eyes and ears comes at a price. So we need your support more than ever to buy our newspapers during this crisis.

With the coronavirus lockdown having a major impact on many of our local valued advertisers - and consequently the advertising that we receive - we are more reliant than ever on you helping us to provide you with news and information by buying a copy of our newspaper when you can safely.

You can also enjoy unlimited access to the best news from across Northern Ireland and the UK by subscribing to newsletter.co.uk

With a digital subscription, you can read more than five articles, see fewer ads, enjoy faster load times, and get access to exclusive newsletters and content. Visit https://www.newsletter.co.uk/subscriptions now to sign up.

Thank you