Dublin primary school class sent home after one pupil tests positive for coronavirus

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Schools in England will now have to consider whether to take similar action in response to positive tests as pupils return this week.

The government said that schools should follow the existing guidance about protective measures to reduce risks for staff and pupils. It states that only pupils and staff who had been in close contact with the infected person should go home.

“Getting all children back into their classrooms full-time is a national priority, because it is the best place for their education, development and wellbeing,” said a spokesperson for the Department of Education.

“We have always been clear in our guidance about the protective measures that schools should implement to reduce risks for staff and pupils as far as possible.

“Parents are becoming increasingly confident in their children returning to school, which is testament to the work of school staff across the country who are putting in place a range of protective measures to prepare to welcome back all pupils at the start of term.”

Additional reporting by Press Association

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