Byrne praises speedy action following Crossmaglen school outbreak

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Tuesday, December 8th, 2020

SDLP Councillor Pete Byrne has praised the speedy action of the Board of Governors and staff at St. Joseph’s High School Crossmaglen following an outbreak of Covid-19 at the school.


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Councillor Byrne said that both staff, students and parents have shown incredible resilience since September and have risen to the challenges faced throughout the pandemic.



Byrne said, “This Covid outbreak has become a serious cause for concern for staff, parents, students and those living in the Crossmaglen area.

“I understand that considerable work has been done by the Board of Governors in collaboration with the authorities to help identify close contacts and prepare students to learn from home while self-isolating.

“I thank school leaders for their speedy actions to ensure as little disruption as possible to school life and their commitment to keeping the school community safe.”


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The local Councillor continued, “I have spoken to a number of parents since the news broke and I understand their concerns.

“I hope that communication coming from the school eases those concerns, and I have full faith in the staff to ensure the safety of all schoolchildren.

“My colleague Justin McNulty MLA is a member of the Education Committee and will be raising the outbreak at this week’s meeting and will stress the need to ensure that the school is provided with all the resources it needs at this time.



“This outbreak reminds us that our young people are not immune to Covid-19.

“Students and the wider Crossmaglen community must remain vigilant.

“The basic guidance of washing your hands, wearing a mask and keeping your distance remains at present the best way to combat this virus.

Councillor Byrne added, “Once again we require a collective community effort to stop any further spread of this disease.”




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