TWO SCHOOLS in Ireland have sent students home following the confirmation of a number of coronavirus cases.
The schools, both in Co. Kerry, found out about the Covid-19 cases on Thursday, and made the decision to send all pupils who could be at risk of infection or the spread of infection home.
One of them, a secondary school, discovered that a student had been diagnosed with the virus, and decided to remove all students in the same year group and ask them to remain in their homes.
The student is currently waiting for further guidance from the HSE regarding their infection.
The other school, a primary school in the same area of the county, sent students home from two classes after a child tested positive.
The news comes after another primary school in Co. Clare was closed for a time last week when a number of staff members were identified as close contacts of someone outside the school who had been diagnosed with Covid-19.
Parents of all pupils at the school were informed that they plan to reopen on Wednesday, September 9.
Two days ago, a school in Dublin sent a number of students home who were also found to be close contacts of someone with coronavirus, though the school remains open and operational for the time being.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday a confirmed Covid-19 case was identified at a primary school in the Irish capital, which saw an entire class sent home for a period of two weeks.