by Q Radio News
A second school in Northern Ireland has had to close for a deep clean following an outbreak of COVID-19 amongst one of its teachers.
The Principal of Malone College, Katrina Moore says the move is a "precautionary measure to allow me to continue protecting the entire school community at all times."
Parents information regarding our recent closure. pic.twitter.com/qa6dj54f3O— MaloneCollege (@MaloneCollege) September 23, 2020
Speaking about school closures, Education Minister Peter Weir said "there's a strong commitment to keep schools open."
A County Tyrone secondary school has also announced it has closed this morning due to an outbreak of coronavirus.
In a social media post, Holy Cross College said there were two further confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the school community.
The school has almost 1,600 pupils, both girls and boys.
Unfortunately the school has had to close at very short notice this morning due to two further confirmed cases in the...Posted by Holy Cross College on Wednesday, 23 September 2020
It is not known yet when the school will reopen.
West Tyrone MP Órfhlaith Begley says the school closure highlights the need for everyone to be vigilant and follow the public health advice.
“The closure of Holy Cross College in Strabane as a result of COVID-19 will no doubt cause concern among many parents.
“The decision was taken as a precaution for the safety of pupils, school staff and the wider community as a result of rising infection rates.
“This reinforces the need for people to adhere to the call from Michelle O’Neill last night that this is a crucial time and that everyone must play their part in helping to stop the spread of the virus by following the public health advice and regulations.
“I know this wasn't an easy decision for the school to take and the safety of pupils and staff is paramount."