Garden shed will have to be used as Covid-19 isolation room, says school – The Irish Times

A primary school in Co Westmeath says it will have to use a garden shed as an isolation room if any child displays symptoms of Covid-19.

Staff at Clonbonny National School, near Athlone, have also criticised what they described as a lack of assistance from the Department of Education in finding additional space to comply with physical distancing rules.

In one classroom, school principal Joan Donnelly said there were 37 children sharing a classroom without the recommended one metre distance between desks.

The Department of Education said on Wednesday that it was in contact with the school in relation to its accommodation issues.

In relation to the use of the shed, a spokesman said while isolation areas should be a separate room subject to resources, it may also be “an area within a classroom where a distance of at least two metres from all other people in the room can

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