Denbighshire County Council continues to monitor and support schools as Covid-19 cases rise.

Case rates are monitored closely across the county and in individual school settings and where cases are identified, close contacts are encouraged to seek a PCR test to identify potential transmission.

Secondary school pupils and staff not displaying symptoms are encouraged to take twice weekly LFD tests to help identify and isolate asymptomatic cases.

All those contacted by Test, Trace, Protect (TTP) are asked to work with the teams and follow the guidance given.

Years 10 and 11 at St Brigid’s School, Denbigh, have switched to online learning for two weeks from Monday, September 27, due to a number of cases at the school.

The school took the decision following a Risk Assessment and it was based on a Health and Safety assessment.

Cllr Huw Hilditch-Roberts, Denbighshire County Council’s Lead Member for Education, Children’s Services and Public Engagement, said: “The revised arrangements for isolation following a positive case has successfully reduced the number of pupils missing out on face to face education.

“However, the current increase in case rates nationwide is impacting staffing levels and the ability for our schools to maintain face to face provision.

“This means decisions may need to be made to close classes or year groups due to the numbers of teachers in isolation.

“We will continue to monitor the situation and will take action to help keep schools safe when required.

“On behalf of the Council, I would like to thank our school staff and parents for supporting pupils and ensuring they remain safe.

“I would also like to thank parents and carers for their understanding at this time.”

Parents are encouraged to be vigilant for any symptoms and if you are in any doubt, order a PCR test for your child at https://gov.wales/get-tested-coronavirus-covid-19 or by calling 119.