Llanelli’s entire school closed due to staff testing positive for Covid-19

An entire primary school in Llanelli has asked students to learn from home after a staff shortage due to Covid-19.

The Ysgol Gymraeg Dewi Sant on Bryndulais Avenue has had a number of positive cases and as a result a number of staff and students have been asked to self-isolate.

The number of self-isolating staff members has caused a shortage, and as a result, the whole school has required its 450 students to learn from home until the school reopens next week.

Students and staff have tested positive for Covid-19 in recent weeks, but the exact number of cases is not known.

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It comes days after some councils in Wales confirmed that they are considering closing schools early for the Christmas holidays to reduce the risk of Covid-19.

Other councils have said they have no plans to close prematurely, so what happens at the end of the term will vary across Wales depending on local decisions.

In Carmarthenshire, Councilor Rob James, leader of the Labor group in county council, said no decision had been taken but confirmed the “complex issue” was under discussion.

A spokesperson for Carmarthenshire Council said: ‘We have a regular dialogue with the Welsh government and will make decisions taking into account all available information.’

The current rate of cases per 100,000 in Carmarthenshire is 215.1 (up from 204.5).

Carmarthenshire Council has said that due to the increase in cases in the county, cases in schools are unfortunately inevitable but it is important to remember that cases related to schools do not mean that there are have been transmitted.

All of Ysgol Dewi Sant’s parents have been informed and a number are isolating themselves.

Cllr Glynog Davies, Board Member for Education and Childhood Services, said: “We can confirm that the students at Ysgol Dewi Sant have been invited to learn from home for the rest of the week due to staff issues.

“Parents whose children have been identified as potential contacts have been informed; and the school will keep all parents informed of the situation in the future.

“Regarding the positive cases, rest assured that the school has strict procedures in place to ensure the safety of students and staff.

“We understand that parents and the community will be concerned about positive case reports, however, this process of screening and contact tracing is part of the ‘new normal’ and schools are carefully following these guidelines.”

“We all have a responsibility to protect ourselves and others and it is vitally important that we follow all guidelines to reduce the spread of the coronavirus in our community.”

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