Coronavirus: expanded testing begins at Polis school 

Coronavirus: expanded testing begins at Polis school 

Additional coronavirus testing in schools in Polis Chrysoschous started on Tuesday an official said, after it was announced that 300 tests would be carried out following concerns raised by parents due to the rise of cases in the area.

 

Additional coronavirus testing in schools in Polis Chrysoschous started on Tuesday an official said, after it was announced that 300 tests would be carried out following concerns raised by parents due to the rise of cases in the area.

Education ministry senior official for the Paphos district Zoe Polydorou told the Cyprus News Agency that the testing would go ahead as per the announcement by Education Minister Prodromos Prodromou on Monday.

Polydorou said there have been confirmed coronavirus cases among teachers and pupils in the district and that all protocols were strictly being followed.

Those who test positive and their close contacts self-isolate and follow courses online, she said, while the rest of the school continues to operate as normal.

“Unfortunately, we must learn to live with it, this is our everyday life now,” she said.

Parents had decided not to send their children to school after a call by the presidents of the parents associations of the Polis Chrysochous gymnasium, lyceum and technical school to keep their children at home on Monday due to the number of people testing positive at the schools.

They had said the number of confirmed positives increased tenfold last week and stood at 37 with 360 contacts out of a total of 500 students.

Prodromou, who said last week no one could decide to shut down schools apart from the ministry, announced additional testing at the Polis schools on Monday.

Head of the parents association of the Polis Chrysoschous high school, Marios Theodorou, said parents have been asked to go to the school to sign consent forms so that their children could get tested.

He said they would wait for the results of the tests to see what their next steps would be.

He added that there was concern among people because while children have been self-isolating at home as close contacts for 12 days no samples have been taken from them.

For head of the parents association of the Polis Chrysochous technical school and lyceum, Charalambos Palates, the testing will not solve the problem. He argues that of the 222 pupils at the two schools, only 69 have been invited to get tested.

He also asked what would happen with the rest of the pupils – positive cases and contacts – who have been at home for 12 days. Palates said it was this group that needed to get tested.

 

 

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