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Leaving Cert students warned to strictly adhere to public health guidelines ahead of exams

DUBLIN: Leaving Certificate students and their families are warned to make extra efforts to comply with public health guidelines in the coming weeks as State exams approach.

The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) warned Leaving Cert students to observe maximum caution in terms of COVID-19 regulations. Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan has advised sixth-year students to effectively quarantine themselves in the weeks leading up to the exams.

The alert comes as Liz Canavan, assistant secretary-general at the Department of an Taoiseach, stated that alternative provisions would not be made for students who are diagnosed with COVID-19 prior to or during the exams.

The Joint Managerial Body, which represents religious-run secondary schools, warned students and parents to be extra cautious as they will not be able to write the exam if they have been in close contact with COVID-19 patients or if they contract themselves with the disease.

The JMB said schools are acutely aware of the risks of end-of-year parties ahead of the Leaving Cert. As sixth-year students gather to celebrate their graduation parties, groups of students may congregate in unsafe settings, increasing the chances of contracting a virus.

JMB General Secretary John Curtis has warned that it is important for students to strictly adhere to public health guidelines in the coming weeks. “The date when exams start – 9 June – may seem a long way away, but the next couple of weeks will be crucial,” Mr. Curtis said.

He said that schools are doing everything possible to keep things running normally. “Between now and Bank Holiday Monday is the important time, and students and their friends and families need to be doing everything they can to ensure they have the opportunity to sit the exams,” Mr Curtis said.

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