A RHYL school has been closed and hundreds of pupils have been asked to self-isolate due to covid-19.

The Journal reported earlier today (Friday) how 101 pupils and one staff member at Christ the Word Catholic School in Rhyl were to be required to self-isolate following a confirmed Covid 19 case associated with the school.

Denbighshire County Council has now confirmed that a decision has been taken to close the school, due to "a number of coronavirus cases associated with the school".

A spokesman said: "Today, 452 pupils have been asked to self-isolate following further confirmed Covid 19 cases with the school.

"Following discussions between the school, the Council and Public Health Wales, it has been decided to close the school, to ensure appropriate measures are in place to protect pupils, staff and the wider community.

"The school will provide virtual learning / home learning packs for pupils from Monday, October 19 and this information will be communicated to parents and guardians via the usual e-mail arrangements. The school will re-open as normal on Tuesday, November 3.

"The childcare facility at Christ the Word has also closed.

"Meanwhile, 18 pupils and 1 staff at Prestatyn High School will be required to self-isolate until October 27 following a confirmed Covid 19 case associated with the school.   The school remains open for all other pupils.
"Parents/guardians have been advised to remain alert for the main symptoms of coronavirus: A new or continuous cough, a high temperature, a loss of or change to sense of smell or taste.

"Those advised to self-isolated should book a coronavirus test if they develop any of these symptoms, even if they are mild.

"A test can be booked by phoning 119 or online: www.gov.wales/test-trace-protect-coronavirus

"Advice requires those self-isolating to stay at home, not to go outdoors to exercise, to visit shops, family or friends, or to other public spaces.

"Please do not invite people to your house.Further formation on Test, Trace, Protect can be found here https://gov.wales/test-trace-protect-coronavirus"