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27/10/2021

HSE warning for parents not to name children with Covid-19 in chat groups

HSE warning for parents not to name children with Covid-19 in chat groups

The HSE has issued a warning to parents on primary school WhatsApp groups about the risks of people naming a child who has Covid-19.

Concerns have been expressed that WhatsApp messaging between parents could go increase following the decision to cease routine testing and tracing of primary schoolchildren who are close contacts of a classmate with the virus.

Granard students to rear five Angus calves in unique schools competition

Ardscoil Phádraig, Granard students Tara Spollen, Katelyn Farrell  and  Ryan Reilly  are set to rear Angus calves as part of the Certified Irish Angus school’s competition.

Longford among the medals at National Ploughing Championships

Three Longford competitors featured among the medals at the 90th National Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska, Co Laois with the focus firmly back on the Association’s ploughing roots.

The HSE told parents that it is important that “a child’s confidentiality is not broken in line with normal GDPR requirements”.

”It is important that children and families do not feel targeted or pressure to release information," the advice warned.

New guidelines for children in daycare and school settings came into effect on Monday, September 27, and marked a major change affecting all those working and attending school.

As part of the new rules, automatic contact tracing of asymptomatic close contacts in children aged over 3 months and less than 13 years, in ELC and SAC facilities, primary education, and social and sporting groups is no longer recommended.

It prompted the HSE to issue the warning this week for parents to be mindful of GDPR requirements. 

BMW driver pleads guilty to speeding at 205 km per hour on busy Longford road

A Longford solicitor was asked by a judge last week: ‘Is that how you spend your nights?’ after telling a court he had personally looked at video footage of his client’s car that had been recorded driving at over 200km/hr on the outskirts of county town.

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