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DGS closes as Cowal Covid cases surge

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By Gordon Neish
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DGS closes as Cowal Covid cases surge

Dunoon Grammar School announced this evening (Sunday) that lessons will be online this week as the number of Covid-19 cases in the school – and the community – rose sharply.

Announcing the move, the school said: “As you are aware a pupil tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday and a number of pupils are now self-isolating. Further to this, two members of staff have tested positive for COVID-19. As a result of these positive tests, a significant number of staff have been affected and require to self-isolate. Due to these staffing reductions, it will not be possible to continue with face-to-face learning.

“From Monday 21st June until Friday 25th June 2021 we will be moving to online learning via Google Classroom. All pupils should return to school on Monday 28th June 2021. Pupils should follow their normal timetable and log onto their google classroom at the relevant time. “Pupils should ensure they have signed up for all their Google classrooms.

“We apologise for the short notice, however, we were waiting for confirmation on how many staff were required to self-isolate.”

The school is scheduled to break up for the summer holiday next Wednesday (June 30).

The latest data from Public Health Scotland shows in the past seven days there have been nine new cases in Dunoon, 12 in Hunter’s Quay and Sandbank, six in Cowal North and four in Cowal South.

Argyll and Bute has a positive rate of 139.7 per 100,000. The rate in Dunoon is 208.7. Hunter’s Quay 237.4, Cowal North 193.7, and Cowal South 154.0.

The Scotland-wide figure is 133.4 per 100,000.

The Isle of Bute remains, according to the data, virtually Covid-free while Garelochead, near Helensburgh, tops the Argyll and Bute figures with 36 new cases, or 539.2 per 100,000.

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