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Ennis School’s Covid-19 Support Motoring Ahead

SCHOOLS may be closed, but the wheels on the bus of one Ennis secondary school are continuing to go round in support of the local community.
Students at Rice College are carrying out their studies at home as efforts to control Covid-19 continue across the country. And while the youngsters are hitting the books from the safety of home, the school’s mini-bus is being put to good use.
The school has begun a Community Reach Out, using the bus to provide support for the elderly and vulnerable. Principal Louis Mulqueen and Deputy Principal John Burns explain, “Thankfully all of our students are engaged in Remote Learning and we continue to support parents and teachers in ensuring ongoing teaching and learning as we navigate our way during this difficult time. Teachers are doing phenomenal work in this new educational landscape.However Management at Rice College are anxious to do what we can to assist our community in this very difficult time in other practical ways.
“As restrictions tighten some elderly and vulnerable people may feel trapped and alone. We have our own minibus and are offering to collect prescriptions, food and other essentials. If a person needs to go to a shop, post office or visit their GP we can also help.”
The service was only launched in recent days and is already proving popular. “Since our offer went out on Facebook last week we have been getting a steady stream of calls. As demand rises we will put a schedule of “Pick Up and Drop Offs” and get to anyone who contacts us.”
They confirmed that strict social distancing protocols will apply and that Ennis Gardai have been engaged with.
“If a person is in need of this service call us on 087 1949673 and we will get to you as soon as we can. Stay safe everyone.”

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