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Measures in place should pupils catch coronavirus

Island's schools reopen following summer holidays

Thousands of schoolchildren are heading back to the classroom today (Wednesday) as the new academic year begins on the Isle of Man.

The education department says attendance is compulsory unless pupils are showing signs of coronavirus.

Distinguishing between the symptoms of Covid-19 and common colds is one of the challenges facing schools this autumn.

But, Ballakermeen High School headteacher Adrienne Burnett says her school is well-prepared should a student be diagnosed with coronavirus:

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