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Polis Chrysochous parents associations again call for children to stay home

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The presidents of the parents associations of the Polis Chrysochous gymnasium, lyceum and technical school on Sunday urged parents to keep their children at home on Monday as there are so many cases at the schools.

Marios Theodorou and Charalambos Palates said taking in mind the epidemiological picture this is the safest thing to do.

They said the number of confirmed cases had increased ten fold in the last two days, and now stood at 37 cases with 360 contacts out of a total of 500 students.

The parents associations in common with the school board and the municipality made a similar appeal at the end of last week with the result that very few children turned up for school on Friday.

The minister of education said no one has the right to close a school except the ministry.

They said they are not calling for the schools to be closed but for children to stay at home and follow lessons online.

They also accused the minister of bullying the students with the threat they would have their absences counted if they did not turn up for school and said there was a criminal delay in tracing contacts.

In a statement they said they are ready to work with the ministry and are waiting for the minister to open a channel of communication with them to solve the serious problems the schools of Polis Chrysochous.

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