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#Back To School

# back-to-school - Yesterday's News

Free school books for primary school students in Budget education package
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Free school books for primary school students in Budget education package

Updated Mon 9:52 AM 28,161 Views 35 Comments

There has been widespread support for the announcement.

# back-to-school - Wednesday 31 August, 2022

St Vincent de Paul received 30 calls an hour from parents unable to meet back to school costs
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St Vincent de Paul received 30 calls an hour from parents unable to meet back to school costs

Aug 31st 2022, 3:08 PM 10,599 Views 4 Comments

Many parents are struggling to make ends meet.

Poll: Have you noticed more traffic today?
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Poll: Have you noticed more traffic today?

Aug 31st 2022, 10:30 AM 19,535 Views 13 Comments

Many schools are reopening today or later this week.

# back-to-school - Tuesday 30 August, 2022

Therapist: Back-to-school anxiety is real for many pupils this week - here's how you can help
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Therapist: Back-to-school anxiety is real for many pupils this week - here's how you can help

Updated Aug 30th 2022, 1:42 PM 19,807 Views 18 Comments

Susi Lodola writes about what causes anxiety in children, how to identify it and what you parents and guardians can do to help.

# back-to-school - Monday 29 August, 2022

Difficulties in procuring extra buses and drivers for school transport scheme, says Foley
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Difficulties in procuring extra buses and drivers for school transport scheme, says Foley

Updated Aug 29th 2022, 5:47 PM 28,947 Views 47 Comments

The Education Minister has said that there are plans to increase the capacity of the scheme amid unprecedented demand.

# back-to-school - Tuesday 26 July, 2022

Most parents concerned about cost of sending children back to school, survey says
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Most parents concerned about cost of sending children back to school, survey says

Jul 26th 2022, 6:00 AM 10,766 Views 26 Comments

The survey found that parents were concerned about the costs amid the ongoing cost-of-living crisis.

# back-to-school - Monday 11 July, 2022

Bonus back-to-school payment to be brought forward and paid next week
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Bonus back-to-school payment to be brought forward and paid next week

Jul 11th 2022, 8:32 AM 25,825 Views 16 Comments

It was due to be paid in August.

# back-to-school - Wednesday 6 July, 2022

Back to school costs: Parents spending €1,518 on average as Dáil hears calls for more action
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Back to school costs: Parents spending €1,518 on average as Dáil hears calls for more action

Updated Jul 6th 2022, 12:57 PM 21,129 Views 81 Comments

The number of parents in debt over back to school costs has increased by 5% to 29%.

# back-to-school - Tuesday 5 July, 2022

School transport fees to be waived for the year as Government announce back-to-school package
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School transport fees to be waived for the year as Government announce back-to-school package

Updated Jul 5th 2022, 7:10 PM 61,601 Views 61 Comments

The proposal is set to cost €67 million.

'We've no way to buy cheaper uniforms': Parents facing price hikes ahead of new school term
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'We've no way to buy cheaper uniforms': Parents facing price hikes ahead of new school term

Jul 5th 2022, 6:30 AM 17,131 Views 27 Comments
  • Poverty campaigners and parents’ groups frequently highlight the cost of going back to school every summer.
  • There are growing fears that the cost-of-living crisis will place an additional burden on parents, Emer Moreau writes.

# back-to-school - Tuesday 4 January, 2022

Schools set to re-open on Thursday as safety measures deemed 'effective and appropriate'
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Schools set to re-open on Thursday as safety measures deemed 'effective and appropriate'

Updated Jan 4th 2022, 9:55 PM 198,924 Views 195 Comments
  • The Department of Education said there was no public health rationale to delay the reopening.
  • The ASTI has said that some classes may be prioritised if adequate teaching staff was not available.
  • The leaders of the three government coalition parties also met this afternoon and green lit the plans for schools.

# back-to-school - Friday 31 December, 2021

Minister to meet with unions next week as 'plan is for schools to reopen'
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Minister to meet with unions next week as 'plan is for schools to reopen'

Dec 31st 2021, 4:57 PM 39,204 Views 51 Comments

The Christmas break will end for most schools next week.

# back-to-school - Tuesday 21 September, 2021

Education Minister rejects accusation of ‘complacency’ over return of schools
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Education Minister rejects accusation of ‘complacency’ over return of schools

Sep 21st 2021, 8:22 PM 18,588 Views 22 Comments

Some opposition politicians were critical of what they labelled “confusing” guidance for when pupils are designated as close contacts.

# back-to-school - Saturday 28 August, 2021

Q&A: The latest Covid-19 protocols for secondary schools as students return to classes
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Q&A: The latest Covid-19 protocols for secondary schools as students return to classes

Aug 28th 2021, 8:30 AM 18,243 Views 31 Comments

Students across the country have been returning to school this week.

# back-to-school - Thursday 26 August, 2021

Hundreds of struggling parents call SVP everyday as back-to-school costs bite
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Hundreds of struggling parents call SVP everyday as back-to-school costs bite

Aug 26th 2021, 10:01 PM 20,070 Views 48 Comments

The charity said the cost of iPads and tablets is a particular cause of concern.

# back-to-school - Monday 23 August, 2021

832 outbreaks of Covid-19 in schools since last August, HSE reports
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832 outbreaks of Covid-19 in schools since last August, HSE reports

Aug 23rd 2021, 8:50 AM 16,650 Views 69 Comments

More than 46,000 Covid-19 cases have been recorded in children and teenagers up to July.

# back-to-school - Wednesday 28 July, 2021

Most parents believe children will require additional supports when back to school - survey
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Most parents believe children will require additional supports when back to school - survey

Jul 28th 2021, 11:10 AM 11,941 Views 6 Comments

63% were concerned about their children’s emotional development and 51% were concerned about social skills.

# back-to-school - Tuesday 27 July, 2021

New Covid variants 'do not change' the measures needed in schools, Foley says
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New Covid variants 'do not change' the measures needed in schools, Foley says

Jul 27th 2021, 4:43 PM 14,037 Views 12 Comments

The department is planning for a “full reopening” of schools in August/September.

# back-to-school - Sunday 25 July, 2021

Minister seeks to 'reassure parents' that a full reopening of schools is planned
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Minister seeks to 'reassure parents' that a full reopening of schools is planned

Jul 25th 2021, 3:33 PM 34,972 Views 38 Comments

Minister Norma Foley said the return of children to the classroom for the new school term is a priority.

# back-to-school - Thursday 15 July, 2021

Parents spending almost €1,500 a year sending children to secondary school - survey
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Parents spending almost €1,500 a year sending children to secondary school - survey

Jul 15th 2021, 6:10 AM 13,892 Views 51 Comments

The average debt parents find themselves in is €336.

# back-to-school - Friday 26 March, 2021

Remaining secondary students to return to school on 12 April
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Remaining secondary students to return to school on 12 April

Mar 26th 2021, 7:52 PM 17,453 Views 28 Comments

The last phase of the reopening will see first to fourth-year students return to in-person learning.

# back-to-school - Monday 1 March, 2021

Schools: Phased reopening begins as Education Minister says antigen testing has not yet been recommended
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Schools: Phased reopening begins as Education Minister says antigen testing has not yet been recommended

Updated Mar 1st 2021, 1:53 PM 36,138 Views 43 Comments

Sixth years and young primary school students are among those who returned to school today.

# back-to-school - Friday 26 February, 2021

Close-contact positivity something 'we really need to watch' as schools return
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Close-contact positivity something 'we really need to watch' as schools return

Updated Feb 26th 2021, 2:27 PM 25,682 Views 49 Comments

The so-called UK variant now accounts for about 92% of cases in this country.

# back-to-school - Thursday 18 February, 2021

Cabinet sub-committee gives green light for phased reopening of schools in March and April
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Cabinet sub-committee gives green light for phased reopening of schools in March and April

Updated Feb 18th 2021, 7:45 PM 88,101 Views 71 Comments

It’s understood it’s likely there will be little easing of restrictions until May.

# back-to-school - Tuesday 29 September, 2020

More than 4,000 children and teachers tested for Covid-19 since schools opened
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More than 4,000 children and teachers tested for Covid-19 since schools opened

Sep 29th 2020, 12:43 PM 22,936 Views 21 Comments

HSE CEO Paul Reid said there have been 180 index cases, with a further 84 linked to those.

# back-to-school - Thursday 10 September, 2020

Over 3,000 students turned down for school bus tickets, according to new figures
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Over 3,000 students turned down for school bus tickets, according to new figures

Sep 10th 2020, 7:45 AM 23,026 Views 24 Comments

TD Mattie McGrath said that the ‘archaic’ system was facing a worrying backlog.

# back-to-school - Sunday 30 August, 2020

'It's a huge risk': Pregnant teaching staff say they've been left in the dark over the return of schools
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'It's a huge risk': Pregnant teaching staff say they've been left in the dark over the return of schools

Aug 30th 2020, 12:05 AM 53,140 Views 54 Comments

Many teachers complain they’ve received little guidance or assurances about how pregnant staff will be looked after.

# back-to-school - Thursday 27 August, 2020

Is your child worried about going to school? An expert has some tips for parents
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Is your child worried about going to school? An expert has some tips for parents

Aug 27th 2020, 6:15 AM 13,893 Views 12 Comments

Many children, and parents, are anxious about schools reopening.

# back-to-school - Wednesday 26 August, 2020

'For the love of God': Anger as shed to be used as Covid-19 isolation room at Athlone school
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'For the love of God': Anger as shed to be used as Covid-19 isolation room at Athlone school

Updated Aug 26th 2020, 3:03 PM 56,689 Views 162 Comments

The school’s principal said the situation is “not ideal”.

# back-to-school - Tuesday 25 August, 2020

'It's up to everyone to try their best to get this right': Inside a Wicklow school preparing to reopen
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'It's up to everyone to try their best to get this right': Inside a Wicklow school preparing to reopen

Aug 25th 2020, 8:00 PM 16,142 Views 6 Comments

We paid a socially distant visit to St Kevin’s Community College in Dunlavin.

Return to school: Two-thirds of principals say they have teachers with underlying health issues
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Return to school: Two-thirds of principals say they have teachers with underlying health issues

Updated Aug 25th 2020, 11:53 AM 61,990 Views 130 Comments

Second-level schools should delay reopening if they can’t implement social distancing, according to the TUI.

# back-to-school - Monday 24 August, 2020

New cough, stay at home. Runny nose, attend school: HSE releases new advice for parents
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New cough, stay at home. Runny nose, attend school: HSE releases new advice for parents

Aug 24th 2020, 6:28 PM 179,086 Views 43 Comments

The advice notes that: “Every year, schoolchildren get colds, flu and other infections”.

NI schools to re-open today despite concerns from teachers about Covid-19
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NI schools to re-open today despite concerns from teachers about Covid-19

Aug 24th 2020, 7:00 AM 13,504 Views 5 Comments

The North’s chief medical officer Dr Michael McBride has insisted it is safe to return.

# back-to-school - Friday 21 August, 2020

Quiz: How well do you know these songs about school?
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Quiz: How well do you know these songs about school?

Aug 21st 2020, 9:30 PM 51,752 Views 8 Comments

Don’t stand so close to… anyone

# back-to-school - Sunday 16 August, 2020

The mental health system is preparing for a 'tsunami' of cases from young people - staff are worried it can't cope
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The mental health system is preparing for a 'tsunami' of cases from young people - staff are worried it can't cope

Aug 16th 2020, 7:15 AM 25,999 Views 19 Comments

Long waiting lists and a disjointed system have already caused major issues.

# back-to-school - Friday 14 August, 2020

TDs seek clarity on social distancing rules for school buses as minister says there's been 'significant progress' on reopening plans
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TDs seek clarity on social distancing rules for school buses as minister says there's been 'significant progress' on reopening plans

Updated Aug 14th 2020, 7:23 PM 25,209 Views 30 Comments

Social distancing is a rule while waiting for school buses but not on them.

# back-to-school - Wednesday 12 August, 2020

Back to school costs rising at secondary and primary level as 27% of parents find themselves in debt
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Back to school costs rising at secondary and primary level as 27% of parents find themselves in debt

Aug 12th 2020, 7:57 AM 18,883 Views 36 Comments

The average debt for parents to cover back-to-school costs is €397.

# back-to-school - Friday 7 August, 2020

Secondary students: 'If you want us to wear face masks in the classroom, we'll do it'
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Secondary students: 'If you want us to wear face masks in the classroom, we'll do it'

Updated Aug 7th 2020, 11:15 AM 67,625 Views 94 Comments

Students at third level institutions have been advised to wear face coverings if they cannot maintain a distance of two metres.

# back-to-school - Thursday 30 July, 2020

'I have no clue what it will be like when she goes back': Parents share their fears about their children returning to school
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'I have no clue what it will be like when she goes back': Parents share their fears about their children returning to school

Jul 30th 2020, 6:00 AM 14,253 Views 0 Comments

Children also told of their worries about the new layout of classes.

# back-to-school - Tuesday 28 July, 2020

How will school pods and 'class bubbles' work?
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How will school pods and 'class bubbles' work?

Jul 28th 2020, 8:24 AM 38,733 Views 55 Comments

The aim is that if a student contracts the virus, then only their pod or classroom would have to be sent home to self-isolate.

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