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#Back To School

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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'

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

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?

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.

'If ever there is a time to reduce class sizes, it is during a pandemic': Opposition react to reopening plan for schools

The government published its plan to reopen schools yesterday.

# back-to-school - Monday 27 July, 2020

Pre-assigned seats and face masks: The new rules for Irish schoolchildren getting the bus

The rules will be in place on School Transport Scheme services operated by Bus Éireann.

Here's a breakdown of where the government's €376m funding to re-open schools will be spent

The plan includes €53 million for 1,000 extra teachers at post-primary level and a €52.2 million school cleaning grant.

1,000 extra secondary teachers: Government unveils €375m plan to re-open schools at end of August

All schools have been closed since March 12 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

# back-to-school - Friday 24 July, 2020

'Clarity takes time': Education Minister responds to criticism over schools plan

A plan for the full reopening of schools will be revealed on Monday.

# back-to-school - Wednesday 24 June, 2020

It is not envisaged that significant PPE will need to be worn when schools reopen, says minister

Guidelines for schools are currently being drafted.

# back-to-school - Friday 12 June, 2020

Special summer school programmes with supports for children with special needs get green light

Minister for Education Joe McHugh said he hopes that schools, teachers and SNAs “feel they can get involved”.

# back-to-school - Monday 11 May, 2020

Nearly 400,000 UK parents sign petition asking government for greater choice on early return to school

Boris Johnson has announced that children could start returning to school in England from 1 June.

# back-to-school - Tuesday 1 October, 2019

Sinn Féin proposes free GP visits, back-to-school bonuses and welfare hikes in alternative budget

Sinn Féin also wants to introduce an annual ‘Back to School Bonus Child Benefit Payment’ of €140

# back-to-school - Saturday 31 August, 2019

From the Garden: Healthy back to school recipes to break free from the ham sandwich

Salads, stews and cold omelettes are great options for a back to school lunchbox.

# back-to-school - Tuesday 27 August, 2019

Poll: Should the government pay for all primary school books? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should the government pay for all primary school books?

Making primary school books free every year would “significantly reduce financial stress” on parents, SVP has argued.

SVP dealing with up to 300 calls a day from parents concerned about back-to-school costs

The charity said it took approximately 250 to 300 calls per day from parents last week.

# back-to-school - Thursday 1 August, 2019

Parents say they're avoiding paying bills to deal with the cost of sending their children to school

That’s according to the Barnardos School Costs Survey, published today.

# back-to-school - Tuesday 16 July, 2019

Parents are spending €1,399 getting their child ready to go back to secondary school

Parents of primary school students are paying €50 less than last year, while parents of secondary school students are paying €20 more.

# back-to-school - Monday 17 June, 2019

Government to provide extra €25 per child after funding boost for back to school allowance

Funding for the scheme increased to €56 million in Budget 2019.

# back-to-school - Friday 31 August, 2018

From The Daily Edge Amy Huberman shared a gas back-to-school photo of Brian O'Driscoll Back To School

Amy Huberman shared a gas back-to-school photo of Brian O'Driscoll

Why does this 39-year-old man look so much like a child?

# back-to-school - Tuesday 28 August, 2018

12 nifty organisation tips that'll make the school year a whole lot easier

From making the whiteboard your Holy Grail to double-checking the schoolbags.

‘Your mammy hasn’t paid for your books’: SVP reports 20% increase in calls for back to school help

The Department of Employment Affairs has experienced delays in processing some back-to-school allowance applications.

From The Daily Edge Irish people on Twitter have been sharing some really lovely things teachers did for them back in school Back To School

Irish people on Twitter have been sharing some really lovely things teachers did for them back in school

This will probably make you miss school.

# back-to-school - Tuesday 21 August, 2018

Parents Panel: What's your one tip for keeping back-to-school costs low?

Start buying during the sales, ask for vouchers as gifts – and skip the brand new schoolbag.

# back-to-school - Tuesday 14 August, 2018

8 reasons I'm already desperate for the kids' summer holidays to be over

We’re on the home stretch now and I can taste the sweet relief, writes Ciara McDonnell.

# back-to-school - Sunday 12 August, 2018

Parents 'starting to panic' amid delays receiving school clothing allowance

Children will be returning to school in the coming weeks.

# back-to-school - Thursday 2 August, 2018

CAO issues thousands of 'Round Zero' offers to prospective college students

A total of 4,738 offers have been issued today, before Round One offers are made to Leaving Certificate students on August 20.

Parents report going hungry over cost of sending their children to school

Average back-to-school costs have risen at all levels since last year.

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