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Friday 29 September 2023 Dublin: 10°C

# Back To School

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Quiz: How well do you know these songs about school?
Don’t stand so close to… anyone
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.
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 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.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
'Clarity takes time': Education Minister responds to criticism over schools plan
A plan for the full reopening of schools will be revealed on Monday.
It is not envisaged that significant PPE will need to be worn when schools reopen, says minister
Guidelines for schools are currently being drafted.
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”.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Parents 'starting to panic' amid delays receiving school clothing allowance
Children will be returning to school in the coming weeks.
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.
Ophelia aftermath: Schools will reopen tomorrow
Minister for Education Richard Bruton announced on Twitter that schools will have to assess the damage done themselves.
This Galway teacher's comics will resonate with any múinteoir heading back to school
So so accurate.
A record number of people sought help from St Vincent de Paul last month
The new figures coincide with new data on a surge in homeless children in Dublin.
'One death is just too many': Parents told to put high-vis vests on kids as they cycle and walk to school
The RSA said children are particularly vulnerable road users and parents should ensure drivers can see them.
Expert tips for soothing your kids' back-to-school fears... and your own
This can be a stressful time of year for the whole family. But we’ve got some expert tips for dealing with it.
6 ways to cut the cost of the school run
Getting in the car costs money. Here’s how to lessen the load.
Poll: Are you worried about back-to-school costs?
Many parents will have to spend hundreds of euro in the coming weeks.
Parents pay €275 per child on secondary school books
“August will be extremely stressful for me… I will lose sleep and I will worry,” one parent said.
The average back-to-school spend is now €1,209 per child
There has been a slight drop in the number of parents getting into debt to fund these costs.