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#Schools

# schools - Wednesday 31 August, 2022

Poll: Have you noticed more traffic today?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Have you noticed more traffic today?

Aug 31st 2022, 10:30 AM 19,553 Views 13 Comments

Many schools are reopening today or later this week.

# schools - Monday 18 July, 2022

New SPHE syllabus to teach Junior Certs how to recognise domestic violence, minister says
# Sex Education
# Sex Education

New SPHE syllabus to teach Junior Certs how to recognise domestic violence, minister says

Updated Jul 18th 2022, 3:03 PM 14,077 Views 0 Comments

Emotional wellbeing, gender, and how to be safe online will be updated features of a new SPHE curriculum.

# schools - Monday 6 June, 2022

Nearly 7,000 Ukrainian students enrolled in Irish schools
# War In Ukraine
# War In Ukraine

Nearly 7,000 Ukrainian students enrolled in Irish schools

Jun 6th 2022, 6:00 AM 16,218 Views 8 Comments

Nearly 1,000 children and teens have enrolled in schools here since mid May.

# schools - Monday 16 May, 2022

Nearly 6,000 Ukrainian children and teens enrolled in Irish schools
# Ukraine
# Ukraine

Nearly 6,000 Ukrainian children and teens enrolled in Irish schools

May 16th 2022, 6:00 AM 13,565 Views 10 Comments

The Department will continue to publish figures on the enrolment of Ukrainian children each month.

# schools - Tuesday 10 May, 2022

Govt to pay up to 70% of inflation-related construction costs on State projects
# Rising Costs
# Rising Costs

Govt to pay up to 70% of inflation-related construction costs on State projects

May 10th 2022, 1:45 PM 11,254 Views 15 Comments

The minister says there is a real risk of projects not being completed if the State didn’t step in.

# schools - Wednesday 13 April, 2022

Parents left stressed after schools report children to Tusla for missing days due to Covid
# Attendance
# Attendance

Parents left stressed after schools report children to Tusla for missing days due to Covid

Apr 13th 2022, 12:05 AM 53,426 Views 35 Comments

# schools - Friday 25 March, 2022

Schools under 'incredible pressure' due to staff shortages amid current Covid-19 wave
# Schools
# Schools

Schools under 'incredible pressure' due to staff shortages amid current Covid-19 wave

Mar 25th 2022, 12:05 AM 51,661 Views 67 Comments
  • Staff absence in schools is reportedly "very high" due to the current wave of the virus.
  • The Department of Education said its helpline remains open to support schools.
  • It said measures taken to support the supply of substitute teachers also remain in place.

# schools - Tuesday 22 February, 2022

Cabinet agrees to end almost all Covid-19 health measures from next Monday
# Masks
# Masks

Cabinet agrees to end almost all Covid-19 health measures from next Monday

Updated Feb 22nd 2022, 7:57 PM 76,990 Views 69 Comments

Updated guidance will be issued for early learning and childcare providers on preventing the spread of infection.

# schools - Tuesday 15 February, 2022

Mask wearing looks set to become optional in the coming weeks
# Nphet
# Nphet

Mask wearing looks set to become optional in the coming weeks

Feb 15th 2022, 6:21 PM 106,735 Views 132 Comments
  • The mask requirement on public transport, shops and in schools is expected to be lifted soon
  • The move will be one of the biggest changes in the pandemic, writes Christina Finn
  • Members of NPHET met with Health Minister Stephen Donnelly on Monday night

# schools - Saturday 12 February, 2022

Galway, Kerry and Wexford schools celebrate GAA senior provincial final wins
# Rising Stars
From The42
# Rising Stars

Galway, Kerry and Wexford schools celebrate GAA senior provincial final wins

Feb 12th 2022, 3:40 PM 8,355 Views 2 Comments

The silverware is heading to Tuam, Killarney and New Ross.

# schools - Saturday 15 January, 2022

Leaving Cert student: The government needs to listen to students for once and for all
# Schools Reopening
# Schools Reopening

Leaving Cert student: The government needs to listen to students for once and for all

Jan 15th 2022, 7:00 PM 21,852 Views 0 Comments

Stella Butler shares her frustration at what she feels is a lack of long-term planning from government on schools.

# schools - Thursday 6 January, 2022

Over 500 Covid outbreaks associated with school students and staff in second half of 2021
# Schools
# Schools

Over 500 Covid outbreaks associated with school students and staff in second half of 2021

Jan 6th 2022, 2:01 PM 16,446 Views 40 Comments

That’s according to the latest data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre.

# schools - Wednesday 5 January, 2022

'Enormous unease' about schools reopening amid concerns about teacher substitutes, unions say
# Re-opening
# Re-opening

'Enormous unease' about schools reopening amid concerns about teacher substitutes, unions say

Updated Jan 5th 2022, 10:30 AM 59,985 Views 102 Comments

Education Minister Norma Foley said that the next few weeks would be challenging.

# schools - Monday 3 January, 2022

ASTI warns return of schools is ‘unacceptable risk’ without new measures
# Schools
# Schools

ASTI warns return of schools is ‘unacceptable risk’ without new measures

Jan 3rd 2022, 9:57 PM 62,509 Views 128 Comments

The teachers union will ask the Department of Health to introduce ‘a delayed and staggered reopening’ of schools at a meeting tomorrow.

England's education minister says classes may be merged to allow schools to stay open
# Nadhim Zahawi
# Nadhim Zahawi

England's education minister says classes may be merged to allow schools to stay open

Updated Jan 3rd 2022, 6:32 PM 35,997 Views 26 Comments

The Education Secretary said it was preferable for schools to remain open, even if that meant secondary school students wearing masks.

# schools - Monday 20 December, 2021

Leaving Cert oral exams and practical music exams to be deferred until Easter break
# Leaving Cert
# Leaving Cert

Leaving Cert oral exams and practical music exams to be deferred until Easter break

Dec 20th 2021, 5:15 PM 20,426 Views 3 Comments

It was decided that the exams will take place outside of school time over the first week of the school Easter holidays.

# schools - Tuesday 14 December, 2021

Closing schools this Friday would be 'sensible', says leading immunology professor
# Schools
# Schools

Closing schools this Friday would be 'sensible', says leading immunology professor

Dec 14th 2021, 5:26 PM 40,606 Views 64 Comments

Christine Loscher added that schoolchildren are currently the population’s largest unvaccinated group and will be mixing in coming days.

# schools - Friday 10 December, 2021

Poll: Do you think schools should close earlier for Christmas due to Covid?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Do you think schools should close earlier for Christmas due to Covid?

Dec 10th 2021, 9:04 AM 79,365 Views 115 Comments

Denmark is adding four extra days to the school Christmas holidays to counter its Covid surge.

# schools - Wednesday 8 December, 2021

Schools across the country advised to 'open tomorrow as usual'
# Storm Barra
# Storm Barra

Schools across the country advised to 'open tomorrow as usual'

Updated Dec 8th 2021, 3:01 PM 76,253 Views 74 Comments

Schools are closed in 12 counties today.

# schools - Tuesday 7 December, 2021

Taoiseach says funding will be made available to schools that wish to purchase HEPA filters
# Freezing Classrooms
# Freezing Classrooms

Taoiseach says funding will be made available to schools that wish to purchase HEPA filters

Dec 7th 2021, 4:20 PM 13,585 Views 14 Comments

Mary Lou McDonald says children and teachers are left freezing in classrooms as windows must be left open.

# schools - Monday 6 December, 2021

Unmasked students should not be excluded from school, department advises
# Schools
# Schools

Unmasked students should not be excluded from school, department advises

Updated Dec 6th 2021, 12:27 PM 27,693 Views 60 Comments

The CEO of the Irish Primary Principals’ Network said there have been “high levels of compliance” among children wearing masks.

# schools - Wednesday 1 December, 2021

Taoiseach says he's ‘not entirely comfortable’ with children wearing masks in school
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Taoiseach says he's ‘not entirely comfortable’ with children wearing masks in school

Updated Dec 1st 2021, 7:56 PM 26,047 Views 49 Comments

The recommendation was made by public health officials last week.

School principal: 'Consideration must be given to children when it comes to face masks in classrooms'
# Opinion
# Opinion

School principal: 'Consideration must be given to children when it comes to face masks in classrooms'

Updated Dec 1st 2021, 4:45 PM 25,555 Views 41 Comments

One school principal writes about their take on the latest advice that children from third class must wear face masks.

Chair of expert ventilation group says Nolan's comment on HEPA filters 'defies laws of physics'
# Schools
# Schools

Chair of expert ventilation group says Nolan's comment on HEPA filters 'defies laws of physics'

Dec 1st 2021, 4:39 PM 87,876 Views 67 Comments

Professor John Wenger said the filters could help schools with poor ventilation.

# schools - Tuesday 30 November, 2021

Children aged nine and over to be asked to wear masks indoors in public on temporary basis
# Schools
# Schools

Children aged nine and over to be asked to wear masks indoors in public on temporary basis

Nov 30th 2021, 5:27 PM 70,352 Views 193 Comments

Cabinet minister met today to consider advice from NPHET on the current Covid-19 situation.

Paul Murphy: If we are serious about tackling Covid, we must get real on ventilation
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Paul Murphy: If we are serious about tackling Covid, we must get real on ventilation

Updated Nov 30th 2021, 10:00 AM 39,181 Views 75 Comments

The People Before Profit TD says ventilation has been all but ignored by the government in the battle against Covid.

# schools - Monday 29 November, 2021

Emergency measures to tackle teacher shortages 'perpetuating unequal pay', say teaching unions
# Substitute Teachers
# Substitute Teachers

Emergency measures to tackle teacher shortages 'perpetuating unequal pay', say teaching unions

Nov 29th 2021, 10:57 PM 22,014 Views 68 Comments

Emergency measures include an increased involvement of student teachers and retired teachers.

Donnelly: Suspected cases of Omicron variant identified, new strain 'likely' in Ireland
# Omicron
# Omicron

Donnelly: Suspected cases of Omicron variant identified, new strain 'likely' in Ireland

Updated Nov 29th 2021, 1:27 PM 103,952 Views 122 Comments

The health minister also said plans to subsidise antigen tests have been scrapped because prices have dropped in recent weeks.

# schools - Monday 22 November, 2021

Hot school meals programme to be extended to another 81 primary schools
# Hot Lunch
# Hot Lunch

Hot school meals programme to be extended to another 81 primary schools

Nov 22nd 2021, 1:36 PM 22,619 Views 6 Comments

The schools had submitted an expression of interest in the programme in November 2020 but were not chosen at that time.

Teachers' union says 'significant number' of school staff contracted Covid in recent weeks
# Covid19
# Covid19

Teachers' union says 'significant number' of school staff contracted Covid in recent weeks

Updated Nov 22nd 2021, 9:20 AM 36,919 Views 81 Comments

A survey found 605 staff across 877 schools tested positive for the virus recently.

# schools - Sunday 21 November, 2021

What does the data we have tell us about Covid-19 outbreaks in this school year?
# Explainer
# Explainer

What does the data we have tell us about Covid-19 outbreaks in this school year?

Nov 21st 2021, 7:00 AM 28,527 Views 30 Comments

A shift in how Covid-19 cases in schools are being dealt with has taken place this week – so how bad is transmission?

# schools - Thursday 18 November, 2021

More than 80 reports to NI police over fake TikTok accounts for local schools
# Schools
# Schools

More than 80 reports to NI police over fake TikTok accounts for local schools

Nov 18th 2021, 6:52 PM 8,629 Views 1 Comment

PSNI superintendent Arnie O’Neill said some of the content being shared is abusive.

Details of Covid-19 antigen testing system in primary schools announced
# Antigen Tests
# Antigen Tests

Details of Covid-19 antigen testing system in primary schools announced

Nov 18th 2021, 3:47 PM 24,285 Views 34 Comments

The tests will be offered to close contacts in the same pod at first, and expanded if necessary.

# schools - Tuesday 16 November, 2021

HSE: Schools can inform of positive Covid cases if they receive parental consent
# Covid Surge
# Covid Surge

HSE: Schools can inform of positive Covid cases if they receive parental consent

Nov 16th 2021, 6:15 AM 40,160 Views 17 Comments

The HSE said it only recommended against this in cases where parental consent wasn’t sought or it wasn’t GDPR compliant.

# schools - Sunday 14 November, 2021

HSE says 'disappearing' list on online portal is intentional for close contacts in schools
# Close Contacts
# Close Contacts

HSE says 'disappearing' list on online portal is intentional for close contacts in schools

Nov 14th 2021, 11:00 AM 46,560 Views 14 Comments

It was highlighted that a positive case’s close contacts disappeared when the ‘school setting’ option was selected.

# schools - Friday 29 October, 2021

Taoiseach: No return to widespread contact tracing in school settings
# Children And Covid
# Children And Covid

Taoiseach: No return to widespread contact tracing in school settings

Oct 29th 2021, 7:09 PM 15,340 Views 29 Comments

But Micheál Martin said that NPHET or the HSE may pilot antigen testing in some settings off the back of ECDC advice.

# schools - Monday 18 October, 2021

INTO calls for immediate reintroduction of student Covid testing as school closes after outbreak
# Wexford
# Wexford

INTO calls for immediate reintroduction of student Covid testing as school closes after outbreak

Updated Oct 18th 2021, 5:51 PM 35,913 Views 38 Comments

Vicky Barron said that it is clear that there are “serious flaws” in the guidance.

# schools - Friday 1 October, 2021

Teachers want 'acknowledgement and investment' rather than pandemic bonus
# Schools
# Schools

Teachers want 'acknowledgement and investment' rather than pandemic bonus

Oct 1st 2021, 8:30 PM 22,218 Views 42 Comments

Senior government members have said a bonus payment for frontline workers is under consideration.

# schools - Friday 24 September, 2021

Philip Nolan: Risk of keeping asymptomatic children in school 'remains low'
# Schools
# Schools

Philip Nolan: Risk of keeping asymptomatic children in school 'remains low'

Sep 24th 2021, 3:13 PM 10,323 Views 43 Comments

Changes to contact tracing rules come into effect on Monday.

# schools - Thursday 23 September, 2021

Department had 'productive' meeting with school stakeholders over close contacts policy
# Classrooms
# Classrooms

Department had 'productive' meeting with school stakeholders over close contacts policy

Updated Sep 23rd 2021, 7:27 PM 42,303 Views 59 Comments
  • Children who are close contacts in primary schools will not be required to restrict their movements if they are asymptomatic.
  • Teachers' union INTO said the government is removing a "safety net" from schools.
  • But Labour's education spokesperson said it was a "welcome" move that has come "weeks too late".
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