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# 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 16,372 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 59,840 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 62,385 Views 127 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 35,911 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 18,213 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 40,532 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 79,305 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 75,901 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 13,534 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 27,612 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 25,986 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 25,470 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 87,495 Views 66 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 70,169 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 39,006 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 21,921 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 103,870 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 22,230 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 36,867 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 28,470 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 8,609 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 24,250 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 40,017 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 46,460 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 15,320 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 35,875 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 22,197 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 10,277 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 42,239 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".

# schools - Wednesday 22 September, 2021

Covid-19 close contact rules for primary school pupils to be relaxed from Monday
# Outbreaks
# Outbreaks

Covid-19 close contact rules for primary school pupils to be relaxed from Monday

Updated Sep 22nd 2021, 5:01 PM 39,190 Views 41 Comments

The new guidance has been issued by the Department of Health.

# schools - Tuesday 14 September, 2021

School secretaries strike deferred after 'significant concessions' by Department of Education
# Pay Deal
# Pay Deal

School secretaries strike deferred after 'significant concessions' by Department of Education

Updated Sep 14th 2021, 3:25 PM 24,893 Views 19 Comments

The national one-day strike has been deferred for two weeks pending confirmation of a new pay package.

# schools - Saturday 11 September, 2021

Explainer: How schools are handling Covid-19 pressure not long after reopening
# Children
# Children

Explainer: How schools are handling Covid-19 pressure not long after reopening

Sep 11th 2021, 7:00 AM 16,456 Views 9 Comments

Schools reopened their doors to pupils over the last couple of weeks – how have they been dealing with Covid cases?

# schools - Thursday 9 September, 2021

Highest Covid-19 rates in children were recorded during school holidays, HSE says
# Children
# Children

Highest Covid-19 rates in children were recorded during school holidays, HSE says

Sep 9th 2021, 6:12 PM 21,210 Views 29 Comments

There were 1,000 cases per week on average during school term.

# schools - Wednesday 8 September, 2021

Extra public health resources in place to help schools as principals 'under pressure'
# Positive Cases
# Positive Cases

Extra public health resources in place to help schools as principals 'under pressure'

Sep 8th 2021, 2:58 PM 13,034 Views 2 Comments

More than 100 Department of Education staff have been working with public health teams, Norma Foley said.

# schools - Thursday 2 September, 2021

Teachers not at increased risk of admission to hospital with Covid, study finds
# Schools
# Schools

Teachers not at increased risk of admission to hospital with Covid, study finds

Sep 2nd 2021, 7:17 AM 16,200 Views 36 Comments

When schools are open, the risk among teachers and other working-age adults is similar, research has shown.

# schools - Saturday 28 August, 2021

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

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

Aug 28th 2021, 8:30 AM 18,205 Views 31 Comments

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

# schools - Monday 23 August, 2021

Union reissues call for unvaccinated pregnant teachers to be allowed work from home
# Vaccines
# Vaccines

Union reissues call for unvaccinated pregnant teachers to be allowed work from home

Aug 23rd 2021, 3:13 PM 20,600 Views 76 Comments

The TUI said this situation is causing “severe stress and anxiety” for affected teachers.

832 outbreaks of Covid-19 in schools since last August, HSE reports
# Back To School
# Back To School

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

Aug 23rd 2021, 8:50 AM 16,622 Views 69 Comments

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

# schools - Friday 13 August, 2021

'I can't sleep at night': Pregnant teachers fear going back to school before they're vaccinated
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

'I can't sleep at night': Pregnant teachers fear going back to school before they're vaccinated

Aug 13th 2021, 6:30 AM 34,192 Views 56 Comments

Pregnant people cannot register for a Covid-19 vaccine prior to 14 weeks’ gestation.

# schools - Wednesday 28 July, 2021

Most parents believe children will require additional supports when back to school - survey
# Back To School
# Back To School

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

Jul 28th 2021, 11:10 AM 11,913 Views 6 Comments

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

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