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# schools - Yesterday’s News

Explainer: What led to Scotland's school results fiasco, and why does it matter to Ireland?

Ireland’s Department of Education said that it was “aware” of Scotland’s exam results being released.

# schools - 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.

# schools - Tuesday 4 August, 2020

Very low risk of students and teachers transmitting Covid-19 at school, Australian study suggests

When epidemic control measures are in place, the risk of transmission between children is minimal, Sydney researchers found.

# schools - Monday 3 August, 2020

Opinion: Government must break down the bureaucratic walls faced by teachers returning to Ireland

One experience teacher who returned from Australia said she battled the Teaching Council to be allowed transfer her qualifications to Ireland, but eventually gave up.

# schools - Thursday 30 July, 2020

View from a teacher: 'Nobody wants to return to remote learning'

One teacher is hoping for the best but says she cannot understand why the government took so long to release the ‘return to school’ plans.

# schools - Tuesday 28 July, 2020

Teacher takes High Court action over refusal to be recognised by the Teaching Council

Fiona Roche has taught at several post primary and primary schools since 2002 and registered with the council since 2006.

The Explainer: What's Ireland's plan for reopening schools - and how does it compare to other countries?

What was in Minister Norma Foley’s announcement – and how does it differ from what countries like Denmark are doing?

Opinion: When it comes to schools re-opening, why is no one talking about Switzerland?

Liam Printer is Irish and lives in Switzerland, where he teaches in a secondary school. They’ve been back in the classroom for some time and here, he describes what it’s been like.

'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.

# schools - Monday 27 July, 2020

NPHET says a school won't necessarily close if it has a case or cases of Covid-19

Guidance is also being prepared for parents if they think their child has a respiratory illness.

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.

'Very, very big plan' - Government to unveil school reopening plan today

A planning document from the Department of Education will be brought to the cabinet today.

# schools - Sunday 26 July, 2020

Return of schools will see more teachers, extensive cleaning and PPE, Varadkar says

The Department of Education’s planning document is to be brought to Cabinet tomorrow.

# schools - 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.

# schools - Friday 10 July, 2020

‘Significant’ amount of extra staff needed to reopen schools, Covid-19 committee told

Seán Ó Foghlú said students coming out of teaching college this year will be “a main source” of extra staffing.

# schools - Wednesday 8 July, 2020

US tops 3 million Covid-19 cases as Trump pushes for schools to reopen

The virus is surging in several southern hotspots including Texas, Florida, Louisiana and Arizona.

# schools - Tuesday 7 July, 2020

Covid-19 'assistants' needed in schools when they return, say principals

The NAPD has also called for a financial package to ensure adequate levels of cleaning in schools.

View from a teacher: No, we have not been 'sitting at home on full pay' in lockdown

One reader is frustrated at what she believes is the unfair portrayal of teachers throughout the lockdown period and ahead of term start in September.

# schools - Thursday 2 July, 2020

Social distancing rules mean it's inevitable students won't be back in school full-time - ASTI

Teachers’ unions will appear before the Dáil’s Covid-19 committee today.

# schools - Tuesday 23 June, 2020

Lack of safety guidance on schools putting staff and students 'at risk', warns trade union

Fórsa was critical of the Department of Education in a submission to the Dáil’s Covid-19 committee.

# schools - Friday 12 June, 2020

Two-metre rule 'would mean one day at school weekly for primary pupils'

McHugh said if the rule remains in place, students will engage in blended learning from home on the other days.

# schools - Friday 5 June, 2020

Professor Sam McConkey: The reality is it could be November before schools are back in full

But Professor McConkey says if we went for a trial return this month, schools could be up and running by September.

# schools - Monday 1 June, 2020

Pupils begin returning to schools in England despite concerns from scientists and parents

It is part of a wider easing of measures that will also see groups of up to six people allowed to meet outdoors.

# schools - Saturday 30 May, 2020

Some school children returning and others not 'would be discrimination' - Children's Ombudsman

Schools have been closed since 12 March as part of efforts to stop the spread of Covid-19.

# schools - Friday 29 May, 2020

Government to reopen primary and secondary schools at the end of August

It may not be possible for all students to attend class every day, Varadkar said today.

Irish-focused study finds no evidence that Covid-19 was transmitted in schools before government closures

The authors suggest that evidence of transmission among school children has yet to emerge.

2m v 1m: Why is the physical distancing advice different around the world and how should Ireland proceed?

The extent of physical distancing needed has become a major debate as Ireland looks to re-open.

# schools - Thursday 28 May, 2020

Over 98% of Leaving Cert students sign up for Calculated Grades system

The deadline to register has been extended until midday tomorrow.

Two-metre rule makes reopening schools in September difficult, minister says

The minister said he will publish a road map for the reopening of schools in two weeks.

# schools - Saturday 23 May, 2020

View from a teacher: So far we’ve been putting out fires, but it's time for proper solutions

One secondary school teacher says now is also an opportunity to reimagine a new way of educating Irish students.

# schools - Wednesday 20 May, 2020

Covid-19 will still be here in September so why not open schools sooner?

Ken Cowley, a parent and business owner, believes it’s time NPHET considered a careful reopening of schools.

# schools - 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.

# schools - Sunday 10 May, 2020

'Too early' to say how schools will be able to re-open in September, says education minister

Schools and colleges have been shut since March.

# schools - Thursday 7 May, 2020

Memo being brought to Cabinet as speculation about Leaving Cert cancellation mounts

However, concerns have been raised about the legality of predicted grades.

# schools - Wednesday 6 May, 2020

'Alternative assessment models' discussed at meeting about Leaving Cert plans

Most students want the exams to be cancelled, according to a new survey.

# schools - Friday 1 May, 2020

Schools will not reopen until September but 'it's still the plan' for Leaving Cert students to get two weeks of classes

It is expected that the Leaving Certificate exams will still go ahead from 29 July.

# schools - Thursday 16 April, 2020

'We are the Class of Covid-19. Let us prove ourselves.' One Leaving Cert student welcomes the chance to sit the exams

Poppy Kane says despite the challenges, many students believe the exams give them a sense of control in an uncertain time.

# schools - Saturday 11 April, 2020

From The42 There's just one Limerick player in Munster's academy. What's being done about it? Lineage

There's just one Limerick player in Munster's academy. What's being done about it?

Some of the province’s greatest days have been heavily influenced by Limerick men.

# schools - Thursday 2 April, 2020

Government defers controversial 'School Inclusion Model' for SNAs

The Department is deferring the introduction of the new model due to disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

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