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# schools - Yesterday’s News

Over one million Virapro sanitisers recalled from health service locations

The Department of Education is reviewing products supplied to schools after the recall of ViraPro sanitisers.

# schools - Friday 23 October, 2020

'I found myself googling Woodies': Some schools were forced to close today over the hand sanitiser recall

The Department of Agriculture had warned that the product was recalled, citing possible public health concerns.

Schools being asked to check hand sanitiser supplier following recall of brand due to possible 'health concerns'

A product recall was issued tonight by the Department of Agriculture on ViraPro hand sanitiser.

# schools - Thursday 22 October, 2020

92% of post-primary teachers say wearing masks makes work more difficult - TUI survey

The survey, carried out amid a recent surge in Covid-19 cases, highlights concern among the profession.

# schools - Tuesday 20 October, 2020

CMO and Deputy CMO lay out the figures behind Covid-19 testing in schools

Close contact testing in schools has yielded a positivity rate of 2.8%.

# schools - Monday 19 October, 2020

INTO says there's anxiety among teachers nationwide amid fears health precautions are 'inadequate'

The union wants a number of actions taken immediately to help safeguard schools.

# schools - Sunday 18 October, 2020

Teachers call for clarity on position of schools ahead of new restrictions

Briefing ministers yesterday, the Health team said that “children were safer in schools”.

# schools - Thursday 15 October, 2020

Parents sometimes feel 'coerced' into accepting reduced timetables for their children, committee hears

A Department of Education official said today the practice is to be “limited solely to those circumstances where it is absolutely necessary”.

# schools - Wednesday 14 October, 2020

Announcement expected as Cabinet meets to discuss possible Level 4 restrictions in border counties

It follows a decision by the Stormont Executive to close schools for two weeks.

Education Minister: 'All available evidence shows schools are not amplification settings for Covid-19'

Norma Foley reiterated the government’s ‘absolute determination’ to keep schools open.

# schools - Tuesday 13 October, 2020

35,000 more children to get hot meals at school thanks to €5.5m boost

It was announced in the Budget speech by the Finance Minister today.

# schools - Sunday 11 October, 2020

Minister for Health says 'there isn't going to be a longer mid-term break'

Donnelly joined junior minister Niall Collins who earlier rejected suggestions that schools could close for an extended period.

# schools - Friday 9 October, 2020

'No decision made' on extension to school mid-term break to curb virus

Government sources say the move is being considered as an option but no decision has been made.

# schools - Monday 5 October, 2020

Coronavirus: Cabinet to discuss rejecting Level 5 recommendation after coalition leaders meet Holohan

NPHET has recommended that the entire country enter Level 5 – the highest level of Covid-19 restrictions.

Teaching unions query whether schools should remain open if Ireland moves to Level 5

Under Level 5 restrictions, schools would remain open but most other businesses would be closed

# schools - Sunday 4 October, 2020

Schools 'at risk' due to lack of legal agreements between Department and patron bodies, report reveals

Investment to the tune of €4 billion made over the past 8 years hasn’t been safeguarded according to a new report.

# schools - Tuesday 29 September, 2020

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Ulster's MacRory Cup final cancelled and trophy shared between finalists

Same goes for the MacLarnon Cup.

# schools - Tuesday 22 September, 2020

A teacher and her Sixth Year students debate To Kill A Mockingbird's place on the syllabus

We asked our anonymous teacher to share her views and those of some of her students on the recent controversy surrounding To Kill A Mockingbird and Of Mice and Men in light of the Black Lives Matter movement.

# schools - Monday 21 September, 2020

ASTI: Teachers' strike may be considered due to Covid-19 safety concerns

The union is balloting members for industrial action.

# schools - Friday 18 September, 2020

Teachers warn of severe disruption to schools already as they call for fast-track access to testing

The government has emphasised the importance of keeping schools open in its new plan for living with Covid-19.

# schools - Thursday 10 September, 2020

None of the Covid-19 cases identified in 54 schools so far have led to outbreaks

There has only been one school in which a second case was identified after an original confirmed case.

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.

# schools - Wednesday 9 September, 2020

Less than half of schools providing medical grade face masks to SNAs, survey finds

That’s according to a survey conducted by trade union Fórsa.

# schools - Monday 7 September, 2020

Quiz: Can you name these well-known schools and colleges?

How well do you know some of the most famous schools and colleges from movies, books, and the news.

# schools - Wednesday 2 September, 2020

Education Minister Norma Foley says pupils will get priority testing in event of a Covid-19 outbreak in school

Foley is to appear before the Oireachtas Committee on Covid-19 this afternoon.

Some schools ‘failing to implement Covid-19 social distancing’

The head of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland said members ‘will not accept any departure from public health guidance’.

New Agriculture Minister, golfgate and pub closure laws: Busy agenda as Dáil returns early from summer holidays

The Dáil was recalled early this year to deal with Covid-19 and the reopening of the country.

# schools - Monday 31 August, 2020

Parents urged not to 'dose' children who show Covid-19 symptoms with painkillers and to keep them at home

Many schools are reopening their doors to staff and students this week.

# schools - 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.

# schools - Saturday 29 August, 2020

No clear start date for new guidance counsellors a 'travesty' for students

The government announced new 120 guidance counsellor posts last month to support students returning to school.

# schools - Friday 28 August, 2020

Family should restrict movements while child is waiting on Covid-19 test result - HSE

The average turnaround time for a Covid-19 test currently is 2-3 days.

Debunked: No, children won't be banned from attending school if they don't get the flu vaccine

Children aged two to 12 years can get the flu jab for free this year, but it’s not compulsory.

# schools - Thursday 27 August, 2020

Opinion: If we do it the right way we can avoid a school run clogged up by cars

Jane Hackett of the Green-Schools Travel Programme is urging parents to avoid slipping back to the overuse of the car because of concerns over Covid-19.

'Our desire is to lift restrictions on Kildare as quickly as possible': HSE pressed on schools and testing at briefing

On schools, the HSE said today “the risks of keeping schools closed now outweigh the risk of Covid for children”.

# schools - Wednesday 26 August, 2020

Parents: 'We're both excited and nervous about the return to school'

With many of Ireland’s schools reopening this week, we asked a number of parents from around the country to share their thoughts on what’s ahead.

'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”.

Students who refuse to wear face masks will be sent home from secondary schools, Norma Foley says Covid-19 This post contains videos

Students who refuse to wear face masks will be sent home from secondary schools, Norma Foley says

The Education Minister has said all pupils must wear face masks, unless there is a medical reason not to.

Covid committee: HSE boss to be questioned on clusters in meat plants and re-opening of schools

Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly and Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn will also appear today.

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