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# schools - Wednesday 6 January, 2021

Schools to stay closed until February, but Leaving Cert students allowed to attend class three days per week
# Schools
# Schools

Schools to stay closed until February, but Leaving Cert students allowed to attend class three days per week

Jan 6th 2021, 4:27 PM 50,071 Views 110 Comments

Leaving Cert students should continue to attend school for three days a week from 11 January.

Northern Ireland cancels GCSE and A-level exams due to Covid-19
# Stormont
# Stormont

Northern Ireland cancels GCSE and A-level exams due to Covid-19

Updated Jan 6th 2021, 2:45 PM 14,063 Views 8 Comments

It comes amid stricter lockdown measures to stop a rise in transmission of coronavirus and prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed by new cases.

Cabinet to sign off on closure of schools until February, most construction sites set to shut down
# Third Wave
# Third Wave

Cabinet to sign off on closure of schools until February, most construction sites set to shut down

Jan 6th 2021, 12:05 AM 81,837 Views 104 Comments
  • Ministers meet this morning and an announcement is expected later today.
  • Strict new rules on international travel are also set to be signed-off.
  • It comes as the numbers in hospital exceed the previous peak in mid-April.

# schools - Monday 4 January, 2021

Government considering shutting schools for the whole of January
# New Year New Term
# New Year New Term

Government considering shutting schools for the whole of January

Updated Jan 4th 2021, 9:10 PM 201,625 Views 348 Comments
  • Education spokespersons met Education Minister today
  • No plans to refine essential workers list for childcare purposes
  • Public health advice remains that 'schools are safe to open'

# schools - Thursday 31 December, 2020

Return to school in Northern Ireland delayed by a week as Covid-19 infections soar
# The North
# The North

Return to school in Northern Ireland delayed by a week as Covid-19 infections soar

Dec 31st 2020, 9:44 AM 16,779 Views 7 Comments

Remote learning will be facilitated in primary and secondary schools next week.

People must 'look at their plans' and reduce contacts as Ireland battles third wave, Holohan says
# New Year's Eve
# New Year's Eve

People must 'look at their plans' and reduce contacts as Ireland battles third wave, Holohan says

Dec 31st 2020, 9:01 AM 32,823 Views 135 Comments

Dr Tony Holohan said the current levels of transmission of Covid-19 are “simply unsustainable”.

# schools - Wednesday 30 December, 2020

Unions welcome delay in reopening as Taoiseach says 'schools are safe'
# Pushed Back
# Pushed Back

Unions welcome delay in reopening as Taoiseach says 'schools are safe'

Dec 30th 2020, 6:55 PM 33,499 Views 100 Comments

Schools will now reopen on 11 January.

Poll: Should the government delay reopening schools after Christmas?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Should the government delay reopening schools after Christmas?

Dec 30th 2020, 9:03 AM 195,818 Views 182 Comments

The INTO has called for primary schools to stay closed until at least 11 January.

INTO calls on government to delay reopening of schools until 11 January at earliest
# Schools
# Schools

INTO calls on government to delay reopening of schools until 11 January at earliest

Dec 30th 2020, 7:36 AM 29,731 Views 77 Comments

Cabinet is meeting today to discuss the “rapid” and “exponential” growth in Covid-19 infections.

# schools - Monday 21 December, 2020

Schools in NI will reopen after Christmas break but additional safety measures will be in place
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Schools in NI will reopen after Christmas break but additional safety measures will be in place

Updated Dec 21st 2020, 2:17 PM 42,834 Views 40 Comments

The Health Minister said he is engaging with the Education Minister and Chief Medical Officer on the issue.

# schools - Thursday 17 December, 2020

Education Minister says there's no reason to close schools early ahead of Christmas or open them later after New Year
# Christmas Break
# Christmas Break

Education Minister says there's no reason to close schools early ahead of Christmas or open them later after New Year

Dec 17th 2020, 2:52 PM 28,800 Views 50 Comments

Norma Foley says there’s no public health advice suggesting this should happen.

# schools - Saturday 12 December, 2020

English schools could face legal action if they plan to shut early for Christmas
# Christmas
# Christmas

English schools could face legal action if they plan to shut early for Christmas

Dec 12th 2020, 2:43 PM 16,775 Views 19 Comments

The idea to close schools early for Christmas was also raised in Ireland in recent weeks.

# schools - Wednesday 9 December, 2020

Schools in England that reopened early saw low rates of Covid-19, study finds
# Report
# Report

Schools in England that reopened early saw low rates of Covid-19, study finds

Dec 9th 2020, 6:10 AM 6,354 Views 0 Comments

Some educational settings in England re-opened earlier than others during the summer break.

# schools - Thursday 19 November, 2020

Teaching union said it never proposed breaking early for Christmas
# Winter Months
# Winter Months

Teaching union said it never proposed breaking early for Christmas

Updated Nov 19th 2020, 4:35 PM 39,235 Views 62 Comments

Teaching unions spoke before an Oireachtas Committee today.

# schools - Wednesday 18 November, 2020

Teachers' union asks government to start school Christmas break a few days earlier
# Wellbeing
# Wellbeing

Teachers' union asks government to start school Christmas break a few days earlier

Nov 18th 2020, 6:10 AM 56,332 Views 113 Comments

Schools are due to close on Tuesday 22 December; the TUI is suggesting that they instead close on Friday 18 December.

# schools - Tuesday 17 November, 2020

Covid-19 and schools: Minister denies 'ethos of secrecy' about informing teachers about positive cases
# Norma Foley
# Norma Foley

Covid-19 and schools: Minister denies 'ethos of secrecy' about informing teachers about positive cases

Nov 17th 2020, 6:43 PM 30,418 Views 21 Comments

Norma Foley said decisions around informing close contacts should not be made by principals.

# schools - Friday 30 October, 2020

ASTI members insist strike action would be 'last resort' but that government needs to listen to them
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

ASTI members insist strike action would be 'last resort' but that government needs to listen to them

Oct 30th 2020, 6:45 AM 19,760 Views 97 Comments

ASTI members have voted to take industrial action over ‘key coronavirus issues’ in Irish schools.

# schools - Thursday 29 October, 2020

Schools told to stop using more than 50 sanitising products following government review
# Sanitisers
# Sanitisers

Schools told to stop using more than 50 sanitising products following government review

Updated Oct 29th 2020, 7:47 PM 62,074 Views 51 Comments

The Department of Education has told schools that they will be provided with funding to obtain new supplies.

Around 70 schools have had in-school Covid-19 transmission
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Around 70 schools have had in-school Covid-19 transmission

Oct 29th 2020, 5:35 PM 33,469 Views 59 Comments

The HSE has said 599 schools have required a public health assessment and testing.

# schools - Tuesday 27 October, 2020

Public health officials ‘not anticipating’ advising Government to keep schools shut
# Schools
# Schools

Public health officials ‘not anticipating’ advising Government to keep schools shut

Oct 27th 2020, 8:24 PM 32,037 Views 34 Comments

There have been five further deaths related to Covid-19 and an additional 720 confirmed cases in Ireland.

# schools - Saturday 24 October, 2020

Over one million Virapro sanitisers recalled from health service locations
# Virapro
# Virapro

Over one million Virapro sanitisers recalled from health service locations

Oct 24th 2020, 6:49 PM 35,438 Views 27 Comments

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
# Schools
# Schools

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

Oct 23rd 2020, 12:01 PM 40,081 Views 47 Comments

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'
# Hand Sanitiser
# Hand Sanitiser

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

Updated Oct 23rd 2020, 7:31 AM 92,945 Views 74 Comments

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
# TUI
# TUI

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

Oct 22nd 2020, 6:00 AM 19,650 Views 74 Comments

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
# Close Contact Testing

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

Oct 20th 2020, 7:07 PM 72,255 Views 67 Comments

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'
# Up The Levels
# Up The Levels

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

Oct 19th 2020, 1:27 PM 24,882 Views 68 Comments

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
# TUI
# TUI

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

Oct 18th 2020, 5:25 PM 70,852 Views 152 Comments

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
# Schools
# Schools

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

Oct 15th 2020, 3:18 PM 31,829 Views 9 Comments

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
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

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

Updated Oct 14th 2020, 6:45 PM 97,727 Views 110 Comments

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'
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

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

Oct 14th 2020, 6:08 PM 30,564 Views 58 Comments

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
# Budget 2021
# Budget 2021

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

Oct 13th 2020, 2:51 PM 15,061 Views 18 Comments

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'
# Schools
# Schools

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

Updated Oct 11th 2020, 1:32 PM 56,744 Views 98 Comments

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
# Mid-term Break
# Mid-term Break

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

Oct 9th 2020, 12:24 PM 44,741 Views 60 Comments

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
# Lockdown
# Lockdown

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

Updated Oct 5th 2020, 2:00 PM 198,084 Views 321 Comments

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
# Teachers
# Teachers

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

Oct 5th 2020, 10:32 AM 63,726 Views 186 Comments

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
# Invest In Education
# Invest In Education

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

Oct 4th 2020, 8:30 AM 35,489 Views 27 Comments

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

1,600 drivers, more buses and 650 bus escorts: €137m spend gets green light so school transport can run at 50% capacity
# Students
# Students

1,600 drivers, more buses and 650 bus escorts: €137m spend gets green light so school transport can run at 50% capacity

Sep 29th 2020, 8:04 PM 19,891 Views 26 Comments

Over 97,600 children are being transported daily to school.

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

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

Sep 29th 2020, 6:28 PM 6,937 Views 1 Comment

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
# Literature
# Literature

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

Sep 22nd 2020, 7:00 PM 35,522 Views 55 Comments

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
# Secondary SChools
# Secondary SChools

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

Sep 21st 2020, 8:10 AM 32,307 Views 50 Comments

The union is balloting members for industrial action.