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# schools - Thursday 21 January, 2021

Taoiseach says restrictions will likely continue 'well into' February and possibly beyond
# Level 5
# Level 5

Taoiseach says restrictions will likely continue 'well into' February and possibly beyond

Jan 21st 2021, 9:43 AM 89,510 Views 226 Comments
  • Micheál Martin said Covid-19 transmission rates are too high to ease restrictions
  • Schools and construction are "essential" and will be examined separately to other sectors
  • Yesterday 61 more deaths and 2,488 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Ireland
'Our kids are suffering': Some parents 'devastated' over failure to re-open special education as planned
# Parents
# Parents

'Our kids are suffering': Some parents 'devastated' over failure to re-open special education as planned

Jan 21st 2021, 6:30 AM 15,113 Views 94 Comments

Schools for children with special educational needs were due to re-open today.

Factfind: What advice did NPHET give to Government around the closure of schools?
# Factfind
# Factfind

Factfind: What advice did NPHET give to Government around the closure of schools?

Jan 21st 2021, 12:05 AM 49,629 Views 0 Comments

Debate about the safety of schools in relation to Covid-19 is ongoing.

# schools - Wednesday 20 January, 2021

Level 5 lockdown to be reviewed next week, but government expected to extend restrictions to late February
# Level 5
# Level 5

Level 5 lockdown to be reviewed next week, but government expected to extend restrictions to late February

Updated Jan 20th 2021, 9:45 PM 102,807 Views 75 Comments

Government sources state that it is still their intention to get schools reopened in February.

Norma Foley: It's a matter of deep regret that unions won't recognise special education as essential
# Minister For Education
# Minister For Education

Norma Foley: It's a matter of deep regret that unions won't recognise special education as essential

Jan 20th 2021, 8:36 AM 65,294 Views 344 Comments

Fórsa said that they opposed the return to schools this week as ‘there was no confidence in the Government’s approach’.

# schools - Tuesday 19 January, 2021

Government drops plans to re-open schools for special education this Thursday
# Schools
# Schools

Government drops plans to re-open schools for special education this Thursday

Updated Jan 19th 2021, 10:26 PM 51,940 Views 225 Comments

Fórsa said its workers were genuinely fearful that a return to school was unsafe for students and staff.

Doubt over Thursday re-opening for special education classes amid 'make or break' talks
# Department Of Education
# Department Of Education

Doubt over Thursday re-opening for special education classes amid 'make or break' talks

Jan 19th 2021, 5:13 PM 41,134 Views 147 Comments

A webinar for teachers was held yesterday where “vitriolic” comments were left about public health experts’ assertion that schools are safe.

'Our children are suffering': Parents of children with special needs tell government and unions to 'sort it out'
# Covid19
# Covid19

'Our children are suffering': Parents of children with special needs tell government and unions to 'sort it out'

Jan 19th 2021, 12:52 PM 15,009 Views 44 Comments

Unions have said teachers’ concerns about their safety have not been eased by health officials.

# schools - Thursday 7 January, 2021

ASTI and TUI directed teachers not to co-operate with government plans before Leaving Cert u-turn
# Education
# Education

ASTI and TUI directed teachers not to co-operate with government plans before Leaving Cert u-turn

Updated Jan 7th 2021, 8:00 PM 66,441 Views 221 Comments

Leaving Certs were set to return to school for three days per week.

Poll: Do you agree with having Leaving Cert students back in school three days a week?
# What Do You Think
# What Do You Think

Poll: Do you agree with having Leaving Cert students back in school three days a week?

Jan 7th 2021, 10:55 AM 85,296 Views 72 Comments

Teachers have expressed concern that they were not consulted about having Leaving Cert students return to the schools.

# 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 50,731 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 14,071 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 81,968 Views 105 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 201,950 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 16,811 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 32,862 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 33,542 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 196,044 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 29,839 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 42,932 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 28,975 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 16,789 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 6,357 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 39,255 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 56,452 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 30,445 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 19,799 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 62,159 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 33,590 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 32,045 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 35,466 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 40,131 Views 48 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 93,025 Views 75 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 19,829 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 72,302 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 24,888 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 70,876 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 31,895 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 97,779 Views 111 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 30,588 Views 58 Comments

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