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# norma foley
Covid-19 and schools: Minister denies 'ethos of secrecy' about informing teachers about positive cases
Norma Foley said decisions around informing close contacts should not be made by principals.
# Covid-19
ASTI members insist strike action would be 'last resort' but that government needs to listen to them
ASTI members have voted to take industrial action over ‘key coronavirus issues’ in Irish schools.
# Sanitisers
Schools told to stop using more than 50 sanitising products following government review
The Department of Education has told schools that they will be provided with funding to obtain new supplies.
# Coronavirus
Around 70 schools have had in-school Covid-19 transmission
The HSE has said 599 schools have required a public health assessment and testing.
# Schools
Public health officials ‘not anticipating’ advising Government to keep schools shut
There have been five further deaths related to Covid-19 and an additional 720 confirmed cases in Ireland.
# virapro
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
'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.
# hand sanitiser
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.
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.
# close contact testing
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%.
# up the levels
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.
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
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”.
# Covid-19
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.
# Coronavirus
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.
# Budget 2021
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
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.
# mid-term break
'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.
# Lockdown
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.
# Teachers
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
# Invest in education
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.
# Students
1,600 drivers, more buses and 650 bus escorts: €137m spend gets green light so school transport can run at 50% capacity
Over 97,600 children are being transported daily to school.
# Schools GAA
Ulster's MacRory Cup final cancelled and trophy shared between finalists
Same goes for the MacLarnon Cup.
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.
# Secondary SChools
ASTI: Teachers' strike may be considered due to Covid-19 safety concerns
The union is balloting members for industrial action.
# Coronavirus
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
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.
# School Transport
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
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.
# evening quiz
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.
# covid committee
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.
# social distancing
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’.
# Back to Work
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.
# Coronavirus
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
'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
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.
# school reopening
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.
# Misinformation
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.
# factcheck
Debunked: No, parents will not receive a consent form to let schools make medical decisions for children
The claim was widely shared on Facebook.
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.