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

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

YESTERDAY, THE GOVERNMENT announced that schools would close until at least the end of January, as part of measures to limit the spread of Covid-19 in this latest surge.

There are two exceptions to this closure: one is to allow Leaving Cert students to attend the school building three days a week, and the other is that special education should remain open.

The Government has argued that schools are safe, and that 75% of schools have not needed to be referred to public health teams. Education Minister Norma Foley said that closing the schools was “a gesture” to help limit the spread of Covid-19 in other settings.

So we’re asking: do you agree with having Leaving Cert students back in school three days a week during Level 5 restrictions?

Poll Results:

No - no students or teachers should go back (8175)
Yes, their studies should be prioritised (3522)
Yes, but all students should go back. Schools are relatively safe (783)

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