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# schools - Today’s News

From The42 Ulster's MacRory Cup final cancelled and trophy shared between finalists Schools GAA

# 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.

# schools - Tuesday 25 August, 2020

U-turn in England as secondary pupils advised to wear face coverings in lockdown areas

Face coverings will not be recommended in schools more widely in England, but will be at the schools’ discretion.

'It's up to everyone to try their best to get this right': Inside a Wicklow school preparing to reopen

We paid a socially distant visit to St Kevin’s Community College in Dunlavin.

Poll: Are you concerned about schools reopening? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Are you concerned about schools reopening?

Students will be returning to schools around the country this week and next week.

South Korea orders all schools in Seoul to switch to online classes as outbreaks continue

The country’s education minister said there’s been an “alarming emergence of mass infections” since the start of the month.

# schools - Sunday 23 August, 2020

40% of teachers concerned about how play-based lessons will be affected by Covid-19 restrictions

That’s according to a new study published by DCU researchers.

30 Covid-19 outbreaks happened in schools in England after they reopened in June

Public Health England said 121 cases were linked to the outbreaks, 30 in children and 91 in staff.

# schools - Friday 21 August, 2020

School closures prompt changes to 2021 Leaving Cert and Junior Cert exams

The changes were announced this evening by the Department of Education.

Foley confident every child will return to school next week but says extra 1,600 buses a 'logistical challenge'

The Minister for Education said that parents of eligible children who make alternative transport arrangements “will be recompensed”.

# schools - Thursday 20 August, 2020

Martin confronted by teacher in Skibbereen over 'unsafe' plans for reopening schools

The Taoiseach had earlier visited Nagle Community College in Cork.

# schools - Tuesday 18 August, 2020

From The42 GAA activity in Dublin primary schools deferred until after Christmas due to Covid-19 regulations Put Back

GAA activity in Dublin primary schools deferred until after Christmas due to Covid-19 regulations

Cumann na mBunscol games in Dublin are planned to start on the week of 25 January.

# schools - Sunday 16 August, 2020

The mental health system is preparing for a 'tsunami' of cases from young people - staff are worried it can't cope

Long waiting lists and a disjointed system have already caused major issues.

# schools - Wednesday 12 August, 2020

Explainer: What led to Scotland's school results fiasco, and why does it matter to Ireland?

Ireland’s Department of Education said that it was “aware” of Scotland’s exam results being released.

# schools - Friday 7 August, 2020

Secondary students: 'If you want us to wear face masks in the classroom, we'll do it'

Students at third level institutions have been advised to wear face coverings if they cannot maintain a distance of two metres.

# schools - Tuesday 4 August, 2020

Very low risk of students and teachers transmitting Covid-19 at school, Australian study suggests

When epidemic control measures are in place, the risk of transmission between children is minimal, Sydney researchers found.

# schools - Monday 3 August, 2020

Opinion: Government must break down the bureaucratic walls faced by teachers returning to Ireland

One experience teacher who returned from Australia said she battled the Teaching Council to be allowed transfer her qualifications to Ireland, but eventually gave up.

# schools - Thursday 30 July, 2020

View from a teacher: 'Nobody wants to return to remote learning'

One teacher is hoping for the best but says she cannot understand why the government took so long to release the ‘return to school’ plans.

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