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# schools - Today’s News

Schools begin phased reopening as Sixth Years and young primary pupils return
# Back To School
# Back To School

Schools begin phased reopening as Sixth Years and young primary pupils return

1 hour ago 5,297 Views 11 Comments

Sixth years and young primary school students are back in classes from today.

# schools - Friday 26 February, 2021

Ronan Glynn asks parents not to organise play dates or meet at school gates as schools to reopen next week
# Deputy Medical Officer
# Deputy Medical Officer

Ronan Glynn asks parents not to organise play dates or meet at school gates as schools to reopen next week

Fri 6:07 PM 36,418 Views 85 Comments

Around 320,000 students are to return to school buildings next week as part of a phased reopening.

Half of fifth and sixth year pupils experiencing 'major negative' impact on learning due to Covid-19
# Survey
# Survey

Half of fifth and sixth year pupils experiencing 'major negative' impact on learning due to Covid-19

Fri 3:08 PM 9,556 Views 15 Comments

The findings are contained in the CSO’s latest ‘Social Impact of Covid-19 Survey’.

Close-contact positivity something 'we really need to watch' as schools return
# Test And Trace
# Test And Trace

Close-contact positivity something 'we really need to watch' as schools return

Updated Fri 2:27 PM 24,969 Views 49 Comments

The so-called UK variant now accounts for about 92% of cases in this country.

# schools - Tuesday 23 February, 2021

Here's what's in the new Living With Covid roadmap
# Living With Covid
# Living With Covid

Here's what's in the new Living With Covid roadmap

Tue 8:19 PM 145,271 Views 330 Comments
  • Level 5 restrictions will remain in place until 5 April
  • Schools will begin a phased reopening from 1 March
  • The childcare sector will begin to reopen from 8 March
  • The government will consider some easing of restrictions after 5 April
320,000 pupils to return to school from next week - the full plan for sending children back to education
# Living With Covid
# Living With Covid

320,000 pupils to return to school from next week - the full plan for sending children back to education

Tue 6:28 PM 26,678 Views 36 Comments

Cabinet agreed to the phased re-opening of schools today.

Michael McGrath: 'There's no going back, there can be no fourth lock down'
# Living With Covid
# Living With Covid

Michael McGrath: 'There's no going back, there can be no fourth lock down'

Updated Tue 2:16 PM 107,587 Views 119 Comments

The government is set to publish its new Living with Covid plan after a Cabinet meeting today.

# schools - Monday 22 February, 2021

Level 5 restrictions to remain in place until at least 5 April, Cabinet sub-committee agrees
# Easing Lockdown
# Easing Lockdown

Level 5 restrictions to remain in place until at least 5 April, Cabinet sub-committee agrees

Updated Feb 22nd 2021, 11:01 PM 224,694 Views 191 Comments

The government is expected to publish its updated Living with Covid plan this week.

'It's a mixed day for families': Special-education classes in mainstream schools return from today
# Special Education
# Special Education

'It's a mixed day for families': Special-education classes in mainstream schools return from today

Feb 22nd 2021, 7:45 PM 20,895 Views 21 Comments

Lorraine Dempsey, interim CEO of Inclusion Ireland said that the part-time schedule was causing “difficulties around routine”.

# schools - Thursday 18 February, 2021

Plans to relocate Drogheda Educate Together school scrapped amid backlash from parents
# Drogheda Educate Together
# Drogheda Educate Together

Plans to relocate Drogheda Educate Together school scrapped amid backlash from parents

Updated Feb 18th 2021, 10:14 PM 19,698 Views 9 Comments

Earlier this month, local TDs branded the plans for relocation “ridiculous”.

# schools - Tuesday 16 February, 2021

Mother of schoolchildren: 'Who, exactly, is advocating for children at the talks this week?'
# Schools
# Schools

Mother of schoolchildren: 'Who, exactly, is advocating for children at the talks this week?'

Feb 16th 2021, 3:05 PM 30,129 Views 67 Comments

Mother of three, Rita Lovett, shares her concerns over the pace at which decisions are being made about the re-opening of schools.

# schools - Monday 15 February, 2021

The fate of this year's Leaving Cert is uncertain - but it's clear that our Sixth Years deserve better
# Education
# Education

The fate of this year's Leaving Cert is uncertain - but it's clear that our Sixth Years deserve better

Feb 15th 2021, 7:00 AM 20,105 Views 24 Comments

Teacher Yvonne Brennan asks that the powers-that-be think of the wellbeing of the Class of 2021.

# schools - Sunday 14 February, 2021

'It is getting tougher': The toll home schooling is having on students and parents
# Education
# Education

'It is getting tougher': The toll home schooling is having on students and parents

Feb 14th 2021, 12:05 AM 62,621 Views 157 Comments

“I don’t know how I can show my face in the school again. Everyone has been pitted against each other,” one parent said.

# schools - Friday 12 February, 2021

PAC calls for review of temporary school accommodation after €56 million spend in two years
# Schools
# Schools

PAC calls for review of temporary school accommodation after €56 million spend in two years

Feb 12th 2021, 4:11 PM 10,895 Views 18 Comments

A report has found that the longest arrangement for temporary schools accommodation dates back over 20 years to 2000.

# schools - Thursday 11 February, 2021

Children with special education needs return to 124 special schools today
# Special Schools
# Special Schools

Children with special education needs return to 124 special schools today

Feb 11th 2021, 8:17 AM 10,454 Views 19 Comments

Around 4,000 students will be attending special schools per day from today.

# schools - Wednesday 10 February, 2021

Students set to return to special classes in secondary schools on Monday week after deal reached
# Education
# Education

Students set to return to special classes in secondary schools on Monday week after deal reached

Updated Feb 10th 2021, 10:50 PM 57,173 Views 64 Comments

The Teachers’ Union of Ireland has said its members will facilitate the reopening of special classes from 22 February.

# schools - Sunday 7 February, 2021

Educate Together raises concerns with department amid parents' dismay over plans to move school
# Drogheda
# Drogheda

Educate Together raises concerns with department amid parents' dismay over plans to move school

Feb 7th 2021, 6:45 AM 51,694 Views 18 Comments

Labour TD Ged Nash told the Daíl this week that the planned move was a “ridiculous, wrong-headed decision [that] needs to be overturned”.

# schools - Thursday 4 February, 2021

Parents dismayed over 'ridiculous decision' to move Drogheda Educate Together school for third time
# Schools
# Schools

Parents dismayed over 'ridiculous decision' to move Drogheda Educate Together school for third time

Feb 4th 2021, 5:01 PM 19,143 Views 10 Comments

The school is being moved from east Meath to the grounds of St Oliver’s in Drogheda.

# schools - Sunday 31 January, 2021

'Major reopening' of economy in March unlikely, says Taoiseach
# Restrictions
# Restrictions

'Major reopening' of economy in March unlikely, says Taoiseach

Jan 31st 2021, 5:05 PM 83,873 Views 127 Comments

Ireland may be moving towards a phased reopening of education.

Taoiseach still has faith in Commission despite Article 16 move but says 'mistakes were made'
# Vaccines
# Vaccines

Taoiseach still has faith in Commission despite Article 16 move but says 'mistakes were made'

Updated Jan 31st 2021, 2:03 PM 33,560 Views 89 Comments

Politicians across Ireland and the UK were left blindsided by the move by the EU over concerns about the supply of Covid vaccines.

# schools - Friday 29 January, 2021

Opinion: Childcare providers are still no clearer on the government's long-term plans
# Child Welfare
# Child Welfare

Opinion: Childcare providers are still no clearer on the government's long-term plans

Jan 29th 2021, 7:00 AM 9,811 Views 6 Comments

Childcare provider Regina Bushell says the government has not inspired confidence with regard to how childcare will work throughout 2021.

# schools - Thursday 28 January, 2021

Northern Ireland schools to remain shut until at least March
# Extended
# Extended

Northern Ireland schools to remain shut until at least March

Jan 28th 2021, 9:15 PM 10,390 Views 5 Comments

Special education schools and childcare are to continue to remain open.

# schools - Monday 25 January, 2021

Quarantine for people without a negative test and passengers from certain countries set to be introduced
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Quarantine for people without a negative test and passengers from certain countries set to be introduced

Updated Jan 25th 2021, 12:25 PM 42,362 Views 95 Comments

Ministers will discuss how much longer Level 5 restrictions will be needed.

# schools - Sunday 24 January, 2021

Teachers to seek 'assurances' on safety of schools before any return to classrooms
# Spread
# Spread

Teachers to seek 'assurances' on safety of schools before any return to classrooms

Jan 24th 2021, 3:58 PM 53,526 Views 220 Comments

A teachers’ union wants safety measures in schools to be reviewed in the context of the new, more transmissible strains.

# 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 89,387 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 14,975 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 49,117 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 102,481 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 64,774 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 51,852 Views 224 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 41,025 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 14,876 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 66,079 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 85,144 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 49,979 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 14,061 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 81,799 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 201,470 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 16,745 Views 5 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 32,800 Views 134 Comments

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

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