Monica Hickey, 5th class teacher, and Matt Melvin, school principal, at St Etchen’s National School, Kinnegad, Co Westmeath in a classroom that can now accomodate 20 pupils according to the HSE guidelines on social distancing in schools. Photograph: Alan Betson

When public health guidelines for the safe reopening of schools were published this week, they worried Matt Melvin, principal of St Etchen’s National (...)