The Department of Education has has said that class sizes have fallen to a historic low at primary level Photograph: David Sleator

Countries with larger class sizes will find it more difficult to comply with new restrictions on social distancing, according to a new report from the(...)

A Department of Education spokesman said Tusla would take the new public-health guidelines into account when supporting children and their parents. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Teachers have clashed with school principals over staging “risky” assemblies of pupils and staff ahead of the reopening of schools for up to a million(...)

Individual desks have been positioned for social distancing in a classroom in Italy, as preparations for the start of the school year. Most Irish schools are due to reopen over the coming days.  Photograph: Alessandro Di Marco/ EPA/

The importance of reopening schools cannot be over-stated. Children have been out of the classroom for six months. A growing body of research points t(...)

Students with face masks enter their classroom at the Petri primary school in Dortmund,  Germany. Face masks are not required in Irish primary schools. Photograph: Ina Fassbender/AFP

Teachers have called for an urgent review of rules which exempt primary schoolchildren from wearing face masks in light of new international health gu(...)

Everything about school is set to change: getting there, drop-offs, classroom layouts, break times, extra-curricular activity and pick-up arrangements. Photograph: iStock

Last month the Government pledged to do everything possible to ensure schools reopen “as normal” for students. Pupils finally get to return to primar(...)

It is now recommended that teachers and secondary school students wear face coverings. Photograph: iStock

Secondary school students and primary and post-primary teachers will be required to wear face coverings in class when a physical distance of 2m cannot(...)

Pupils will not be required to wear face masks in class under public health guidelines to be issued to schools this week, it is understood. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

The Government has agreed a financial package to support schools reopening in late August worth over €375 million which includes more than 1,000 extra(...)

The Department of Education officials say that if cases of Covid-19 are reported in schools, it may not require their entire closure

Hundreds of substitute teachers could be hired on a full-time basis in order to provide emergency cover to keep schools open, under plans being consid(...)

Public health guidance published on Wednesday says schools should reopen with physical distancing of at least 1m between students in most cases. Photograph: Getty Images

Second-level teachers’ unions have warned that a full reopening of schools for all students may be unlikely this autumn. In a submission to the Oirea(...)

Cleaning crews work to deep clean a primary school in Melbourne, Australia, after some students tested positive for Covid-19 this week.  Photograph: Darrian Traynor/Getty

All schools will be required to have designated isolation areas for any staff or pupils with symptoms of Covid-19, according to new official guidance.(...)

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