Matt Melvin, principal at St Etchen’s National School in Kinegad, Co Westmeath, where he has had to step in as a teacher, an SNA and a bus escort on various days this week. Photograph: Alan Betson

John Weir, the principal of St Mary’s Parish Primary School in Bryanstown in Drogheda, Co Louth, is looking through the school’s roll book. He can’t r(...)

Department of Education officials had been planning to relax existing guidelines to allow more extra-curricular activities, school excursions and school events.  File photograph: iStock

Schools have not been given the green light to host Christmas plays, fundraisers or face-to-face parent-teaching meetings. Department of Education of(...)

Children under 13 who are close contacts of confirmed Covid-19 cases in schools or childcare will no longer be required to self-isolate from September 27th if they are symptom-free

A national school principal in Co Westmeath has described Monday’s planned changes in contact tracing for children as “slightly illogical” as the coun(...)

More than 10,000 schoolchildren are estimated to be isolating at home. File photograph: The Irish Times

The Health Service Executive is facing an unprecedented surge in Covid-19 testing of children as more than 1,600 primary and secondary schools have re(...)

School principals and teachers’ unions have complained about delays in getting public health advice and public health officials responding to reports of Covid-19 cases among students. Photograph: iStock

The Health Service Executive has committed to assigning extra staff to the dedicated Covid-19 telephone helpline to help school principals struggling(...)

A Leaving Cert exam hall. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A number of Leaving Cert students in Covid-19 hot spots will be unable to sit exams after testing positive or being designated as close contacts, acco(...)

 Primary school pupils  return to Holy Cross School in Dundrum, Dublin, earlier this month. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Q. What are the latest trends on the spread of Covid-19 in schools? Public health data released on Tuesday evening indicates there is still a low leve(...)

Seamus Keane and his son Fionn. The nine year old tested positive for Covid-19 after a case was confirmed in his class, though had not been identified as a close contact of the positive case. Photograph: Alan Betson

When a case of Covid-19 was confirmed in nine-year-old Fionn Keane’s fourth class, the Health Service Executive did not identify any close contacts in(...)

Public health authorities say latest data indicates schools safe settings with very low rates of transmission of Covid-19.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Substantial progress on safety issues in schools is needed to avoid industrial action, the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) has warned(...)

New figures released by the HSE indicate a total of 599 cases of Covid-19 detected among pupils or staff in primary or secondary schools since they reopened in late August. File photograph: Getty

Schools remain safe settings with very low rates of transmission of Covid-19, according to public health authorities. On Thursday Dr Abigail Collins,(...)

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