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Minister for Education Norma Foley has said school communities ‘can be absolutely assured’ that any necessary resources and measures will be put in place to ensure a safe return to school after mid-term. Photograph: Maxwells

Schools should not reopen after next week’s midterm break until health and safety measures improve, unions representing school staff have warned. Uni(...)

The Government plans to keep schools open under Level 5 of the Living with Covid plan. File photograph: The Irish Times

Minister for Education Norma Foley has said schools can be “assured” that all necessary measures will be put in place to ensure a successful return to(...)

TUI president Martin Marjoram, right, says the potential risk to staff and students from keeping schools open needed to be ‘reassessed on an ongoing basis’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Teachers’ unions have expressed concern over the Government’s decision to keep schools open, as the country enters a national lockdown for a six-week (...)

The INTO described it as “incomprehensible” that primary schools would remain fully open when infection levels are high enough to rule out indoor gatherings. Photograph: iStock

Teachers are to demand clarity on what additional protective measures can be put in place in schools should Covid-19 restrictions escalate to Level 4 (...)

 Ibec  has called for publication  of the evidence that is underpinning the latest  recommendations. File photograph: Douglas Magno/AFP via Getty

The recent rise in Covid-19 cases outside Dublin has been described by an infectious diseases consultant as “really shocking” . “We have to do somet(...)

SS Stolwijk: Dutch steamship smashed onto rocks off Donegal, precipitating one of the most heroic rescues in Irish maritime history

Recalling the storm that smashed a Dutch steamship onto rocks off Donegal, precipitating one of the most heroic rescues in Irish maritime history, And(...)

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(...)

Teachers’ unions have warned that some schools face a shortage of teachers in the months ahead, owing to illness and upcoming retirements. Photograph: iStock

Schools are facing a chronic shortage of teachers due to absences as a result of illness and retirements in the months ahead, trade unions have warned(...)

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(...)

National Parents’ Council Post Primary says parents will be required to “step outside comfort zones”. Photograph: iStock

An overwhelming majority of parents want their children fully back to school in the autumn, the Dáil’s Covid-19 committee has been told. A survey of (...)

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