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From TheJournal.ie More than 4,000 children and teachers tested for Covid-19 since schools opened Back To School

More than 4,000 children and teachers tested for Covid-19 since schools opened

HSE CEO Paul Reid said there have been 180 index cases, with a further 84 linked to those.

From TheJournal.ie Over 3,000 students turned down for school bus tickets, according to new figures School Transport

Over 3,000 students turned down for school bus tickets, according to new figures

TD Mattie McGrath said that the ‘archaic’ system was facing a worrying backlog.

From TheJournal.ie 'It's a huge risk': Pregnant teaching staff say they've been left in the dark over the return of schools Schools

'It's a huge risk': Pregnant teaching staff say they've been left in the dark over the return of schools

Many teachers complain they’ve received little guidance or assurances about how pregnant staff will be looked after.

From TheJournal.ie Is your child worried about going to school? An expert has some tips for parents Back To School

Is your child worried about going to school? An expert has some tips for parents

Many children, and parents, are anxious about schools reopening.

From TheJournal.ie 'For the love of God': Anger as shed to be used as Covid-19 isolation room at Athlone school Back To School

'For the love of God': Anger as shed to be used as Covid-19 isolation room at Athlone school

The school’s principal said the situation is “not ideal”.

From TheJournal.ie 'It's up to everyone to try their best to get this right': Inside a Wicklow school preparing to reopen Back To School

'It's up to everyone to try their best to get this right': Inside a Wicklow school preparing to reopen

We paid a socially distant visit to St Kevin’s Community College in Dunlavin.

From TheJournal.ie Return to school: Two-thirds of principals say they have teachers with underlying health issues Covid-19

Return to school: Two-thirds of principals say they have teachers with underlying health issues

Second-level schools should delay reopening if they can’t implement social distancing, according to the TUI.

From TheJournal.ie New cough, stay at home. Runny nose, attend school: HSE releases new advice for parents New Normal

New cough, stay at home. Runny nose, attend school: HSE releases new advice for parents

The advice notes that: “Every year, schoolchildren get colds, flu and other infections”.

From TheJournal.ie NI schools to re-open today despite concerns from teachers about Covid-19 Back To School

NI schools to re-open today despite concerns from teachers about Covid-19

The North’s chief medical officer Dr Michael McBride has insisted it is safe to return.

From TheJournal.ie Quiz: How well do you know these songs about school? Back To School

Quiz: How well do you know these songs about school?

Don’t stand so close to… anyone

From TheJournal.ie The mental health system is preparing for a 'tsunami' of cases from young people - staff are worried it can't cope Back To School

The mental health system is preparing for a 'tsunami' of cases from young people - staff are worried it can't cope

Long waiting lists and a disjointed system have already caused major issues.

From TheJournal.ie TDs seek clarity on social distancing rules for school buses as minister says there's been 'significant progress' on reopening plans Back To School

TDs seek clarity on social distancing rules for school buses as minister says there's been 'significant progress' on reopening plans

Social distancing is a rule while waiting for school buses but not on them.

From TheJournal.ie Back to school costs rising at secondary and primary level as 27% of parents find themselves in debt Counting The Cost

Back to school costs rising at secondary and primary level as 27% of parents find themselves in debt

The average debt for parents to cover back-to-school costs is €397.

From TheJournal.ie Secondary students: 'If you want us to wear face masks in the classroom, we'll do it' Back To School

Secondary students: 'If you want us to wear face masks in the classroom, we'll do it'

Students at third level institutions have been advised to wear face coverings if they cannot maintain a distance of two metres.

From TheJournal.ie 'I have no clue what it will be like when she goes back': Parents share their fears about their children returning to school Back To School

'I have no clue what it will be like when she goes back': Parents share their fears about their children returning to school

Children also told of their worries about the new layout of classes.

From TheJournal.ie How will school pods and 'class bubbles' work? Back To School

How will school pods and 'class bubbles' work?

The aim is that if a student contracts the virus, then only their pod or classroom would have to be sent home to self-isolate.

From TheJournal.ie 'If ever there is a time to reduce class sizes, it is during a pandemic': Opposition react to reopening plan for schools Back To School

'If ever there is a time to reduce class sizes, it is during a pandemic': Opposition react to reopening plan for schools

The government published its plan to reopen schools yesterday.

From TheJournal.ie Pre-assigned seats and face masks: The new rules for Irish schoolchildren getting the bus Back To School

Pre-assigned seats and face masks: The new rules for Irish schoolchildren getting the bus

The rules will be in place on School Transport Scheme services operated by Bus Éireann.

From TheJournal.ie Here's a breakdown of where the government's €376m funding to re-open schools will be spent Back To School

Here's a breakdown of where the government's €376m funding to re-open schools will be spent

The plan includes €53 million for 1,000 extra teachers at post-primary level and a €52.2 million school cleaning grant.

From TheJournal.ie 1,000 extra secondary teachers: Government unveils €375m plan to re-open schools at end of August Back To School

1,000 extra secondary teachers: Government unveils €375m plan to re-open schools at end of August

All schools have been closed since March 12 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

From TheJournal.ie 'Clarity takes time': Education Minister responds to criticism over schools plan Back To School

'Clarity takes time': Education Minister responds to criticism over schools plan

A plan for the full reopening of schools will be revealed on Monday.

From TheJournal.ie It is not envisaged that significant PPE will need to be worn when schools reopen, says minister Back To School

It is not envisaged that significant PPE will need to be worn when schools reopen, says minister

Guidelines for schools are currently being drafted.

From TheJournal.ie Special summer school programmes with supports for children with special needs get green light Back To School

Special summer school programmes with supports for children with special needs get green light

Minister for Education Joe McHugh said he hopes that schools, teachers and SNAs “feel they can get involved”.

From TheJournal.ie Nearly 400,000 UK parents sign petition asking government for greater choice on early return to school Back To School

Nearly 400,000 UK parents sign petition asking government for greater choice on early return to school

Boris Johnson has announced that children could start returning to school in England from 1 June.

From TheJournal.ie Sinn Féin proposes free GP visits, back-to-school bonuses and welfare hikes in alternative budget Budget 2020

Sinn Féin proposes free GP visits, back-to-school bonuses and welfare hikes in alternative budget

Sinn Féin also wants to introduce an annual ‘Back to School Bonus Child Benefit Payment’ of €140

From TheJournal.ie From the Garden: Healthy back to school recipes to break free from the ham sandwich GIY

From the Garden: Healthy back to school recipes to break free from the ham sandwich

Salads, stews and cold omelettes are great options for a back to school lunchbox.

From TheJournal.ie Poll: Should the government pay for all primary school books? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should the government pay for all primary school books?

Making primary school books free every year would “significantly reduce financial stress” on parents, SVP has argued.

From TheJournal.ie SVP dealing with up to 300 calls a day from parents concerned about back-to-school costs Saint Vincent De Paul

SVP dealing with up to 300 calls a day from parents concerned about back-to-school costs

The charity said it took approximately 250 to 300 calls per day from parents last week.

From TheJournal.ie Parents say they're avoiding paying bills to deal with the cost of sending their children to school Back To School

Parents say they're avoiding paying bills to deal with the cost of sending their children to school

That’s according to the Barnardos School Costs Survey, published today.

Parents are spending €1,399 getting their child ready to go back to secondary school

Parents of primary school students are paying €50 less than last year, while parents of secondary school students are paying €20 more.

From TheJournal.ie Government to provide extra €25 per child after funding boost for back to school allowance Back To School

Government to provide extra €25 per child after funding boost for back to school allowance

Funding for the scheme increased to €56 million in Budget 2019.

Amy Huberman shared a gas back-to-school photo of Brian O'Driscoll

Why does this 39-year-old man look so much like a child?

From TheJournal.ie 12 nifty organisation tips that'll make the school year a whole lot easier Back To School

12 nifty organisation tips that'll make the school year a whole lot easier

From making the whiteboard your Holy Grail to double-checking the schoolbags.

From TheJournal.ie ‘Your mammy hasn’t paid for your books’: SVP reports 20% increase in calls for back to school help Back To School Burden

‘Your mammy hasn’t paid for your books’: SVP reports 20% increase in calls for back to school help

The Department of Employment Affairs has experienced delays in processing some back-to-school allowance applications.

From TheJournal.ie Parents Panel: What's your one tip for keeping back-to-school costs low? Parents Panel

Parents Panel: What's your one tip for keeping back-to-school costs low?

Start buying during the sales, ask for vouchers as gifts – and skip the brand new schoolbag.

From TheJournal.ie 8 reasons I'm already desperate for the kids' summer holidays to be over Endless Summer

8 reasons I'm already desperate for the kids' summer holidays to be over

We’re on the home stretch now and I can taste the sweet relief, writes Ciara McDonnell.

From TheJournal.ie Parents 'starting to panic' amid delays receiving school clothing allowance That Time Of Year

Parents 'starting to panic' amid delays receiving school clothing allowance

Children will be returning to school in the coming weeks.

From TheJournal.ie CAO issues thousands of 'Round Zero' offers to prospective college students College

CAO issues thousands of 'Round Zero' offers to prospective college students

A total of 4,738 offers have been issued today, before Round One offers are made to Leaving Certificate students on August 20.

From TheJournal.ie Parents report going hungry over cost of sending their children to school Back To School

Parents report going hungry over cost of sending their children to school

Average back-to-school costs have risen at all levels since last year.

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