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Unmasked students should not be excluded from school, department advises
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Unmasked students should not be excluded from school, department advises

Updated 14 hours ago 25,919 Views 60 Comments

The CEO of the Irish Primary Principals’ Network said there have been “high levels of compliance” among children wearing masks.

Taoiseach says he's ‘not entirely comfortable’ with children wearing masks in school
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Taoiseach says he's ‘not entirely comfortable’ with children wearing masks in school

Updated Wed 7:56 PM 25,818 Views 49 Comments

The recommendation was made by public health officials last week.

School principal: 'Consideration must be given to children when it comes to face masks in classrooms'
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School principal: 'Consideration must be given to children when it comes to face masks in classrooms'

Updated Wed 4:45 PM 25,031 Views 40 Comments

One school principal writes about their take on the latest advice that children from third class must wear face masks.

Chair of expert ventilation group says Nolan's comment on HEPA filters 'defies laws of physics'
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Chair of expert ventilation group says Nolan's comment on HEPA filters 'defies laws of physics'

Wed 4:39 PM 85,107 Views 66 Comments

Professor John Wenger said the filters could help schools with poor ventilation.

Children aged nine and over to be asked to wear masks indoors in public on temporary basis
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Children aged nine and over to be asked to wear masks indoors in public on temporary basis

Nov 30th 2021, 5:27 PM 69,734 Views 192 Comments

Cabinet minister met today to consider advice from NPHET on the current Covid-19 situation.

Paul Murphy: If we are serious about tackling Covid, we must get real on ventilation
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Paul Murphy: If we are serious about tackling Covid, we must get real on ventilation

Updated Nov 30th 2021, 10:00 AM 38,478 Views 74 Comments

The People Before Profit TD says ventilation has been all but ignored by the government in the battle against Covid.

Emergency measures to tackle teacher shortages 'perpetuating unequal pay', say teaching unions
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Emergency measures to tackle teacher shortages 'perpetuating unequal pay', say teaching unions

Nov 29th 2021, 10:57 PM 21,816 Views 68 Comments

Emergency measures include an increased involvement of student teachers and retired teachers.

Donnelly: Suspected cases of Omicron variant identified, new strain 'likely' in Ireland
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Donnelly: Suspected cases of Omicron variant identified, new strain 'likely' in Ireland

Updated Nov 29th 2021, 1:27 PM 103,634 Views 122 Comments

The health minister also said plans to subsidise antigen tests have been scrapped because prices have dropped in recent weeks.

Hot school meals programme to be extended to another 81 primary schools
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Hot school meals programme to be extended to another 81 primary schools

Nov 22nd 2021, 1:36 PM 22,082 Views 6 Comments

The schools had submitted an expression of interest in the programme in November 2020 but were not chosen at that time.

Teachers' union says 'significant number' of school staff contracted Covid in recent weeks
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Teachers' union says 'significant number' of school staff contracted Covid in recent weeks

Updated Nov 22nd 2021, 9:20 AM 36,720 Views 81 Comments

A survey found 605 staff across 877 schools tested positive for the virus recently.

What does the data we have tell us about Covid-19 outbreaks in this school year?
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What does the data we have tell us about Covid-19 outbreaks in this school year?

Nov 21st 2021, 7:00 AM 28,354 Views 30 Comments

A shift in how Covid-19 cases in schools are being dealt with has taken place this week – so how bad is transmission?

More than 80 reports to NI police over fake TikTok accounts for local schools
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More than 80 reports to NI police over fake TikTok accounts for local schools

Nov 18th 2021, 6:52 PM 8,584 Views 0 Comments

PSNI superintendent Arnie O’Neill said some of the content being shared is abusive.

Details of Covid-19 antigen testing system in primary schools announced
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Details of Covid-19 antigen testing system in primary schools announced

Nov 18th 2021, 3:47 PM 24,166 Views 34 Comments

The tests will be offered to close contacts in the same pod at first, and expanded if necessary.

HSE: Schools can inform of positive Covid cases if they receive parental consent
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HSE: Schools can inform of positive Covid cases if they receive parental consent

Nov 16th 2021, 6:15 AM 39,786 Views 17 Comments

The HSE said it only recommended against this in cases where parental conset wasn’t sought or it wasn’t GDPR compliant.

HSE says 'disappearing' list on online portal is intentional for close contacts in schools
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HSE says 'disappearing' list on online portal is intentional for close contacts in schools

Nov 14th 2021, 11:00 AM 46,171 Views 14 Comments

It was highlighted that a positive case’s close contacts disappeared when the ‘school setting’ option was selected.

Taoiseach: No return to widespread contact tracing in school settings
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Taoiseach: No return to widespread contact tracing in school settings

Oct 29th 2021, 7:09 PM 15,300 Views 29 Comments

But Micheál Martin said that NPHET or the HSE may pilot antigen testing in some settings off the back of ECDC advice.

INTO calls for immediate reintroduction of student Covid testing as school closes after outbreak
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INTO calls for immediate reintroduction of student Covid testing as school closes after outbreak

Updated Oct 18th 2021, 5:51 PM 35,856 Views 38 Comments

Vicky Barron said that it is clear that there are “serious flaws” in the guidance.

Teachers want 'acknowledgement and investment' rather than pandemic bonus
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Teachers want 'acknowledgement and investment' rather than pandemic bonus

Oct 1st 2021, 8:30 PM 22,161 Views 42 Comments

Senior government members have said a bonus payment for frontline workers is under consideration.

Philip Nolan: Risk of keeping asymptomatic children in school 'remains low'
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Philip Nolan: Risk of keeping asymptomatic children in school 'remains low'

Sep 24th 2021, 3:13 PM 10,259 Views 43 Comments

Changes to contact tracing rules come into effect on Monday.

Department had 'productive' meeting with school stakeholders over close contacts policy
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Department had 'productive' meeting with school stakeholders over close contacts policy

Updated Sep 23rd 2021, 7:27 PM 42,228 Views 59 Comments
  • Children who are close contacts in primary schools will not be required to restrict their movements if they are asymptomatic.
  • Teachers' union INTO said the government is removing a "safety net" from schools.
  • But Labour's education spokesperson said it was a "welcome" move that has come "weeks too late".
Covid-19 close contact rules for primary school pupils to be relaxed from Monday
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Covid-19 close contact rules for primary school pupils to be relaxed from Monday

Updated Sep 22nd 2021, 5:01 PM 39,168 Views 41 Comments

The new guidance has been issued by the Department of Health.

School secretaries strike deferred after 'significant concessions' by Department of Education
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School secretaries strike deferred after 'significant concessions' by Department of Education

Updated Sep 14th 2021, 3:25 PM 24,866 Views 19 Comments

The national one-day strike has been deferred for two weeks pending confirmation of a new pay package.

Explainer: How schools are handling Covid-19 pressure not long after reopening
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Explainer: How schools are handling Covid-19 pressure not long after reopening

Sep 11th 2021, 7:00 AM 16,448 Views 9 Comments

Schools reopened their doors to pupils over the last couple of weeks – how have they been dealing with Covid cases?

Highest Covid-19 rates in children were recorded during school holidays, HSE says
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Highest Covid-19 rates in children were recorded during school holidays, HSE says

Sep 9th 2021, 6:12 PM 21,192 Views 29 Comments

There were 1,000 cases per week on average during school term.

Extra public health resources in place to help schools as principals 'under pressure'
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Extra public health resources in place to help schools as principals 'under pressure'

Sep 8th 2021, 2:58 PM 13,028 Views 2 Comments

More than 100 Department of Education staff have been working with public health teams, Norma Foley said.

Teachers not at increased risk of admission to hospital with Covid, study finds
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Teachers not at increased risk of admission to hospital with Covid, study finds

Sep 2nd 2021, 7:17 AM 16,188 Views 36 Comments

When schools are open, the risk among teachers and other working-age adults is similar, research has shown.

Q&A: The latest Covid-19 protocols for secondary schools as students return to classes
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Q&A: The latest Covid-19 protocols for secondary schools as students return to classes

Aug 28th 2021, 8:30 AM 18,157 Views 31 Comments

Students across the country have been returning to school this week.

Union reissues call for unvaccinated pregnant teachers to be allowed work from home
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Union reissues call for unvaccinated pregnant teachers to be allowed work from home

Aug 23rd 2021, 3:13 PM 20,589 Views 76 Comments

The TUI said this situation is causing “severe stress and anxiety” for affected teachers.

832 outbreaks of Covid-19 in schools since last August, HSE reports
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832 outbreaks of Covid-19 in schools since last August, HSE reports

Aug 23rd 2021, 8:50 AM 16,616 Views 69 Comments

More than 46,000 Covid-19 cases have been recorded in children and teenagers up to July.

'I can't sleep at night': Pregnant teachers fear going back to school before they're vaccinated
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'I can't sleep at night': Pregnant teachers fear going back to school before they're vaccinated

Aug 13th 2021, 6:30 AM 34,151 Views 56 Comments

Pregnant people cannot register for a Covid-19 vaccine prior to 14 weeks’ gestation.

Most parents believe children will require additional supports when back to school - survey
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Most parents believe children will require additional supports when back to school - survey

Jul 28th 2021, 11:10 AM 11,908 Views 6 Comments

63% were concerned about their children’s emotional development and 51% were concerned about social skills.

New Covid variants 'do not change' the measures needed in schools, Foley says
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New Covid variants 'do not change' the measures needed in schools, Foley says

Jul 27th 2021, 4:43 PM 14,010 Views 12 Comments

The department is planning for a “full reopening” of schools in August/September.

Education minister has 'every confidence' that schools will reopen as planned
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Education minister has 'every confidence' that schools will reopen as planned

Jul 26th 2021, 2:25 PM 16,232 Views 27 Comments

Norma Foley will bring a school reopening plan to Cabinet tomorrow.

Minister seeks to 'reassure parents' that a full reopening of schools is planned
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Minister seeks to 'reassure parents' that a full reopening of schools is planned

Jul 25th 2021, 3:33 PM 34,939 Views 38 Comments

Minister Norma Foley said the return of children to the classroom for the new school term is a priority.

Teaching union to tell TDs that staff are subjected to 'inappropriate' comments by parents on social media
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Teaching union to tell TDs that staff are subjected to 'inappropriate' comments by parents on social media

May 18th 2021, 6:15 AM 23,031 Views 61 Comments

The claims will be heard at the Oireachtas Education Committee this afternoon.

Poll: Should students wear school uniforms?
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Poll: Should students wear school uniforms?

Apr 9th 2021, 9:24 AM 54,725 Views 93 Comments

Business owner Louisa Meehan says the arguments in favour of school uniforms don’t stack up anymore.

Close contact tracing conducted in over 100 schools last week as cases in young people rise
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Close contact tracing conducted in over 100 schools last week as cases in young people rise

Mar 16th 2021, 6:11 PM 27,911 Views 18 Comments

The positivity rate after mass testing in schools last week was 2.4%.

Nigeria steps up search for 39 students kidnapped from hostels
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Nigeria steps up search for 39 students kidnapped from hostels

Mar 13th 2021, 11:49 AM 9,915 Views 10 Comments

Dozens of students were kidnapped in northwestern Kaduna after gunmen stormed a college.

Current fifth years to receive accommodations in Leaving Certificate 2022 due to loss of in-person learning
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Current fifth years to receive accommodations in Leaving Certificate 2022 due to loss of in-person learning

Mar 13th 2021, 10:41 AM 65,811 Views 22 Comments

Minister for Education Norma Foley has said that she is “very aware” of the loss of in-person teaching that current fifth year students have experienced.

More classes can return to schools as planned, but NPHET watching figures 'very carefully'
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More classes can return to schools as planned, but NPHET watching figures 'very carefully'

Mar 8th 2021, 6:49 PM 24,003 Views 23 Comments

More pupils are set to return to schools next week.

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