Reopening of Schools 2020

The Department of Education has issued details of the Roadmap for the Reopening of the Primary and Secondary School System:

 All schools will reopen at the end of August

 Children below third class will not need to maintain social distancing but all other primary school children will sit in pod bubbles

 Secondary school students will have to maintain a 1 metre social distance – face masks will be optional but not required

 Funding of €375 million has been allocated to assist the plan

 Minor Capital Works Budget of €75 million – Grants will be sanctioned for required works

 1,000 additional teaching positions at Post-Primary to reduce class sizes

 Additional substitution, supervision, guidance counsellors and psychologists

 Additional release days for principals

 Enhanced cleaning, hand hygiene and PPE support

 Special Needs Assistant Posts will be automatically replaced by the State if an SNA becomes ill

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