Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Questions (265)

Martin Heydon

Question:

265. Deputy Martin Heydon asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to ensure that provision will be made for children with underlying health issues such as asthma (details supplied) when schools reopen in the autumn; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11205/20]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

On Friday my Department published the report to Government “Planning for reopening schools in line with the Roadmap for reopening society and business” https://www.education.ie/en/The-Department/Announcements/framework-for-reopening-and-operating-schools.html

The report sets out the clear ambition to develop a sustainable plan to fully reopen schools at the start of the next school year in late August/September in line with normal timeframes.  

The report also sets out in brief the contingencies that must be considered during the coming period in the context of Covid-19. A key component to reopening schools safely is the development of guidance in relation to infection prevention and control in schools.  

These contingencies and guidance will be worked through in detail in the coming weeks with education partners and stakeholders to ensure that the return to school is safe for children and staff.