Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Questions (285)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire


285. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Education and Skills if additional staff will be employed to provide support in view of the social distancing and hygiene measures required; and if staff will be provided with training on the way in which to properly use PPE. [12629/20]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

On 12 June, 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 In line with the Return to Work Safely Protocol that each school will agree with staff, a worker representative who will carry out the role of ensuring that COVID-19 measures are adhered to within the school. Training for this role will be developed and provided centrally.

The report also sets out in brief the contingencies that must be considered during the coming period in the context of Covid-19. These contingencies and guidance which involve the development of templates for use in schools in addition to training, 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.