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Special Educational Needs

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 25 November 2021

Thursday, 25 November 2021

Questions (256)

Róisín Shortall


256. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Education further to Parliamentary Question No. 117 of 3 November 2021, if there are plans in place for the provision of in-school teaching for children in ASD classes in mainstream schools in the event of school closures which may occur as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic; if such plans have been agreed to by all of the education partners; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [58121/21]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

Ensuring that schools can operate safely has been a key priority for Government. The Department of Education has an ongoing close working relationship with the Department of Health and the HSE throughout the pandemic in order to support and advise schools about the appropriate infection prevention control measures to ensure that schools can operate safely.

As the rest of our society and economy is now fully reopened it remains a key objective of Government that pupils/students and school staff can continue to attend school safely. In that context there are no plans for further school closures.