Tuesday, 9 June 2020

Ceisteanna (188)

Norma Foley


188. Deputy Norma Foley asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to make training available to staff, management and school communities on best practice implementation of Covid-19 stay safe measures in advance of the 2020/2021 school year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10287/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

To assist with the development of contingency plans for the re-opening and operation of schools in an environment that may require social distancing and other public health requirements, my Department is engaging with education partners and relevant stakeholders. This work will be based on the National Return to Work Safely Protocol that was published by Government and will also be informed by guidance and experience from other jurisdictions.

As part of this engagement, each of the education partners were given the opportunity to outline the key issues that they would like to have considered in the context of re-opening schools. The issues raised by the education partners include those referred to by the Deputy in his question.

A core objective of the contingency plans will be to ensure that schools and other education settings can reopen and operate in a safe manner that is consistent with public health advice. Following consultation, currently underway with the education partners, guidance will issue to schools as soon as possible on the logistical and curricular arrangements to be put in place to facilitate the phased re-opening of schools. This guidance will provide a framework for individual schools to develop plans for the re-opening of school in accordance with their own circumstances, the context and needs of their staff and students and in compliance with public health guidelines.