Tuesday, 14 July 2020

Ceisteanna (574, 575)

Danny Healy-Rae

Ceist:

574. Deputy Danny Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a roadmap will be provided regarding the reopening of all schools; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [15092/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Danny Healy-Rae

Ceist:

575. Deputy Danny Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Education and Skills the system her Department is applying for secondary schools regarding social distancing (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [15093/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 574 and 575 together.

On Wednesday 1 July 2020, I welcomed the publication of interim public health advice for the safe re-opening of schools in late August/ September. This interim health advice sets out the key public health requirements that will be required for a safe full reopening of schools and the measures that will be required to achieve this.

Receipt of public health advice will underpin ongoing engagements with education partners and stakeholders in terms of planning and providing guidance for schools in relation to logistical and curricular arrangements and wellbeing. The advice also sets out the requirements for physical distancing measures in a school setting and how this should be implemented. The advice also contains important measures required for infection prevention and control to ensure a full return to school is safe for children and staff.

My Department’s ongoing work with education partners and other key stakeholders on guidance for re-opening schools is aimed at reducing the burden on schools at a local level by providing central guidance and supports to the greatest extent possible.