Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Ceisteanna (748)

Paul Murphy

Ceist:

748. Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the HSE is acting in an inconsistent and discriminatory way towards post-primary teachers and students by recategorising them as not being close contacts of cases of Covid-19 infection, which are confirmed in post-primary schools (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26429/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

There is ongoing consideration given by the Government to policy in relation to the management of Covid-19 in school settings.

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has published Guidance for Educational Settings relating to the management of Covid-19 in school settings.

This guidance, which includes protocols relating to the management of close contacts, is available at www.hpsc.ie/a-z/respiratory/coronavirus/novelcoronavirus/guidance/educationguidance/.

The Deputy may wish to note that schools must have a Covid-19 Response Plan and a Covid policy in place.

Up-to-date Government advice and resources for schools, parents and students in the context of COVID-19, including advice on Covid-19 planning is published at www.gov.ie/backtoschool.