Whole schools may not shut because of Covid-19 outbreak


Whole schools may not be shut because of an outbreak of Covid-19, under the government's 375 million euro plan to re-open the education system.

If there's an outbreak in a school, an assessment will be done on how many children will need to self-isolate having come into contact with that person.

Millions of euro have been allocated to allow schools to adapt classrooms to allow for social distancing where required.

Education Minister Norma Foley says public health teams will assess things whenever a case of coronavirus is identified in schools:

The INTO is welcoming the government's funding plan for reopening schools.

But Irish National Teachers Organisation general secretary John Boyle says teachers want more detail on cover when they have to take leave: