The HSE’s chief clinical officer Dr. Colm Henry has said that current Covid-19 transmission levels are too high for schools to reopen.
Dr. Henry said he hoped there would be “some approach” which would give priority status to “certain elements of the education sector”.
It was “tragic” to be talking about schools remaining closed, he said. “We learned from the first surge about how much harm was done to children, especially early school children, particularly in special needs environments, when there was a pause in education.”
Transmission levels at the moment are frankly too high, he said. They needed to be reduced “to much lower levels” before any additional risk of “mixing crowds or a mixing of people in school settings”.