Minister for Education Norma Foley has confirmed that schools will fully reopen this September.
Foley reassured parents this afternoon that the full reopening would go ahead this September following reports expressing uncertainty on the matter amid concerns over the rising number of Covid-19 cases.
Foley said that plans are in place to support the full reopening of schools in time for the start of the new school year.
She added that the main priority for the Department of Education is to support school communities to ensure its full reopening.
It has been noted that the reopening will be carried out in close consultation with public health and the education partners.
On the subject of variants, Foley stated, “The new variants of the disease do not change the infection prevention and control measures required in schools. Public Health advice is that compliance with these measures ensure that schools remain low risk for children and staff. Schools will continue to be supported in terms of the additional resources necessary to provide for these measures,”.
Foley added that schools are low-risk environments in terms of Covid-19 transmission and that the prevention/control measures in place are highly effective against the virus.
Cabinet will be briefed on Tuesday about additional funding for schools for prevention measures.