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INTO calls for contact tracing to resume in primary schools

The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) has called for the resumption of contact tracing in primary schools, stating that principals should not be left to make health decisions about Covid-19 infections.

The union’s president Joe McKeown stated that the rise in Covid-19 cases among primary school children requires public health authorities to intervene.

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These comments come as primary schools are due to return next week after the mid-term break.

While speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, McKeown stated that “it is really important that principals have access to rapid risk assessment, contact tracing and testing of pupils, the largest groups of unvaccinated people in the country”.

The INTO also wants pilot antigen testing to begin in primary schools without delay.

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While saying that the safety of pupils “trumps” everything else, McKeown said that the INTO would have more faith in decisions that were based on evidence from schools.

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