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Time frame to reopen schools 'too tight' - ASTI

As teaching union @astiunion says the time frame for reopening schools is too tight, Minister for Education @NormaFoleyTD1 talks to RTÉ's @MorningIreland |

28/07/2020 10:15:00

As teaching union astiunion says the time frame for reopening schools is too tight, Minister for Education NormaFoleyTD1 talks to RTÉ's MorningIreland |

The time frame for changes to secondary schools to allow them to reopen in September is too tight, according to the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland.

ASTI President Deirdre MacDonald said she is not confident that the plans to reopen schools can be implemented in a month's time. Yesterday, the Government revealed its €375m school reopening plan, which includes funding for more than 1,000 additional teachers at post-primary being made available, in addition to funding for 120 extra counselling posts.

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Minister for Education Norma Foley said she does not "envisage there will be any delays" to schools reopening "at the end of August or start of September". Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Ms MacDonald said a staggered return for students might be necessary to allow them and teachers adjust to a new regime. 

She said schools will be a very different place in September and that principals and deputy principals have "a mighty task ahead of them". Ms MacDonald said bringing extra teachers on board is no small task and some schools will also need extra infrastructure or portacabins brought on site.

She said there will be strict protocols around movement in schools and "as closed a school regime" as possible will be maintained, adding that substitute teachers should not move from school to school but be assigned to one school. She welcomed the pause to curricular reforms and said that teachers will take their health advice from the experts. 

Govt announces €375m plan to reopen schoolsAt a glance: What did we learn about schools reopeningLatest coronavirus stories "Our members will go back to a safe working environment," @astiunion President Deirdre Mac Donald says, adding "Even if the school is all ready to roll" staggered returns are needed, for people to adjust. "It's a very different place from September of any other year."

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