Schools will reopen from Thursday as planned, confirms Department of Education

The schools in Ireland will reopen from Thursday as planned before, the Department of Education has confirmed. The move is followed by the advice of health officials which stated that there were no public health rationale to delay the reopening of schools.

Education Minister Norma Foley, department officials, unions and school managements met yesterday to talk about the reopening and all stakeholders agreed to carry on with the decision, the department spokesperson said.

There were wide concern from parents and teachers’ unions about the reopening as the Covid cases in Ireland surged to record high in recent days. The Omicron cases also increased significantly. But the health officials recommended reopening of schools with health regulations and the decision was subsequently agreed by all the stakeholders.

“Education stakeholders were briefed by the Minister and public health representatives on how the Covid-19 mitigation measures in place in schools have been reviewed by Public Health and will continue in place in the coming term,” the spokesperson said.

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