Plan to reopen schools revealed

Plan to reopen schools revealed
Launch of the Roadmap for Reopening SchoolsThe Taoiseach, Micheál Martin TD,Minister for Education, Norma Foley TD, and Minister of State Josepha Madigan TD, today launching the Roadmap for Reopening Schools, subject to Cabinet approval.PIC: JULIEN BEHAL PHOTOGRAPHY

Education Minister Norma Foley has outlined details of the Government's plans for reopening schools with an extra 370 million euros funding.

It includes:

- More substitute teachers at primary schools and 1,000 additional teachers at post-primary to accommodate the extra classes needed for social distancing.

- Teaching head teachers will have one day a week to handle the additional administrative burden.

- Daily cleaning arrangements to be facilitated by extra supplies of hand sanitiser and other personal protective equipment.

The minister said: "It gives clarity to schools on what they need to do and gives clarity to us all on what operation of our schools looks like in a world where we journey alongside Covid-19."

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said: "Our schools are at the heart of our communities and reopening them is a critical step in recovering from the worst impact of the pandemic.

"It is a comprehensive range of measures backed by major new resources.

"Extra staff, extra funding, clear guidance and new supports will help every school adapt to its own needs.

"It is a major piece of work that can ensure that our schools reopen at the end of next month."

The money will be spent on adaption costs, hygiene measures, more staff and provision of information.

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