Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Thursday, 19 November 2020
Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills
Engagement with Trade Unions on Keeping Schools Open: Discussion
Mr. Andy Pike:
On the issue of space for SNAs who work in the classroom with students at the same table, the small classrooms are proving to be a significant challenge. This is especially so when they move between pods in primary where there are several pods in a class. There are worries among our members that this creates a higher risk of infection than needs to be the case. Returning to the issue of PPE, if they are just wearing a face covering, others are protected against what they may transmit but a face covering, such as the one I am using today, will not protect me or them from contracting the virus. That is the point about the use of appropriate PPE.