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

Rose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein)
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I thank the witnesses for their presentations.

My first overarching question is about calculating the number of infections within schools. Do the witnesses think the authorities fully understand the issue or the numbers involved? Let us suppose a child feels unwell in school but the parents are not told until that night. The mother then takes the child to a doctor and he or she tests positive for Covid-19. Is this counted as a school infection or a community infection? Perhaps Mr. Gillespie could clarify that.