Written answers

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Education and Skills

Third Level Admissions

Photo of Seán SherlockSeán Sherlock (Cork East, Labour)
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199. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if schools will be allowed accept exchange students from Europe in September 2020 for exchange and work placement programmes. [5866/20]

Photo of Joe McHughJoe McHugh (Donegal, Fine Gael)
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The Board of Management is the body charged with the direct governance of a school and is responsible for making decisions as to the types of activities in which the school gets involved including participation in student exchange programmes.

On the 1 May 2020, the Taoiseach announced as part of the "Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business" that schools will commence opening on a phased basis at the beginning of the 2020/2021 academic year. The Department is currently working with the Education Partners and relevant stakeholders in planning for this re-opening which will be based on public health advice.

As part of this engagement, each of the education partners were given the opportunity to outline the key issues that they would like to have considered in the context of re-opening schools. Initiatives such as the student exchange programmes will be considered in this context. These will now be worked through in detail as part of the development of the roadmap for reopening schools.

A core objective will be to ensure that schools and other education settings can re-open and operate in a safe manner that is consistent with public health advice.

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