Tuesday, 16 June 2020
Department of Education and Skills
295. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the way in which it is planned to vindicate the right to education of children here in view of the public health guidelines in place; if additional teachers are being recruited; if additional buildings are being sourced to ensure a reduced pupil teacher ratio; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11562/20]
On Friday my Department published the report to Government “Planning for reopening schools in line with the Roadmap for reopening society and business” .
The report sets out the clear ambition to develop a sustainable plan to fully reopen schools at the start of the next school year in late August/September in line with normal timeframes.
The report also sets out in brief the contingencies that must be considered during the coming period in the context of Covid-19. These contingencies, including the matters raised by the Deputy, will be worked through in detail in the coming weeks with education partners and stakeholders to ensure that the return to school is safe for children and staff.