Tuesday, 16 June 2020
Department of Education and Skills
301. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if students and teachers will be required to wear personal protective equipment due to Covid-19 once primary and secondary schools are reopened; if so, if he anticipates that there will be a tendering process in place for providing same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11603/20]
On Friday my Department published the report to Government “Planning for reopening schools in line with the Roadmap for reopening society and business”
Detailed engagement with education partners and stakeholders is underway in relation to the development of public health guidance in a school setting. My Department will also establish a drawdown framework for schools to enable the purchase by schools of supplies such as hand-sanitisers for use in the school and classroom. The procurement process for this framework is commencing immediately and it will also deal with any other potential PPE requirements. It is not envisaged that significant PPE will be required in school settings. All requirements for PPE in schools will be in line with public health advice.