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Tuesday, 8 September 2020

Department of Education and Skills

Covid-19 Pandemic

Photo of John LahartJohn Lahart (Dublin South West, Fianna Fail)
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490. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills her plans for teachers that are in a shared teacher role when they return to school in August 2020 in the context of Covid-19 and the return to school roadmap; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [21225/20]

Norma Foley (Kerry, Fianna Fail)
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The Roadmap for Full Return to School set outs the plan for reopening of our schools and what the operation of our schools will look like and how it will be sustainable in a COVID-19 context. It has been developed in line with public health advice issued by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC), the Roadmap for Society and Business, and follows comprehensive and intensive engagement with education stakeholders including the school management bodies and staff representatives.

My Department is providing capital and current funding of an additional €377 million to support the safe and sustainable reopening of schools under the Roadmap.

The supports are comprehensive across a range of areas, including funding for getting schools ready, for providing for additional supervision and substitution, and providing additional teachers to help with physical distancing and class sizes.

Shared teachers will be able to access schools similar to substitute teachers or visiting teachers. All visitors to a school, whether they be teachers or others, must observe the control measures in place as part of the school’s COVID Response plan.

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