Written answers

Wednesday, 14 October 2020

Department of Education and Skills

Covid-19 Pandemic

Photo of Róisín ShortallRóisín Shortall (Dublin North West, Social Democrats)
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174. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question Nos. 459 of 15 September 2020 and 133 of 7 October 2020, if she will provide a sample showing the exact format of the medical certificate required to certify that a secondary school student falls into one of the categories for a face covering exemption; if a copy of this sample medical certificate will appear on her Department’s website; if she will provide a link to same; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [30477/20]

Norma Foley (Kerry, Fianna Fail)
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My Department received advice from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) on the use of face coverings in educational settings. The advice provides that It is a requirement for face coverings to be worn by teachers, staff in schools and students attending post primary school and includes a number of exemptions.

My Department subsequently published clarification on the use of face coverings for schools in which it clearly outlines that a medical certificate must certify that a person falls into a category listed for an exemption to apply. This can take a written format once it is a certified by an appropriate medical authority, such as a G.P.

My Department does not have a remit for developing or publishing template medical certificates, which is a matter for the health authorities.

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