Wednesday, 24 March 2021
Department of Education and Skills
950. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the physical education facilities in place for schools which do not have on-site indoor physical education facilities as the schools reopen; the measures in place for schools which make use of local leisure centres for physical education lessons such as a school (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [15840/21]
As the Deputy is aware my Department provided a total of €160m Minor Works Grant funding to Primary and Post-Primary Schools during 2020. (€90m at Primary level and €70m at Post Primary level)
School management authorities including the school referred to by the Deputy have flexibility in terms of how this Minor Works Grant funding is best utilised in meeting the needs of their school operating in a Covid environment which may include the use of external sports facilities.
I wish to advise the Deputy that Level 5 restrictions do not apply to the Education sector and on this basis any prior commitment or agreement between a school authority and a third party should remain in place.