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Thursday, 1 April 2021

Department of Education and Skills

Covid-19 Pandemic

Photo of Bernard DurkanBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael)
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229. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if a full return to school is now effective for all children at primary and post-primary level; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [18007/21]

Norma Foley (Kerry, Fianna Fail)
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My Department has developed a plan with the relevant education stakeholders for the phased return to in-school learning for children in primary, post-primary and special schools. During March all primary level, fifth year post primary students and final year Leaving Certificate students returned to school. This phase also saw a return to full attendance for children in special schools.

The full re-opening of our schools for all students in line with public health advice remains a top priority for Government and my Department is focussing on the safe return of the last group of post primary students set to return to school after the Easter Break.

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