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Department of Education "Fully Intends" To Reopen Schools Next Week


02:28 4 Jan 2021

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The Department of Education says it fully intends for schools to reopen on January 11th.

It comes as opposition parties are set to meet with the Minister for Education this afternoon.

Labour's Education Spokesperson Aodhan O'Riordain thinks it unlikely students will be heading to school on Monday.

He said he sees "remote learning to be the reality for most children in the country".

The Labour TD says schools should work towards a reopening on January 18th.

In a statement the department of education says it believes schools are a safe place to be.

But given the escalating numbers some teachers disagree.

One teacher said they contracted the virus while working in a school in December.

"I got Covid... as did other staff members, as did students."

"That shows that schools aren't a safe space."

Another teacher said he doesn't feel safe returning to the classroom.

"Two metres social distancing can't be maintained."

A Department of Education spokesperson says the extended break until the 11th, will allow members of the school community to minimise their contacts before returning to school.

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