Pupils from Wesley College – from top: redsers Lucy Clarke and her brother Henry and Juliette Carol Breen and fake redser Charlotte White – launch ‘From the Ground Up’, a free Junior Cycle short course where students will ‘use skills learnt in Science, Business, HE and Geography to demonstrate how all subjects are integrated through the production of food’.
It all sounds a bNOMNOMNOM
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From top: Minister for Education Norma Foley outside the Department of Education in Dublin earlier; A carbon monoxide monitor for classrooms
…an order of carbon dioxide monitors for schools has arrived and will be distributed in the coming days.
Minister for Education Norma Foley said the monitors are “an additional tool” to aid ventilation and the recommendation is that they should be portable and shared between classrooms at different times of the day.
Ms Foley said that pilot antigen testing is being carried out in the childcare sector and at third level, and said should it be recommended that antigen testing be rolled out in schools, she will be happy to comply with that….
Ms Foley said the Department of Health has recommended the continued use of masks at secondary level and not primary.
Norma Foley says the Dept of Ed sought the “best possible medical advice” for pregnant teachers and the “expert view” is that the classroom is an appropriate environment – but “there is a pregnancy-related leave” if individual worker’s GP sees it appropriate pic.twitter.com/kbGaEu5KTI
A lollipop lady helps pupils and parents on their way to St Mathew’s National school as all students return to school for the first time in more than 100 days of Level 5 lockdown. The 5km travel limit is among the measures lifted from today.
Talks on schools reopening are still ongoing – Stephen Donnelly @DonnellyStephen tells Claire that the reopening of schools for junior infants, senior infants, first class, second class and Leaving Cert students is not a done deal yet. #CBLivepic.twitter.com/a1682klrdZ
Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Dr Colm Henry, Chief Clinical Officer, HSE said it is tragic to be talking about school closures again and no one wants to see this protracted because of what children experienced during the first lockdown.
However, he said, transmission levels are currently ten times what they were in early December.
He said this needs to reduce to a much lower level “before we can add to additional risk by the mixing of crowds at school settings”…
All three teacher unions have expressed concern around the ability of schools to keep classrooms both well ventilated and warm over the coming months
Representatives from four trade unions representing teachers and other school workers are due before the Joint Committee on Education to discuss the safe running of schools under rona restrictions…
…the Teachers’ Union of Ireland will tell politicians that many second level school buildings are not fit for purpose. The union says air quality metres should be installed in every classroom, to ensure that students and teachers are not forced to teach and learn in freezing cold classrooms.
The Association of Secondary Teachers has echoed that call. It says its research shows that 84% of schools where it has members do not have a dedicated ventilation system.
Primary teachers’ union, the Irish National Teachers Organisation, has also expressed concern that a grant given to schools last week, to allow for minor works to be carried out, will not be sufficient to allow them to install air-monitoring systems.
The trade union representing Special Needs Assistants, Fórsa,will tell politicians it remains concerned at the lack of clarity regarding the provision of PPE to schools staff, and specifically to SNA’s and Bus Escorts who accompany children with disabilities on public transport.
A report by the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) – based on ‘international evidence gathered by researchers’ – shows that while the rona spreads easiest indoors, schools are not a ‘major source’ of infection as they are ‘supervised’ settings.
Via Irish Examiner:
The report singled out drinking and dining indoors, shouting or singing, and prolonged face-face conversation in crowded poorly ventilated settings as factors increasing the spread of coronavirus.
“Consistent evidence” that the virus does not spread as easily outdoors was cited in the report however clusters from outdoor settings were noted.
The report also emphasised the distinction between controlled and uncontrolled environments when communicating Covid-19 risk to the public.
It said a house party was “unsupervised” while schools were “supervised“. The report said this environment impacts a person’s awareness of public health measures.
Schools in Ireland according to the data gathered in the report have not been a major source of Covid-19 infections….
From left: George Kennedy, John Boland, David Phayer, Thomas Hogan and a man who did not wish to be identified by name
Department of Education, Dublin 2.
A group of men who were sexually abused as children by a teacher at Creagh Lane primary school in Limerick protest outside the Dáil, over the State’s ongoing failure to grant them the redress they are due.
Today is the fifth time in recent years that the ‘Creagh Lane men’, as they are known, have travelled from Limerick to Dublin to try to draw attention to their situation through protest.
A State redress scheme was established for survivors of abuse in national schools, after the European Court of Human Rights ruled in the Louise O’Keeffe case that the State did share liability for their abuse.
But the Creagh Lane men are among what is believed to be hundreds excluded by the scheme’s narrow interpretation of the European court ruling.
A year ago, the Government accepted a former judge’s finding that that the conditions of that scheme were “inherently illogical”, “fundamentally unfair” to applicants, and should be changed.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin (above second right) and Minister for Education Norma Foley (above far right) visited Scoil Fiachra National School where they were given a tour of the school and a briefing on the work undertaken to mess with young heads prepare the school for reopening.
ISOLATION ROOM? Parents & staff at Clonbonny National School bear Athlone are NOT happy with the lack of support from Dept of Education in their efforts to get extra space at the school. This is the garden shed – where children with covid symptoms will be isolated at the school pic.twitter.com/BVodP1KkKE