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These Are The Dates When Children Will Be Phased Back Into School

A phased reopening of schools and daycare has been planned under the new government guidelines.

The official revised plan for living with Covid will be published by the government after being considered by Cabinet.

Although nothing has been set in stone as of yet, there is a loose road map of what we can expect.

It is understood that junior and senior infants will return to class on Monday 1 March. And first and second class will also return on the same day.

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While Leaving Cert students will be the only class in secondary schools to return, according to RTÉ News.

A fortnight later on 15 March the second phase will see all other primary classes return, as well as fifth year in secondary school return to their classrooms.

The rest of the secondary school students are scheduled to return on 12 April, which is after the scheduled Easter holidays.

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Despite this good news for students, it is expected that Level 5 restrictions will remain in place for at least another six weeks.

Another review is set to take place on April 5.

It comes after Taoiseach Micheál Martin told Rollercoaster.ie that he does not expect the phased return of schools to experience any resistance from teachers’ unions.

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He insisted that it is not acceptable just to ‘coerce’ teachers back into the classroom in a pandemic.

At the time, he explained that the plan of action to have children return to school on a phased basis in February and March is still on track and that all schools should be back to business by the end of March.

‘When we make our policy decision on this it has to be very clear to the students what’s involved and to the teachers, and to the families, and there’s a lot of stress and anxiety out there, on behalf of young people because of COVID-19 and because of the degree to which has disrupted their school life, both last year and this year,’ said the Taoiseach to Rollercoaster.ie.

Source: https://evoke.ie/2021/02/23/news/irish-news/children-back-in-schools

Donovan Larsen

Donovan is a columnist and associate editor at the Dark News. He has written on everything from the politics to diversity issues in the workplace.

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