Wexford TD Welcomes The News About Schools Reopening As Planned

A Wexford TD has welcomed the decision to open schools on Thursday…

The Irish Government has announced this evening that the schools will re-open as planned on Thursday.

Wexford and Fine Gael TD Paul Kehoe has welcomed the decision by Government and Minister for Education, Norma Foley.

“I very much welcome the Government’s announcement to have schools reopen as planned on Thursday. I believe that children have missed out on enough over the last 22 months. With everyone working together in unity this will work,” he said this evening.

It comes as Teaching Unions along with the Parents Association have expressed concern over the rising Covid-19 cases within our community.

On a day when the Minister for Education had announced that the schools will re-open as planned on Thursday, the office for the Minister for Health had confirmed an additional 21,302 confirmed Covid-19 cases in the Republic of Ireland in the past 24 hours.

Teaching unions and the Parents Association had expressed concerns over the safety of schools, citing a lack of HEPA filters and crowded classrooms.

One teaching union, the ASTI, had suggested staggering the opening of schools and prioritising senior-cycle students.

It was also noted that staffing will likely be an issue, and with Covid-19 so high across our communities, it’s likely that student absentees will also be an issue on Thursday when schools do reopen.

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