The government has announced that it intends to reopen primary and secondary schools at the end of August.
The objective is to have everything “as close to normal as possible” in the new school year, An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said. However, he said it may not mean that every student will able to return every day for the full day.
Speaking following a Cabinet meeting today, the Taoiseach said the Government is examining research.
“We know that it’s not a no-risk scenario but it is a low-risk scenario,” he said.
“We are learning from the experience of countries that have at least partially reopened schools already, and from the experience of countries that have had to reimpose restrictions”
Minister for Education Joe McHugh briefed the Cabinet today on proposals for a summer education programme for children with special educational needs and other special needs.
The Taoiseach also said Ireland was on track to implement Phase 2 of the reopening roadmap on 8th June.