ANNOUNCEMENT - Schools reopening
On the 23rd of February 2021, the Government announced their plan for the reopening of schools. The following timeline was issued:
“The Department of Health and the HSE have reaffirmed that schools in themselves are low risk environments and that a gradual phased reopening can occur at this time. Public health has reviewed the measures put in place to ensure safe operation of schools and is satisfied that these infection prevention and control measures, if rigorously adhered to, will keep the school community safe during this period. They emphasise that all measures must be followed carefully by students, staff and parents.
There will be a period of time between each phase to assess the impact of reopening on aspects of community transmission.” - Source
The announcement on the 23rd of February 2021 does not refer to or include details on the prioritisation of children with additional care needs, as per the plans announced in January.
SBHI will provide additional details as soon as they become available.