Minister for Education, Norma Foley, has today said she has “every confidence” that schools up and down the country “have the capacity for the full reopening in late August, early September”.
Speaking with Claire Byrne on RTE, she stated there were “strong mitigation measures” which will be in place in schools to ensure that they continue to be “controlled environments”.
She said Covid-19 infection rates among children are at their highest when children are not at school and public health experts have pointed on “a consistent basis to schools being a very significantly controlled environment”.
Minister Foley said the evidence of the safe running of the Leaving Certificate exams and enhanced summer camps shows that safe operation of education can be maintained.
She also said a framework is being put in place to allow schools to “draw down” CO2 monitors and is confident there will be enough monitors by the start of the new school year.