The Minister for Children has said the Government wants to avoid a “long-scale shutdown” of schools and childcare providers, but he added that the situation is under constant review.
Roderic O’Gorman said advice from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) has always been that schools are safe places, and the decision to delay their reopening was part of a sustained effort to reduce movements.
The Government is facing pressure to make an early decision on whether schools will reopen as planned next Monday.
Minister for Education Norma Foley is meeting opposition spokespeople today to discuss the issue but she has insisted that schools will reopen as planned on 11 January.
There is a growing sense of pessimism in Government about reopening schools as the exponential rise in Covid-19 numbers continues.
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