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Monday, September 20, 2021

Education Minister McIlveen comments on COVID impact on schools
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Commenting on the current situation in relation to the impact of COVID-19 on schools Education Minister Michelle McIlveen said: “Detailed discussions are ongoing between my Department and the Department of Health on measures to alleviate current pressures facing our schools as a result of COVID-19.

“Proposals are being finalised and will be discussed with relevant stakeholders this week. 

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“I recognise that the start of the new school year has been stressful for parents, children and school staff.  

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“The public health grounds for keeping and supporting children at school are very strong in terms of supporting their education and emotional well-being.

“The risk of COVID-19 infection in any setting cannot be entirely eradicated but it can be reduced. Schools have a range of mitigations in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission in school. These include additional cleaning and hand hygiene, ventilation, the use of face coverings and regular asymptomatic testing.”

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