Teachers are scared but expect schools to reopen

Teachers are scared but expect schools to reopen
Teachers are scared but expect schools to reopen
One of the country’s main teachers’ unions expects schools to reopen after half-time, but warns that teachers are “very scared”.

On RTÉs Morning Ireland, the President of the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland said they wanted schools to be opened “in a very safe way”.

Talks took place between the HSE, the Ministry of Education and the teacher unions about combating Covid-19 infections in schools.

A revised contact tracing system will be introduced when schools reopen after the half-time break.

A public health risk assessment takes place as soon as a case occurs in a school. Ann Piggott said her members would like to know more about it.

“We want to have more trust in her,” she said.

“We want to make sure that all details are open to everyone. Because even if there is a case in schools, teachers are currently dependent on rumors.

“You want to know for sure – is there one case, are there three cases, how much are teachers and students themselves at risk?”

Ms. Piggott said they were concerned about the time it would take to identify a positive case and teachers asked for quick tests in schools from the start.

She said if tests could be returned within 24 hours, “that would be a lot better” than the current wait time.

“It may take two to four days for results to come back, and then contact tracing is very slow, maybe another four days,” she said.

“We’d appreciate quick tests, but we definitely want them to be accurate.”


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Meanwhile, the chief medical officer has urged people to adhere to public health recommendations regarding self-isolating and restrictive movement.

Last night, Dr. Tony Holohan, there are “too many stories” from people with Covid-19 symptoms or waiting for test results who do not isolate themselves and from people who are contacts but do not restrict their movements.

He added that self-isolation means staying fully indoors and avoiding contact with other people, including the people you live with.

His comments came after the Ministry of Health announced that another 939 new cases of Covid-19 were reported tonight, and three more deaths were also recorded.

The total number of deaths associated with the virus is 1,885 and the total number of cases is 58,067.

There were 341 patients with Covid-19 in the hospital, 38 of them in intensive care units.

The 14-day national incidence rate of the virus is now 309.9.

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