10 Aug 2022

Tipperary TD calls for extra measures to ensure schools reopen safely

Tipperary TD calls for extra measures to ensure schools reopen safely

Tipperary TD Martin Browne has called for extra measures to ensure schools reopen safely

Tipperary Sinn Féin TD Martin Browne has demanded that every effort be made to ensure that all possible is done to ensure schools do not only reopen this week but remain open safely.

“Sinn Fein wants to see children at school, but more must be done by the Government than simply telling principals that the doors will be open on Thursday," he said.

The Cashel TD said that they must make sure all schools were provided with every mitigation measure to prevent the spread of Covid that they need, and that principals were supported properly in dealing with the challenges they will face.

“I have repeatedly said that for the return to school to be safe and prolonged, the equipment that schools need to mitigate against Covid as effectively as possible should be provided," he said.

Deputy Browne said that there was a need to see HSE-led contact tracing and effective HEPA filtration that met the needs of every school that require them, without those burdens being the responsibility of principals who also had to deal with the increasingly difficult task of finding substitute teachers and meeting the many unexpected demands they were facing and will continue to face for some time.

“I have been contacted locally about issues with the HEPA funding. This should not be the worry of Tipperary principals. Neither should contact tracing," said the Sinn Féin TD. “The Christmas period should have been used to ensure that these supports for principals were devised alongside the provision of these mitigation measures."

He said that children’s education had been disrupted enough already because of Covid-19 and every effort must be made to ensure schools did not only reopen this week but remained open safely.

“That means adequate investment in schools to ensure they have enough budget for these measures, heating and other vital resources," said Deputy Browne.

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