Some schools in the State are not following guidelines to prevent and manage the spread of Covid-19, according to a teachers’ union.
The Teachers Union of Ireland is set to call for enforcement where non-compliance is found at today’s Oireachtas Education Committee.
Meanwhile, trade union Fórsa will voice its concern at the lack of clarity regarding the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) to school staff, as it claims the Department of Education is minimising its use.
One committee member, Sinn Féin's Rose Conway-Walsh, said more detail will be sought on the adherence of schools to public health measures.
There is a real lack of clarity around who are close contacts, what tracing is done, who is notified
“We need to know why they’re not following the public health measures, we need to quantify it in terms of how many schools, and we need to put that right, obviously,” she said.
“I’m not aware of any schools who aren’t following the measures, but I do understand that in some schools there is a real lack of clarity around who are close contacts, what tracing is done, who is notified.”
Ms Conway-Walsh said the provision of PPE has become a major issue that needs addressing.
“Teachers and their students need to be protected,” she said.
“We need to ensure that they are provided with the PPE gear and with the clarity around instruction as well, as to what needs to be done within the schools in order to have a safe environment."