Voice welcomes plans for schools and childcare in Northern Ireland

Announcements by Department of Education

Voice: The Union for Education Professionals has welcomed the announcements by Education Minister Peter Weir on the reopening of schools in Northern Ireland and the childcare recovery plan.

General Secretary Deborah Lawson said:

“We are pleased that these announcements have been made now so that settings can plan ahead.

“If there is sound scientific evidence on the reduction of social distancing for children, then this is good news, provided that there is a plan B in the event of a future spike in cases.

“Despite the change in social distancing, it may still not be possible for all schools to open with a full complement of pupils in August if they do not have sufficient space.”

Further information

Northern Ireland: Updates and breaking news

Department of Education:

Childcare recovery plan and Education Restart FAQs available online  Published 24 June 2020

Northern Ireland Re-opening School Guidance - New School Day Guidance literature  Published 19 June 2020
This guidance has been developed for education settings to support a safe, phased reopening of schools in line with the Northern Ireland Executive’s “Coronavirus Executive Approach to Decision-Making” published on 12 May 2020.

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