As schools have sent home books to parents in case they do not reopen after the mid-term break, Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan has said that at this moment he sees no reason as to why they would stay shut next week.
Sixth year is an incredibly difficult year for students and their families every year. The Leaving Cert really is one of the most difficult exams a student will ever take. The challenge comes from having to study six to seven large courses which have little or no continuous assessment, so the entire focus is on the June exams.
A week ago, primary principal Enda McGorman was confident about schools staying open, but his optimism has given way to fears about their ability to continue if testing and tracing is not speeded up.
Brian O’Mahony and Charlie Butler, who graduated from the same course, Global Business studies, in Trinity last year, both went through tough times in secondary school. They went to the same school, but only became friends in college, and it was at least a year into their friendship before they talked to one another about what they had been through.
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