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Back to class... and don't forget your face masks?

Katherine Donnelly



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Every pupil wearing a face mask - is that what classrooms will look like when schools reopen?

However impracticable it sounds, it cannot be discounted as work gets under way on how to safeguard more than 900,000 primary and post-primary pupils, as well as further and higher education students, their teachers and lecturers, when they return to classrooms and colleges in the autumn.

Face coverings are a familiar feature of the return to school in some countries, including Vietnam and Taiwan, and it is not so far-fetched for Ireland that it didn't enter the thinking in the course of detailed planning for the now-abandoned Leaving Cert exams in July/August.