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State needs to do its science homework and reopen schools

Larissa Nolan


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'Children have missed months of education already. This is a significant factor in the drive for a return to classes.'

'Children have missed months of education already. This is a significant factor in the drive for a return to classes.'

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'Children have missed months of education already. This is a significant factor in the drive for a return to classes.'

Here's hoping the Hiqa update on kids and the virus might bring some common-sense clarity to reopening schools. New research by the health watchdog found children were not significant contributors to the spread of Covid, at home or at school. It chimes with some earlier international evidence that kids are mostly - mercifully - being spared from this disease.

Yet they have missed months of education already. This news is a significant factor in the drive for a return to classes as soon as possible.

As recently as last week, bureaucrats in the Department of Education were saying schools may not be able to reopen in September, due to challenges around public health regulations.