ASTI notes the publication today of the interim advice issued by the HPSC regarding the operation of summer programmes being provided in schools.
The medical advice provides for social distancing both in the classroom and the wider school environment.
The aim of the ASTI and its members is the reopening of schools and classrooms as soon as possible to the maximum possible extent. However, this must be achieved in a manner that is safe and enjoys the confidence of all concerned. Second-level schools are complex institutions housing up to 1,600 students as well as their teachers and other staff.
ASTI will continue to engage constructively with the Department of Education and Skills and all the stakeholders to ensure appropriate guidance covering all aspects is issued to schools and a smooth reopening can take place.
This work will complement the implementation of the provisions of the Return to Work Safely protocol for staff.
A large volume of work needs to be done over the coming weeks to ascertain precisely the numbers returning at post-primary level as different logistical considerations and health must be considered.