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Cavan father says a return to school 'can't be justified', as senior ministers meet to discuss reopening schools

Jan 5, 2021 13:01 By News Northern Sound
Cavan father says a return to school 'can't be justified', as senior ministers meet to discuss reopening schools Cavan father says a return to school 'can't be justified', as senior ministers meet to discuss reopening schools
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Schools are set to remain closed for the rest of the month. The cabinet sub-committee on Covid-19 is meeting to discuss the closure

Schools are set to remain closed for the rest of the month.

The cabinet sub-committee on Covid-19 is meeting to discuss the closure of schools.

Social education needs will be given special consideration while the 5 kilometre limit is likely to remain as it is.

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Anthony Fannon is a father of five from Cavan, and he says the risk involved with sending children back to schools "can't be justified".

Anthony's five children are of school-age, and he feels it would be "madness" to make children attend school in-person given the current level of covid-19 transmission.

While he acknowledges remote learning is difficult for many parents and children, he says it's the only option.

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Anthony told the Joe Finnegan Show that a return to face-to-face education would put students and teaching staff at risk:

Meanwhile, an ISSU Welfare officer says a staggered return to school would allow children to return in a safe manner.

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The Ombudsman for Children has urged the government to avoid a blanket closure of schools.

Matthew Ryan says it's vital that exam year students, and special educational needs students, return to school, while other pupils remain at home for remote learning:

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