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'Proportionate mitigations' in place for return of schools - DESC

Classrooms due to reopen on 4 January

Government says 'proportionate measures' are in place for the scheduled return to schools from next week.

Students and staff are due to head back to classrooms on Tuesday, 4 January with attendance for students still compulsory.

Pupils, staff and visitors are all still expected to wear face coverings in school buildings and masks are mandatory on public transport, including school buses.

Officials also state classrooms and corridors will continue to be 'as well ventilated as possible', and that students should dress appropriately for the time of year due to colder temperatures.

The Department of Education, Sport & Culture says anyone heading into school settings should take a lateral flow test before attending and take regular LFT's at home during the week.

Anyone who receives a positive LFT result, and/or feels unwell or develops Covid symptoms should notify their school and stay at home.

Education Minister, Julie Edge, says making classrooms safe for students and teachers and maintaining face-to-face learning remain 'key priorities'.

Ms Edge adds they will continue to assess the situation alongside Public Health.

Meanwhile, the DESC has published a list of contingency measures, it says, to help deal with any eventualities.

A link to it is available HERE.

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