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About Time… September 19, 2020

Posted by irishelectionliterature in Uncategorized.

Some schools have done a good job since opening, others haven’t and by doing so have put their staff members in danger. The ASTI did a member survey last week and have been inundated with calls from concerned members. This action makes sense.

I also think that this is also a reaction to many school staff having seen that under the new Government plan even at Level 5, it seems Schools will remain open.


1. WorldbyStorm - September 19, 2020

I do think the unions have been very low profile in all this. And it is a case of safety of everyone in schools – students/pupils, teachers and all other staff, and of course parents.

Yep. They’re seemingly pointing to that as the one great shining achievement. One has to hope that it doesn’t come to the point where schools have to close due to levels of transmission but… how can that be avoided.

A key question is what level of transmission will the government close schools across the state.


irishelectionliterature - September 19, 2020

There were other options available, blended learning , not having everyone in at the same time etc but they went with everyone going in at once. I’ve heard stories too about school transport and how kids are just packed in and not wearing masks.


alanmyler - September 19, 2020

Yep, our young one was fortunate to get the school bus ticket this year (which we didn’t get last year and was a real pain as the school is 12k away in Navan so we had to drop and collect every day) and she was saying the bus is pretty full, more than 50% anyhow, so some rows with two kids sitting next to each other. They do seem to be wearing masks thankfully. It’s hard to see how the schools can be expected to stay open regardless of what is happening elsewhere in society, at all levels of restrictions. Good to see the unions starting to do something but it would be better again to see a joint initiative between all the teacher unions on this, at primary / secondary/ third level.

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2. Michael Carley - September 20, 2020

A number of university branches in the UK are moving in that direction. Edinburgh has already declared a dispute and others are making the first demands for online teaching as the default.

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sonofstan - September 20, 2020

Shit heading in direction of fan alright.
Walking through town yesterday and seeing the mass transit of students into accommodation and thinking how inevitable a spike will be in the next week or so – and replicated in every other city with a university or four.

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