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Submission to the Special Committee of the Oireachtas Regarding the re–opening of primary schools during the (2020) Covid–19 pandemic

The General Synod Board of Education (Republic of Ireland) welcomes this opportunity to contribute to the deliberations of the Special Committee of the Oireachtas on the response of the State to the Covid 19 pandemic.

The Board is the recognised management body for primary schools under the patronage of the Church of Ireland and other Protestant denominations and is composed of representation from school leaders at primary and second level and the patrons of the Church of Ireland and observers from the other Protestant denominations. While the Board has a policy role at both primary and second level, we make this submission with reference to primary level.