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“Ensuring that Schools are open in a manner which is both safe and sustainable” during the (2020) Covid–19 pandemic

We welcome the invitation by Joint Committee to input into the considerations regarding the reopening of schools to classroom based teaching and learning from September 2020. Schools closed for classroom based teaching on Friday 12th March 2020 and moved to provide distance learning from Monday 16th March. Over the space of a weekend, schools adapted to remote/distance learning, which displayed not only the resilience and innovation of teachers, but their commitment to their pupils and strong professionalism. It is important therefore to note, that while the school building closed, the delivery of teaching and learning continued in the homes of pupils, provided and supported by their teachers and parents / guardians.