The Struggle to Find a New Normal – Pandemic Management in Schools

Posted in : Cassidy's Comments on 14 September 2021
Frank Cassidy
Former Principal & Regional Officer of ASCL
Issues covered: Education Update; Self-isolation; Coronavirus

 I think it is fair to say that the beginning of this new school year has not gone as well as was hoped. Initially, school pandemic management guidance was, according to Daniel McCrossan SDLP MLA, speaking on the Nolan Show, “not fit for purpose”.  Following a deluge of complaints from school leaders, the Assembly was then recalled on Thursday September 9th to debate the issue and meanwhile Executive Ministers reviewed the current PHA guidance which was clearly proving unworkable.

The well-intentioned guidance for schools on self-isolation previously agreed by The Executive had been aimed at preventing large numbers of pupils and staff having to repeatedly self-isolate for 10 days

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Frank Cassidy
Former Principal & Regional Officer of ASCL

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