Taoiseach Micheál Martin has confirmed that schools will fully reopen next month with measures in place to ensure the safety of staff and students.
Martin and Education Minister Norma Foley confirmed the news after a meeting this morning, with the Cabinet set to approve a "comprehensive plan" on Monday.
Speaking about the plan, Minister Foley described the plan as "a very comprehensive set of measures that will enable schools to open fully but also in a resilient and robust way." She added that "the objective is a full re-opening of the schools. All students on campus, all teachers on campus."
Details on social distancing measures within the classroom are yet to be revealed but it is expected that some light will be shed on this matter on Monday. Earlier this week, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said that there is "no good reason why we should be the only country in Europe that doesn't have its schools open at the end of August, at the start of the academic year."
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