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classes return Special schools opening from February 11 under revised plan

The deal comes after two previous attempts collapsed.

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Education Minister Norma Foley

Education Minister Norma Foley

Education Minister Norma Foley

The reopening of special schools and special classes in mainstream primary schools has been agreed for the coming weeks.

Special schools are expected to reopen on Thursday February 11 and that special classes in mainstream schools will open on Monday February 22.

The Irish National Teachers’ Union (INTO) and Fórsa, which represents special needs assistants (SNAs) have both given their backing to plans.

The deal comes after two previous attempts collapsed.

This resumption will start with the partial reopening of special schools, where there may be a maximum of 50pc of pupils attending on alternate days.

A same approach will apply to special classes mainstream schools. These classes have a maximum of six pupils each and half will be in on alternate days.

Detailed plana will be circulated to schools tomorrow.

They will include detailed information on the steps which need to be taken for the planned resumption of in-school support for pupils with special educational needs.


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