Coronavirus (COVID-19) Support Hub

Thank you from INTO general secretary and INTO president

Dear fellow teachers,

We wish to express our sincere gratitude for the incredible work you have been doing since the current pandemic began. Despite the obvious challenges, you have stepped up and facilitated learning opportunities for your pupils, albeit from a distance…

Read the full message of thanks here.


Frequently Asked Questions

Over the past weeks, INTO has responded to a number of COVID-19 related queries from our members. We have published FAQs based on information available to INTO as of today. Members should bear in mind that this is a fast-changing situation. We will update these FAQs as further information becomes available. Please note these FAQ’s apply only to members in the Republic of Ireland.

FAQs for teachers

FAQs for school leaders

FAQ for Home-Based Summer Programme to support children with SEN

Return to school webinar

The INTO held a webinar on 3 July 2020 to advise teachers and principals on what they can expect when schools return in the new school year. INTO members can watch the webinar here. 

Department of Education and Skills updates

DRAFT Covid-19 School Response Plan Primary and Special Schools – 3 July 2020

Draft Covid-19 School Response Plan (Primary and Special Schools) 

HPSC Interim Recommendations for the reopening of schools and educational facilities – 24 June 2020

Interim recommendations for the reopening of schools and educational facilities 

Report to Government on reopening schools – 12 June 2020

Planning for reopening schools in line with the Roadmap for reopening society and business

Guidelines on limited school access

Limited access to schools from Monday, 18 May 2020. 

Extension of school closure

School closure extended until further notice.

New SNA allocation model deferred

Following calls from INTO, the planned new allocation model for special needs assistants has been deferred for one year.

Temporary assignment guidance

Temporary assignment arrangements for certain staff in the education and training sector.

COVID-19 Temporary assignment arrangements for SNAs and certain staff in the education and training sector – Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Continuity of Schooling

Guidance on continuity of schooling for primary schools

Guidance on continuity of schooling: supporting students at risk of educational disadvantage for primary schools

Guidance on continuity of schooling: supporting Pupils with Special Educational Needs for primary and special schools


DES Payroll Section

Payment of salary/pension during school closure

How to get in contact with the payroll section of the department


Leave entitlements

The DES has confirmed Circular 0024/20 that teachers who have contracted COVID-19 or those who have not contracted the virus but have been advised by the HSE to self-isolate to prevent the spread of the virus will be entitled to special leave with pay and substitute cover.

DES has also confirmed that leave already granted can only be cancelled in accordance with the  terms and conditions of the relevant Department publications.

Read more here.


Staffing and redeployment updates

Staffing and redeployment arrangements for the 2020/21 school year


Resources for schools

The DES website contains a number of resources for schools.

Guidance on continuity of schooling for primary schools

Guidance on Continuity of Schooling: Supporting students at risk of educational disadvantage for primary schools

Guidance on Continuity of Schooling: Supporting Pupils with Special Educational Needs for primary and special schools



Supporting your pupils

Support for teachers at primary level
INTO have compiled this guidance for teachers as we return to formal provision of education following the school closure.
Home learning tips and tricks

INTO has collected some practical tips and tricks for our members on home-based learning, during the current school closure.

Do’s and don’ts of digital technology

In many homes across the country, live lessons are being streamed into living rooms with children practicing physical activity, literacy, numeracy, science and much more. These are relatively new methodologies that are gradually being embedded into teaching in recent years.

NCSE guidance for supporting pupils with special needs
Among the materials compiled by the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) are online resources specifically targeting children with Special Educational Needs with input from Speech and Language Therapists and Occupational Therapists.
Supporting the most vulnerable in society
Protecting our most at-risk and helpless families during these unsettling times is imperative.
Maynooth University study on how schools are adapting during the COVID-19 pandemic
Academics Jolanta Burke, PhD, CPsychol. and Majella Dempsey published the findings of an extensive survey exploring how schools are adapting to the life under COVID-19.
Virtual Tours
With schools closed and strict rules in place to control the current pandemic, now may be a good time to check out some of the wonderful virtual tours available online for free. 
School Meals Scheme
The government will continue to fund the school meals programme during the COVID-19 closure.

Flags for frontline heroes campaign

IPPN, INTO, NAPD, TUI and ASTI  are proposing that as a show of support for those workers and volunteers on front lines at this critical time, all children who have a flag in their county or club colours, or whatever team they follow across any code, would hang that flag from their gate posts, windows, or wherever they would normally place a flag when supporting their county club or team ahead of an important match.

AsIAm Guidance
Explaining COVID-19 to Primary School-aged  Children
Covid-related supports for vulnerable pupils
Resources to support schools in facilitating the continuity of learning, with specific guidance on pupils with Special Educational Needs and pupils experiencing educational disadvantage.
Key contact information
Contact list of key organisations offering support to pupils and teachers
Inside Feelings – free book to download
A wonderful resource to use with children, particularly those who may be exhibiting a sense of fear or may be unsettled at this time.
Scealta spraoi (GAEILGE)
Foghlaim sa bhaile trí mheán na Gaeilge
Scealta spraoi (BÉARLA)
Resource for learning at home through the medium of Irish
Class of 2020 – transitions
Transition of young people from primary to post-primary


Supporting yourself and others

Self care tips for mind, body and spirit
Breathing Space Ireland’s Ann-Marie Ireland shares her advice.
Lessons for teachers on working from home
Some guidance to help you set goals and maintain your own well-being while working from home.
Confidential counselling and support
At this uncertain time, the INTO would like to remind its members and their families that there is an Employee Assistance service available to them through Inspire Wellbeing.
What can teachers do to help during COVID-19?
Practical ways to offer support to pupils, family, friends and the wider community during school closures.
Teachers, take care
Structuring your day and supporting yourself at this time.
Worried about your mortgage?
Sean Couch from EDUC Mortgages shares his advice.


INTO action

Transcript of INTO testimony to the Special Committee on Covid-19 Response – 2 July 2020

INTO submission to the Special Committee on Covid-19 Response – 19 June 2020

INTO awaiting clarification on school access

INTO begins formal engagement on schools reopening

Letter to Seán Ó Foghlú, Secretary General, Department of Education and Skills – 22 April 2020

INTO engagement and public health advice key factors in any decision to re-open schools

INTO condemns lack of consultation on school continuity guidance

New SNA allocation model deferred following calls from INTO  

Letter from John Boyle, General Secretary to Minister McHugh asking for cross departmental support for vulnerable pupils

Unions demand protections for substitute teachers

INTO supports SVP and Barnardos during COVID-19 crisis

Still have questions?

Submit your query by email to INTO. Please include your payroll or membership number.