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High volume of queries

14/08/2020

The INTO query system has experienced a very high volume of queries this week, and as such there are delays in responding to members. We appreciate that members have multiple queries about returning to school and we are working to assist members in this regard.

Enhanced substitution cover secured to support school reopening

13/08/2020

INTO has emphasised for many months that the sustainability of plans for the safe reopening of primary and special schools will depend on classes not being split when teachers are absent. INTO welcomes confirmation that approved teacher absences which were not covered by substitute teachers immediately before the pandemic will be covered in the next school year.

Departmental helpline on reopening schools established

11/08/2020

INTO would like to advise members that the Department of Education has established a helpline to assist schools with re-opening. The helpline can be contacted on 057-9324461...

Face coverings, procurement mechanism, leave of absence, COVID-19 capitation grant, supply panels and more

07/08/2020

At this morning’s stakeholder forum with the Department of Education, the INTO raised several matters in respect of schools’ reopening and was briefed on a number of developments to support the orderly and safe reopening of our primary schools. Weekly stakeholder engagement will continue throughout August...

Funding, staffing, pooled release days and more – brief update 

04/08/2020

The Department of Education is in the process of transferring additional funding to primary and special schools to assist with planning and preparation for a safe and orderly reopening later this month...

Teaching Council registration updates

31/07/2020

INTO members should make sure to renew their Teaching Council registration when due to avoid lapsing from the Teaching Council register.

Schools with teaching principals are encouraged to form clusters to cover their release days

29/07/2020

Groups of five small schools with teaching principals may appoint a fixed-term teacher to cover their leadership and management days.

Minister reaffirms intention to honour Public Service Stability Agreement

28/07/2020

INTO General Secretary John Boyle met with Minister McGrath today.

Details of operational supports for return to school published

28/07/2020

Additional information has been provided on some of the supports announced by government.

INTO welcomes plans for schools reopening, supports for principals and substitute panels. Further clarity on substitute cover needed.

27/07/2020

Details for the reopening of schools have been published by the Department of Education.