Reopening schools – updated FAQs for members


INTO has reviewed all guidance issued by the Department of Education over the summer with respect to the reopening of our schools. We are now pleased to advise members that we have published a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions for members on our COVID-19 Support Hub.

High volume of queries


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


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


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


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 


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


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


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


INTO General Secretary John Boyle met with Minister McGrath today.