INTO slams Medmark treatment of medically vulnerable members and calls for an urgent review of face coverings for pupils 


INTO has noted that the World Health Organisation is now recommending that children aged six and older wear face masks and, in that context, calls on government to urgently review the HPSC guidance in relation to children wearing face coverings in certain circumstances.

INTO Queryline requests email queries where possible


The INTO Queryline welcomes queries from members but is currently experiencing an unprecedented level of demand. We are anxious to assist members at this exceptional time and we have put additional resources, including staffing, in place to support this service...

INTO launches TeacherConnect substitute service


TeacherConnect is a brand-new member service which offers an enhanced service to members available for substitute work and to schools seeking to fill a substitute position.

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...