Can Schools Return Safely?

Most children will only have to stay one metre apart when schools reopen in September.

That’s according to new public health advice, published by the Department of Education.

In primary school, one metre should be kept between children from third class onwards.


Social-distancing will not be essential for the first four years of schooling.

Secondary pupils will be asked to keep two metres apart – but if that’s not possible, one metre is sufficient.

Gavin discussed these guidelines with Mary Crawford, Retired Principal of St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Spanish Point and with Cllr Joe Killeen, former President of the INTO.