The INTO believes it is ‘inconceivable’ to ask teachers to return to school, given the high prevalence of Covid-19 in the community.

That’s according to the INTO representative for the Mayo/Sligo region Vincent Duffy, as doubts are cast over the proposed reopening of special schools and classes on Thursday.

The Principal of Breaffy N.S, Ballina says the INTO came to last night’s decision following a HSE webinar, which he says was meant to allay educator’s fears, but did the opposite.

While acknowledging the ‘absolute needs of special needs children’, he also stated that teachers across the region had expressed ‘serious health concerns’ about returning to classes.

Vincent Duffy told Midwest News that teachers have numerous concerns about returning to schools considering the high levels of infection in the community.

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