It has been revealed that primary school students from Junior Infants to Second Class will not be required to social distance when they return to school later this year.
According to a document published by the Department of Education it has been considered impractical to maintain social distancing amongst younger children as they are less likely to follow guidelines given their age.
Under the proposed new guidelines set out by the Department of Education students from third class primary to sixth year in secondary schools will be required to social distance at least one metre and two if at all possible.
The guidelines which are yet to be finalised also state that teachers must keep the same amount distance between students unless there is a medical emergency.
It is also suggested that all primary school students will be divided into groups known as pods which would mean a set number of children would remain in the same group from the beginning of the day until the end school hours.
Meanwhile secondary school students would be required to keep a distance of at least one metre from fellow students whilst sitting at a desk.
They and teachers would also be required to use hand sanitizers at the end of each class and before the next class begins.
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