A former local teacher and vice principal has expressed his surprise with the decision to reopen schools.
Schools are reopening across the North West today following the Christmas break.
It comes amid concern about the impact high Covid infection rates will have on staffing levels and student attendance.
Teacher unions are warning thousands of staff will be absent today, and it’s expected some classes may have to stay at home.
Children with special needs, younger primary pupils and third, fifth and sixth year post-primary classes are being prioritised for in-person teaching.
Sean Wynne the former vice-principal at Drumshanbo Vocational School.
He says there is a huge contrast in the way schools are operating through the pandemic in 2022 compared to last year.
Forsa says the Government isn’t doing enough to ensure special education services are equipped to deal with Omicron.
It’s warning priority needs to be given to the most vulnerable students who need to maintain in-person learning.
Education spokesperson, Andy Pike, says greater efforts are needed to deliver essential support and protections: