A North Leitrim councillor is strongly criticising the practice of schools being forced to notify Tusla in cases where a student misses more 20 school days in the year.
Cllr Padraig Fallon says that this course of action is a slap in the face’ to parents who obeyed Covid regulations and followed government advice by keeping pupils home from school.
The Drumkeerin based Councillor says there have been several examples where families have had to isolate at different stages over the Covid Pandemic. Health officials had advised parents to keep children at home if they had any concerns over their children having Covid symptoms or if they were a close contact with confirmed cases.
Many families have now been issued with letters from schools informing them that their children have missed more than 20 school days and that the matter is being referred to TUSLA.
Cllr Fallon says many parents who followed the rules are now facing unnecessary stress and anxiety because of school notifications to the child and family agency.