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To: Government, NPHET, Deparment of Education & Department of Health

Reclose the Schools

We want all schools in Ireland to close again due to the recent rise in Covid-19 cases. Many students and teachers have caught the virus in recent weeks. Statistics show that the number of cases in all school environments is on the rise, despite the restrictions that are currently in place.

Why is this important?

Students account for 20% of Ireland's population. Sending students to school in the current climate, while also considering that online learning was practiced successfully last year, is an unnecessary risk to public safety. Issues facing schools include confusion over the definition of a close contact, no guarantee of when a test result will be returned to a student, and no option for high-risk teachers to teach from home. An inadequate following of restrictions, including a lack of social distancing before and after school as well as at break times, masks not being used at break times and hand sanitizers being recalled because they were not safe are just some of the health concerns affecting schools. Finally, students are struggling massively with their mental health right now. The fear of contracting and possibly spreading Covid-19 to loved ones and high risk friends is leaving many students stressed and afraid to go to school.


2022-01-05 18:59:04 +0000

20,000 signatures reached

2022-01-04 22:59:12 +0000

10,000 signatures reached

2021-09-27 21:16:08 +0100

5,000 signatures reached

2020-11-02 17:08:13 +0000

Thank you to each and every person who has signed this petition over the past 30 hours. Reaching 1,000 signatures in such a short period of time is an incredible achievement. However, we still need significantly more signatures before we can bring this further. We ask you to please share this petition with as many people as possible through your social media accounts once you have signed it, because the more people who sign it, the greater chance there is of schools closing. Thank you.

2020-11-02 15:10:16 +0000

1,000 signatures reached

2020-11-01 22:53:35 +0000

500 signatures reached

2020-11-01 15:18:34 +0000

100 signatures reached

2020-11-01 13:43:26 +0000

50 signatures reached

2020-11-01 12:56:27 +0000

25 signatures reached

2020-11-01 12:28:48 +0000

10 signatures reached