Ask Government to re-open Ireland's schools in June

Ask Government to re-open Ireland's schools in June

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Anne Lonergan started this petition to Joe Mchugh Minister for Education and

Our children have had their worlds turned upside down without fully understanding why as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic. They have had a very sudden change in their circumstances, been deprived of the company of friends and missed out on vital aspects of their education. Now they are being deprived of the opportunity to finish their school year. 
I am concerned about the mental and physical welfare of our primary school children, especially those transitioning to secondary school in September. How can these children be expected to be ready to join secondary school, having missed out on so much and with lots of their primary education left unfinished?? No connection with their teachers or their peers for what will be by September, five and a half months. There are potential repercussions in later life of such abrupt endings.2

In all the (necessary) talk of worry about the economy, help for business and industry and protecting our older people, concerns regarding second and third level students and state exams, our primary school children have been forgotten. They too are finding it hard to be home. They may have no routine and little activity or opportunity for education at home. 
More importantly, some children may be at serious risk, living in chaotic homes with parents who are unable to care for them. Some children may be living in abusive situations where they are dependent on schools for nutrition and a few hours of safety.

By keeping schools closed, the State is removing this security and once again, as in the past, leaving children vulnerable to abuse without the hope of contact with a responsible person to alert child protective services. Not to mention those children who require learning support. Parents who are also carers have lost so much and are dealing day-to-day with children with high needs, with little hope of respite. 

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