Fitzmaurice highlights concerns over school Covid conditions

Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice has said there are rising concerns over the conditions facing students as a result of Covid-19 precautions in schools across the country.

  The Roscommon-Galway TD says: “I have been in touch with a number of parents who are concerned that leaving windows open will mean kids will pick up regular flus and colds, despite measures supposedly being in place to reduce the risk of Covid-19 spreading indoors”.

  Deputy Fitzmaurice said he was “alarmed at the number of phone calls” he has received from parents of both secondary and primary students.

  “Recommendations to leave windows open to improve airflow may be practical during warmer months, but when temperatures dip in winter months it simply doesn’t work,” he said.

  “Alternative measures need to be put in place by the Department of Education and school management teams – whether that is through the use of HEPA filters or other air filtration systems – to reduce the need for windows to be open.

  “We cannot afford to waste time deliberating over our next move – the action needs to be rapid by Government and the relevant Department and Minister”.

  The Independent TD said the conditions are adding to the pressure already faced by those sitting State exams this year.

  “New measures must be introduced by the Department, such as a scheme to rent air filtration systems to schools in order to improve air flow while eliminating the need for windows to be open during these traditionally cold months,” he concluded.