Covid-19 - Latest Updates

New Short-Term Redeployment of SNAs

The DES has announced a new short-term redeployment initiative for all SNAs to be available to work in some essential public services as part of the Government’s response to Covid-19 (DES Circular 27/2020).

What is the Process?

  • The Board of Management is required to forward a questionnaire to all SNAs by Friday 3 April. SNAs will be required to complete the online questionnaire by Friday 7 April and details will be uploaded for the temporary assignment process. It is the responsibility of the Board that all SNAs complete the questionnaire
  • The Public Appointments Service and HSE will match an SNAs skill set with requirements before making contact with details of the reassignment role and location of work. This will be completed following Board notification.

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Staffing Circular Update

The DES has extended the date for returning the following forms (DES Circular 18/2020) from Friday 27 March to Friday 3 April:

Notify relevant Panel Operator of any permanent or fixed term vacancy
Return Main Redeployment Panel Application Form (Appendix E) for surplus permanent/CID holding teachers to the Department’s Primary Teacher Allocations Section
Return “CID Declaration Form20” (Appendix G) in respect of all teachers awarded a CID in or before the 2019/20 school year and a Main Panel Application Form, if applicable, to the Department’s Primary Teacher Allocations Section

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School Meals Programme

The DES has issued an updated guidance note including FAQs on what schools should and need to do to make sure pupils have continued access to school meals during school closures including the Easter holiday period. It is considered an ‘essential service’. To facilitate this HSCL and SCP staff have been contacted by TESS and asked to liaise with school principals where they currently work to maintain this service. It is considered to be travelling for work purposes. Volunteers assisting with the School Meals Programme are also covered. 

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New Circular 24/2020 - COVID-19 Delay Phase Arrangements for Teachers and SNAs

See the new circular on Delay Phase Arrangements for Teachers and SNAs - Click here to view circular

DES - Letter from Secretary General

DES – A letter has been issued by Secretary General, Seán Ó Foghlú to all schools. 


NCSE - Useful Tips

In addition to the normal supports, the NCSE is providing online resources for children with Special Educational Needs who are at home as a result of the schools’ closure.

The following materials have been developed by Occupational Therapists and Speech and Language Therapists. More resources will be added in the coming days.

TOP TIPS! for Primary School Age Children

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PDST Technology in Education - new online course for teachers

'Teaching Online for Primary and Post Primary Teachers'

Just a note to let you know that PDST Technology in Education have just launched a completely new online course aimed at teachers who are teaching online or remotely at the moment: 'Teaching Online for Primary and Post Primary Teachers'.

The course is available Here

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Message from IPPN President Damian White 20 March


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