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As term-time looms, secondary schools in The Avondhu area are preparing to reopen and to continue to enforce public health guidelines on social distancing, sanitising and mask-wearing for the foreseeable future. 

A Department of Education statement in July announced that there would be no significant changes in the public health advice that schools would follow in the first term of this year.  

Lorraine O’Keeffe, the principal of Presentation Secondary in Mitchelstown, said she was delighted to be anticipating the return to school and that she hoped to be able to offer students as normal a school experience as possible in 2021, despite the continuation of guidelines on masks and distancing from the Department of Education. 

“We are here under department guidelines and our job is to keep all of our students and staff safe,” she said.

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