As children and teachers return to school this week some are excited, others are cautious, but everyone knows it’s not ‘back to normal’.
Schools across North Cork, and the rest of the country, are working hard to adapt classrooms, structure drop off and collection times and adhere to public health guidelines on Covid-19.
As Dr Elma Gaffney of Livinghealth, Mitchelstown, explains: “School is obviously so important for a child’s education and a vital place in which to socialise – the benefits are immense.
"Many, perhaps all, parents will be understandably cautious, but it is important to remember that the vast majority of children who have been infected with Covid-19 have had a very mild illness so, from what we know, the risk to a child is very low.
“However, we need to avoid infection being spread within schools, to staff, to children’s families and beyond to the rest of the community.
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