A Westmeath teacher feels the entire profession has been let down by the government.
Schools will not be safe from covid until the overcrowding issue is resolved.
That's according to Sarah Seoige, a secondary teacher in Westmeath, who says while students and teachers would prefer to be in school, they don't feel safe there at the moment.
She believes it's down to school management to ensure teaching standards are maintained remotely and online, but feels they have been let down by the government:
The Chief Medical Officer has admitted he’s concerned about the significant increase in covid cases among school children.
Senior Ministers are meeting this afternoon to discuss whether schools should close for January because of the high rate of infection.
Latest figures show the incidence rate is 284 cases per 100 thousand among teenagers, and 142 per 100 thousand among 5 to 12 year olds.
Dr Tony Holohan says the trends are worrying: