Social distancing concerns at Limerick city school –

A Limerick primary school will reopen this week with no social distancing measures in place for the majority of its pupils.

St Patrick’s Girls National School in the city has written to parents advising them that due to the size of rooms in the school, which is over 100-years-old, it will not be possible to allow the advised space of 1m between pupils, apart from those in fifth class.

In the letter, the school states that the lack of social distancing “is a concern for school staff”.

The school, which has 222 pupils, plans to open on Thursday.

Principal Donal O’Gorman told RTÉ News that he and the school’s Board of Management were “very worried”.

He said the advice from the Department of Education, when he contacted its school reopening helpline, was to “just do what you can”.

Mr O’Gorman said the school had attempted to rent additional space locally, as Department of

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