Everyone accepts that returning over one million students and 100,000 staff to 4,000 schools will pose considerable challenges with the continued threat of COVID-19. The document outlines a range of measures being provided to support the reopening as well as a funding package of €375m. The package has been broadly welcomed by teachers and parents but reservations have also been expressed. These concerns centre on the timescale to implement the changes and the feasibility of employing the staff required to ensure its success.

The package includes: