COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Advice & School Closure
An announcement was made by the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD of the closure of schools for a period until 12th April to support efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19. This is in line with the advice of the National Public Health Emergency Team.
Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD said:
“I am deeply conscious of the impact that school and education setting closures have on students, on families and on the wider community. This is a necessary and proportionate measure that we are taking as a pro-active measure to help contain the threat of Covid-19.”
“This is the right decision at the right time. It is taken in the best interests of our children, our young people, our school and college communities and our wider society.”
“At this point in time the closure is planned for two weeks, until 29 March. The Government, in conjunction with the public health authorities, will keep the situation under ongoing review. Any change to that date will be communicated widely.”
“Pupils should take their books and learning materials home with them.”
“This is a very challenging time for our pupils, our teachers, our students and our colleagues in further and higher education.”
“Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine – we all live in one another’s shadow. If there was ever a time for us to appreciate how closely we are connected, how much what we do matters to others, how much we rely on each other, this is it. This is a time where we all need to work together for the best possible outcome for our students. The support of everyone across the sector is vital, as we all strive to ensure that this threat is dealt with as effectively as possible.”
Thank you for your support in this challenging time.
Learning for students will continue online through Moodle and Microsoft Teams. Keep healthy and safe.
Department of Education and Skills Covid-19 Advice
Talking to children and young people about Covid-19
You can access and download this guidance in both Irish and English from the Department of Education and Skills website below under the heading ‘Talking to children and young people about Covid-19’.
We would also like to direct your attention to a child-friendly interview that Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn did with RTÉ’s new2day programme that may also be a useful resource when talking about Covid-19 with children and students.
Department of Health Covid-19 Advice
The Department of Health’s Chief Medical Officer has released advice for parents and students regarding COVID-19, see letter and posters below.
1. Department of Health’s Letter for Parents