COVID-19 (coronavirus)

By Maura O'Shea

Posted: 10 March, 2020

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Following the statement of An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, TD, on 12 March 2020 in respect of measures to contain the spread of Covid-19, the Department of Education and Skills has confirmed the closure of schools, pre-schools and further and higher education settings from Friday, 13 March until Sunday, 29 March 2020.

In relation to the higher education sector, the Department of Education and Skills has advised:

Physical classes in universities and higher education facilities will not be held during the closure. Institutions can make other arrangements for teaching and learning and other activities in line with their business continuity plans and contingency planning. 

All pupils and students, from pre-school to third level are urged to practice social distancing, and to minimise physical contact with each other, to help avoid the spread of Covid-19. This should include minimising social contact, avoiding meeting up and keeping physical space between them. Parents and guardians are urged to support their children to maintain this approach.

The Department of Education and Skills is liaising with the Department of Health on an ongoing basis in relation to Covid-19, and the situation remains under active review. Higher education institutions should continue to follow national advice from the Health Service Executive (HSE) and from the Department of Education and Skills, and remain alert to updates via appropriate social media platforms.

The full press statement from the Department of Education and Skills is available here.

The full statement of 12th March 2020 by An Taoiseach on measures to tackle Covid-19 is available here.


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