Covid-19 Coronavirus Update
By Maura O'Shea
Posted: 25 March, 2020
On 24 March, An Taoiseach, Mr Leo Varadkar, TD, announced an extension of measuresimplemented on 13 March 2020 to slow the spread of Covid-19. In an accompanying press statement, the Department of Education and Skills confirmed that “All schools, pre-schools and further and higher education settings will remain closed to students until 19 April 2020”.
The Minister for Education and Skills, Mr Joe McHugh, TD, acknowledged the significant work being undertaken by further and higher institutions to ensure continuity of learning. The key role that the higher education sector is playing at local, regional, and national level to respond to the current challenges is also commended.
The HEA continues to work closely with the Department of Education and Skills and representatives from the further and higher education sector to collaboratively address the emergent operational challenges and consider appropriate medium-term contingency plans.
Higher education institutions are urged to remain guided by the national advice issued by the Health Service Executive and the sectoral guidance of the Department of Education and Skills.