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Information for Schools and Pre-schools on the Coronavirus

The Department of Education and Skills is regularly updating its information for schools, preschools and third level institutions on Covid-19 and is also providing updated information from the Department of Health and HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre following a meeting of the National Public Health Emergency Team.
As further advice or information is provided, it will be issued to schools and posted on the Department’s website and we will try and include it here on where possible.

It is also important to take the time to talk to your kids and teens about their fears around coronovirus - Read our Tips on addressing their worries.

Advice issued to Parents and Schools

21st August
Assessment Arrangements Junior & Leaving Cert 2021

21st August
Post Primary School Transport Arrangements

21st August
Update on Re-opening of our Schools

10th August 2020
Update on Re-opening of our schools

27th July 2020
€375 Million plan announced to support re-opening of schools

16th July 2020
Leaving Cert Results & CAO offers will happen in Sept

2nd July 2020
Back to School Guidelines Published

26th June 2020
School Meals Programme to be available during the summer

12th June 2020
Summer Provision Programme announced

29th May 2020
All leaving cert students must register on new portal

8th May 2020
Minister announced postponment of Leaving Cert Exams

29th April
Minister announced revised Junior Cert arrangements

24th April
Minister announces School Transport arrangements

22nd April
Minister announces ICT Funding for schools and students

10th April 2020
Announcement of postponement of State Examinations

2nd April 2020
Guidance on continuity of schooling for primary and post-primary schools

26th March 2020
School Meals Programme Guidance for Schools

25th March 2020
Letter to Principals & teachers re continuity of teaching and learning

24th March 2020
Schools to remain closed until 19th April

19th March 2020
Leaving & Junior Cert Oral & Practical exams cancelled and coursework dates extended

13th March 2020
Scoilnet and PDST letter to Principals

12th March 2020
Statement from Department of Education re closure of schools

11th March 2020
Talking to children and young people about Covid-10

10th March 2020
Statement to advise that there is no decision to close schools at this point

02 March 2020 Chief Medical Officer advice to parents and schools
Letter from the Chief Medical Officer to Parents of School & Pre School Children

01 March 2020: Chief Medical Officer to Principals
 Letter from the Chief Medical Officer of the Department of Health, Dr Tony Holohan to school principals .

27 February 2020:
The Chief Medical Officer from the Department of Health, Dr Tony Holohan, has issued the following letter to parents of school children travelling from affected regions.

The Department website advises that Public health doctors are available to liaise with schools and advise on precautions if staff and/or students have any concerns.
The Chief Medical Officer from the Department of Health, Dr Tony Holohan, has issued the following following letter to parents of school children travelling from affected regions.

Anyone who has travelled from the affected regions and has no symptoms should visit the HSE website for advice. The most important action we can take to protect ourselves from Covid-19 is regular hand-washing and good respiratory hygiene.

Note - The Covid-19 affected regions are listed as mainland China, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Iran and the following regions of northern Italy - Lombardy, Veneto Emilia-Romagna and Piedmont.

Travel advice for all Irish citizens is provided through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The Department of Education have made the following posts available to schools to download - a Covid-19 Information Poster and a ' Cover your cough and sneeze' poster

Further Useful Links
Health Protection Surveillance Centre Website Education Guidance

Downloadable Public Health Advice Poster

Source :

1st March 2020 - Secondary school to close for 14 days in east of country following links to coronovirus case.

Check out our Learning & Fun Activities for Kids & Teens during Covid-19