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Minister confirms schools not re-opening 1st April

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 24/03/2020. Minister confirms schools not re-opening 1st AprilTags: Parenting Teachers

According to RTE, Minister for Education Joe McHugh has confirmed that schools will not be reopening in the short term. 

RTE reports that the Minister was speaking on GalwayBay FM when he said that schools will not be opening immediately after 29 March and there should be confirmation today or tomorrow of the extension of the school closures.

Speaking about State exams, he said that he and his department "really want to make those exams happen".
He said they owed it to young people to "see this through and try to have the exams this year".
He said by that he meant "the dates that are defined for this year". He said his department was working towards this


Updated - statement below from Minister 24th March 2020 confirming schools wil remain closed until 19th April 2020

All schools, pre-schools and further and higher education settings will remain closed to students until 19 April 2020.

The decision has been taken following advice from the NPHET (National Public Health Emergency Team) as part of efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19.

All young people and children are urged to practice social distancing, and to minimise physical contact to keep themselves and others healthy and to limit the spread of infection. This should include minimising social contact, avoiding meeting up and keeping physical space of two metres between each other. Parents and guardians are urged to support young people and children to follow those simple guidelines.

Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD said: “This is an extremely difficult time for everyone, not least students and their parents.

“The decision to keep schools closed until after the Easter break is based on public health advice. It is a hugely important aspect of our continued effort to limit the spread of Covid-19.
“My message to students facing exams is that they should keep focused, keep working and try, as much as possible, to prepare as normal for the state exams. We are doing everything in our power to make sure those exams happen.

“Teachers and students have answered the call to remote learning with exceptional flexibility and adaptability. You are all a credit to the education system.

“I am also deeply conscious of significant work being done to ensure continuity of learning across our higher and further education institutions. The impact of emergency measures has not stopped education, it has inspired innovation and we are indebted to all those continuing to provide education in these trying times.”


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