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Updated 24/3/20 --- Covid-19 – Statement from the Department of Education and Skills

Updated: Mar 25, 2020

Updated 24/3/20

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24 March, 2020 - Covid-19 Statement from the Department of Education and Skills


The Department of Education and Skills is liaising closely with the Department of Health on a continuing basis.

Any decision to close schools will be made on public health advice. There is no such advice at this point. It is essential that any decisions regarding responses to Covid-19 are proportionate, necessary and based on specific public health advice. No other response is appropriate.

Public health professionals will contact schools if there is any action to be taken. Schools should not take unilateral action.

Schools, pre-schools and higher education settings  have been provided with advice and guidance in respect of Covid-19. There is up to date guidance for schools and parents on

The Department is  deeply conscious of the significance of decisions concerning school closures, and the potential  impact any such decisions would have on parents, families and the wider community.

This is an evolving situation and the health advice is being updated on a daily basis. The Department of Education and Skills and Department of Health will continue to work closely together on this issue.

Chief Medical Officer advice to parents and schools

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

Talking to Children and Young People about COVID-19

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