‘In order to support the suppression of the Covid-19 virus in the community, government has today decided that schools will be closed to students for a period of three weeks … and will reopen on 1st February. Minister for Education Norma Foley TD and Minister of State for Special Education and Inclusion Josepha Madigan TD provided further detail on the arrangements that will be in place to support students’ learning during this time.
Schools will put in place remote provisions from Monday 11 January for all other students, in accordance with their contingency plans for remote learning, which will be communicated directly to families by schools’.
The above is taken from this press release on Education.ie
Notice 4th January 2021: As you will be aware from the Taoiseach’s announcement last week, the Christmas holidays have now been extended by 3 days up to and including Friday the 8th of January. Whether or not the schools will reopen next Monday is uncertain. The Government and the Department of Education have said they “fully intend” to reopen the schools as planned from Monday January 11th. Tánaiste Leo Varadkar told RTE’s This Week radio programme yesterday it was the Governments “firm intention” to reopen schools as planned but that further assessments would be considered closer to the reopening.
I will of course keep you updated should I receive any correspondence from the Department over the coming days.
Mrs. Costello, Principal