An announcement was made yesterday morning by the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD of the closure of schools, pre-schools and further and higher education settings, for a period until 29 March 2020, to support efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19. This will take effect from 6pm, Thursday 12 March. This is in line with the advice of the National Public Health Emergency Team.

All pupils and students, from pre-school to third level are urged to practice social distancing, and to minimise physical contact with each other, to help avoid the spread of Covid-19. This should include minimising social contact, avoiding meeting up and keeping physical space between them. Parents and guardians are urged to support their children to maintain this approach.

Teachers have compiled a programme of suggested school work and activities appropriate for each class level. Teachers have focussed on skill development, creativity and revision of topics already taught. Mindful of these exceptional times that we are currently experiencing, we do not wish to add further stress to family life, but rather wish to help provide structure to your child’s learning while they are at home. Parents are best placed to choose and monitor their child’s engagement with the suggested activities.