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11th Oct 2018

The Department Of Education Has Issued A Statement About Schools Potentially Closing Tomorrow

James Fenton

With Storm Callum set to land here in Ireland tonight, the Department Of Education has issued a statement regarding the potential closures of schools tomorrow.

All education centres have been advised to ‘remain vigilant and keep themselves appraised of any hourly and other updates’. The statement adds that schools should ‘err on the side of caution.’

The full update reads:

‘Following on from today’s meeting of the National Emergency Coordination Group, the Department is advising schools and parents as follows;

‘Schools and all education centres (universities, IoTs and further education centres) in areas affected by a status orange alert should remain vigilant, and keep themselves appraised of any hourly and other updates from Met Éireann, and from their local authorities, local radio, and an Garda Síochána.

‘In all events, and if in any doubt, schools should err on the side of caution. Schools are empowered to make closure decisions if, in their judgment in the interests of child safety, it is prudent to do so. Any and all decisions about school closures will be informed by, as well as prevailing and predicted conditions, any damage that might have been caused to school buildings overnight or at any time during the storm, and whether such damage, – where it exists, – might present a risk to child safety.

‘We will continue to monitor the situation as it progresses and will follow any advice from the National Emergency Coordination Group.’

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