The Department of Education and Skills has said there are currently no plans to close schools, quashing rumors widely circulating on social media today.
Social media was awash with suggestions that schools would close from Friday until the end of the Easter holidays, however, this is not the case.
A spokesperson for the Department of Education and Skills told The Echo that any decision to close schools will be on public health advice, but there is no such advice at this stage.
They say that proportionate responses are necessary in relation to Covid-19, and are based on specific public health advice.
“No other response is appropriate,” the spokesperson said.
“Public health professionals will contact schools if there is any action to be taken. Schools should not take unilateral action.” The spokesperson goes on to say that all schools have been provided with advice and guidance in respect of the Coronavirus.
“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."
The Department of Education do say, however, that it is an evolving situation and the health advice is being updated on a daily basis, and they will continue to work with the Department of Health on the issue.