Taken from Minister McHugh’s Facebook page:

Hi everyone,
Update on schools…

As expected, all schools, pre-schools and further and higher education settings will remain closed to students until 19 April 2020.
The decision has been taken following advice from the National Public Health Emergency Team as part of efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19.

All young people and children are urged to practice social distancing, and to minimise physical contact to keep themselves and others healthy and to limit the spread of infection. This is an extremely difficult time for everyone, not least students and their parents.

My message to students facing exams is that they should keep focused, keep working and try, as much as possible, to prepare as normal for the state exams. We are doing everything in our power to make sure those exams happen.

Teachers and students have answered the call for remote learning with exceptional flexibility and adaptability. You are all a credit to the education system.

I am also deeply conscious of significant work being done to ensure continuity of learning across our higher and further education institutions. The impact of emergency measures has not stopped education, it has inspired innovation and we are indebted to all those continuing to provide education in these trying times.