Coronavirus / Covid-19

Important Customer Notice

If you need to contact the department you will find the information you need here: Contacting the Department of Education and Skills

Latest

02 April 2020: Guidance on continuity of schooling for primary and post-primary schools

01 April 2020: Important information regarding school administration issues during the current public health emergency

01 April 2020:  Minister McHugh announces contingency plans for temporary assignment arrangements for education and training sector staff

26 March 2020: Government confirms continued funding for Schools Meals Programme

25 March 2020: Letter to principals and teachers regarding continuity of teaching and learning

24 March 2020: Covid-19 Statement from the Department of Education and Skills

All schools, pre-schools and further and higher education settings will remain closed to students until 19 April 2020


Resources for schools

  1. Supports to schools and teachers engaged in distance learning
  2. NEPS Advice & Resources for keeping Children and Young People well during Covid-19
  3. Continuity of guidance counselling provision
  4. Covid-19 Information poster
  5. "Cover your cough and sneeze" posters 
  6. Coronavirus hygiene poster
  7. Link to updated guidance from HSE
  8. Chief Medical Officer advice to parents and schools
  9. Department circulars and statements
  10. Travel Advice

Resources for other education settings

  1. Covid-19 Information poster
  2. Link to updated guidance from HSE
  3. Coronavirus hygiene video
  4. Department circulars and statements 
  5. Continuation of home tuition 
  6. Travel Advice

Further Information on Covid-19


1.  Supports to schools and teachers engaged in distance learning 

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Access to content that  has been developed to support schools and teachers engaged in distance learning in order to provide continuity to pupils/students:

https://www.pdst.ie/DistanceLearning 


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Scoilnet is a resource to support schools, teachers, students and parents

 


13 March 2020: Download Scoilnet and PDST letter to principals 


2. NEPS Advice & Resources for keeping Children and Young People well during Covid-19

The Department of Education and Skills’ NEPS psychologists have developed advice and some resources for young people to manage and stay well when schools are closed. 

NEPS psychologists have developed guidance for parents supporting children to create new routines at home.  Having a Plan for the Day is key for children/young people to manage and stay well at this time.

NEPS psychologists have developed advice for parents and schools on talking to children and young people about Covid-19 here.


3. Continuity of guidance provision

Guidelines for continued provision of Guidance Counselling and resources to support practice


4.COVID-19 Information poster

Click on the poster below to download a copy.

covid19_posterThe Department of Education and Skills has updated information for schools, preschools and third level institutions on Covid-19; provided by the Department of Health and HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre following a meeting of the National Public Health Emergency Team.

Public health doctors are available to liaise with schools and advise on precautions if staff and/or students have any concerns.

Anyone who has been to affected regions in the last 14 days and has a cough, shortness of breath, breathing difficulties or fever should self-isolate and phone their GP immediately.

Anyone who has travelled from the affected regions and has no symptoms should visit http://www.hse.ie/ for advice.

The most important action we can take to protect ourselves from Covid-19 is regular hand-washing and good respiratory hygiene.

As further advice or information is provided, it will be issued to schools and posted on the Department’s website.

Travel advice for all Irish citizens is provided through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Note - The Covid-19 affected regions are listed as mainland China, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Iran and the following regions of northern Italy - Lombardy, Veneto Emilia-Romagna and Piedmont.


 


5. "Cover your cough and sneeze" posters for primary and post-primary schools

Click on the posters below to download a copy.

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6. Coronavirus hygiene poster

Click on the poster below to download a copy.

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7. Link to updated guidance from HSE

For updated guidance specific to education settings please visit the HSE's Health Protection Surveillance Centre's (HPSC) website

Link to HSPC guidance on vulnerable groups


8. Chief Medical Officer advice to parents and schools


9. Department circulars and statements

Circulars:

Statements and Information:


10. Updated travel advice, 04 March 2020

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is advising against non-essential travel to the regions of Lombardy, Veneto, Piedmont and Emilia-Romagna. It is recommended that you consult the DFAT’s dedicated travel page for Italy here if you or your school is planning a trip there.

Specific information for other affected regions including China, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong and Iran is also available


11. Covid-19 Information poster

Download poster Public Health Advice


12. Link to updated guidance from HSE

For updated guidance specific to education settings please visit the HSE's Health Protection Surveillance Centre's (HPSC) website

Link to HSPC guidance on vulnerable groups


13. Coronavirus hygiene video



14. Continuation of home tuition


15. Updated travel advice, 04 March 2020

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is advising against non-essential travel to the regions of Lombardy, Veneto, Piedmont and Emilia-Romagna. It is recommended that you consult the DFAT’s dedicated travel page for Italy here if you or your school is planning a trip there.

Specific information for other affected regions including China, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong and Iran is also available

Advisory to the Sector regarding student and staff mobility under Erasmus

Circular 0023/2020 – COVID-19 (Coronavirus): Arrangements applying to learner payments in Education and Training Boards