14 January, 2015 - Weather Alert – High Importance for schools and colleges

Department of Education and Skills Guidance and Advice for Schools and Colleges

The Department of Education and Skills wishes to bring to the attention of schools and colleges an emerging weather event involving severe winds which may impact during a period when students and staff are travelling to school by public transport and in private cars.

Met Eireann has issued a Red level weather warning for severe and potentially damaging winds in certain areas of the country and continues to have an orange warning in place countrywide.

The Department of Education and Skills’ advice to schools is that they should consider not opening where a Status Red weather warning related to wind is forecast to coincide with the period/s during which students and staff would be expected to be travelling to and from school.

The full guidance is available on the Department’s website, see:

http://www.education.ie/en/Schools-Colleges/Information/National-Emergencies-Public-Health-Issues/Schools-and-Severe-Weather.pdf

The general guidance from the National Coordination Group on Severe Weather is that the public are asked to monitor Met Éireann forecasts for their area and to be aware of the weather conditions and to heed safety warnings. The travelling public are encouraged to monitor road conditions as well as transport operator services over national and local radio/tv, websites and social media for possible impacts. 

Please see the Met Eireann website for further information and updated information.

http://www.met.ie/nationalwarnings/default.asp

ENDS