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11th Oct 2018

Department of Education issue statement about school closures ahead of Storm Callum

Keeley Ryan

The Department of Education and Skills have issued a statement about school closures as Storm Callum nears Ireland.

13 counties remain on ‘orange’ alert as winds of 130 km/h have been forecast to hit areas of Ireland tonight and into tomorrow morning.

Following a meeting of the National Emergency Coordination Group (NECG), the Department of Education encouraged schools, universities, institute of technology and all other education centres in areas affected by an orange alert to “err on the side of caution.”

The statement reads:

“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.”