Friday 19 October 2018

Schools to reopen tomorrow, Department of Education confirms

Education Minister Richard Bruton. Photo: Tom Burke
Education Minister Richard Bruton. Photo: Tom Burke
Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

Schools across the country will reopen tomorrow, unless they have safety concerns, the Department of Education and Skills has confirmed.

In a statement issued this afternoon, the department said: "Schools, VTOS and Youthreach centres will reopen tomorrow and school transport will be back in operation, subject to any damages experienced at a local level.

"As always, schools must ensure the safety of those in their care and give due consideration to this when making a decision to re-open."

The Department also advised that if a non-State owned school needs repairs it should, in the first instance, contact its insurance providers before seeking any emergency funding from the State.

For any State-owned buildings, school authorities are free to apply for funding under the Department of Education’s Emergency Works Scheme.

Education Minister Richard Bruton thanked principals, teachers, students and parents for their co-operation with safety measures over the past two days.

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