The only thing on the minds of the staff and students in the school hit with a case of coronavirus, the wider education community and the population as whole, is the health and safety of all involved.
The disruption to the students' education takes second place and, even looking at it from that perspective, two weeks out of school is not the end of the world.
Of course, exam students will have specific concerns, particularly with the orals and practicals coming up, and education authorities will address any concerns that may arise.
It is understood that Education Minister Joe McHugh has been in touch with the principal of the school and assured her that whatever supports are needed will be made available.
The unprecedented nature of this, the shock it has caused and the sudden decision to close the school means that what happens next has to be worked through.
The practical issues for an individual school include whether it is possible to support pupils' learning at home during an enforced closure, presuming, obviously, both teachers and students are well.
Technology can help here, but, with the school closed and everyone asked to restrict their movements, if communication was reliant on the use of personal email addresses, it may depend on arrangements for online contacts between teachers and pupils outside the school.
A school's closure also raises practical issues for the family if a parent has to take time off work because a child is not at school.
The inescapable issue now for Mr McHugh and the education authorities is what happens if events determine that widespread school closures are required, mandated by the Government to minimise the risk of cross-infection.
And not only schools, but pre-schools and higher education institutions.
Could Ireland's education system be facing the sort of shutdown that has been seen elsewhere?
In China, where coronavirus first emerged, school closures on the mainland have seen nearly 200 million students doing online classes from home for weeks - and with no end in sight.
In Hong Kong, schools have been closed for more than a month and will remain shut until after Easter, at least.
In Japan, where there is a big worry that coronavirus could hit the Tokyo Olympics in the summer, the prime minister asked all schools to close for a month from today.
Lebanon has asked all schools, universities and nurseries to close for a week as a precautionary measure.
In Singapore and South Korea, schools have stayed open, to date at least, but they are taking elaborate precautions including checking temperatures and requiring parents to test children at home.