Portlaoise school says it may be 'necessary to close' and shares study tips for possible day off #BeastFromTheEast

Michelle Hogan


Michelle Hogan


Snow in Portlaoise

A Portlaoise school has issued a statement relating to the extreme weather in Laois. 

St Mary's CBS in Portlaise has said that it may be necessary to close the school.

"Please be aware that if the predicted snow / ice materialises as forecast, then it may be necessary to close the school for the safety of our students, staff and the wider school community.

"Hopefully dangerous conditions will not materialise but best to be prepared.

"Should we need to decide on school closure, we will inform parents by text, the school app and via our website, www.portlaoisecbs.com

"If it is deemed necessary to close the school then please use these days as study days in preparation for examinations."

There has been significant snowfall overnight in Laois and Met Eireann has issued a Status Red warning for neighbouring counties. Met Eireann has issued a Status Red weather warning.

"I appeal to you to keep you study and focused subjects within the same time-frame of a normal school day 9.00am - 4 .00 pm. Or divide it up - 3 hours in the morning, 2/3 in the afternoon and 2 in the evening.

"Make a study timetable that will enable you to retain information.

"For example, if you study one subject for 40 minutes in the morning, make sure that you timetable 20 minutes later in the day to test yourself on what you remember. Please make a detailed study timetable and adhere to it the best you can. It will help your focus.

"Each time you study, clearly specify the work that you intend to complete, and set yourself a given period of time in which to complete it.

"Don’t become a “clock-watcher” - they sit in the room quite happily , just so long as they spend sufficient time”at the books

"Take notes, attempt exam questions.If you can get the opportunity to speak some Irish, French or Spanish with family or friends then take it. Every little helps - make it happen!

"Remember at the beginning of your exam papers you are given the required time allocation for each exam question - it is vital when answering these questions that you try to stay within this time frame.

"Stay safe, keep the balance, and enjoy a little fun with family and friends."

The Leinster Express will keep readers updated on any announcements from schools in relation to closures. We ask that all schools get in touch with us at news@leinsterexpress.ie with their latest updates.

The Department of Education is yet to issue a statement but has said that buses will stop running during a Red weather warning. 

School buses will stop under Status Red weather warning says Department of Education.

Beast from the East snow hits Laois with much more to come Met Éireann warns.