29 Nov 2021

Minister for Education makes announcement on re-opening of schools after #stormemma

Minister for Education makes announcement on re-opening of schools after #stormemma

Enjoying the snow in Mountmellick during the school closures. Pic Denis Byrne

The Minister for Education has issued advice on school re-opening arrangements in the wake of Storm Emma and the Beast from the East.

In a series of tweets Minister Richard Bruton made the announcement in a series of tweets this afternoon.

"Where possible schools, colleges of further ed & 3rd level institutions will re-open on Monday. However, decisions will be made by schools, colleges of further education and third level institutions on an individual basis depending on the circumstances in their area," he said,

He said some decisions on individual schools transport routes may still not be confirmed until Monday morning given changing local conditions.

Where possible, information on routes not running will also be provided on Bus Éireann website

Minister Bruton‏ said the position regarding school transport services will be regularly monitored over weekend. He added that it is expected that Bus Éireann will be in a position to advise schools tomorrow evening on routes that will not operate on Monday and schools will contact the families involved.
Mr Bruton thanked everybody in schools and colleges for their co-operation.

"I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all those principals, teachers, students and parents who co-operated fully with the safety measures in place over the past days.

"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," he said.

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