Hello. Due to Storm Debi, the Department of Education advises that schools in counties under orange and red weather warnings will not open before 10am tomorrow based on advice of the National Emergency Co-Ordination Group
The Department of Education has advised that schools in areas under orange or red weather warnings will remain closed until 10am, tomorrow, Monday November 13th.
This is due to the advice given at a meeting of the National Emergency Co-Ordination Group today, as precautionary measures were planned in advance of Storm Debi making land in Ireland tonight.
A Status Red wind warning has been put in place for Clare, East Galway and South Roscommon from 3am until 5am Monday, while a separate red wind warning has been put in place for Offaly and Westmeath from 5am until 7am Monday.
A Status Orange wind warning will be in place for counties Carlow, Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Louth, Meath, Offaly, Westmeath, Cavan, Monaghan, Clare, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary, Galway and Roscommon from 2am until 10am Monday.
Bus Éireann has advised it will not be operating school transport on Monday morning in the counties affected by the Status Red and Orange Warnings. Afternoon services are intended to operate as normal, subject to local road conditions being safe to travel.
The National Emergency Co-Ordination Group has given this advice on school opening hours based on the balance of risk and to ensure public safety for students and staff in all schools. School managers at local level will advise parents of any disruption to school services.
All schools should keep up-to-date with the current weather warnings which are carried on all national and local news bulletins, remaining vigilant for any change in the status warning for their area.
The Government issues advice for schools on dealing with winter weather events through its Be Winter Ready campaign. Information and advice for schools is available on the dedicated website here: https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/aa78b9-be-winter-ready/