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National Emergencies / Public Health

From: Department of Education and Skills

National Emergencies

In Ireland different Government departments and agencies are responsible for specific emergency planning functions. In the event of a major emergency, the most appropriate department or agency is designated as the lead agency to co-ordinate the response to it.

In the event of a national emergency or public health issue, the Department of Education and Skills will disseminate information from the lead agency to the education sector and will provide the lead agency with relevant information on the education sector.

Further information:

Closing a School

In the event of an emergency, the decision to close a school rests with the school management authority. Any decision to close is taken in the interest of children’s safety, having assessed the local risks and having consulted, as appropriate, with school transport operators.

Current public health issues/alerts

Coronavirus / Covid 19

Information for schools, pre-schools and third level institutions on COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

School Vaccination Programme 2019/2020

The HSE National Immunisation Office (NIO) have delivered copies of Vaccines to protect your child HPV, MenACWY and Tdap Information for parents of children starting secondary school in 2019 to primary schools. Please give each child starting secondary school in 2019 a leaflet. If additional copies are needed email immunisation@hse.ie or download copies from the NIO website at www.immunisation.ie

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre

Severe Weather Events

Follow our twitter feed @Education_Ire for latest information

Damage to Schools

If your school is damaged as a result of a severe weather event, school authorities should immediately contact their insurance providers. If your insurance provider confirms that they do not cover the damage or if your school is covered by State Indemnity, you should contact the Department to seek emergency works scheme funding. The contact details are as follows:

Phone:Deirdre Bane on (057) 9324442 / Evelyn Lynam on (057) 9324348

Email: emergency_works@education.gov.ie

Please note that emergency works funding will not be approved retrospectively unless prior notification is given to the Department. If you are unable to contact our team by phone please ensure you email the following details to emergency_works@education.gov.ie :

  • School name, address and roll number
  • Brief description of the damage sustained and repair works necessary
  • An estimate of the costs of the works (schools are reminded to seek three quotations in this regard)