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School Holiday Dates

From: Department of Education and Skills

2020/2021 and Subsequent School Years

Note on 2020/21 and subsequent school years: The parties will commence a review of the arrangements for the standardised school calendar for the 2020/21, 2021/22 and 2022/23 school years in the coming weeks and a circular will issue once the review is completed. Click here if you would like us to notify you when the dates are published.

February 2020 Mid-term

Primary schools will be closed Thursday 20 February 2020 and Friday 21 February 2020.

Primary schools may use 3 discretionary days to extend this break to an alternative option of a 5 day break for the period from Monday 17 February 2020 to Friday 21 February 2020 inclusive unless changes are required as part of contingency arrangements to make up for time lost due to unforeseen school closures.

Post-primary schools will close from Monday 17 February 2020 to Friday 21 February 2020 inclusive unless changes are required as part of contingency arrangements to make up for time lost due to unforeseen school closures.

Where contingency arrangements are required a school authority may reduce the length of the February mid-term break by remaining open up to and including Wednesday 19 February 2020.

Summer Holidays

Schools are required to be open for a minimum of 167 days at post-primary level and 183 days at primary level. School summer holidays are not standardised and schools may use discretionary days to determine the precise start and end of the school year.

Schools will normally re-open during the week in which 1st September falls. However, the school year may start in the week prior to that in which 1st September falls if this is necessary in order to meet the overall requirement of a minimum of 167 days at post-primary level or 183 days at primary level.

You should check the exact dates with your school.

Easter, Christmas and Mid-term Breaks

The standard breaks at Christmas, Easter and Mid-term in the first and second terms for the 2017/2018, 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 school years are available under Circular 0009/2017:

Standardisation of the School Year in respect of Primary & Post-Primary Schools for the years 2017/18, 2018/19 and 2019/20

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School Governance Section

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School Governance Section, Department of Education and Skills, Cornamaddy, Athlone, Westmeath, N37 X659