Reopening of schools in Longford to take place on January 11, 2021
The Department of Education has said that it continues to plan for the opening of schools to take place on 11 January.
Schools had been due to reopen after the Christmas break on Wednesday, January 6.
However, in an address announcing further Covid-19 restrictions on December 30, the Taoiseach Micheál Martin said the move would be delayed until January 11.
Ministers Foley @NormaFoleyTD1 and Madigan @josephamadigan have announced that schools will reopen on 11 January and asked all members of the school community to limit contacts in advance of this, in line with public health advice. https://t.co/C0PoqEnqld— education.ie (@Education_Ire) December 30, 2020
On December 31, Minister for Education Norma Foley told RTÉ's News at One that giving schools an extra two or three days holidays "affords families and society an opportunity to ensure their contacts are minimised" before children go back to school.
In a statement this morning, Sunday, the Department of Education reiterated that position, saying: "Both the Department and the Government fully intend that the schools will reopen on 11 January."
The Minister for Children announced on Friday that the resumption of the Early Childhood Care and Education Scheme will also be delayed until January 11.