Schools and colleges should stay closed on Friday if there is a risk to safety, the Department of Education has insisted.
Ireland is set to be battered by strong winds and rain as Storm Callum makes its way across the country.
Met Eireann are forecasting storm conditions on Thursday night. And the Department of Education and Skills has released a statement telling institutions to “err on the side of caution”.
The statement said: “Schools and all education centres (universities, IoTs and further education centres) in areas affected by a status orange alert should remain vigilant, and keep themselves appraised of any hourly and other updates from Met Éireann, and from their local authorities, local radio, and an Garda Síochána.
“In all events, and if in any doubt, schools should err on the side of caution. Schools are empowered to make closure decisions if, in their judgment in the interests of child safety, it is prudent to do so.
“Any and all decisions about school closures will be informed by, as well as prevailing and predicted conditions, any damage that might have been caused to school buildings overnight or at any time during the storm, and whether such damage, – where it exists, – might present a risk to child safety.
“We will continue to monitor the situation as it progresses and will follow any advice from the National Emergency Coordination Group.”
The national forecaster has put in place a Status Orange wind warning for Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry, Dublin, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow, Meath and Waterford.
The warnings are valid until Friday between 9am and 6pm. The rest of the country is issued with a Status Yellow wind warning.
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