Waterford schools are not closing: Department of Education issues statement regarding spread of Covid-19 rumours
The Department of Education has issued a statement dismissing rumours circulating on social media that all schools in Waterford and countrywide will be told to close down tomorrow in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
While not directly addressing the social media chatter, the department this afternoon told the public in a statement released that: “Any decision to close schools will be made on public health advice. There is no such advice at this point.”
The department is asking people who are seeking guidance on the virus to take it from official sources, such as their website section on the coronoavirus outbreak, education.ie/covid19
The full statement read: “The Department of Education and Skills is liaising closely with the Department of Health on a continuing basis.
“Any decision to close schools will be made on public health advice. There is no such advice at this point. It is essential that any decisions regarding responses to Covid-19 are proportionate, necessary and based on specific public health advice. No other response is appropriate.
“Public health professionals will contact schools if there is any action to be taken. Schools should not take unilateral action.
“Schools, pre-schools and higher education settings have been provided with advice and guidance in respect of Covid-19. There is up to date guidance for schools and parents on education.ie/covid19.
“The Department is deeply conscious of the significance of decisions concerning school closures, and the potential impact any such decisions would have on parents, families and the wider community.
“This is an evolving situation and the health advice is being updated on a daily basis. The Department of Education and Skills and Department of Health will continue to work closely together on this issue.”