Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Questions (370)

Seán Canney


370. Deputy Seán Canney asked the Minister for Education if she has considered moving the two-week Easter break forward to reduce the amount of time that children spend learning remotely; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [8011/21]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The scheduling of the school holiday periods during the academic years is agreed between the managerial authorities of schools, the teacher unions and my Department for the purposes of standardising breaks at Christmas, Easter and mid-term. This is important to ensure certainty for the school community about the dates of school holidays.

My Department has provided a suite of guidance materials, agreed with the education partners, to enable schools to facilitate the continuity of learning for all pupils/students in a Covid-19 context. These are available at

The full re-opening of our schools for all students remains a top priority for Government and my Department is focussing on the safe return of all pupils and students to school on a phased basis in March.