Last week, Minister for Education Batt O’Keeffe ordered a blanket closure of all primary and secondary schools on health and safety grounds. The forecast at the time was for heavy snow on Sunday night and that this would make school impossible for the first three days of the week.
I don’t know about where you live, but here in Dublin we had a shower of rain but not a flake of snow. I now look outside and see the snow melting! This begs the question whether there should have been a blanket closure in the first place, and whether this should now be lifted to allow schools to make their own decisions.
Fine Gael Spokesman on Education Brian Hayes said while many schools are still unable to reopen, it is clear this morning that in many parts of the country they can and should open from tomorrow morning.
It’s now likely that at some stage the Minister will lift the ban and allow schools to make their own decisions again. I know we’re all enjoying the snow but on a personal note I’d prefer to be back in school. The mocks are looming in the next month and all leaving cert students need their teachers back to help make the most of them!
Heavy snow fell in the south last night and this could close some schools for the rest of the week, however in Dublin we could be walking the corridors as early as tomorrow!