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What Level 5 means for Further and Higher Education – Minister Harris

The Government has decided that as of midnight on Wednesday 21st October all of Ireland will be placed on Level 5 of the Plan for Living with COVID.

Level 5 of the Plan is available here:

Speaking today (Tuesday), Minister Harris said: “Our further and higher education institutions have already moved classes primarily online, with student and staff welfare being of paramount importance. I want to pay tribute to the collective efforts of staff and students in continuing educational programmes in this way.

“We are now in a scenario where Ireland as a whole must move to Level 5 of the Government’s plan for living with COVID, and that means that all further and higher education institutions should continue to deliver the vast majority of classes online.

“The Level 5 measures announced last night designate higher and further education as essential insofar as onsite presence is required and such education activities cannot be held remotely. Institutions and providers are best placed to determine where onsite presence is required but essential activities at Level 5 in further and higher education may include:-

  • Teaching and research in laboratories, practical and skills-based tuition, workshops (including training of apprentices).
  • Engagement, including small group learning, with learners whose particular needs require additional support over and above that which can be provided online.
  • Scheduled access to libraries and other onsite study space for those students who do not otherwise have suitable facilities or home environment to access learning remotely.
  • Small group activity to mitigate disadvantage in literacy, numeracy and basic skills provision including the National Youthreach Programme and community and adult education and literacy programmes.
  • Skills and experiential learning for disciplines related to essential services such as clinical placements and regulated safety training in the construction sector
  • On-campus research activities which cannot be undertaken remotely.
  • Provision of necessary onsite support to meet the mental health and welfare needs of students.

“Campus accommodation will remain open to students and staff but with no visitors permitted. In line with Level 5, from Wednesday midnight students are asked to exercise within 5 kilometres of their accommodation and not visit other households.

“All appropriate protective measures will be maintained to support these onsite activities and to avoid congregation. For transport to and from campuses for the above essential purposes walking and cycling is encouraged but public transport can be used where necessary.

“This has been a very difficult time for students and for those working in further and higher education, and I want to acknowledge that. It is clear that programmes will continue to operate primarily online for the remainder of this semester. We will review the position with relevant institutions and stakeholders in the light of experience and the progress of the disease and communicate the position for next semester before the end of the year.”


COVID-19: Your questions answered about returning to school

Advice for parents EN.pdf


Information from HSE for parents.pdf



08 May, 2020 – Minister announces postponement of 2020 Leaving Certificate examinations


All students to be offered the option of accepting Calculated Grades or sitting Leaving Certificate written examinations at a later date

The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. has today (Friday 8 May 2020) announced the postponement of the 2020 Leaving Certificate.

Following a decision at Cabinet, all students are to be offered the option of receiving Calculated Grades for the subjects they are studying and the alternative of sitting the 2020 Leaving Certificate examinations at a date in the future when it is considered safe to hold the examinations.

The decision has been taken following an assessment of public health advice and other information and the implications for holding the exams from the previously rescheduled date of Wednesday 29 July 2020.

29 April, 2020 - Minister McHugh announces revised arrangements for Junior Cycle 2020


- All third year Junior Cycle students to be awarded certificates for the completion of Junior Cycle by the Department of Education and Skills

- Schools given autonomy to assess students and all students to receive a report on achievement

- Adult learners to be given opportunity to take final Junior Cycle examinations in autumn

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