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No Plans To Close Midlands School To Halt Coronavirus

The Department says it's continuing to review the situation with public health officials on a daily basis. 

There are currently no plans to close schools because of the Coronavirus outbreak. 

The Department of Education says it's continuing to review the situation with public health officials on a daily basis. 

The Department says its aware of  the potential impact of school closures on parents families and the wider community and says any decisions will be based on the advice of experts.

Education Minister Joe McHugh says any decisions regarding schools will be made by the Department of Health:

Meanwhile the General Secretary for the Association of  Community and Comprehensive Schools is encourging principals to start contingency plans.

Former Principal of Gallen Community School in Ferbane John Irwin says teachers will need to be able to assist students if there are closures: 

Meanwhile, the Irish Cancer Society is cancelling all Daffodil Day street collections and events.

The annual fundraiser takes place on March 27th.

The society has taken the decision in order to protect the health and wellbeing of patients, volunteers and supporters.
 

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