Department of Education issues statement on schools ahead of Storm Callum
The schools might still close.
Ireland is set to be racked overnight by Storm Callum, with all coastal counties warned of a status orange wind alert, and the rest of the country on yellow alert.
A Thursday evening statement from the Department of Education has advised schools and parents to "remain vigilant".
"Schools and all education centres (universities, IoTs and further education centres) in areas affected by a status orange weather alert should remain vigilant and keep themselves appraised of any hourly and other updates from Met Éireann or their local authorities".
The statement went on to say that in all eventualities, schools should err on the side of caution. However, the Department of Education has not announced that all schools in the status orange counties will be closed.
"Any and all decisions about school closures will be informed by, as well as prevailing and predicted conditions, any damage that might have been caused to school buildings overnight or at any time during the storm, and whether such damage, - where it exists, - might present a risk to child safety".
The counties affected by the status orange wind warning are: Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry, Dublin, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow, Meath and Waterford.
The Department of Education has said that it will continue to monitor the situation and take advice from the National Emergency Coordination Group.