The Department of Education has confirmed that there are no current plans to close schools in Ireland due to COVID-19.
The statement was made in response to rumours that schools in Ireland would close their doors from Friday.
The rumours are reportedly circulating in WhatsApp groups.
However, the Department of Education has confirmed that any decision to close schools will be made based on public health advice. There is no such advice at this point.
The Department of Education and Skills is liaising closely with the Department of Health on this “evolving situation.”
The Chief Medical Officer is due to write to schools again this week.
A spokesperson for the Department said: “It is essential that any decisions regarding responses to Covid-19 are proportionate, necessary and based on specific public health advice.
“No other response is appropriate.
“Public health professionals will contact schools if there is any action to be taken. Schools should not take unilateral action.
“The Department is deeply conscious of the significance of decisions concerning school closures, and the potential impact any such decisions would have on parents, families and the wider community.”
Up to date advice for schools and parents regarding coronavirus is available on: www.education.ie/