The mid-term break for schools is expected to be extended as part of plans to curb Covid-19.
Schools are scheduled to close from Monday, October 26 to Friday, October 30 as part of the normal holiday Halloween break.
But independent.ie is reporting that the Government is now likely to add on an extra week to the break.
Senior Coalition sources say such a proposal has been discussed briefly but no firm decision has been made.
A decision on moving up from Level 3 of restrictions will only be made if the figures still very high.
The school closure could still be taken under any level.
“We want schools to be open but a lot of EU countries are looking at it to suppress virus – Northern Ireland included,” a source said.
A similar proposal is being considered in Northern Ireland and the two regions are trying to work more closely at aligning their responses to the pandemic.
It is among a number of measures that may be considered in response to the rise in new cases which will be discussed by a Cabinet Committee on Covid 19 today.
The group is also examining if new fines can be introduced to penalise people from breaking Covid rules such as leaving a country that is under lockdown.
The October 2020 mid-term break will see all schools close from Monday 26 October 2020 to Friday 30 October 2020 inclusive but that could now be longer.Tags: