Standardisation of the School Year in respect of Post-Primary Schools for the years 2017/18, 2018/19 and 2019/20.

Source: DES Circular 0009/2017

Standardisation of the School Year in respect of Primary & Post-Primary Schools for the years 2017/18, 2018/19 and 2019/20.

The following are the agreed arrangements in respect of the standardisation of the breaks at Christmas, Easter and mid-term in the first and second terms for the school years 2017/18, 2018/19 and 2019/20.

School Year 2017/18

October 2017 mid-term break

All schools will close from Monday 30th October 2017 to Friday 3 rd November 2017 inclusive.

Christmas 2017

All schools will close on Friday 22nd December 2017, which will be the final day of the school term. All schools will re-open on Monday 8 th January 2018.

February 2018 mid-term break

Post-primary schools will close from Monday 12 th February 2018 to Friday 16th February 2018 inclusive unless changes are required as part of contingency arrangements to make up for time lost due to unforeseen school closures. Where contingency arrangements are required a school authority may reduce the length of the February mid-term break by remaining open up to and including Wednesday 14 th February 2018.

Easter 2018

All schools will close on Friday 23 rd March 2018, which will be the final day of the school term, unless changes are required as part of contingency arrangements to make up for time lost due to unforeseen school closures. Where contingency arrangements are required a school authority may reduce the length of the Easter break by remaining open up to and including Wednesday 28th March 2018. All schools will re-open on Monday 9 th April 2018.

School Year 2018/19

October 2018 mid-term break

All schools will close from Monday 29th October 2018 to Friday 2 nd November 2018 inclusive.

Christmas 2018

All schools will close on Friday 21st December 2018, which will be the final day of the school term. All schools will re-open on Monday 7th January 2019.

February 2019 mid-term break

Post-primary schools will close from Monday 18 th February 2019 to Friday 22nd February 2019 inclusive unless changes are required as part of contingency arrangements to make up for time lost due to unforeseen school closures. Where contingency arrangements are required a school authority may reduce the length of the February mid-term break by remaining open up to and including Wednesday 20th February 2019.

Easter 2019

All schools will close on Friday 12th April 2019 which will be the final day of the school term, unless changes are required as part of contingency arrangements to make up for time lost due to unforeseen school closures. Where contingency arrangements are required a school authority may reduce the length of the Easter break by remaining open up to and including Wednesday 17th April 2019. All schools will re-open on Monday 29th April 2019.

School Year 2019/2020

October 2019 mid-term break

All schools will close from Monday 28th October 2019 to Friday 1 st November 2019 inclusive.

Christmas 2019

All schools will close on Friday 20th December 2019, which will be the final day of the school term. All schools will re-open on Monday 6 th January 2020.

February 2020 mid-term break

Post-primary schools will close from Monday 17th February 2020 to Friday 21 st February 2020 inclusive unless changes are required as part of contingency arrangements to make up for time lost due to unforeseen school closures. Where contingency arrangements are required a school authority may reduce the length of the February mid-term break by remaining open up to and including Wednesday 19th February 2020.

Easter 2020

All schools will close on Friday 3 rd April 2020, which will be the final day of the school term, unless changes are required as part of contingency arrangements to make up for time lost due to unforeseen school closures. Where contingency arrangements are required a school authority may reduce the length of the Easter break by remaining open up to and including Wednesday 8 th April 2020. All schools will re-open on Monday 20 th April 2020.