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

Direct from the Department of Education and Skills.

School Year 2018/19

October 2018 mid-term break

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

All primary schools will close on Thursday 21st February 2019 and Friday 22nd February 2019. (Primary schools may use 3 discretionary days to extend this break to an alternative option of a 5 day break for the period from Monday 18th 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.)

Post-primary schools will close from Monday 18th 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 1st 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 6th January 2020.

February 2020 mid-term break

All primary schools will close on Thursday 20th February 2020 and Friday 21st February 2020 (Primary schools may use 3 discretionary days to extend this break to an alternative option of a 5 day break for the period from Monday 17th February 2020 to Friday 21st February 2020 inclusive unless changes are required as part of contingency arrangements to make up for time lost due to unforeseen school closures.)

Post-primary schools will close from Monday 17th February 2020 to Friday 21st 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 3rd 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 8th

April 2020.

All schools will re-open on Monday 20th April 2020.