Calendar

STANDARDISED  SCHOOL YEAR

Primary schools in Ireland are obliged to open for 183 days per year. In 2004 school terms countrywide were standardised under the terms of the national agreement ‘Sustaining Progress.  The agreement was made between representatives from schools, teachers unions, parents’ organisations and other relevant bodies. This agreement will be reviewed in order to decide future arrangements.

The dates for the start and the end of the school year are not standardised so schools have some discretion about when students finish school in the summer and when they start school in the autumn. All schools are closed in July and August. The dates for the Christmas, Easter and mid-term breaks are standardised.

At the start of the school year, you will be given a list of days that the school will be closed during the year, including holidays and training days for teachers. If there are other unexpected closures the school will let you know in advance.

 RULES

Start and end of the school year

The dates for the start and the end of the school year at both primary and post-primary level are not fixed. The school year generally starts in the week that 1 September falls every year.

Discretionary days

Every school must be open for tuition for a minimum of 183 days at primary level. Schools can use any remaining days at their discretion to extend the summer holiday period or to close on religious or other holidays.

However, schools cannot use these days to extend the Christmas, Easter or mid term breaks (unless a religious observance day(s) falls at that time for schools of a particular denomination or faith). If a school does not have enough discretionary days left for a religious holiday schools can denote that day a non-tuition day.

Agreed DATES SCHOOL YEAR 2012/2013

October 2012 mid-term break – All schools will close from Monday 29th  October to Friday 2nd November inclusive

Christmas 2012 -  All schools will close on Friday 21st December 2012 which will be the final day of the school term. All schools will re-open on Monday 7th of January 2013

February 2013 mid-term break – Primary schools will close from Thursday 14th February to Friday 15th February 2013 inclusive or Monday 11th February to Friday 15th February  inclusive. (Primary schools may use 3 discretionary days to extend this break to an alternative option of a 5 day break).

Easter 2013 – All schools will close on Friday 22nd March 2013 which will be the final day of the school term. All schools will re-open on  Monday 8th April 2013.

Where contingency arrangements are required to make up days lost due to bad weather, exceptional circumstances etc. a school authority may reduce the length of the Easter break by remaining open up to and including Wednesday 27th March 2013

Agreed DATES SCHOOL YEAR 2013/2014

October 2013 mid-term break – All schools will close from Monday 28th October to Friday 1st November inclusive

Christmas 2013 -  All schools will close on Friday 20th December 2013 which will be the final day of the school term. All schools will re-open on Monday 6th of January 2014

February 2014 mid-term break – Primary schools will close from Thursday 20th February to Friday 21st February 2014 inclusive or Monday 17th February to Friday 21st February  inclusive. (Primary schools may use 3 discretionary days to extend this break to an alternative option of a 5 day break).

Easter 2014 – All schools will close on Friday 11th April 2014 which will be the final day of the school term. All schools will re-open on  Monday 28th April 2014.

Where contingency arrangements are required to make up days lost due to bad weather, exceptional circumstances etc. a school authority may reduce the length of the Easter break by remaining open up to and including Wednesday 28th April 2014

DATES for SCHOOL YEAR 2014/2015 : To be agreed

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