Standardisation of School Year

Circular 0009/2017 (PDF)
Standardisation of the School Year in respect of Primary & Post-Primary Schools for the years 2017/18, 2018/19 and 2019/20

February 2017 School Year 2017/18

October 2017 mid-term break
All schools will close from Monday 30th October 2017 to Friday 3rd 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 8th January 2018.

February 2018 mid-term break
All primary schools will close on Thursday 15th February 2018 and Friday 16th February 2018. (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 12th February 2018 to Friday 16 th February 2018 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 12th 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 14th February 2018.

Easter 2018
All schools will close on Friday 23rd 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 9th April 2018.

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.