2016/2017 School Year Calendar

Below is the agreed school calendar for 2016/2017. Contingency arrangements (see next page) have been put in place within the standardised school year to deal with unforeseen school closures. Parents should be aware of these contingency arrangements if booking holidays.

September

Schools will normally re-open during the week in which 1st September falls. However, the school year may start in the week prior to that in which 1st September falls if this is necessary in order to meet the overall requirement of a minimum of 167 days at post-primary level or 183 days at primary level.

You should check the exact dates with your school.

October 2016 mid-term break

All schools will close from Monday 31st October 2016 to Friday 4th November 2016 inclusive.

Christmas 2016

All schools will close on Thursday 22nd December 2016, which will be the final day of the school term.

All schools will re-open on Monday 9th January 2017.

February 2017 mid-term break

All primary schools will close on Thursday 23rd February 2017 and Friday 24th February 2017. (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 20th February 2017 to Friday 24th February 2017 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 20th February 2017 to Friday 24th February 2017 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 22nd February 2017.

Easter 2017

All schools will close on Friday 7th April 2017, 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 12th April 2017.

All schools will re-open on Monday 24th April 2017.

Source: Dept of Education Website