A message delivered by President Higgins on the importance of social distancing to the parents of students in their schools.

All of us in Ireland now must realise that social distancing – keeping a physical distance of no less than 2 metres or 6.5 feet – is one of the best measures we have to protect our people from Covid-19.

I would appeal to those who have found these measures difficult, to simply begin again during this crucial week and to go further.

The language we use is now even more important than ever. The most vulnerable should be described as just that, more vulnerable than the rest of us, and appropriate for special care.

This can be done by strengthening rather than weakening both the bonds of connection with those at risk and also help retain their valuable participation in society.”

President Higgins is urging young people to respond in a generous way to the Health Service Executive’s advice on measures to alleviate the spread of Covid19.  The management bodies are working together to ensure that appropriate messaging is delivered to all second-level students. This further reinforces the pronouncements of An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, other government ministers and health officials on the responsibility of all to adhere to social distance guidelines and to respond to HSE advice at this time of national emergency.

Students are reminded that they can play their part in the national effort to curb the spread and the worse effects of the Covid-19 virus.  Schools are closed to students at present to prevent the spread of this highly contagious and potentially lethal virus.  By avoiding assembling and socialising in groups, students will be playing their part in supporting the national health campaign.