Covid-19 Information

A Message from the Chief Executive

Tipperary Education and Training Board is very aware of the personal turmoil this Covid-19 virus may cause to our learners, staff and stakeholders. We will consciously make every effort to conform with the guidelines being issued by the HSE and the Department of Education and Skills.

Given the Covid-19 pandemic, our key priorities are to follow the public health guidelines in reflecting the need for social distancing. Tipperary ETB is engaged in Business Continuity Management and has identified its critical services that must continue to be delivered in this challenging and unprecedented time. This requires the cooperation of all staff in delivering on our critical services.

We would like to acknowledge the commitment of our staff in delivering our services and in continuing to deliver in these challenging times.

In light of the most recent Government advice regarding Covid-19 the Administrative Offices of TETB will be closed to the general public until further notice.  Our Schools and Centres will remain closed to students/learners and the general public until further notice.

Ensuring the health and safety of our staff and minimising the risk of spread of infection is our utmost priority. This is a precautionary measure in the interest of safeguarding public health and we apologise for any inconvenience.

TETB staff are working remotely and can be contacted via email during this time:


General Queries:
Administrative Office, Nenagh (Head Office)
Administrative Office, Clonmel (Sub Office)
Specific Department Queries:
Ms. Benny Butler –
Creditors Ms. Eibhlís Purcell –
Human Resources (Clonmel)
Ms. Nuala Fraher –
Human Resources (Nenagh) Ms. Fiona Campbell –
Buildings, Capital and Procurement MrDavid O’Donnell –
Corporate Services
Ms. Bernie Harty –

 As this is an evolving situation, Tipperary ETB will continue to update our stakeholders. Thank you for your ongoing co-operation.

Recent Announcements from TETB:

June 2020: TETB COVID Response Plan (09_06_2020)

07 April 2020: Statement from Chief Executive: Teaching and Learning Continues in TETB

07 April 2020: TETB Contingency Arrangements – Quality Assuring Assessment

Returning to Schools / Work –

Updated 27 July 2020

DES Roadmap Reopening Schools
Joint Press Release Dept Announce Return To Schools
DPER Guidance and FAQs for Public Service Employers during COVID-19

Recent Announcements from the DES:

01 July 2020:  Minister Foley welcomes publication of interim public health advice for re-opening schools

12 June 2020: Government announces new Summer Provision 2020

05 June 2020: Minister McHugh confirms Summer Programme to run for children with special educational needs and disadvantage

21 May 2020: Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD announces publication of guidance for schools on Calculated Grades

08 May 2020:  Minister announces postponement of 2020 Leaving Certificate examinations

29 April 2020Minister McHugh announces revised arrangements for Junior Cycle 2020

27 April 2020: Minister Mitchell O’Connor highlights range of supports available to groups at risk of educational disadvantage in further and higher education during Covid-19

Websites providing updates in relation to Covid-19

Health Service Executive (HSE) – Covid-19/Coronavirus
Department of Education and Skills – Information for Schools
Government of Ireland – Covid-19/Coronavirus
Government of Ireland – Leaving Certificate 2020: Information and Resources
Health Protection Surveillance Centre –  Guidance for Educational Settings
Health and Safety Authority

Support Services and Helplines

Service/Website Description Telephone
Minding your Mental Health (HSE) Advice on how to mind your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak.
Mental Health Support Services (HSE) Search for online resources and information about mental health and support services. Search by ‘Issues’, ‘Age Group’ and ‘Location’
Support Service updates Covid-19 (HSE) Some services provided by mental health and support services could be disrupted during COVID-19. The link will bring you to a summary of key nationally-available supports.
Talking to Children and Young People about Covid-19 (DES) Advice note for Schools and Parents published by the Department of Education and Skills (DES)
Restricted Movements and Self Isolation (HSE) If you are well, but you have been in close contact with a case of coronavirus you will need to restrict your movements.
Inspire Wellbeing (TETB Staff Only) Employee Assistance Service
Inspire Workplaces Looking after your Mental Health during Covid-19 Inspire Workplaces – Looking after your Mental Health during Covid-19
Your Mental (HSE) This service is to assist you in finding the relevant supports and services near you. 1800 111 888
Pieta House Free therapy to those engaging in self-harm, with suicidal ideation, or bereaved by suicide. 1800 247 247 or text HELP to 51444
Childline Childline is open every day and is for all children and young people up to the age of 18. 1800 66 66 66 or free text 50101
Jigsaw Jigsaw is a free, non-judgemental and confidential mental health support service for young people aged 12 – 25 Limerick: 061 974 510
Shine Support for people with mental ill health. Shine services remain available for phone and e-mail support Monday to
Friday, 9am to 5pm.
Limerick/North Tipperary: 087 7878222

South Tipperary: 086 852 5747

Aware Information and support to anyone over 18 about issues relating to their own mood or the mood of a friend or family member, or who experiences depression or bipolar. 1800 80 48 48
Samaritans Support and information if you are having a difficult time or are worried about your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak 116 123 Resources for mindfulness

Additional Information for TETB Staff:

Policy and Information for TETB Staff on returning from travel abroad

Data Protection:

TETB Covid-19 Privacy Notice

DPC Guidance: Protecting Personal Data When Working Remotely

Latest Circulars relating to COVID-19:

Circular Letter 0049/2020 (supercedes CL 0024/2020) Coronavirus (COVID-19): Arrangements for Teachers and Special Needs Assistants employed in recognised Primary and Post Primary schools

Circular Letter 0025/2020 Covid-19 Delay Phase Arrangements for Staff other than Teachers and SNAs

Circular Letter 0023/2020 Arrangements for Learner Payments in ETBs