The Department of Education has said it is actively working with the State Examinations Commission to develop contingency arrangements for the Junior and Leaving Certificate examinations.

In a statement, it asked all schools to continue to plan lessons and where possible provide online resources or online lessons for students.

But the department also asked schools to consider that not all students will have access to online facilities and to consider that in their response.

It asked that schools prioritise students in exam classes to prepare them for the State examinations.