Covid 19 Update for Parents

Dear Parents,

We are very thankful for all the support you have given since we reopened in August. We have been working very hard since then to keep our school safe for the children and for the whole school community.

This week is crucial in order to do everything that we can so that pupils, families and staff can spend a happy healthy Christmas with their families.

Children must be kept at home if they are displaying any of the following symptoms

  • Cough
  • A fever of 38 degrees or above
  • Shortness of breath
  • Loss of taste or smell

If your child is experiencing any of these symptoms it is recommended that your contact your GP for further advice. Child may not return to school until they receive a negative test for Covid 19 or have been symptom free for 48 hours.

If your child experiences symptoms while at school, you will be contacted to come and collected your child and take them home as soon as possible. If your contact details have changed please inform the office on 041-9833620 at stjosephs.sungate@gmail.com.

On behalf of the Board of Management we wish you all a very happy healthy and safe Christmas and we hope that 2020 brings us all peace and hope.

Thank you for your cooperation

Is mise le meas,

Sarah Bradley

Principal.

5th Class Nature Walk

 

 

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R6 and R7 went on a nature walk on Friday 2nd October. We went along the boardwalk all the way to Oldbridge House where we stopped for a picnic.  It was a beautiful Autumn day.

Safety and Control Measures in the Event of a Confirmed Case of Covid 19 in our School

Dear Parents and Staff

 

 

Re: If we have a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the school

 

 

We do not have any confirmed positive cases of Covid-19 in the school. However, it is only prudent that we consider what procedures are in place to deal if such a situation were to arise so that all of us are aware in advance of what happens in such an event.

 

Safety and Control Measures

The BoM, school leadership and staff are very conscious of the paramount need to keep all pupils, staff and visitors safe while in the school.  The school is a controlled environment. There are control measures in place to combat the introduction or spread of COVID-19.  These are based on:

 

  • Physical Distancing
  • Hand Hygiene
  • Respiratory and Hygiene Etiquette
  • Face coverings, where necessary.

 

 

When a person displays symptoms of COVID-19

The following steps are taken when a person (child or adult) in the school presents with suspected COVID-19 symptoms:

 

  • That person is moved to the isolated area prior to going home. In the case of children, their parents will be asked to come to the school, take them home and contact their GP for a free telephone consultation
  • If the GP recommends that the person (child or adult) go for a COVID-19 test, that person is now considered a query case for COVID-19 and all of his/her household members are removed from the school and must restrict their movements until the results of the test come back
  • In the case of a negative result (98% of cases), the GP will advise when the person should return to school – usually after 48 hours.
  • In the case of a positive result (2% of cases), Public Health will, by law, be informed. This may take a matter of hours due to legal and volume of work issues.  The risk has been removed from the school as the person who tested positive and his/her household are at home
  • The person tested, or their parents, may well be informed before Public Health. In many cases a social media discussion ensues and anxiety levels are raised among the school community.

 


 

Public Health Intervention

The Public Health Department of the HSE is the agency responsible by law for dealing with positive cases of COVID-19:

 

  • Once notified by the HSE testing regime, Public Health Doctors assume total control of the situation and will carry out a risk assessment. Based on questioning, the person with the positive result they will ascertain if they were within the school setting when they contracted the virus.  If not, there is no need to contact the school
  • If the person was within the school setting when they contracted the virus, Public Health will contact the principal to carry out a Public Health Risk Assessment. This is a set of questions to see who might have been exposed to the virus and who needs to be excluded or tested.  This risk assessment will be unique to each school
  • The principal and BoM have no function in the risk assessment other than to provide whatever information is required by the Public Health Medical Officer conducting the risk assessment
  • The principal and BoM may be asked to assist the Medical Office by sending a message from them to the relevant families identified in the risk assessment. Public Health will not contact other members of the school community
  • The principal and BoM are not permitted to inform members of the school community of the identity of the person or persons who have tested positive for COVID-19 for the following reasons:

 

  • Doctor – Patient confidentiality
  • GDPR legislation prevents the publication of personal data without consent

 

 

 

 

Geraldine Conlon (Chairperson)

Sarah Bradley (Principal/Secretary Board of Management)