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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)
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We are looking forward to welcoming your son into 5th Class and will make every effort to keep the school experience as ‘normal’ as possible.
In advance of this, we would like to draw your attention to the following points:
- children in 5th class will enter the school from the Red School Yard (King St entrance), walk up the steps and enter the main building from the side door beside the bicycle stands. They will use the back stairs to reach their classrooms. They will exit the building in the same way.
- Children will sit in pods of approximately 4 people. There will be a total of 5 pods in the classroom, socially distanced from each other.
- Each child should have his own pencil case filled with all his own supplies – pencils, eraser, parer, ruler, pens, whiteboard markers, twistables, glue etc. Please ensure to have all items clearly marked with your child’s name. There will be no sharing of this equipment among children.
- Any classroom equipment that is shared will be cleaned and sanitised after each use.
- School bags containing drinks, lunch etc. and coats will be hung outside of the classroom in order of pods.
- While hand sanitizer will be available and the children will wash their hands at regular intervals.
- Good hygiene and a neat, clean appearance is important.
- Covid Health and Safety Regulations will be clearly displayed in the classroom and it is imperative that all children make every effort to adhere to these. Failure to adhere to these guidelines will be considered a serious breach of the code of behaviour and dealt with accordingly
- Please discuss these regulations with your child before school starts and on a regular basis afterwards. The same will be done in class.
We will see you all on Friday August 28th!
Ms Gregory R6
Mr Keane R7
Click here to read “Re-opening of St Joseph’s – Information for Parents”.
Adjustments to the School Day to Facilitate Covid 19 Safety Measures
Due to Covid 19 Regulations changes are being made to the school day. These changes are being made in the interests of health and safety and may be subject to change in line with guidance from the Department of Education and Skills and the H.S.E.
Thursday 27th August school begins at 10.00 am and finishes 11.30am: Parents and children will enter through the main gate and assemble in the Green Yard in a socially distant manner. The teachers will bring pupils to their classes and parents should remain in the yard for a short meeting to outline Covid 19 Safety Procedures. Children are to wear the school tracksuit. They do not need to take anything to school with them on this day.
Friday 28th August: No school
Monday 31st of August to Friday 11th September school starts at 8.40am and finishes at 12.00pm:
Monday 14th of September and for the rest of the school year 8.40-1.20pm, Main School Gate (Green Yard)
Thursday 27th of August school starts at 12.00 and finishes at 1.30pm: Parents and children will enter through the main gate assemble in the Green Yard in a socially distant manner. Teachers will bring pupils to their classes and parents should remain in the yard for a short meeting to outline Covid 19 Safety Procedures. Pupils may wear school uniform or tracksuit.
Friday 28th August: No School
Monday 31st – August and for the rest of the school year school starts at 8.50am and finishes at 2.30pm
Friday 28th of August school starts at 9.45am and finishes 11.00am: Children will enter through the main gate and assemble in the Green Yard. Teachers will escort pupils to their classes. Socially distant meeting in the Green School Yard for parents to outline Covid 19 safety procedures 10.30am- 11.00am. Pupils may wear school uniform or tracksuit. Classes will be dismissed at intervals from 11.00am to ensure social distancing
Monday 31st – August and for the rest of the school year school starts at 8.50am and finishes at 1.20pm, Main School Gate (Green Yard)
1st Class and 4th Class
Friday 28th of August school starts at 9.30 and finishes at 11.00: Children will enter through the main gate and assemble in the Green Yard. Teachers will escort pupils to their classes. Socially distant meeting in the Green School Yard for parents to outline Covid 19 safety procedures 10.30am- 11.00am. Classes will be dismissed at intervals from 11.00am to ensure social distancing. Pupils may wear school uniform or tracksuit.
Monday 31st – August and for the rest of the school year school starts at 8.50am and finishes at 2.30pm, Main School Gate (Green Yard)
5th Class and 6th Class
Friday 28th of August school starts at 9.30am and finishes at 11.00am: Children will enter through the back gate and assemble in the Red Yard (entrance via King St.). Teachers will bring pupils to their classes. Socially distant meeting in the Red School Yard for parents to outline Covid 19 safety procedures 10.30am- 11.00am. Classes will be dismissed at intervals from 11.00am to ensure social distancing. Pupils may wear school uniform or tracksuit.
Monday 31st – August and for the rest of the school year school starts at 8.50am and finishes at 2.30pm, Red School Gate (entrance via King St).
*Arrangements for children travelling on the bus and for siblings will be outlined before school begins.