The School re-opening plan
The initial re-opening strategy as before applies with the following editions
The school will review their Risk Assessment to ensure it complies with recommendations
set out in the school efforts to minimise risk and mitigation of Covid-19
Pupils will enter school in staggered groups from 8:55-9:25 observing as best as possible social distancing. The same will apply for exiting. Leaving school building
from 2:50 onwards. This is to help minimise gathering. All staff will assist in this process for their own groups and In school management personnel will support the shared safe and calm transit of pupils into and out of the school.
one-way system as before will continue for all classes.
The principal recommend masks are worn by all school staff and all school pupils from 4th class upwards where that is possible. Mask breaks are acceptable for the purpose
of consuming food and drinks. If it is not possible for pupils to wear masks then, for health or personal anxiety reasons, these will be accommodated.
Parents will be reminded not to send their children to school if they are displaying
any symptoms of Covid-19 or are at all unwell or if they reside in a house where a member is displaying symptoms of Covid-19 particularly.
Should a pupil become ill during the day, their parents will be contacted to collect them as
soon as is reasonably possible. The pupil will be moved to the Covid-19 isolation area until they are collected. This are will be cleaned and disinfected after the pupil is collected and again more rigorously that evening as part of the covid-19 cleaner duties.
Staff will be reminded to view again the training materials provided by the Dept.
Staggered breaks will remain in place as before. Mixing of bubbles is not allowed and will be explained to all classes
by their class teachers. Classes will continue to be bubbles and Pods within those bubbles will be maintained throughout the remainder of the school year and will not change from re-opening to the end of school year. A minimum of 1 metre as recommended
by the Dept. of Education shall be maintained between all Pods and all pupils in those pods where possible.
Generally speaking the objective is to limit contact and sharing of common facilities between people in different Class Bubbles
(and Pods within those Class Bubbles) as much as possible, rather than to avoid all contact between Pods, as the latter will not always be possible.
Surgical grade masks will be provided for SNA and Special
Education Teachers by the school which must be worn.
Emphasis and reteaching of the need for extra care around hand hygiene, cough and sneeze etiquette and maintaining physical distancing will be promoted in a calm, sensitive and supportive
manner by all school personnel to their own class pupils.
Temperature checks for staff will be conducted daily by the Lead worker Representative or Deputy LWR as before.
School staff will submit a pre-return
to work form as before 3 days in advance of re-opening to the school secretary.
One will also be requested from parents of pupils to show that pupils have not been diagnosed or close contacts of confirmed Covis-19
cases in the preceding 14-day period leading up to re-opening. On the hspc.ie website there is a certification that parents can be asked to complete.
Staff will be responsible to maintain wipe down and cleanliness of their
desks and immediate work environment. They will be provided with anti-bacterial wipes as before to assist that. This is not a replacement for ordinary cleaning that will occur.
The school will continue to monitor and refill
its supply of PPE equipment, soaps hand towels and sanitser. Individual staff may get this material from the designated store area themselves and bring it to their workspaces.
The Lead Worker Representative will consult with the principal
and staff accordingly in the collective approach and shared responsibility of care for themselves, one another, and the school population at designated times before or after school teaching time only.
Classrooms will be kept ventilated
by having a suitable number of windows (3 minimum) open throughout the school day and at break times all class doors and classroom windows will be opened to allow fresh air in as it is now accepted the virus is airborne more than a surface borne one.
The BOM will continue to engage the services of the school cleaner and additional Covid-19 cleaner with the same list of duties outlined to them in the previous school opening time.
The Board of Management place the authority
of communicating with staff including cleaning staff regarding any aspect of this plan in the principal of the school who acts on their behalf in the day-to day management of the school.
The school board, teaching and ancillary and
management personnel of the school will follow the advice of Public health and the Department of education regarding Covid-19 unless by doing so, a greater risk is immediately identified by the principal which outweighs the timeframe required to receive assistance
or guidance for the health, welfare and safety of the school community.
This plan is subject to change by the authority of the Board of Management directed to the Principal.