Mitigation measures Update

In addition to the recommended  mitigation measures for safe re-opening of schools including sanitising, hand washing, cough/sneeze etiquette, staggered opening , breaks and closing times. etc. Hand-towel dispensers were installed in pupil bathrooms also instead of just at main classroom sink areas. 

Distancing where possible has been in place through PODS and bubbles with frequent reminders about this. Masks are encouraged for pupils in 4th to 6th class who can wear them.

Classes have been fitted with air filters whihch exchage air 5 times per hour in a 50 sq metre space. 

Carbon dioxide monitors also aid in seeing if CO2 levels are at or below the suggested 800ppm in the room to indicate if more ventillation is required for a time or less.

Windows are open still also but the amount of which can vary based especially by the guide from the CO2 monitor levels.


Reminder of covid symptoms

Department information video for parents on returning to school and your child.

Back to School March 2020

Primary Schools - Advice for Parents - 10-03-2021_V02_02

Back to school RE-opening Update Key points Reminder

2nd 3rd and 4th will come into school from 8:55-9:10 through their own door access, though 2nd come through front door. These classes start to leave school at 2:50

5th & 6th come into school from 9:10-9:25. These classes  leave school at 3:00 p.m.

Pupils who normally spend time together after school should come in on the 1st day to form a POD and leave together from then on.

Pupils who receive Support Teaching may be grouped in a POD to minimise inter-POD mixing where possibe. 

No pupils can attend  on Monday who have been sick or close contacts in the past 14 days. Return to school forms need to be completed and sent in or brought in on the day assuming you have been well. 

Parents must not send pupils to school who are sick with any colds, coughs, bugs etc. Please. If your child is presenting as sick in school ,you will be contacted to collect them as soon as possible and they should not return to school for 72 hours unless longer needed as required by the doctor. 

Pupils should bring a change of runners or football boots and  socks as whenever possible school field will be in use to play on and add distancing.

Masks please for all pupils from 4th to 6th are being recommended by the Principal and endorsed by the B.O.M.

Wearing of school uniform at this point is not essential but it is appreciated where it can be worn. It's understnadable some of you may have outgrown yours. 

Distancing is still very important. Please keep the distances as often and where ever you are.

Cough and sneeze etiquette is still as important as ever. Catch your coughs and sneezes in tissue, then bin the tissue and sanitise your hands. If you don't have a tissue at the time cover the cough or sneeze in your elbow. 

Air is very important so, emphasis is on ventiallation. Both fresh air and air filtration. All classes have been fitted with a device for this but it used in addition to open windows. Classes will also be fully aired at breaktimes when classes are outside and the air filtration device will be altered to higher as necessary by teacher, principal or Lead worker staff. 

If cold, you are allowed and advised to wear extra layers or your coat in class as necessary.

Cleaning hands and cleaning workspace is important still. Handwashing will take place at an available sink with soap and hand towel but is predominantly the pupil sinks going forward which have been also fitted with towel dispensers.


Homework provision will be up to each teacher, rather than a whole school approach. Some may give some reading or learning homework, others some written work also that is corrected in class by pupils with guidance from teachers or some may have later written homwework activities which are submitted either in hardcopy format or through Seesaw  and then returned after a few days to avoid touching materials from otherhouseholds where possible. Mr Loftus is aware how hard pupils worked on work tasks while at home during remote teaching.

No congregating or unnecessary waiting around for pupils or parents please. 

Appointments can be made through the Schoool Secretary if necessary for parents to meet with teachers or principal etc. 


Thank you for your efforts over lockdown and remote learning and we are looking forward to wecloming your back in person on Monday 15th of March 2021, hopefully until the end of the school year with no more lockdowns, or outbreaks locally.


School Re-opening Plan/policy

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.

The 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 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.



Remote_Teaching_Learning_Policy DK

Remote Learning

Dear Parents and pupils, 


Hope you are all well and Happy New Year! A new Year and brighter days, safer days to come is something we can all look forward to. 

So we are ready move again for the short term, to Remote Learning. I realise this isn't ideal for everyone and ask for your cooperation as always to try your best with it. Try to stick to normal school hours for your work and remember to take regular breaks and exercise safely, eat healthily and rest well also each day. 

Teachers will have work ready to assign to classes and groups directly through Seesaw and whatever means. Do your best to engage with it and try to complete it. Also post pictures or messages of how you've got on with it and if you get stuck, don't panic, leave it come back to it and message the teacher through seesaw or email for some assistance if necessary.

Try not to feel pressured or stressed by this necessary change. Take each day at a time and remember to look after yourselves, and to stay safe.

Remember too that yestarday is gone, tomorrow is not here yet, so we can only focus on today and now. Stay strong and stay calm as best as possible. We will get through this testing time and there is great hope with vaccine roll out and when people do their best individually to protect themselves and follow the necessary advice we are used to hearing now. 

Book publishers as before last year are allowing access to their books online, please check up on those but, those who have the books at home already can use them as they would in school. 

If anyone needs to collect books from school next week, please email the school or phone 0949371928 and we will arrange a mutual time for collection with distancing and avoiding congregating to facilitate that. 

Keep safe and well and know that this too will pass. 


Best Wishes, 


Mark Loftus. Principal.


Department Of Education Covis 19 page link

Board of Management Decision to close school


 (Please note, anyone quoting from articles on this website need to be aware, the term "school governance" refers to  the Department of education section NOT  the school board of management. Who are supportive. 

I needed to clarify that as I saw some posts on social media which were inaccurate. 

Department of Education & Skills, school governance section have spoken with me as of 2:30 today Decmber 11th and are insisting as The Board of Management are not health professionals, we cannot  take this decision to close and do not have the advice from Public Health to close, therefore we cannot close the school and from Monday must re-open. Remote learning for those isolating should continue and normal school attendence for everyone else should resume on Monday December 14th. Sorry to be the bearer of that news.

 Dear Parents , you have my full support if you wish to keep your children home. Your concerns and fears are very much shared and fully supported by me. Thank you for all your tremendous support and encourgement. 



The Board of Management and principal have taken the very difficult decision to close the school from Friday December 11th 2020 to Tuesday January 5th 2021 inclusive of Christmas holidays. We believe it is the right thing to do and necessary at this stage.


In addition to this we were unable to get Substitute teachers to come in for members of staff who are needing to isolate. The Substiutes are not available and those who are, their fears and understandable anxities not to want to come into a school with an increasing Covid infection rate is an additional reason for health and saftey in teaching and supervising pupils.

Although contact has been made with HSE Public Health authorities and both Department of Education and skills school governance section and the Inspectorate who advised and communicated they understood our frustration and anxiety, they couldn't provide their support  to close the school.

We want to help prevent further elevation and spread of Covid cases among the school community. We also want to allay anxiety and fear among pupils, parents, staff and the wider school community.

This is why we as a Board of Magagement took the very difficult decision to close on for December 11th.

Public Health however would not support a decision to close the school as they felt there was insufficient evidence that the levels of cross infection between classes exists. Therfore, the Department wouldn't support the decision either as Public health had not declared it a necessity. 


We are very aware of the terrible inconvenience this places on parents and pupils and ask for your understanding in what has been an extremely stressful, anxious and unfortunate situation for all of our pupils and their families, for staff and their families and the wider school community and in our attempt to support and maintain the health, safety and wellbeing of our pupils, their families, the teaching staff and their families and the wider school community.

We hope you realise and understand that we tried our absolute best to keep Covid out  of our school and to promote, enforce and encourage the Covid 19 plan in the school.

We are deeply frustrated at the system adopted by Public Health on cross infection levels and the Department regarding covid-19 and its effects to insist that "schools remain open at all costs."

We believe these exceptional closures are necessary.

The effects of this closure will be somewhat relieved by online platforms. Seesaw is set up to maintain remote learning opportunity for pupils and will continue.

If the Department  require us to make days, these will be made up from the leadup to Easter 2021 and the intended voluntary closure in the first week of May and the summer holiday closure would instead be the 30th of June 2021. Otherwise, the original school calendar stays in place.

May I take this opportunity wish you all well and  to thank you all sincerely for your support and efforts also, particularly the pupils of whom I am indescribably proud and honoured to work with.

Please keep safe everyone and May God bless you all.  May 2021 be a happier, healthier and safer time for us all.

Mark Loftus. Principal and Secretary to the Board of  Management. Claremorris BNS

Newest update re Covid 7th December

Update: 1012/20

A number of pupils particularly in 4th 5th  and 3rd class have unfortunately  been identified as testing positive for Covid19.


The Total Number invovled to date in the whole school equates to almost 9% of tthe whole school which equates to 11 pupils confirmed who have tested positive. I now also am in isolation as close contact 


I am acutely aware that restriction needs for self-isolation is having a much greater impact on more people in the school community than that.

Identity of pupils is strictly confidential to the school principal by way of communication from Public Health. 

A full class is currently isolating and being tested and retested as necessary since last Thursday 3rd of December under the direction of Public Health. 

Notification from a parent today of  new case was confirmed in a 3rd class pupil who was last in school Friday December 4th was received.

We have notified HSE Public Health of this.

Public Health are in control of this and advise individuals and school principal as necessary on a need to know basis. If they contact you to go for testing or follow up tests, please ensure you follow their advice. 


The POD that pupil was in now need to isolate. 2 of these were not in school since December 4th and 2 were.


Public Helath will be in contact.


The school is doing all it can and has been since re-opening including Pods, classroom ventilation, sanitisers, hand-washing, distancing, staggered breaks, extra cleaning, daily fogging of entire school.


So far, we are unaware of need to isolate  Pods  in other  classes. If that is necessary,  information will follow and you will be contacted. 


Pupils need to be very aware of the important role they play both individually and collectively in social distancing, cough and sneeze etiquette and handwashing and sanitizing. 


Masks are not recommended for children under 13 in line with WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION guidelines. 

If any pupil feel unwell particularly showing any of the symptoms of Covid they must stay home, isolate and the family doctor contacted to arrange a covid test. 

 Parents should also be aware of lesser known, less common symptoms. If in any doubt, I advise you contact your GP to arrange a covid test as they will outline if necessary or not.  

14 days is the timeframe for self isolation in any case. 


Activities for those absent due to this need to isolate are being put up on Seesaw by teachers. Books can be collected from school by contacting the school on 0949371928 in advance and they will be handed out for collection then. 

All books as before in original lockdown are available online also. 


Please, try not to panic, remain calm and optimistic that we can minimise the effects of this outbreak and follow public health advice carefully. We can and will overcome this, but need everyone's help on it and a self efficacy,  CAN DO, WILL DO attitude is welcomed and suggested by all. 


Please contact me if necessary on any comment or concern regarding Covid.

Keep safe and well and those who are unwell, I hope you make a full and safe recovery. 

Kind regards,  


Mark Loftus. Principal. 

Invitation to parents to make contact on Covid response plan and maintenance of school opening

Any parent who has concerns or comments on any matter including Covid-19 is invited to put these in writing and subsequently meet with me and/or the Chairperson of the Board at a mutually acceptable time. I/ we will attempt to address these concerns or comments and allay any fears hopefully and work collaboratively.


M. Loftus. Principal 

Covid-19 Response Plan for safe re-opening of school


Please see above in conjucntion with the Policy statement above which shows our school commitment to safe practice around maintining schools open during Covid-19

COVID-19_Policy Statement

Covid -19 statement

Back to school Advice Pupil Videos


For Infants to 2nd Class


For 3rd to 6th class.

Open Letter ACMO to Parents English-1

Acting Chief Medical Officer Ronan Glynn's Letter to Parents and Teachers about full reopening of schools as safe and the need to be mindful of others and congratulates all of our efforts.

Back to school advice for parents

Advice to Parents Covid 26th August 2020

Advice to Parents Covid 19 August 26th 2020

When NOT to send your child to school


The link above outlines directly what to do regarding Covid symptoms and your child. 

Going directly to that page will give yout the interactivity to click on hyperlinks in that page.

 Please pay close attention to HSE advice and updates on this website rearding School and Covid19

Below is the outlilne of information from HSE from the page link mentioned above. 


This advice is for babies and children up to the end of primary school, usually the age of 12 or 13.

Teenagers should follow the advice for adults on when to contact their GP about getting tested for coronavirus.

Children and babies can get coronavirus (COVID-19). But they seem to get it less often than adults and it's usually less serious.

When to get urgent medical help

If your child becomes very unwell quickly, it's rare that they have coronavirus. Their symptoms may be because of another illness.

Read about symptoms in babies and children that need urgent medical help

Phone 999 or 112 if your baby is under 3 months old and has a high temperature (38 degrees Celsius or more). If your baby is aged 3 to 6 months and has a high temperature, phone your GP urgently

When to keep your child at home and phone your GP

Do not send your child to school or childcare if any of the following is true.

Your child has:

  • a temperature of 38 degrees Celsius or more
  • any other common symptoms of coronavirus - a new cough, loss or changed sense of taste or smell, or shortness of breath
  • been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus
  • been living with someone who is unwell and may have coronavirus

You will need to:

  1. Isolate your child - this means keeping them at home and completely avoiding contact with other people, as much as possible. Read advice on self-isolation
  2. Phone your GP - they will advise you if your child needs a coronavirus test.
  3. Everyone that your child lives with should also restrict their movements, at least until your child gets a diagnosis from their GP or a coronavirus test result. This means not going to school, childcare or work.
  4. Treat your child at home for their symptoms.

Your child should only leave your home to have a test or to see your GP.

Follow the advice on what to do if your child:

Children who are close contacts of someone who has coronavirus

If your child has been in close contact with someone who has coronavirus, they should restrict their movements for 14 days, even if they feel well.

If your child develops symptoms, isolate your child and phone your GP to arrange a test for coronavirus.

When it’s okay to send your child to school or childcare

It's usually okay to send your child to school or childcare if they:

  • do not have a temperature of 38 degrees Celsius or more (as long as their temperature has not been lowered by taking any form of paracetamol or ibuprofen)
  • do not have a cough
  • have not been in close contact with anyone who has coronavirus in the past 14 days
  • do not live with anyone who is unwell and may have coronavirus
  • have been told by a GP that their illness is caused by something else, that is not coronavirus. Your GP will tell you when they can return to school or childcare.
  • have got a negative ('not detected') coronavirus test result and have not had symptoms for 72 hours


If your child also has a high temperature (38 degrees Celsius or over) or has any other common symptoms of coronavirus - isolate your child, phone your GP and restrict your movements.

Most of the time, you do not need to phone your GP if a runny nose or sneezing are your child's only symptoms. Talk to your pharmacist instead.


Compare symptoms of coronavirus, flu and cold

Read more about colds, coughs and viral infections in children

Children and testing

Your GP will decide if your child needs a test for coronavirus.

They will usually need a test if they have:

  • been in close contact with someone who has the virus
  • common symptoms of coronavirus
  • been in contact with someone who has symptoms

While you wait for their test and test result, follow the advice on keeping your child at home.

Read more about testing for coronavirus.

Bringing your child to a test centre

You may need to drive your child to a test centre. They may find going to a test centre a strange experience. They will see people in protective clothing. They may find this frightening.

Explain to them what will happen before they go. You can read about what to expect at a test centre.

These visual guides may also help children who need to be tested:

Getting ready to go to the Test Centre (Comic) (PDF, 5.35 MB, 3 pages)

Getting ready to go to the Test Drive-in Centre (Comic) (PDF, 4.30 MB, 3 pages)

Autism Social Story for Testing (PDF, 837 KB, 4 pages)

Negative (not-detected) test result or another diagnosis

Your child can return to their normal activities once they have been given either:

  • a negative (not-detected) test result and are 48 hours without symptoms and, or
  • another diagnosis, that is not coronavirus

You and anyone your child lives with will no longer need to restrict your movements.

Positive test result or not tested and no alternative diagnosis

Your child will need to continue to self-isolate if:

  • their test result is positive
  • they are not tested and are also not given an alternative diagnosis - if this happens they should be treated as if they have coronavirus

They’ll need to remain in self-isolation until both of these apply:

  • they have not had a high temperature (38 degrees Celsius or over) for 5 days
  • it has been 14 days since they first developed symptoms

Caring for child in self-isolation

If you are looking after a child who is isolating there is a risk that you can become infected too. You will become a close contact if your child tests positive for coronavirus or has not been tested and not been given an alternative diagnosis.

You will need to:

Continue to restrict your movements until 14 days after your child's self-isolation period ends.

Read more about self-isolation.

If you have symptoms or are unwell

Self-isolate if you have symptoms or become unwell. Follow the advice on self-isolation.

You may also need to:



Key messages Variety of Languages

The Covid-19 World Service project has also consulted with the Department and has
used our key messages to produce a range of videos in a variety of languages which
your school community may find helpful – please see more at