The School re-opening plan adopts the Policy statement above from the Department od Education fully and transparently.
The initial re-opening strategy as before applies with the following editions.
All Teachers and SNA have now been fully
Pupils have the potential to be vaccinated also, which is a parental choice but is hightly recommended to help achieve herd immunity and also protects vulnerable or high risk people from being affected badly by Covid-19 the health experts
and NPHET (Natioanal Public Health Emergency Team) and NIAC (National Immunisation Advisory Committee.
The school will regularly 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 efforts as before will continue for all classes.
Masks are not not mandatory for pupils under guidance from HSE, however a school advisory is :
The Board of Management through the principal encourage masks are worn by all school staff and for pupils from 4th class
upwards where that is possible, but are not mandatory for school pupils.
Those with Asthma or other medically supoorted conditions who can't wear masks or where it is not possible for pupils to wear masks then, for health or personal anxiety
reasons, these will be accommodated and supported.
Mask breaks are acceptable for the purpose of consuming food and drinks. If it is 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 and bring their return to work forms.
Staggered breaks will remain in place as before. Mixing of bubbles is discouraged 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 until advised to change by NPHET and the Department of Education. 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 potential of contracting the virus and spreading it as much as possible.
Surgical grade masks will be provided for SNA and Special Education Teachers by the school
which are for their safety to 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. For any long term absences Covid related or not.
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.
Classrooms will be kept ventilated by having a suitable number of windows open throughout the school day and at break times class doors and
windows will be opened to allow fresh air to circulate given virus is airborne more than a surface borne one.
The BOM will continue to engage the services of the school cleaner and caretaker and the emploment of an additional cleaner is now again imminent.
The Board of Management place the authority of communicating with staff including cleaning staff regarding any aspect of this plan in the principal who acts on their behalf in the day-to day management of the school. The principal may delegate this
to another staff memeber in the school as appropriate.
This plan is subject to change.