Information on Coronavirus

Information on Coronavirus

Information on Covid 19

Covid Policy Statement.pdf

Control of Covid-19 Policy for Students.pdf

Commonly asked Questions

How is Covid Spread?

  • You can get the virus if you come into close contact with someone who has the virus. It is spread through droplets that come from your nose and mouth. For example, from someone who is talking loud, singing, shouting, coughing/sneezing.
  • You can also get the virus from surfaces, for example, when someone who has the virus sneezes. Droplets containing the virus can fall onto surfaces around them. If you touch that surface and then touch your eyes, nose or mouth, you could become infected too.
  • Hence the importance of mask wearing, social distancing, cleaning desks after every use, hand washing/sanitizing and not sharing items such as lockers, books, pens etc.

What is the school doing to prevent spread of Covid 19?

School Response Plan.pdf

1. What are the Symptoms of Coronavirus

  • High temperature/fever
  • A cough
  • Shortness of breath or breathing difficulties
  • Loss of change to your sense of smell or taste

Comparison of symptoms of Coronavirus, flus and colds

2. What should I do if my child displays symptoms?

You ring your GP and if they advise going for a test your son or daughter and everyone else in the house should remain at home until the results of that test is received. If other children are in school, they should be collected immediately.

3. What should I do if a member of my household has symptoms?

You contact the GP and if they advise going for a test, everyone in the house should remain at home until the results of the test are received.

4. What should I do if someone in the house is a close contact of someone with Covid 19 but is not displaying symptoms?

You continue as normal unless advised otherwise by the HSE/medical practitioner

5. Does my son or daughter have to wear a mask?

Yes, masks are compulsory in schools. The mask will not prevent your son or daughter getting the virus but they do prevent all of us from spreading it. Hence, if we all wear a mask, we are all safe. The only exception is where a medical practitioner has issued a medical certificate. Visors will not suffice in place of masks unless there is a certified medical reason for not wearing a mask.

Use of Face Coverings in Post Primary Schools.pdf

6.Why does my son or daughter have to wear a mask, after all, they are quite healthy?

Children and teenagers have been shown to be carriers of the virus and can be unaffected themselves. By wearing a mask they are preventing themselves infecting others. Masks in general, do not stop a person getting the virus but stop a person spreading it. Hence the importance of wearing the mask.

7. How is the school managing the mask situation?

  • Masks are compulsory unless a medical reason is present.
  • Students refusing to wear masks will be sent home as the school has to comply with Public Health and Safety Guidelines and has no discretion in terms of allowances around mask wearing.
  • We are also acutely aware of the fact masks can be uncomfortable and we are building in breaks for students where they can go outside and get some air.

8.What happens if my son/daughter exhibits symptoms at home?

Do not send them to school. Contact your GP and follow their advice.

9.What if my son/daughter exhibits symptoms in school?

If your son or daughter exhibits Covid symptoms they will taken to our isolation room and you will be contacted immediately. Therefore there should be someone available at all times to collect your son/daughter. While we are waiting for you our first aid team will take care of your son or daughter. (If you are uncontactable and we felt your child was in imminent danger we will follow our normal procedure and contact the health service for an ambulance.) On your arrival, we will advise you to contact your GP. The GP will decide if there is a need for a Covid test. Covid testing will not take place in the school and you the parent will be the first point of contact for the school. Your should keep your child at home until the test has been completed. If it is negative they are free to return but it is positive they should follow HSE guidelines and self-isolate.

10. What is an isolation room?

It is a room where students who exhibit symptoms in school are taken to be cared for until their parents arrive. There are two isolation rooms, one in the existing building and one in the new extension. After use the isolation rooms are thoroughly disinfected.

11. Will my child be tested for Covid in school without my permission?

No. This is rumour that has been circulating on certain social media platforms. If your son or daughter exhibits symptoms of Covid 19 while in school, you will be contacted to collect the child and advised to contact your GP. If you are uncontactable and your son/daughter was in imminent danger, we would contact emergency services for an ambulance.

12. Will everyone know my child had symptoms?

Some student may know that your son/daughter was unwell as they may have seen their friend feeling unwell but the school will not be contacting other parents to tell them someone had symptoms. If the GP advised a test be taken the student should be kept at home pending the result. If the result is positive, the HSE will assess the situation and contact those it deems to have been close contacts.They are also quite likely to inform all parents (through the school) that a positive case was identified. At no stage will an individual student be identified by the school.

13. What will the school do if your son/daughter is sent home with symptoms?

The school will sanitise the room they were in and other areas and wait for you to tell us what the situation is. We will not be contacting other parents. If you are advised to take a test the student need to remain at home as do any brothers or sisters. If the test turns out to be positive, the HSE will contact those people who need to be contacted. This may involve seeking attendance records of other students to ascertain who was in contact with the person who has contracted Covid 19.

14. Do I have to contact a GP if my child is sent home with symptoms?

Yes, for the safety of your child, your immediate family and those whom you may have been in contact with, it is best to seek advice from the GP. The symptoms may come to nothing but if it is Covid 19 it is best that this is identified.

15. What happens if a suspected case is confirmed?

The HSE will contact the school and inform them of a positive case. The HSE may request attendance records to ascertain who was in contact with the positive case over the past two weeks. They may also seek information so as to be able to contact parents in the interests of public health. The sharing of this data is allowable

“Data requirement - In the event of a school child or staff member being identified as a case, or a close contact of a case of Covid-19, the Medical Officers of Health in the regional Department of Public Health are likely to require data on the school and personal data on the staff and children in/attending the school.

Purpose - The purpose of this is to protect health by carrying out their statutory responsibility to investigate and control Covid-19.

Legal basis – The legal basis of sharing requested data with Public Health (Medical Officers of Health and staff in Departments of Public Health) is under the Infectious Diseases Regulations 1981 as amended which provides the legal responsibility for Public Health in Article 11 and the authority in Article 19. This legislation fulfils GDPR Article 6 conditions c, d, and e regarding lawfulness of processing, and processing of special categories of personal data is allowed under Article 9 2 (i).”

16. Will my child be given vaccines or flu injections without my permission?

No! Again this is a rumour circulating on some social media sites. Schools do not give vaccines or injections. The HSE are in charge of this area and sometimes they use schools as centres to administer the vaccine/injection. Your son or daughter cannot be given this unless you have signed a consent form. You should ensure your son/daughter are aware of your wishes as well just in case of any confusion. The school will not be influencing your son or daughter one way or the other with regard to any such medical procedures. This is a matter for you as parents.

17.Can I call to the school?

Parents can come as far as the main door if collecting students or dropping something into school but visits to meet staff have to be by appointment.

  • All visits to the school should be by appointment only.
  • Visitors must present at the main door and wait for the secretary to advise you from there.
  • All visitors must also fill a contact log and this must be filled before leaving the school.
  • Visitors must sanitise on entry and wear a mask. Visors will not suffice unless you have a certified medical condition

18. What about dropping items to school for student?

Dropping items unless directly given to the student should be done with caution. Items left in offices etc. may be handled and moved and you should ensure your son/daughter is aware they need to wipe down any items that you do not hand directly to them. The ideal situation is that nothing is dropped to school for students to collect.

19. If I can’t arrive in the school, how can I contact the school

20. What's happening with PE?

The department of Education guideline for PE states that students should be allowed to wear their PE gear for the day they have PE. This means they do not have to share communal changing areas.

21. What about lockers?

Currently we are asking students to vacate lockers and we will reallocate them. However, lockers are for jackets, lunches etc. They are to be used on a minimal basis. Lockers are santised on a daily basis.

Useful Links

What to do if your child displays symptoms of Coronavirus

Parents Advice Leaflet on returning to school

Advice on returning to school - multilingual leaflets and information

Links to videos for parents and students

Roadmap for reopening schools

Proper use of face coverings

Proper hand washing

Respiratory Hygiene.pdf

Covid Symptoms.jpg

Social Distancing in schools

Open Letter from the Acting Chief Medical Officer to Parents

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