COVID-19 Response Plan

    Updated February  24th  2022 Advice for pupils:

    We are updating you with the most recent COVID information provided by the Dept of Education. In practical terms what does it mean for you as pupils of our College from Monday Feb 28th 2022? :

    • Staying at home if you have symptoms The requirement to stay at home if you have symptoms remains – for students and staff alike. One of the key messages to manage the risks of COVID-19 is to do everything practical to avoid the introduction of COVID-19 into the school. Please follow our current guideline on what to do if you feel unwell.
    • Hand Hygiene: Schools should continue to promote good hygiene. Hand hygiene can be achieved by hand washing or use of a hand sanitiser (when hands look clean). Please continue to follow the HSE advice on effective hand hygiene.
    • Face coverings/mask wearing: It is no longer a requirement for staff or pupils to wear a face covering/mask in school. Students can continue to wear a face covering/mask if they wish to do so on a personal basis. 
    • Physical Distancing: As the general requirement for physical distancing in society no longer applies, schools are no longer required to maintain these arrangements. We will continue to maintain our current timetable until the end of this academic year.
    • Use of changing room and lockers can resume where there has been limited access in this regard. 2nd Yrs and 3rd Yrs will be given lockers over the next week. PE  arrangements remain as they are currently. 
    • Visitors to schools/Parent teacher meetings: Normal arrangements for visitors now apply. In this context, parent teacher meetings should resume in schools . The means that we are planning to go ahead in person with our TY PTM Thursday March 3rd 3.15 to 5.45 pm.
    • All the above, no doubt, will need further tweaking as we move through the week. As always if there is any uncertainty at all drop in, text, email, teams' message or ring to clarify any of the information above. Thank you for playing your part in keeping our college community safe.

    COVID Symptoms  Please do not to attend school if pupils have any symptoms of Covid-19 infection. The HSE advise parents to take a precautionary approach, particularly for children less able to articulate their symptoms, that if a child appears unwell, observe them at home and contact their GP as appropriate.

    Close contacts -  if you have been told by the HSE services that you are a close contact of a case of Covid-19, you need to adhere to the advice on the HSE website in relation to restricted movements and testing. Please see below for information updated on 14-1-22.

     Re-enforcing general public health messages: In addition to ensuring that you do not attend school if you have any symptoms of Covid-19 infection, all children are reminded of the importance of abiding by the national public health measures currently in place at all times e.g. vaccination (including boosters), social distancing, use of face masks, hand hygiene, ventilation and minimising social contacts.

    Our Covid response plan is attached in the downloads section of this page. Please read carefully as it will keep you safe within the college grounds  based on documents received from the Department. We continue to implement all guidelines to keep our college safe. We will update you via text with HSE updates , where relevant and  available. We are currently in an environment that is ever changing and each and every one of our college community is doing our very, very best to maintain a safe environment for all . We all have a responsibility under Health and Safety legislation to comply with measures to protect ourselves and others. In particular, social and physical distancing and good hand and respiratory hygiene are everyone’s responsibility. 

    • Personal Responsibility: We continue to ask pupils to adopt an increased level of Personal Responsibility. Your health depends on this! 
    • We will alert you by text and link you into our updates on how we are implementing our Covid Response plan.  We thank you for, and continue to ask you to, support us in ensuring that we all play a part in keeping our college community Covid free. 
    • We ask you to familiarise yourselves with our Covid Response plans in the downloads section of this page.

    Anne Dunne Principal & Anne Sheerin Deputy Principal