January 6th Return to School

School will re-open as normal, tomorrow, Thursday, 6th January.

Please see below the latest advice received from the HSE. I have also attached a useful Isolation Quick Guide from the HSE which outlines what to do in the different scenarios.

THE HSE asks us to:

1. Remind all parents and staff to keep an eye on their health and to check for symptoms of COVID-19. Symptoms of Covid-19 can include some or all of the following – fever (temperature of 38◦C or higher), cough, shortness of breath, any loss or change to the senses of smell or taste, headache, sore throat, or a runny nose. If any pupil or member of staff develops these symptoms they must self-isolate and contact their GP for advice regarding a COVID-19 test.

2. Even with high population uptake of COVID-19 vaccination, it is important that you continue to support the pupils and staff of your school community during the COVID-19 pandemic in the effective manner you have been. It is important to reinforce to your school community that all public health guidelines still need to be followed to protect the health of pupils and staff, these include:
 Wearing face coverings
 Cleaning hands regularly
 Maintaining physical distance from others
 Being mindful of the ventilation of classrooms by opening windows and doors as appropriate

3. Encourage all those who are eligible for vaccination within your school community to access appropriate information around this (available at https://www2.hse.ie/screening-and-vaccinations/covid-19-vaccine/) For those wishing to arrange vaccination, they can do so at either:
a. Register using the HSE Vaccine portal (https://vaccine.hse.ie/#register)
a. OR phone the HSE at 1800 700 700

Kind regards,
Ms. Murphy