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Peter Mac Mahon RIP
The entire school community of Kilmessan Mixed NS were shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of former Principal Peter Mac Mahon. Peter worked in the school as teaching Principal for 26 years, until his retirement in 2009. During this time in Kilmessan, Peter taught an entire generation of local children as well as overseeing the move from the old school to where we are today. The school and community are deeply indebted to & grateful for Peter’s dedication.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal.
New Covid-19 Procedures
From September 27th 2021
These FAQs are to support the implementation of the decision announced by the Minister of Health, in line with recommendations from NPHET that from Monday September 27th routine contact tracing of asymptomatic close contacts in children >3 months -13 years, including for those attending primary educational settings will no longer take place. As per updated contact tracing guidance Contact tracing under 13s.pdf (hpsc.ie), it is now recommended that:
Anyone who has symptoms of Covid-19 should self-isolate at home immediately and contact their GP for advice and guidance, and to arrange a Covid-19 test if appropriate.
Public Health advice remains the same that any child > 3 months to under 13 years of age with symptoms consistent with Covid-19 should immediately self-isolate, should not attend childcare or school or socialise and follow current public health advice. Please see here for further information.
All children should attend for vaccination when eligible.
Automatic contact tracing is no longer recommended for children aged > 3months to under 13 years of age who are asymptomatic but were close contacts of cases outside of household settings and vulnerable settings (e.g. Special Educational Needs (SENs), respite/ residential care).
Testing of asymptomatic non-household close contacts >3 months to under 13 years is discontinued with a focus on clinically relevant disease. There will be transition to testing for public health action and surveillance as indicated on public health or clinical grounds.
Children >3 months to under 13 years of age, who are identified as a close contact in non- household settings and who are asymptomatic will no longer be routinely required to restrict movements, unless advised by Public Health Risk Assessment. This applies regardless of the number of confirmed cases identified in the non-household settings.
Children > 3 months to under 13 years of age who are identified as household contacts who are not fully vaccinated, or have not had a confirmed infection with Covid-19 in the last 9 months, will still be required to restrict their movements and will have testing arranged for them by the HSE contact management programme (CMP)
[The definition of a household contact, will now include a child aged under 13 years, who was present over-night, in the house or in close contact in a residential setting, of a case whilst they were infectious i.e., any child who was attending a ‘sleepover’ when someone in the household was infectious with Covid-19, will also be designated a close-contact and required to restrict their movements and be tested]
It is important to adhere to good respiratory etiquette, hand hygiene practice and also adhere to the general public health measures and physical distancing advice.