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January 19th, 2022

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Happy New Year to you all, and we hope 2022 will bring some normality back into all our lives. The return to school for Term Two has gone relatively smoothly, thanks to the ongoing vigilance and support of the entire school community. The experts seem hopeful that the latest phase of Covid-19 may have peaked and that some restrictions may be eased in the coming weeks and months. We all have our fingers crossed that this is the case.

In the meantime, every precaution is being taken to help keep students and staff as safe as possible while in school. HEPA air filters have recently been installed in all classrooms as an extra layer of protection. These should help with classroom ventilation and reduce the need for doors and windows to be kept constantly open. Filters will be installed in other rooms in due course.

As Public Health advice evolves, we adjust our procedures accordingly. Irrespective of guidelines, common sense should prevail.

  • Pupils or staff displaying any symptoms should not attend school

  • If symptomatic, get tested & follow medical advice

  • Be aware of and follow the latest Public Health Guidelines (below)

  • Keep rooms well ventilated

  • Wear appropriate face coverings

  • Maintain social distance

  • Wash and sanitize hands and surfaces regularly  

For the latest guidelines from the HSE and HSPC, please follow the links below:

Guidelines for children under 13: https://www.hpsc.ie/a-z/respiratory/coronavirus/novelcoronavirus/algorithms/Isolation%20quick%20guide%20under%2013s.pdf

Guidelines for children 13+ & adults: https://www.hpsc.ie/a-z/respiratory/coronavirus/novelcoronavirus/algorithms/Isolation%20quick%20guide%20Adults%20and%20children%20from%20their%2013th%20birthday.pdf

 

Le meas,

Brian Mullins

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