March 11th 2020
Dear Parents or Guardians,
We want to update you on what we are doing to protect our school community against the possible spread of the COVID-19 (also known as Coronavirus). In our recent email, we attached a letter from the Chief Medical Officer and we outlined the advice we received from the HSE This advice is below and has not changed.
1. If, in the past 14 days, a parent, guardian or child has travelled to Ireland from any of the identified affected countries/regions e.g. Italy, Tenerife and they remain symptom free, they should visit the HSE website for advice and remain vigilant and alert to possible symptoms.
2. If, in the past 14 days, a parent, guardian or child has been in contact with a person who has Novel Coronavirus, or attended a hospital/healthcare facility where patients with novel Coronavirus are being treated but they feel well and do not have any symptoms of respiratory disease, they need to: Contact HSELive on 1850 24 1850
3. If in the past 14 days, a parent, guardian or child has:
- travelled to Ireland from any of the identified areas, or
- been in contact with a person who has novel Coronavirus, or
- attended a hospital/healthcare facility where patients with novel Coronavirus are being treated
- AND they feel unwell, especially with respiratory symptoms (e.g. cough, high temperature, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing), then they should: isolate themselves (i.e. stay separate from other people) and phone their GP immediately – giving their GP their travel history and symptoms. Your GP will advise you of the next steps over the phone.
In addition to the advice above we also ask that parents and guardians
- inform the school in confidence in all of the incidences above. We have several children and teachers in our school with compromised immune systems. Others have relatives at home who need to be aware of illnesses that may be present in the school community in order to protect their health.
- if your child is unwell with a cough, cold or temperature please keep them at home. Children who attend school while unwell will be sent home.
- if your child has asthma please send their inhaler with them to school.
- if visiting the school please use the sanitiser in the foyer even if only calling to Reception for a moment.
- please check your contact details and emergency contacts are correct on our Aladdin system.
- ensure your child knows and uses the correct hand washing method and practices good respiratory hygiene.
We are doing everything we can in school to curtail the spread of this virus. We have installed sanitisers at all entry points and outside communal areas within the school. We also replaced all towels with paper towels and soap with liquid dispensers. It is important that children rinse their hands well to avoid irritation. Classes have wipes to clean their desks before eating and children are expected to use sanitising gel on returning to class after both breaks. We are conscious that going forward, supplies of gels and wipes may be difficult to source so we are asking children to bring in their own hand sanitiser if possible.
Our cleaning staff are instrumental in helping us to stay healthy. We have asked them to pay particular attention to table tops, backs of chairs, bannisters, handles and light switches and to be extra vigilant when cleaning the classrooms of children or staff with low immunity.
Protecting the health of our pupils, staff and community is now a priority and is dependent on each of us adhering to the advice from the HSE. We welcome your support and co-operation in our efforts to minimise the spread of this virus in our school.
Wishing you all continued good health in the coming weeks.