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                                                               Isolation quick guide –
                                                        applying to those aged greater than
                                                           3 months and up to 13th birthday

Isolation quick guide v1.0

COVID-19 symptoms: Fever more than or equal to 38.0⁰C or new cough or shortness of breath or anosmia, dysguesia or ageusia*
Self-isolation means staying indoors and completely avoiding contact with other people. This includes other people in your household, as much as possible. It applies to people with proven or suspected COVID-19.
Restricting movement means avoiding contact with other people and social situations as much as possible. It applies to those who are without symptoms but considered at higher risk of developing COVID-19 because they were exposed to a particular risk.

   Condition Person Others
   1  

Proven COVID-19
 

Self-isolate 14 days with last 5 days without a fever
 

Close contacts restrict movements for 14 days (after last contact with case)
    2  

 COVID-19 symptoms, not tested
 

 Self-isolate 14 days with last 5 days without a fever
 

 Close contacts restrict movements for 14 days
    3  

 COVID-19 symptoms awaiting test (this includes patients with samples reported as indeterminate/invalid until such time as repeat test is available or it has been determined that COVID-19 has been excluded on other grounds)
 

 Self-isolate pending test result
 

 Members of the household restrict movements pending test results
  4  

 COVID-19 symptoms test result “Not Detected”
 

 Follow medical advice.

Restrict movement until 48 hours symptom free

 

 Restrictions no longer needed
   5  

 Some medical symptoms that may be COVID-19 related and awaiting medical assessment that day to determine if testing is required
 

 Self-isolate pending assessment
 

 No restrictions until medical assessment offers further direction.
  6  

 Runny nose or other minor symptoms, no fever equal to or greater than 38.0⁰C, no cough, no short of breath, no ill household contacts or history of travel.
 

 Keep home from school or childcare for a period of 48 hours to observe emerging condition
 

 No restrictions
   7  

 Runny nose or other minor symptoms, no fever equal to or greater than 38.0⁰C, no cough, no shortness of breath, but does have history of travel or household members with symptoms of COVID-19
 

 Self-isolate pending assessment
 

 Members of the household restrict movements pending assessment
   8  

 Runny nose, not unwell, good form, good energy and normal appetite, no fever, not requiring paracetamol, ibuprofen or any other antipyretic
 

 Can go to school
 

 No restrictions
   9  

 No symptoms, close contact of a proven case
 

 Restrict movements for 14 days, testing as advised.
 

 No restrictions
10  

 Travel from non “Green-List” country
 

 Restrict movements for 14 days, self-isolate and test if develops symptoms
 

 No restrictions unless the person who has returned develops symptoms.

 *loss of sense of smell, or loss of sense of taste or distortion of sense of taste

HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre www.hpsc.ie

Updated Risk Assessments to minimise the risk of being exposed to Covid-19

                                                 

The process involved consultation with all school staff.

Full Risk Assessment final

 

Methodology used for hazard identification and control

In line with the requirements of Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 (section 19) it is the policy of the BoM in Goggins Hill NS to address significant hazards and risks in the workplace, to access the risks to safety, health and welfare and to control these risks as far as is reasonably practicable.

 

The Board is committed to the ongoing identification of hazards, the assessment of the appropriate risks and the introduction of controls to deal with them. In addition, staff are involved and participate in safety, health and welfare issues within the school, and are encouraged to identify and report any potential hazards that may exist and to ensure that a risk assessment is carried out.

 

This revised Risk Assessment includes all relevant updates and necessary control measures to minimise the risk of staff and others being exposed to Covid-19 and these will be incorporated into the Safety Statement for Goggins Hill NS in line with requirements of section 20 of the 2005 Act.

 

It is envisaged that additional reviews will be undertaken on a regular basis and in line with Government and public health advice to ensure that all information remains accurate, that controls are appropriate and where necessary risks are reassessed.

 

A hazard is anything with the potential to cause harm to the safety, health or welfare of staff, students, visitors and contractors – a wet or slippery floor, an unguarded machine, stressful work, a blocked entrance, hazardous chemicals etc. Hazards may be classified as physical, chemical, biological, environmental or human.

 

A risk is the likelihood that someone will be harmed by a hazard and the severity of that harm.

 

Control measures:

A control measure is an applied measure that reduces the level of risk. Control measures can be applied at the planning stage, can comprise physical measures, can be management issues and can include training. Good control measures will require a combination of some or all of these.

 

Control measure principles:

Schedule 3 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 lists the Principles of Prevention and the Board of Management undertakes to apply these principles (where practicable) in dealing with all risks within the school: 

 

  • Avoidance of risks
  • Evaluation of unavoidable risks
  • Combating of risks at source
  • Adaptation of work to the individual
  • Adaptation of workplace to technical progress
  • Replacement of dangerous articles, substances or systems of work by safe or less dangerous articles, substances or systems of work
  • Priority to collective protective measures over individual protective measures
  • Development of an adequate prevention policy which takes account of technology, organisation of work, working conditions, social factors and the influence of factors relating to the working environment
  • Appropriate training and instructions to employees.

 

When the safety audit identifies hazards, it is necessary to evaluate and rank them so that they can be controlled in an orderly way. The risk of a hazard is a measure of the likelihood or probability of an accident coupled with the severity of the injury or loss. The risk potential of each hazard was assessed (by ranking) by giving numerical values of between 1 and 5 to both the severity of the consequences and the probability of the event occurring. When the severity numerical factor and the probability numerical factor were multiplied together, they produced a number between 1 and 25 thereby producing the numerical values outlined in risk rating chart below.

 

Severity x Probability = Risk Rating

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Severity

 

Severity Rating Interpretation Numerical Value
Fatality or Catastrophic Single or multiple fatalities, widespread illness, large scale property or equipment damage 5
Major Serious injury or illness, significant property or equipment damage 4
Moderate Injury and damage to property 3
Minor Minor injury or illness, minor property or equipment damage 2
Trivial No significant injury or illness, no significant property or equipment damage 1

 

 

Probability/Likelihood

 

Probability Rating Interpretation Numerical Value
Inevitable Likely to occur either immediately or in the short term 5
Very Likely Could occur in time or if repeated enough 4
Likely Likely to occur 3
Unlikely Though unlikely, may occur over time 2
Rare Unlikely to occur at all 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Risk Rating

 

Numerical Value

Severity x Probability

Descriptive risk rating Interpretation
16 – 25 Emergency – Extremely serious

If an incident were to occur, it would be likely

that a permanent, debilitating injury or death

would result

Risks are unacceptable and immediate action required justifying special maintenance. Activity should be halted and stopped until the hazard is eliminated or appropriate risk controls are put in place.     
11 – 15 Severe and Serious

If an incident were to occur, it would be likely

that an injury requiring medical treatment would

result.

Activity can proceed but substantial efforts should be made to reduce the risk. Risk reduction measures should be implemented urgently within a defined time period and it might be necessary to consider suspending or restricting the activity or to apply interim control measures until this has been completed.
6 – 10 Medium

If an incident were to occur, there would be

some chance that an injury requiring First Aid

treatment would result

Activity can proceed but consideration should be given as to whether the risks can be lowered. Control measures must be monitored and reviewed as required to ensure they remain suitable and sufficient.
1 – 5                             Trivial or Negligible If an incident were to occur, there would be little

likelihood that an injury would result

 

No additional controls are necessary as these risks are considered acceptable. Activity should be regularly reviewed to ensure there is no change to the risk rating and that controls are maintained.

 

 

*Note: A numerical rating has been used in column 4 of the risk assessment sheets to describe the risk potential for the hazard identified This method has been used in an attempt to ensure that the levels of risk will be understood and clear to all those operating within the school.

Who may be affected?

 

Identified Risks Risk Communication, Education and Training Risk Rating with controls Action implementation  
Controls  
Staff

 

 

 

Spread of Covid-19 virus

 

Persons currently deemed most at risk of complications if they catch the coronavirus are:

•  60 years of age and over

•  have long-term medical conditions – i.e. heart disease, lung disease, high blood pressure, diabetes or cancer

•  pregnant women

 

Known effects of the coronavirus:

• A fever (high temperature of 37.5 degrees Celsius or above)

• A cough – this can be any kind of cough, not just a dry cough

• Shortness of breath or breathing difficulties

• Loss of sense of smell

• Loss of sense of taste or distortion of sense of taste

•Death

The Board of Management will develop a response plan for the prevention and mitigation of Covid-19 following a risk assessment of the school facility. This plan will highlight the measures necessary to protect the health and safety of staff in re-opening and modifying the work arrangements within the school.

 

The staff representative(s) will be consulted when developing and implementing the action plan for the prevention and mitigation of Covid-19 within the school and all staff will be informed about the measures being introduced, using specific risk communication and staff engagement approaches.

 

The Board of Management will:

 

ü  Ensure that all staff receive necessary training prior to returning to work

ü  Provide posters and information to increase awareness of Covid-19 among staff and pupils  

ü  Promote safe individual practices within the school grounds

ü  Engage with staff in providing feedback on the preventive measures and their effectiveness

ü  Provide regular information about the risk of Covid-19 using official sources, such as government agencies (HSE, HSA, etc.) and the World Health Organisation

ü  Emphasise the effectiveness of adopting protective measures especially good personal hygiene

ü  Provide specific training in the proper use of PPE for staff, where required

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Negligible

Board of Management Principal

Staff

 

 

 

 
Risk Level Calculation

(a) Severity of risk/injury        1=trivial, 2=slight, 3=moderate, 4=major, 5=fatality

(b) Likelihood of event           1=rare, 2=unlikely, 3=likely, 4=very likely, 5=inevitable

(c) Risk Rating = (a) X (b)

Risk Level Action

1-5      Trivial risk           Acceptable

6-10    Medium risk       Requires monitoring

11-15  Severe risk         Requires immediate further action and control

16-25  Emergency risk  Halt activity and review immediately

 
Assessment Date:    August, 2020 Assessor’s Name:       
Who may be affected?

 

Identified Risks Hygiene   Risk Rating with controls Action implementation
Controls
All staff

Pupils

Visitors

Contractors

Public

 

 

 

 

Spread of Covid-19 virus

 

Persons currently deemed most at risk of complications if they catch the coronavirus are:

•  60 years of age and over

•  have long-term medical conditions – i.e. heart disease, lung disease, high blood pressure, diabetes or cancer

•  pregnant women

 

Known effects of the coronavirus:

• A fever (high temperature of 37.5 degrees Celsius or above)

• A cough – this can be any kind of cough, not just a dry cough

• Shortness of breath or breathing difficulties

• Loss of sense of smell

• Loss of sense of taste or distortion of sense of taste

•Death

The BoM will ensure that all staff can wash their hands regularly. Water and appropriate santitisers (i.e. hand gel dispensers, etc.) will be available throughout the school. Staff should:

ü  Wash their hands properly and often. Hands should be washed:

o   After coughing or sneezing

o   Before and after eating or preparing food

o   Before and after using protective gloves

o   Before and after being on public transport

o   When arriving and leaving the school campus

o   After toilet use

ü  Cover theirmouth and nose with a tissue or their sleeve when coughing and sneezing.

ü  Put used tissues into a bin and wash their hands

ü  Develop a routine of incresed cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched objects and surfaces

 

The BoM will supply required cleaning products, will ensure the correct use

and storage of disinfectants and will ensure all products are stored safely and securely.  

No employees are permitted to attend work if they display any of the symptoms below: –

ü  Fever (temperature of 37.5 degrees or above)

ü  Cough

ü  Shortness of breath

ü  Breathing difficulties

Any Staff Member displaying symptoms must self-isolate and not attend school for 14 days

Any staff member living with someone who is self-isolating or waiting for a Covid-19 test must restrict their movements for 14 days. 

Any Staff Member who has tested positive for Covid-19 must not return to work until deemed fit to do so and upon approval of their medical advisor

Staff can follow https://www2.hse.ie/ for regular updates or can contact HSELive for advice  1850 241850

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Requires monitoring

Board of Management Principal

Staff

Visitors

 

 

 

Risk Level Calculation

(a) Severity of risk/injury       1=trivial, 2=slight, 3=moderate, 4=major, 5=fatality

(b) Likelihood of event           1=rare, 2=unlikely, 3=likely, 4=very likely, 5=inevitable

(c) Risk Rating = (a) X (b)

Risk Level Action

1-5      Trivial risk           Acceptable

6-10    Medium risk       Requires monitoring

11-15  Severe risk         Requires immediate further action and control

16-25  Emergency risk  Halt activity and review immediately

 
Assessment Date:     August, 2020 Assessor’s Name:       
                     

 

 

 

Who may be affected?

 

Identified Risks Hygiene  Risk Rating with controls Action implementation
Controls
All staff

Pupils

Visitors

Contractors

Public

 

 

 

 

Spread of Covid-19 virus

 

Persons currently deemed most at risk of complications if they catch the coronavirus are:

•  60 years of age and over

•  have long-term medical conditions – i.e. heart disease, lung disease, high blood pressure, diabetes or cancer

•  pregnant women

 

Known effects of the coronavirus:

• A fever (high temperature of 37.5 degrees Celsius or above)

• A cough – this can be any kind of cough, not just a dry cough

• Shortness of breath or breathing difficulties

• Loss of sense of smell

• Loss of sense of taste or distortion of sense of taste

•Death

The Board of Management will ensure that:

ü  Appropriate signage in line with public health guidelines will be displayed throughout school facility (buildings and grounds). 

ü  Appropriate social distancing markings are in place  

ü  Necessary PPE is available to staff

ü  Standard cleaning and maintenance regimes are put in place and detailed records retained

ü  Toilet facilities are cleaned regularly  

ü  All drinking water facilities will be shut down

ü  Equipment sharing is minimised. Staff are encouraged not to share equipment

ü  There is regular cleaning of frequently touched surfaces and that staff are provided with essential cleaning materials to keep their own work areas clean (for example wipes/disinfection products, paper towels and waste bins/bags)

ü  All school equipment is sanitised – cleaning programmes to be devised to ensure that shared equipment is cleaned and disinfected between use by different people  

ü  Covid compliant work areas to be available where social distancing guidelines can be applied

ü  There is staggered use of canteen/kitchen or other communal facilities

ü  Bins are provided for disposal of waste materials (tissues, paper towels, wipes, etc.) and that adequate waste collection arrangements to be put in place to ensure they  do not overflow

ü  All waste collection points are emptied regularly throughout and at the end of each day.

ü  Staff use gloves when removing rubbish bags or handling and disposing of any

rubbish and they wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds afterwards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Requires monitoring

Board of Management Principal

Staff

Visitors

 

Risk Level Calculation

(a) Severity of risk/injury       1=trivial, 2=slight, 3=moderate, 4=major, 5=fatality

(b) Likelihood of event           1=rare, 2=unlikely, 3=likely, 4=very likely, 5=inevitable

(c) Risk Rating = (a) X (b)

Risk Level Action

1-5      Trivial risk           Acceptable

6-10    Medium risk      Requires monitoring

11-15  Severe risk         Requires immediate further action and control

16-25  Emergency risk  Halt activity and review immediately

Assessment Date:     August, 2020

 

Assessor’s Name:     
           

 

Who may be affected?

 

Identified Risks Social Distancing  Risk Rating with controls Action implementation
Controls
All staff

Pupils

Visitors

Contractors

Public

 

 

Spread of Covid-19 virus

 

Persons currently deemed most at risk of complications if they catch the coronavirus are:

•  60 years of age and over

•have long-term medical conditions – i.e. heart disease, lung disease, high blood pressure, diabetes or cancer

•  pregnant women

 

Known effects of the coronavirus:

• A fever (high temperature of 37.5 degrees Celsius or above)

• A cough – this can be any kind of cough, not just a dry cough

• Shortness of breath or breathing difficulties

• Loss of sense of smell

• Loss of sense of taste or distortion of sense of taste

•Death

Physical distancing is currently a key control measure in reducing the spread of infection.

The Board of Mangement will ensure that:

ü  all persons will adhere to relevant social distancing rules in relation to entering the

school, use of welfare facilities and while working in the school  

ü  physical spacing  for work stations and common spaces, such as entrances/exits, kitchen areas,   where congregation or queuing of staff, or students of visitors might occur

ü  Break times will be staggered and school supervision procedures must be strictly adhered to

ü  Appropriate signage in line with public health guidelines will be displayed throughout school facility (buildings and grounds) 

ü  Appropriate social distancing arangements will be in place throughout the facility

ü  Meetings of staff will take place with physical distancing in place

ü  There is currently a strict no handshaking policy in place within the school

ü  All staff, contractors and visitors should avoid direct physical contact with any other persons as far as possible

 Where physical distance cannot be maintained and where the activity cannot be suspended the following will be the requirements for personnel working within 2 metres of each other:

 

ü  No worker has symptoms of Covid-19

ü  PPE is present in line with the approved risk assessment (full face mask, visor, gloves, etc) and public health advice

ü  An exclusion zone for <2m work will be set up pre task commencement

ü  Prior to donning appropriate PPE, staff will wash/sanitise their hands thoroughly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Requires monitoring

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Serious

 

 

 

 

Board of Management Principal

Staff

Visitors

 

 

 

Risk Level Calculation

 

(a) Severity of risk/injury        1=trivial, 2=slight, 3=moderate, 4=major, 5=fatality

(b) Likelihood of event           1=rare, 2=unlikely, 3=likely, 4=very likely, 5=inevitable

(c) Risk Rating = (a) X (b)

Risk Level Action

1-5      Trivial risk          Acceptable

6-10    Medium risk      Requires monitoring

11-15  Severe risk         Requires immediate further action and control

16-25  Emergency risk  Halt activity and review immediately

Assessment Date:     August, 2020

 

Assessor’s Name:     
           

 

 

 

Who may be affected?

 

Identified Risks Cleaning Risk Rating with controls Action implementation
Controls
Staff especially cleaning staff

 

 

 

Spread of Covid-19 virus

 

Persons currently deemed most at risk of complications if they catch the coronavirus are:

•  60 years of age and over

•  have long-term medical conditions – i.e. heart disease, lung disease, high blood pressure, diabetes or cancer

•  pregnant women

 

Known effects of the coronavirus:

• A fever (high temperature of 37.5 degrees Celsius or above)

• A cough – this can be any kind of cough, not just a dry cough

• Shortness of breath or breathing difficulties

• Loss of sense of smell

• Loss of sense of taste or distortion of sense of taste

•Death

All cleaning will be undertaken in line with DES and public health guidance.

 

ü  Staff are responsible for cleaning personal items that have been brought to work and items handled at work or during breaks. Staff advised to clean personal items that they  bring to work (e.g. mobile phones) and to avoid leaving them down on communal surfaces or they will need to clean the surface after the personal item is removed

ü  Cleaning staff will be trained in the new cleaning arrangements for the school

ü  Sufficient cleaning materials and PPE will be available to allow for increased cleaning

ü  Cleaning staff will be instructed to wear gloves when cleaning and are aware of the need to wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water, both before and after wearing gloves

ü  System in place for the disposable of cleaning cloths/paper towels and used wipes in a rubbish bag. Current HSE guidance recommends waste such as cleaning waste, tissues etc. from a person suspected of having Covid-19 should be double bagged and stored in a secure area for 72 hours before being presented for general waste collection

ü  System in place to make sure reusable cleaning equipment including mop heads and non-disposable cloths are clean before re-use

ü  System in place to ensure that equipment such as buckets are emptied and cleaned with a fresh solution of disinfectant before re-use

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Requires monitoring

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Board of Management

Principal

Staff

 

 

 

Risk Level Calculation

(a) Severity of risk/injury        1=trivial, 2=slight, 3=moderate, 4=major, 5=fatality

(b) Likelihood of event           1=rare, 2=unlikely, 3=likely, 4=very likely, 5=inevitable

(c) Risk Rating = (a) X (b)

Risk Level Action

1-5      Trivial risk           Acceptable

6-10    Medium risk      Requires monitoring

11-15  Severe risk         Requires immediate further action and control

16-25  Emergency risk  Halt activity and review immediately

Assessment Date:     August, 2020 Assessor’s Name:     
           

 

 

Who may be affected?

 

Identified Risks Office and administration areas Risk Rating with controls Action implementation
Controls
Staff

 

 

 

Spread of Covid-19 virus

 

Persons currently deemed most at risk of complications if they catch the coronavirus are:

•  60 years of age and over

•  have long-term medical conditions – i.e. heart disease, lung disease, high blood pressure, diabetes or cancer

•  pregnant women

 

Known effects of the coronavirus:

• A fever (high temperature of 37.5 degrees Celsius or above)

• A cough – this can be any kind of cough, not just a dry cough

• Shortness of breath or breathing difficulties

• Loss of sense of smell

• Loss of sense of taste or distortion of sense of taste

•Death

 

 

 

 

 

 

·       Office capacity to be limited to facilitate the maintenance of physical distancing between designated workstations and staff

·       The number of employees permitted to work in an office at any particular time shall be limited as a necessary control measure to protect health and safety.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Requires monitoring

 

Board of Management  Principal

Administration staff

 

 

 

Risk Level Calculation

(a) Severity of risk/injury        1=trivial, 2=slight, 3=moderate, 4=major, 5=fatality

(b) Likelihood of event           1=rare, 2=unlikely, 3=likely, 4=very likely, 5=inevitable

(c) Risk Rating = (a) X (b)

Risk Level Action

1-5      Trivial risk           Acceptable

6-10    Medium risk       Requires monitoring

11-15  Severe risk         Requires immediate further action and control

16-25  Emergency risk  Halt activity and review immediately

Assessment Date   August, 2020 Assessor’s Name:     
           

 

Who may be affected?

 

Identified Risks Use of PPE Risk Rating with controls Action implementation
Controls
Staff

 

 

 

Spread of Covid-19 virus

 

Persons currently deemed most at risk of complications if they catch the coronavirus are:

•  60 years of age and over

•  have long-term medical conditions – i.e. heart disease, lung disease, high blood pressure, diabetes or cancer

•  pregnant women

 

Known effects of the coronavirus:

• A fever (high temperature of 37.5 degrees Celsius or above)

• A cough – this can be any kind of cough, not just a dry cough

• Shortness of breath or breathing difficulties

• Loss of sense of smell

• Loss of sense of taste or distortion of sense of taste

•Death

 

 

 

 

The correct use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as face shields/visors or clear plastic barriers or Perspex screens etc. may be required in some circumstances to address identified risks of spread of the virus.

 

Where PPE is required by staff, they will be notified accordingly and be provided with the necessary PPE and provided with training and information in the proper use, cleaning, storage and disposal of PPE.

 

PPE needs to be consistently and properly worn when required. In addition, it must be regularly inspected, cleaned, maintained and replaced as necessary.

 

The wearing of PPE within the school facility will follow the current occupational and public health guidance .

 

Current general guidance from the HSE in relation to the wearing of face coverings, masks and gloves is available at the following Link: https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/face-masks-disposable-gloves.html 

 

Face masks/visors will be provided to all staff and are to be used where 2 metre distancing is not possible.

 

Gloves are not required generally within the workplace for infection prevention and control purposes according to current guidance. Due to the risks associated with the usage of gloves, the Board of Management will not be providing gloves to staff for general use.

 

*Face coverings are not recommended to be worn by children under 13 years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Requires monitoring

 

Board of Management Principal

Staff

 

 

 

Risk Level Calculation

(a) Severity of risk/injury        1=trivial, 2=slight, 3=moderate, 4=major, 5=fatality

(b) Likelihood of event           1=rare, 2=unlikely, 3=likely, 4=very likely, 5=inevitable

(c) Risk Rating = (a) X (b)

Risk Level Action

1-5      Trivial risk           Acceptable

6-10    Medium risk       Requires monitoring

11-15  Severe risk         Requires immediate further action and control

16-25  Emergency risk  Halt activity and review immediately

Assessment Date:     August, 2020 Assessor’s Name:     
           

 

 

Who may be affected?

 

Identified Risks Handling books and other resources during Covid-19 Risk Rating with controls Action implementation
Controls
Staff (particularly SNAs, school secretaries and school book rental co-ordinator)

 

 

 

Spread of Covid-19 virus

 

Persons currently deemed most at risk of complications if they catch the coronavirus are:

•  60 years of age and over

•  have long-term medical conditions – i.e. heart disease, lung disease, high blood pressure, diabetes or cancer

•  pregnant women

 

Known effects of the coronavirus:

• A fever (high temperature of 37.5 degrees Celsius or above)

• A cough – this can be any kind of cough, not just a dry cough

• Shortness of breath or breathing difficulties

• Loss of sense of smell

• Loss of sense of taste or distortion of sense of taste

•Death

The Board of Management has to prepare for the return of additional school books (book rental scheme/library books) and other resource materials (including IT equipment) so that these will be available to pupils for the start of the new school year. The following guidelines are recommended for staff when receiving or assisting in compiling resource packs:

 

·       Maintain physical distancing (currently 2 metres)

·       Observe good hygiene (hand washing and respiratory etiquette, do not touch your eyes, nose, mouth with unwashed hands, etc.) before and after handling books and other materials returned to the school

·       Follow the agreed school protocols if you are displaying symptoms of Covid-19

·       Any books or other items (resource packs, computers, etc.) being returned to the school should be quarantined for 72 hours. Quarantining means placing these items in sealed boxes that are labelled with the time and date of the start of the 72-hour quarantine period. These boxes should be stored in a separate location away from active work areas within the school

·       Following the expiry of the 72-hour quarantine period the items may be unboxed, cleaned and prepared for the next school year

·       Hands should be washed in line with relevant guidance       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Requires monitoring

 

Board of Management Principal

Staff

 

 

 

Risk Level Calculation

(a) Severity of risk/injury        1=trivial, 2=slight, 3=moderate, 4=major, 5=fatality

(b) Likelihood of event           1=rare, 2=unlikely, 3=likely, 4=very likely, 5=inevitable

(c) Risk Rating = (a) X (b)

Risk Level Action

1-5      Trivial risk           Acceptable

6-10    Medium risk        Requires monitoring

11-15  Severe risk         Requires immediate further action and control

16-25  Emergency risk  Halt activity and review immediately

Assessment Date:     August, 2020 Assessor’s Name:     
Who may be affected?

 

Identified Risks Using hand tools or equipment  Risk Rating with controls Action implementation
Controls
All staff

 

 

 

Spread of Covid-19 virus

 

Persons currently deemed most at risk of complications if they catch the coronavirus are:

•  60 years of age and over

•  have long-term medical conditions – i.e. heart disease, lung disease, high blood pressure, diabetes or cancer

•  pregnant women

 

Known effects of the coronavirus:

• A fever (high temperature of 37.5 degrees Celsius or above)

• A cough – this can be any kind of cough, not just a dry cough

• Shortness of breath or breathing difficulties

• Loss of sense of smell

• Loss of sense of taste or distortion of sense of taste

•Death

 

ü  Staff must wear the appropriate PPE for the nature of the work that they are undertaking

ü  All tools and equipment must be properly sanitised to prevent cross contamination

ü  Arrangements should be put in place for one individual to use the same tool and equipment as far as is reasonably practicable

ü  Cleaning material will be available so that all tools can be wiped down with disinfectant between each use

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Requires monitoring

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Board of Management

Principal

Staff

 

 

 

Risk Level Calculation

(a) Severity of risk/injury        1=trivial, 2=slight, 3=moderate, 4=major, 5=fatality

(b) Likelihood of event           1=rare, 2=unlikely, 3=likely, 4=very likely, 5=inevitable

(c) Risk Rating = (a) X (b)

Risk Level Action

1-5      Trivial risk           Acceptable

6-10    Medium risk        Requires monitoring

11-15  Severe risk         Requires immediate further action and control

16-25  Emergency risk  Halt activity and review immediately

Assessment Date:     August, 2020 Assessor’s Name:     
           

 

Who may be affected?

 

Identified Risks Dealing with a suspected case of Covid-19  Risk Rating with controls Action implementation
Controls
Staff

Pupils

Visitors

Contractors

 

 

 

Spread of Covid-19 virus

 

Persons currently deemed most at risk of complications if they catch the coronavirus are:

•  60 years of age and over

•  have long-term medical conditions – i.e. heart disease, lung disease, high blood pressure, diabetes or cancer

•  pregnant women

 

Known effects of the coronavirus:

• A fever (high temperature of 37.5 degrees Celsius or above)

• A cough – this can be any kind of cough, not just a dry cough

• Shortness of breath or breathing difficulties

• Loss of sense of smell

• Loss of sense of taste or distortion of sense of taste

•Death

 The Board of Management will:

ü  Appoint an appropriate person for dealing with suspected cases.

ü  Have a designated isolation area available within the school building. The designated area and the route to the designated area should be easily accessible and as far as is reasonable and practicable, should be accessible by people with disabilities. The possibility of having more than one person displaying signs of Covid-19 needs to be considered so having additional isolation areas available or another contingency plan for dealing with additional cases must be planned. It would be important that the designated area has the ability to isolate the person behind a closed door and away from other workers.

 

If a person displays symptoms of Covid-19 the following procedure is to be implemented:

ü  Isolate the person and have a procedure in place to accompany the individual to the designated isolation area via the isolation route, keeping at least 2 metres away from the symptomatic person and also making sure that others maintain a distance of at least 2 metres from the symptomatic person at all times.

ü  Provide a mask for the person presenting with symptoms if one is available. He/she should wear the mask if in a common area with other people or while exiting the premises.

ü  Assess whether the individual who is displaying symptoms can immediately be directed to go home and call their doctor and continue self-isolation at home.

ü  Facilitate the person presenting with symptoms remaining in isolation if they cannot immediately go home and facilitate them calling their doctor. The individual should avoid touching people, surfaces and objects. Advice should be given to the person presenting with symptoms to cover their mouth and nose with the disposable tissue provided when they cough or sneeze and put the tissue in the waste bag provided.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Requires monitoring

 

Board of Management

Principal

Staff

 

 

 

Risk Level Calculation

(a) Severity of risk/injury        1=trivial, 2=slight, 3=moderate, 4=major, 5=fatality

(b) Likelihood of event           1=rare, 2=unlikely, 3=likely, 4=very likely, 5=inevitable

(c) Risk Rating = (a) X (b)

Risk Level Action

1-5      Trivial risk           Acceptable

6-10    Medium risk      Requires monitoring

11-15  Severe risk         Requires immediate further action and control

16-25  Emergency risk  Halt activity and review immediately

Assessment Date:     August, 2020 Assessor’s Name:     
           

 

 

 

Who may be affected?

 

Identified Risks Dealing with a suspected case of Covid-19 (continued) Risk Rating with controls Action implementation
Controls
Staff

Pupils

Visitors

Contractors

 

 

Spread of Covid-19 virus

 

Persons currently deemed most at risk of complications if they catch the coronavirus are:

•  60 years of age and over

•  have long-term medical conditions – i.e. heart disease, lung disease, high blood pressure, diabetes or cancer

•  pregnant women

 

Known effects of the coronavirus:

• A fever (high temperature of 37.5 degrees Celsius or above)

• A cough – this can be any kind of cough, not just a dry cough

• Shortness of breath or breathing difficulties

• Loss of sense of smell

• Loss of sense of taste or distortion of sense of taste

•Death

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ü  If the person is well enough to go home, arrange for them to be transported home by a family member, as soon as possible and advise them to inform their general practitioner by phone of their symptoms. Public transport of any kind should not be used.

ü  If they are too unwell to go home or advice is required, contact 999 or 112 and inform them that the sick person is a Covid-19 suspect.

ü  Carry out an assessment of the incident which will form part of determining follow-up actions and recovery.

ü  Arrange for appropriate cleaning of the isolation area and work areas involved.

 

 

 

 

 

Requires monitoring

 

Board of Management Principal

Staff

 

 

 

Risk Level Calculation

(a) Severity of risk/injury        1=trivial, 2=slight, 3=moderate, 4=major, 5=fatality

(b) Likelihood of event           1=rare, 2=unlikely, 3=likely, 4=very likely, 5=inevitable

(c) Risk Rating = (a) X (b)

Risk Level Action

1-5      Trivial risk           Acceptable

6-10    Medium risk        Requires monitoring

11-15  Severe risk         Requires immediate further action and control

16-25  Emergency risk  Halt activity and review immediately

Assessment Date:     August, 2020 Assessor’s Name:     
Who may be affected?

 

Identified Risks Covid-19 cleaning Risk Rating with controls Action implementation
Controls
Staff

Pupils

Visitors

 

 

 

Spread of Covid-19 virus

 

Persons currently deemed most at risk of complications if they catch the coronavirus are:

•  60 years of age and over

•  have long-term medical conditions – i.e. heart disease, lung disease, high blood pressure, diabetes or cancer

•  pregnant women

 

Known effects of the coronavirus:

• A fever (high temperature of 37.5 degrees Celsius or above)

• A cough – this can be any kind of cough, not just a dry cough

• Shortness of breath or breathing difficulties

• Loss of sense of smell

• Loss of sense of taste or distortion of sense of taste

•Death

All cleaning will be undertaken in line with DES and public health guidance.

 

ü  It is recommended cleaning an area with normal household disinfectant after a suspected coronavirus (Covid-19) case. This wil reduce the risk  of passing the  infection on to other people

ü  The area should be kept closed and secure for 72 hours (if possible) for cleaning as the amount of virus living on surfaces will have reduced significantly by 72 hours.

ü  For cleaning purposes, wear a face mask, disposable or washing up gloves. These should be double-bagged, then stored securely for 72 hours and then put with the regular rubbish after cleaning is finished.

ü  Using a disposable cloth, first clean hard surfaces with warm soapy water. Then disinfect these surfaces with the cleaning products you normally use. Pay particular attention to frequently touched areas and surfaces, such as toilets and door handles.

ü  If an area has been heavily contaminated, such as with visible bodily fluids, from a person with coronavirus (Covid-19) consider using protection for the eyes, mouth and nose, as well as wearing gloves and apron.

ü  Wash hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds after removing gloves, aprons and other protection used while cleaning.

ü  Public areas where a symptomatic individual has passed through and spent minimal time, such as corridors, but which are not visibly contaminated with body fluids can be cleaned as normal.

ü  All surfaces that the symptomatic person has come into contact with must be cleaned  and disinfected, including objects which are visibly contaminated with body fluids.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Serious

 

Requires monitoring

 

Board of Management

Principal

Cleaning staff

Risk Level Calculation

(a) Severity of risk/injury        1=trivial, 2=slight, 3=moderate, 4=major, 5=fatality

(b) Likelihood of event           1=rare, 2=unlikely, 3=likely, 4=very likely, 5=inevitable

(c) Risk Rating = (a) X (b)

Risk Level Action

1-5      Trivial risk           Acceptable

6-10    Medium risk        Requires monitoring

11-15  Severe risk         Requires immediate further action and control

16-25  Emergency risk  Halt activity and review immediately

Assessment Date:     August, 2020 Assessor’s Name:     
           

 

 

 

Who may be affected?

 

Identified Risks Cleaning a space with a suspected/confirmed case of Covid-19 Risk Rating with controls Action implementation
Controls
Staff

Pupils

Visitors

 

 

 

Spread of Covid-19 virus

 

Persons currently deemed most at risk of complications if they catch the coronavirus are:

•  60 years of age and over

•  have long-term medical conditions – i.e. heart disease, lung disease, high blood pressure, diabetes or cancer

•  pregnant women

 

Known effects of the coronavirus:

• A fever (high temperature of 37.5 degrees Celsius or above)

• A cough – this can be any kind of cough, not just a dry cough

• Shortness of breath or breathing difficulties

• Loss of sense of smell

• Loss of sense of taste or distortion of sense of taste

•Death

 

 

All cleaning will be undertaken in line with DES and public health guidance.

 

Use disposable cloths or paper roll and disposable mob heads to clean all hard surfaces,

floors, chairs, door handles and sanitary fittings, using an approved and recognised detergent

and disinfectant  in line with the manufacturer’s instructions for dilution, aplication and contact

times.

 

 

Disinfectants used should be  effective against viruses.

 

Additionally:

 

Avoid creating splashes and spray when cleaning. 

Any cloths and mop heads used must be disposed of and should be put into waste bags as

outlined below.

 

When items cannot be cleaned using detergents or laundered, steam cleaning should be used.

 

Any items that have been heavily contaminated with bodyfluids and that cannot be cleaned by washing should be disposed of. 

 

If possible, keep an area closed off and secure for 72 hours. After this time the amount of virus

contamination will have decreased substantially, and cleaning can take place as normal. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Serious

 

Requires monitoring

 

Board of Management

Principal

Cleaning staff

Risk Level Calculation

(a) Severity of risk/injury        1=trivial, 2=slight, 3=moderate, 4=major, 5=fatality

(b) Likelihood of event           1=rare, 2=unlikely, 3=likely, 4=very likely, 5=inevitable

(c) Risk Rating = (a) X (b)

Risk Level Action

1-5      Trivial risk           Acceptable

6-10    Medium risk        Requires monitoring

11-15  Severe risk         Requires immediate further action and control

16-25  Emergency risk  Halt activity and review immediately

Assessment Date:    August, 2020 Assessor’s Name:     
           

 

Who may be affected?

 

Identified Risks Cleaning a space with a suspected/confirmed case of Covid-19 (continued) Risk Rating with controls Action implementation
Controls
Staff

Pupils

Visitors

 

 

 

Spread of Covid-19 virus

 

Persons currently deemed most at risk of complications if they catch the coronavirus are:

•  60 years of age and over

•  have long-term medical conditions – i.e. heart disease, lung disease, high blood pressure, diabetes or cancer

•  pregnant women

 

Known effects of the coronavirus:

• A fever (high temperature of 37.5 degrees Celsius or above)

• A cough – this can be any kind of cough, not just a dry cough

• Shortness of breath or breathing difficulties

• Loss of sense of smell

• Loss of sense of taste or distortion of sense of taste

•Death

 

 

 

Laundry

 

ü  Wash items in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Use the warmest

             water setting and dry items completely. Dirty laundry that has been in contact with

                an unwell person can be washed with other people’s items. Do not shake dirty

                laundry as this minimises the possibility of dispersing the virus through the air.

ü  Clean and disinfect anything used for transporting laundry with your usual products,

                in line with the cleaning guidance outlined above.

 

Waste Management

 

ü  Waste should be put in a plastic rubbish bag and tied when full

ü  The plastic bag should then be placed in a second bin bag and tied

ü  It should be put in a suitable and secure place and marked for storage until the

               individual’s test results are known

ü  All waste should be stored safely and kept away from children. You should not put 

               waste in communal waste areas until negative test results are known or the waste

               has been stored for at least 72 hours

ü  If the individual tests negative, the waste can be put in with the normal waste. If the

                individual tests positive, then store it for at least 72 hours and put in with the normal

                waste

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Serious

 

Requires monitoring

 

Board of Management

Principal

Cleaning staff

Risk Level Calculation

(a) Severity of risk/injury        1=trivial, 2=slight, 3=moderate, 4=major, 5=fatality

(b) Likelihood of event           1=rare, 2=unlikely, 3=likely, 4=very likely, 5=inevitable

(c) Risk Rating = (a) X (b)

Risk Level Action

1-5      Trivial risk           Acceptable

6-10    Medium risk        Requires monitoring

11-15  Severe risk         Requires immediate further action and control

16-25  Emergency risk  Halt activity and review immediately

Assessment Date:     August, 2020 Assessor’s Name:     
           

 

 

Who may be affected?

 

Identified Risks Travel to and from work Risk Rating with controls Action implementation
Controls
Staff

 

 

 

Spread of Covid-19 virus

 

Persons currently deemed most at risk of complications if they catch the coronavirus are:

•  60 years of age and over

•  have long-term medical conditions – i.e. heart disease, lung disease, high blood pressure, diabetes or cancer

•  pregnant women

 

Known effects of the coronavirus:

• A fever (high temperature of 37.5 degrees Celsius or above)

• A cough – this can be any kind of cough, not just a dry cough

• Shortness of breath or breathing difficulties

• Loss of sense of smell

• Loss of sense of taste or distortion of sense of taste

•Death

 Where a staff member exhibits any signs of Covid-19 or has been exposed to a confirmed case they should not travel to work.

 

Wherever possible, staff should travel to work alone using their own means of transport – staff should not share transport to or from work.

 

If availing of public transport, sit down to minimise contact with frequently touched surfaces, 

handles,roofstraps,isolation bars, etc. 

Wear a face mask and carry hand santiser (at least 60% alcohol) and use it regularly throughout your journey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Requires monitoring

 

 

 

All staff

 

 

Risk Level Calculation

(a) Severity of risk/injury        1=trivial, 2=slight, 3=moderate, 4=major, 5=fatality

(b) Likelihood of event           1=rare, 2=unlikely, 3=likely, 4=very likely, 5=inevitable

(c) Risk Rating = (a) X (b)

Risk Level Action

1-5      Trivial risk           Acceptable

6-10    Medium risk        Requires monitoring

11-15  Severe risk         Requires immediate further action and control

16-25  Emergency risk  Halt activity and review immediately

Assessment Date:     August, 2020 Assessor’s Name:     
Who may be affected?

 

Identified Risks Dropping off and picking up of pupils   Risk Rating with controls Action implementation
Controls
Staff

Pupils

Parents/guardians

Bus and taxi drivers

Wider Community

 

 

Spread of Covid-19 virus

 

Persons currently deemed most at risk of complications if they catch the coronavirus are:

•  60 years of age and over

•  have long-term medical conditions – i.e. heart disease, lung disease, high blood pressure, diabetes or cancer

•  pregnant women

 

Known effects of the coronavirus:

• A fever (high temperature of 37.5 degrees Celsius or above)

• A cough – this can be any kind of cough, not just a dry cough

• Shortness of breath or breathing difficulties

• Loss of sense of smell

• Loss of sense of taste or distortion of sense of taste

•Death

Arrangements for dropping off and picking up pupils from the school facility will be organised to maintain, as far as is reasonably practicable, a safe social distance between drivers/parents/guardians and all school staff. 

 

Where pupils travel by public transport the Board of Management will provide a designated drop off/awaiting area (where possible) that supports social distancing measures.

 

It expected that there will be pre-agreed staggered arrival times for school buses.

 

Parents/guardians will be encouraged to wait in the car outside of the school

 

Where SEN pupils are dropped off and picked up by a private bus/taxi, the accompanying adult should remain in the car/bus with the pupil.  A designated staff member will come to the car/bus to receive the pupil and will avoid or limit physical contact with the accompanying adult. Subject to available space there is no strict requirement for taxis/buses to arrive one at a time provided that those accompanying the pupil remain in the taxi/bus and do not interact with those accompanying other pupils. A similar process should be followed for pick up. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Requires monitoring

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Board of Management

Principal

Staff

Bus and taxi drivers

 

 

 

Risk Level Calculation

(a) Severity of risk/injury        1=trivial, 2=slight, 3=moderate, 4=major, 5=fatality

(b) Likelihood of event           1=rare, 2=unlikely, 3=likely, 4=very likely, 5=inevitable

(c) Risk Rating = (a) X (b)

Risk Level Action

1-5      Trivial risk           Acceptable

6-10    Medium risk        Requires monitoring

11-15  Severe risk         Requires immediate further action and control

16-25  Emergency risk  Halt activity and review immediately

Assessment Date:    August, 2020 Assessor’s Name:     
           

 

Who may be affected?

 

Identified Risks Visitors to school   Risk Rating with controls Action implementation
Controls
Staff

Pupils  

Wider Community

 

 

 

Spread of Covid-19 virus

 

Persons currently deemed most at risk of complications if they catch the coronavirus are:

•  60 years of age and over

•  have long-term medical conditions – i.e. heart disease, lung disease, high blood pressure, diabetes or cancer

•  pregnant women

 

Known effects of the coronavirus:

• A fever (high temperature of 37.5 degrees Celsius or above)

• A cough – this can be any kind of cough, not just a dry cough

• Shortness of breath or breathing difficulties

• Loss of sense of smell

• Loss of sense of taste or distortion of sense of taste

•Death

 

 The Board of Management will ensure the safety and wellbeing of all visitors to the school premises.

 

Visits to the school will be severely restricted and visitors will be asked to:

 

ü  Make a prior appointment before visiting the school

ü  Remain at home if they have any Covid-19 symptoms

ü  Follow the agreed Covid-19 protocols for the school  

ü  Sanitise before entering the premises

ü  Attendance to be recorded on entry to building

ü  Wear PPE if instructed

ü  Adhere to social distancing requirements

ü  Not to loiter – complete their business and leave premises

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Requires monitoring

Board of Management

Principal

 

 

 

Risk Level Calculation

(a) Severity of risk/injury        1=trivial, 2=slight, 3=moderate, 4=major, 5=fatality

(b) Likelihood of event           1=rare, 2=unlikely, 3=likely, 4=very likely, 5=inevitable

(c) Risk Rating = (a) X (b)

Risk Level Action

1-5      Trivial risk           Acceptable

6-10    Medium risk        Requires monitoring

11-15  Severe risk         Requires immediate further action and control

16-25  Emergency risk  Halt activity and review immediately

Assessment Date:    August, 2020 Assessor’s Name:     
           

 

 

Who may be affected?

 

Identified Risks Management of deliveries and supplies to school Risk Rating with controls Action implementation
Controls
Staff

Pupils  

Drivers

Wider Community

 

Spread of Covid-19 virus

 

Persons currently deemed most at risk of complications if they catch the coronavirus are:

•  60 years of age and over

•  have long-term medical conditions – i.e. heart disease, lung disease, high blood pressure, diabetes or cancer

•  pregnant women

 

Known effects of the coronavirus:

• A fever (high temperature of 37.5 degrees Celsius or above)

• A cough – this can be any kind of cough, not just a dry cough

• Shortness of breath or breathing difficulties

• Loss of sense of smell

• Loss of sense of taste or distortion of sense of taste

•Death

 

 

 

·       Ensure that all delivery transactions comply with physical distancing requirements

·       Agree a delivery protocol with suppliers

·       All deliveries to be planned with allocated times for collections and deliveries

·       Arrangements to be made for paperless deliveries

·       System to be agreed with suppliers to ensure reconciliations are accurate

·       Appropriate sanitising arrangements at set down areas (for materials).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Requires monitoring

Board of Management

Principal

Staff

Delivery personnel

 

 

 

Risk Level Calculation

(a) Severity of risk/injury        1=trivial, 2=slight, 3=moderate, 4=major, 5=fatality

(b) Likelihood of event           1=rare, 2=unlikely, 3=likely, 4=very likely, 5=inevitable

(c) Risk Rating = (a) X (b)

Risk Level Action

1-5      Trivial risk           Acceptable

6-10    Medium risk        Requires monitoring

11-15  Severe risk         Requires immediate further action and control

16-25  Emergency risk  Halt activity and review immediately

Assessment Date:    August, 2020 Assessor’s Name:     
           

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                           

Re-opening School Logistics Plan

 September 2020

Logistics Plan Parents

Underlying Principles 

The school has a responsibility to make every effort to ensure the safety, health and wellbeing of all members of our school community – children, parents and staff. This plan has been formulated to ensure that the school can exercise that duty of care, however this is a live document and is subject to change. The school community will be notified of adjustments as they occur in line with public health advice and guidelines issued by the Department of Education and Skills.

It is preferable for all children to return to school for all five days of the school week and for a full school day. This plan has been formulated to achieve that aim. 

It is not possible to eliminate the risk of infection. However, with the co-operation of all members of our school community, it is possible to minimise the risk of the virus being introduced to school and the consequent risk of its spread.  As well as co-operation, the flexibility and goodwill of all will be required to ensure the following plan can be implemented.

 

Assumptions 

  • All children return to school on Tuesday 1st September 2020 and classes operate within a “Bubble system”
  • Children will be split into 2 groups, each with a different starting time and finishing time
  • Groups will consist of children whose surnames are A-K (Group A) and children whose surnames are L-Z (Group B)
  • The day will include 2 x 20 minute breaks
  • Within each class from 3rd to 6th, the children will be further divided into “Pods”, with a minimum distance of 1 metre being maintained between “Pods” where possible
  • Hand sanitisers will be available at all entry points and in all class and support rooms
  • It will not be possible for parents/guardians to come onto school grounds before, after or during school time, without arranging an appointment in advance

 

  1. Arrival at School –00 am at the earliest

To minimise the risks and to help us to maintain social distancing, the arrival time for children will be staggered:

  • Family members in Group A (surnames A-K) will arrive between 9.00 am and 9.20 am
  • Family members in Group B (surnames L-Z) will arrive between 9.20 am and 9.40 am
  • Children should be dropped outside the school gates between these times. We ask parents to ‘drop and go’ and not to congregate at the school gates
  • Staff members will be at the entrance gates to meet all children as they arrive at their assigned times from 9.00 am
  • Children travelling on the school bus (1st – 6th Class) will be met by staff on arrival and directed to their classrooms
  • All children will walk directly to their classrooms following a specific route, which will be indicated by coloured footprints on the ground. Staff will supervise children entering the school, reminding them to physically distance as they walk in & providing direction on where to go. Children will remain in their classroom where they will socialise with their classmates, while being supervised
  • Children may not come onto the school grounds before the school doors open at 9.00 am as social distancing cannot be monitored and children will not be supervised
  • Junior Infants will have a staggered start time of 10.00 am for the first two weeks to ensure that they settle in well. From 14th September, they will revert to their family’s start time in either Group A or B and finish at 1.45 pm
  • While understandably children will be delighted to see each other again, hand shaking and hugging will not be allowed
  • Children will hand sanitise on entering the building/classroom

 

     Junior Infants

    An Induction Day for Junior Infants will take place on Monday, 31st August, when the children          

    will pay a short visit to the school to meet their teacher Ms Murphy and supporting staff, Ms  

    O’Leary and Louise. Details have been sent directly to families about this visit.

 

    At 10am on Tuesday, 1st September, the Junior Infants will also be greeted at the

    entrance gates by staff and taken to their classroom to meet new friends, play with classmates

    and eat their very important lunch.

 

 

 

Junior Infants Enter at gate 1, continue following the  yellow footprints  ; enter at side door marked Junior Infants
Senior Infants Enter at gate 1, follow  yellow footprints ; enter classroom through main door of new building
1st Class Enter at gate 2, follow blue footprints ; enter classroom at door marked 1st
2nd Class Enter at gate 2, follow blue footprints; enter classroom at door marked 2nd
3rd Class Enter at gate 3, follow pink footprints; enter classroom at Office door
4th Class Enter at gate 1, follow  yellow footprints; enter classroom through back door
5th Class Enter at gate 2, follow blue footprints; enter classroom at door marked 5th
6th Class Enter at gate 3, follow pink footprints; enter classroom at door marked 6th
Ms Deasy’s class Enter at gate 3, follow pink footprints; enter classroom at door marked Ms Deasy
Ms McKee’s class Enter at gate 3, follow pink footprints; enter classroom at door marked Ms McKee

 

  1. Break Times

The DES guidelines state that the risk of transmission from contact with outside surfaces or play areas is low. Each class will be allocated an area to play in. Guidelines recommend that classes are not to mix so therefore classes will not be allowed to leave their designated area. They will be able to have fun with their own classes but will not be meeting other classes when going to or returning from yard.

Yard will be supervised in the usual way. Teachers will walk children to and from their designated area.

The day will include 2 X 20 minute breaks.

Designated yards/areas may be rotated once children settle into their new routine but not initially. This may change as the situation evolves. 

Finishing Time

Parents are reminded to social distance at the gate and to be aware of the traffic on the road at all times.

Infants:

Staff will walk the children to the school gate. Parents are asked to “pick up and go” as quickly as possible.

Junior Infants – 12.30 pm (up to 14th September) & 1.45 pm thereafter

Senior Infants – 2.00 pm

 

1st to 6th

Children in Group A – 2.45 pm – 3.00 pm – staff will bring children from this group to the school gate. Parents/guardians are asked to “pick up and go” as soon as possible.

Children in Group B – 3.00 pm – 3.15 pm – staff will bring children from this group to the school gate. Parents/guardians are asked to “pick up and go” as soon as possible.

Supervision will be provided until 3.15 pm.

 

School Buses

Arrangements will be made directly with the bus drivers about drop off and collection times.

 

This system will apply rain, hail or shine so please make sure that your child comes to school prepared for the weather!!

 

  1. Collection of Children during the School Day

If an adult has to collect a child during the course of the school day, please contact the office in advance to make an appointment. The following arrangements will apply:

  • When the adult arrives at the school, he/she should phone to alert the office that they have arrived
  • The child will be brought/sent to the office area by a member of staff
  • The adult who is collecting will be asked to sign the child out at the office hatch
  • Adults cannot enter the school building without prior approval

 

  1. Uniforms/ Tracksuits

The following practice will be implemented in relation to uniforms and tracksuits which will give parents an opportunity to wash uniforms daily if they so wish:

Uniform: Monday, Wednesday & Friday

Tracksuit: Tuesday & Thursday

Children will hang their coats on an individual hook inside /outside their classroom door as appropriate. Waterproof clothing – jackets and footwear – is highly recommended.

As a school we strongly advise that children should wear their school uniforms or tracksuits only for school related activities.  Uniforms or tracksuits should be removed immediately when children arrive home from school. They should not be worn during after-school activities, in shops, while visiting or on social occasions etc.

 

  1. Changes to Classroom, School Layout and School Routines

The DES guidelines recognise that a common-sense approach is needed in our Primary Schools. To that end, every effort will be made to limit interaction within classrooms, to limit contact between class groups and to limit the sharing of common facilities.

 

Bubbles: The children and their teachers will work in Class Bubbles. A Class Bubble is a grouping which stays apart from other classes as much as possible. The aim of the system within the school is that class groupings mix only with their own class from arrival at school in the morning until the children go home at the end of the school day.

Pods: Children from 3rd to 6th Class will be arranged in Pods within their Class Bubbles, with a maximum of 6 children per Pod. As far as possible, each Pod will be at least 1 metre distance from the next Pod. All unnecessary furniture has been removed from classrooms to create as much space as possible.

While there is no requirement from the DES to maintain physical distance in the younger classes, children from Junior Infants to 2nd Class will also be seated in Pods within their Class Bubble. There will be no more than 6 children in a Pod. As far as possible, each Pod will be at least 1 metre distance from the next Pod.

Windows/Doors: Where practical, all internal doors will be left open to minimise hand contact with common surfaces. Windows will be kept open as much as possible while children are in the classrooms and will always be opened while taking breaks in the playground.

Toilets: Junior and Senior Infants will use the toilets adjacent to their classrooms.

1st to 6th classes will use the designated toilet areas in /closest to their particular classroom.

Lunches: These will be eaten at the child’s own desk as per usual practice.  Parents are asked to remind children not to share their food or drinks with other children. All waste will be brought home in the child’s lunch box to minimise movement around the classroom.

Corridors/Hall area: Briefly passing someone in a hallway is very unlikely to contribute significantly to the spread of infection if people do not have physical contact and avoid informal group discussions. An awareness of social distancing will be encouraged when meeting others in these areas.

Photocopying: This will only be done by the secretary.  Items to be photocopied should be placed in a tray in the office each morning before school begins.  A protective screen has been fitted in the secretary’s office.  The area behind this protective screen will be reserved for secretarial staff only.

 

  1. Team Teaching / Special Education Teachers / Special Needs Assistants/ Special Classes

Special Education Teachers (SETs) and SNAs will be assigned to a particular “Bubble” for the first 2 weeks of school.  They will work with the class teacher and children with special educational needs in-class within the confines of this “Bubble”.  This will be continuously reviewed and adapted as necessary.

Where possible SETs will provide a blended approach of in-class support and withdrawal in the subsequent weeks.  When children are withdrawn in small groups for intervention, class “Bubbles” will be maintained. The provision of support will be organised to ensure our support teachers will work as far as possible, within the confines of a “Bubble”.  SETs, SNAs and class teachers when working alongside each other in a classroom, will be mindful of maintaining social distance.

In SEN rooms the tables and chairs will be wiped clean after each group of children have attended. Support teachers will collect children from their respective classroom when attending the SEN room.   

Substitutes: Teachers and SNAs

A copy of the Covid-19 Response Plan will be provided to each substitute teacher/SNA. Substitutes will be required to complete a Return to the Workplace form before they enter a classroom and will be asked to confirm that they have engaged in the online Induction training.

Special Classes

Special classes also constitute a “Class Bubble.” Students in Ms McKee’s and Ms Deasy’s classes will remain in their class bubble as a measure to protect their health and safety and to maximise the amount of individual teaching time they will receive. During lunch time in the yard, Ms McKee’s and Ms Deasy’s classes will mix with and play with their mainstream classes. When outdoor activities are taking place e.g. P.E./ The Daily Mile, these class groups will also participate with their mainstream classes. This system will be reviewed at the end of September, with health and safety seen as the most important consideration.

 

  1. Teaching & Learning

As a staff, we are very aware that the children have been away from school since March 12th. We appreciate the time and effort that went into Home Learning, and we recognise the challenges that Home Learning presented for all families.

Each child will be in a different place in relation to his/her learning and we wish to assure you that staff will take this into consideration when planning for Teaching and Learning during the 2020/2021 school year.

The Department of Education and Skills has published Curriculum guidelines for us. We ask you to trust our experience and professional expertise as we work with all the children during the return to school.

 

  1. Physical Education (P.E.)

PE lessons will only take place outdoors and use of equipment will be confined to class groupings. When shared equipment is used, it will be cleaned between classes.

Staff members and children may take additional breaks outside during the school day. All classes are encouraged to participate in ‘The Daily Mile’.

 

  1. Homework

Homework will be kept to a minimum for the first fortnight on our return to school. Homework will be assigned on Mondays for the week ahead. We would ask that children do their homework at a sanitised area at home. Two homework copies are required and rotated weekly. These will remain at home for the week and will be collected on Fridays, corrected by teachers and assessment of the learning will take place. Each class teacher will give further details on this.

 

  1. Personal Belongings

We ask that all children have a one pencil case for school use and one for home. The school pencil case will remain in school at all times.

 Children are not to share their belongings in school.  Please label all items (including coats/jackets) with your child’s name for ease of identification.

Lunch boxes and drinks are the only items the children are to bring to and from school daily.

 

  1. Communication

Communication between parents and teachers will be conducted by phone or email as far as possible.  It is unlikely that teachers will be available to speak to parents during the school day but will make contact with parents at the earliest opportunity available to them.

Communication between staff will be done via internal phone/ intercom system throughout the day when necessary. Teachers’ school email addresses will be circulated on our return to school and will be used for academic issues pertaining to that class only.  Additional school information may be obtained through the office and info@gogginshillschool.com

 

  1. Children who should not attend school

If your child is in one of the following categories, they should not attend school:

  • Children who are generally unwell
  • Children who have been diagnosed with Covid-19
  • Children who have been in close contact with a person who has been diagnosed with Covid-19
  • Children who have a suspected case of Covid-19 and the outcome of the test is pending
  • Children who have been in contact with a person who has a suspected case of Covid-19 and the outcome of the test is pending
  • Children with underlying health conditions who have been directed by a medical professional not to attend school
  • Children who have returned home after travelling abroad and must self-isolate for a period of 14 days

 

These conditions apply to staff also.

 

 

  1. Supporting the Learning of Children who Cannot Attend School

If a child is not able to attend school for an extended period of time, the class teacher (and/or the Special Education Teacher, where relevant) will provide work to support the child’s learning at home and this will be shared with parents/guardians.  This does not apply to the regular brief absences from school where children experience minor childhood illnesses. Parents are asked to contact the school as soon as possible in the new school year if this situation applies to their child so intervention can be put in place.

 

  1. Hygiene & Cleaning

In accordance with the DES guidelines, the school will be thoroughly cleaned at least once per day. The Board of Management at Goggins Hill believe the cleanliness of our school to be extremely important and have always operated to the very best standards in this regard. The BOM has put an extensive cleaning regime in place, has increased cleaning hours substantially and has also arranged for cleaning to be carried out during the school day. This cleaning routine will focus particularly on frequently touched surfaces – door handles, handrails, chairs, desks, sinks and toilet facilities.

 

Hand sanitising dispensers have been installed in every classroom, SET rooms, office,

staffroom and at all main school entry/exit points.

 

Paper towels and hand soap are in place at all sinks and open non-touch bins are in each classroom. Bins are also in place in the bathrooms for safe disposal of paper towels.

Any shared equipment such as iPads etc. will be wiped down after each use.

Toys in the Infant rooms will be sanitised on a regular basis as per DES guidelines.

Children and staff will perform hand hygiene regularly throughout the day: 

  • On arrival at school
  • Before eating or drinking
  • After using the toilet
  • After playing outdoors
  • When their hands are physically dirty
  • When they cough or sneeze

 

    All staff will have a cleaning supply pack for use during the day and will be requested to clean  

    their own work area before and after use each day. This will include wipes, gloves, face masks,

    apron, paper towels and detergent.

 

Waste will be collected regularly throughout the day from offices, classrooms and other areas

within the school.

We would ask all parents/guardians to please work with children on proper handwashing technique and cough etiquette before they return to school. Staff will also provide guidance and assistance where required. By working on these areas together, we can help the children to look after themselves and others. The following link will help remind children on how to wash hands with soap and water.

https://www2.hse.ie/wellbeing/how-to-wash-your-hands.html

 

  1. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Staff members will be provide with visors and are requested to use these when they are unable to socially distance from another adult/child.

PPE will be worn where a suspected case of COVID-19 is identified while the school is in operation.

Appropriate PPE will be available for dealing with suspected COVID-19 cases and for first aid. Where staff provide healthcare to children with medical/care needs in the school environment, they will wear PPE.

Children under the age of 13 do not need to wear face coverings under current guidelines.

Current guidelines indicate that children do not need to wear disposable gloves. Staff members do not need to wear disposable gloves unless they are administering First Aid. There will be an emphasis on hand hygiene rather than on the wearing of disposable gloves. Hand sanitiser is provided in school therefore children will not need to bring in any sanitising gel themselves.

 

  1. Staff Training

All staff will undertake and complete Covid-19 Induction Training prior to returning to the school building. The aim of such training is to ensure that staff members have full knowledge and understanding of the following: 

  • latest up to-date advice and guidance on public health Covid-19 symptoms
  • actions necessary if a staff member or child develops symptoms of Covid-19 while at school
  • control measures in place in the school and their duties and responsibilities in preventing the spread of Covid-19

 

 

  1. Illness and Dealing with a Suspected Case of Covid 19

We love to see all our children at school every day. However, under the current circumstances, parents/guardians must keep children at home if they display any Covid-19 Symptoms. https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/symptoms.html

Similarly, staff must not attend school if they display any symptoms.

The designated isolation area has been identified as the library room off the Hall. It contains PPE, a non-contact thermometer, sanitiser, wipes, aprons, disposable masks and tissues.

If a child member displays symptoms of COVID-19 while at school, the following procedure will be implemented:

  • The child will be accompanied to the isolation area. A distance of 2 meters will be maintained. If this is not possible, the person accompanying the child must wear a face covering
  • If a child has a suspected case, parents/guardians will be contacted immediately by telephone. Please ensure that your phone details are up to date. Please supply us with an alternative emergency contact number in the event that we cannot contact either parent/guardian. Please ensure that someone is available to collect your child if needed
  • Staff members who are symptomatic should immediately inform the Principal/Deputy Principal and go to the isolation area
  • A face covering will be provided to the staff member/child who is symptomatic
  • The staff member or child who is symptomatic should avoid touching people, surfaces and objects
  • If the staff member/child is well enough to go home, arrangements will be made for them to be transported home by a family member, as soon as possible
  • Anyone who is symptomatic is advised to inform their general practitioner by phone of their symptoms. Public transport of any kind should not be used to travel home
  • If the staff member/child is too unwell to go home or advice is required, the school will contact 999 or 112 and inform them that the sick person has symptoms of Covid-19
  • The isolation area and work areas will be thoroughly cleaned in line with official guidelines
  • The HSE will inform any staff/parents who have come into close contact with a diagnosed case via the contact tracing process. The HSE will contact all relevant persons where a diagnosis of COVID-19 is made. The instructions of the HSE should be followed and staff and pupil confidentiality is essential at all times
  • HSE Public Health will advise on the appropriate action to be taken, on a case-by-case basis vis-à-vis the operation of the school

It is important to remember than any of us can get sick or unwell and if we do, we need understanding and support from those around us. It is essential that anyone who feels unwell makes that known to a staff member as soon as possible.

 

  1. Staffroom

All staff members should maintain a physical distance of 2 metres when they are not engaged in teaching e.g. when they are using the staffroom and arriving to work. If 2m cannot be maintained in staff groups, face coverings should be worn.

Staff meetings will be held in large spaces, small groups or remotely to facilitate physical distancing depending on the circumstances at the time.

Staff members should bring their own cups, bottles, cutlery, etc. to school and avoid sharing utensils in the staffroom as far as possible. A covered travel mug must be used at all times.

 

  1. Teacher Absence and Substitution

In the event that the teacher is unable to attend school, every effort will be made to secure a substitute teacher for the class. If a number of teachers are absent, difficulties may arise since it is not appropriate for the class to be divided into groups and accommodated in other classes. In such circumstances, it may not be possible for the class to attend on that day. If that is the case, as much notice as possible will be given to parents.

COVID-19 related absences will be managed in line with agreed procedures with the Department of Education.

 

  1. Wellbeing of the School Community

In Goggins Hill NS the priorities for the coming months will be to support the wellbeing of our children and that of our school community. Every effort will be made to create a feeling of safety and calmness in our school environment.  As a community the need to support each other is vital as we re-open our school. Patience and understanding will benefit us all as we establish a new school routine for children, staff and parents.