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Return to School Term 2

Return to School Term 2
06-January-22

Dear Parent / Guardian

WE hope you had an enjoyable Christmas break and would like to wish you and all of your family a Happy New Year.

As we open up again for Term 2, COVID-19 continues to present us with challenges but as always we will continue to work with you to ensure students feel safe and happy in school.

Some Key messages received from the Department of Education today include:

Infection prevention and Control Measures:

  • Before attending school:

Symptoms – Please do not to attend school if students have any symptoms of Covid-19 infection.

Symptom profiles are available here [symptoms] and we advise parents to take a precautionary approach, particularly for children less able to articulate their symptoms, that if a child appears unwell, observe them at home and contact their GP as appropriate.

Close contacts – If students have been told by the HSE services that you are a close contact of a case of Covid-19, you need to adhere to the advice on the HSE website in relation to restricted movements and testing. Children under 13 years who are household close contacts must restrict their movements for 14 days and they are offered PCR testing at day 0 and day 10. On receipt of a day 10 not-detected PCR test result, they may exit restricted movements. It is important that anyone who has been identified as a close contact, is very aware of COVID-19 symptoms, and isolate and undergo testing should they develop any symptoms.

The Graphic below from the HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre is a useful guide

COVID graphic.png

  • Re-enforcing general public health messages

In addition to ensuring that students do not attend school if they have any symptoms of Covid-19 infection, we wish to remind everyone of the importance of abiding by the national public health measures currently in place at all times

e.g. vaccination (including boosters),

social distancing,

use of face masks,

hand hygiene, ventilation and minimising social contacts.

Parent Teacher Meeting for 3rd year reminder

Please follow the link on the message sent via VSWARE mail to register and select teachers for the upcoming 3rd year parent teacher meeting.

Finally, many thanks for your continued support and cooperation over recent months and we hope that the New Year brings us all some relief from this ongoing pandemic.

Mr Mongey, Ms Ryan, Ms Kilroy and Mr Cooke

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