St Patricks NS Covid 19 Response Plan
UPDATE as of 23/02/2021
Recently the Department of Education and Skills published a number of documents outlining required actions to facilitate the safe re-opening of St Patricks NS, in light of the Covid-19 Pandemic. All of the provisions in these documents are being implemented in our school.
- Download Government Guidelines here: COVID 19 Guidelines
The below documents outline a detailed plan of our safe return to school on Tuesday 1st September, please take a moment to familarise yourself with this information.
Explainer: What happens if Covid-19 gets into the classroom?
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Preparing your child for school
We strongly encourage you to teach your child good handwashing technique. Please see video here
We ask that you teach your child good coughing/sneezing etiquette. Please see video here
We will ensure St Patrick's NS continues to be a warm, welcoming, friendly and supportive learning environment for our pupils.
A few things to Remember
1. Lunch Boxes/water bottles
A disposal biodegradable bag is preferable . However, a hard wipeable
plastic box that can go in to the dish washer is also perfectly acceptable.
An individual water bottle with lid that can be washed in a dishwasher,
is also preferable. These items must be clearly labeled.
2. Siblings of 6th Class
As you know 6th Class are allowed to enter their class from 8:20am. To assist parents, their siblings are also allowed go to their various classrooms at this time as teachers will be stationed in their rooms.
3. Collection of siblings
If collecting more than one child, siblings go to the gate from where the youngest sibling is being collected.
4. School books
Teachers of each class will be emailing you all this week to detail on what books and copies they want brought in and those to keep at home. They will also advise on how homework will be managed.
5. Hand Sanitiser
While there is a hand sanitiser placed at the entrance door in each classroom, we would also ask, for further protection, that each child has a clip on hand sanitiser (see picture below) and a microfibre cloth (to use to dry their hands - as we are a Green School we are trying to minimise the use of paper towels).
6. Label Everything
Please clearly LABEL everything - we cannot operate a Lost Property this year for parents to go through.
7. Remember to bring everything you need
This year above all years, it is important that your child comes to school with all that they need i.e. lunch, coat etc, as unfortunately parents will not be allowed on school premises.
8. School meeting protocol
Please email the office on the morning of any appointments you may have for your child. Please ring Dee when outside and she will then accompany your child to the gate. Unfortunately, once your child leaves the premises, they will not be able to return until the following day.
9. Contactless Payments
All school payments to be made contactless through our online system on Easypayments. Link available on the home page of our website. All money collections (Arts & Crafts & Sundries) are now open. As always, we thank you for your support. Please note that Voluntary Contributions are now listed as €250 for 1 child and €295 for a family of 2 or more. There are options to pay in full, installments or pay in part.
10. Be well, keep well!
While all children are more than welcome back to school, we would remind parents that, where children are displaying colds, coughs or flu like symptoms, they should not be sent to school. Children who display such symptoms in school will be isolated and parents asked to collect them from the school.
Children who have traveled from countries not on the Green List should not attend school during the 14-day self-isolation period.
12 Warm Dress Code
Please dress the children warmly, taking into account the weather forecast, as while the heating will be on, we need to ventilate the classes appropriately in line with guidelines.
HSE Isolation Guidelines
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It is an anxious time for us all but we do think there will be great benefits in your child
returning to school and adapting to our new norm. We have put a lot of work into planning
and preparing for a safe return strictly following guidelines from the Department of Education
and Skills and the HSE.
However, if your child is deemed 'high risk' or is overly-anxious and will not be returning to school, please inform us immediately as it is important that the Class Teacher knows for preparing the classroom set up/Pods. Please email the Office at