Return to school plan

This plan is subject to change and review at any time in line with local and national changes which may occur.

Covid – 19 Plan 2020 Reviewed

1. Children: Morning Reception

School Gates open @ 9.10 am. Children must not arrive before this time and must not congregate outside the gate. Please wait in cars or arrive when gates are open. Only students will be allowed access past the gates. Parents are welcome to make an appointment to see any member of staff.

Red Route: (Signage in place) Entry through pedestrian gate.

Room 6: Junior Infants: Ms Niamh Brennan

  • Line up in the yard. (Designated area)
  • Teacher collects and walks to classroom @ 9.20

Room 5: Senior Infants and 1st Class: Ms Stephanie O’Connell

  • Line up in the yard. (Designated area)
  • Teacher collects and walks to classroom @ 9.20

Computer Rm: 1st and 2nd Class: Ms Rachel Doyle

  • Line up in the yard. (Designated area)
  • Teacher collects and walks to classroom @ 9.20
  • In this pod, the teachers will stagger entry to the school Children to sanitise hands before entry to classrooms.
  • Teachers and SNAs in this pod will wear lanyards with red markings.

Blue Route: (Signage in place)

Entry through main gate.

Room 4: Ms Laura Howard

  • Line up at own door @ 9.10

Room 3: 3rd and 4th Class: Ms Niamh Kelly

  • Line up at own door.
  • Distance marking on ground.
  • Teacher walks to class @ 9.20. Entry through own door.

Room 2: 4th and 5th Class: Ms Wybrant

  • Line up at own door.
  • Distance marking on ground.
  • Teacher walks to class @ 9.20. Entry through own door.

Room 1: 5th and 6th Class: Mr Murphy

  • Line up outside main back door to astroturf.
  • Distance marking on ground.
  • Teacher walks to class @ 9.20. Entry through back door.
  1. In this pod the teachers will stagger entry to the school.
  2. Children to sanitise hands before entry to classrooms.
  3. Teachers and SNAs in this pod will wear lanyards with blue markings.

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2. Breaks

Staggered breaks for both pods.

Red pod:

  • 10.45 – 11.00 – Break
  • 12.30 – 12.55 – Lunch

Room 6 (Junior Infants): Front of school

Room 5 (Senior Infants and 1st class): Middle yard

Computer Room (1st and 2nd class): Back field

Blue pod:

  • 11.05 – 11.20 – Break
  • 1.05 – 1.30 – Lunch

Room 4 (Ms Howard’s class): Middle yard

Room 3 (3rd and 4th class): Middle yard

Room 2 (4th and 5th class): Back field (A)

Room 1 (5th and 6th class): Back field (B)

  • Astro rotation – only within classes. No mixing of classes on astro.
  • Access to yard via designated doors.

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3. Afternoon Collection:

  • Where possible parents to wait in cars when collecting children.
  • Where this is not possible, please keep a 2m distance from others and wear a face covering.

Red Pod:

All classes to exit though main front door.

Room 6 (Junior Infants – Ms Brennan): Exit school via pedestrian gate @ 1.55pm

Room 5 (Senior Infants – Ms O’Connell): Exit school via pedestrian gate @ 2.05

Room 5 (1st class – Ms O’Connell) and Computer Room (1st and 2nd Class – Ms Rachel Doyle): Exit school via pedestrian gate @ 2.55

Blue Pod:

All classes to exit through own doors.

Room 4 (Ms Howard’s class): Exit through own door via pedestrian gate. (Staff to supervise)

Room 3 (3rd and 4th class – Ms Kelly) : Exit through own door via main gate @ 2.55 (Staff to supervise)

Room 2 (4th and 5th class): Exit through own door via main gate @ 3.00 (Staff to supervise)

Room 1 (5th and 6th class – Mr Murphy): Exit through own door via main gate @ 3.00 (Staff to supervise)


4. Movement throughout the building during the school day:

  • Children may only use areas designated for their pods. Signage will be erected between the blue and red pods to ensure compliance. Mainstream staff and SNAs to comply wherepossible.
  • SEN team: Timetables arranged to ensure minimum contact between the groups. Desks etc disinfected between groups. Rooms ventilated.
  • Members of staff who must access all areas will wear green lanyards and face coverings when out and about.

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5. Access to office:

  • No children will be allowed access to the office.
  • All contact with Sandra to be through the protective hatch at a distance of 2 metres.

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6. Visitor access:

  • Visitors by appointment only.
  • Contact tracing forms to be filled in.
  • Sanitising to be carried out.
  • Masks must be worn.
  • Parents and other visitors are encouraged to email the school or phone with questions and queries.
  • Visitors to wait in school porch until called.

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7. Role of parents:

Parents can play their part by:

  • Agreeing to comply with social distancing and mask wearing when dropping and collecting children from school.
  • Adopting a “drop and go” approach.
  • Teaching children good hand hygiene and positive respiratory etiquette.

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8. Use of materials:

  • Children to have own stationery. (No shared crayons etc)
  • Teacher desks to be fitted with screens to ensure safety. SNAs and teachers to beprovided with visor/masks when in close contact with pupils.
  • Books may be shared but must be wiped down after use. Children to sanitise own handsafter use.
  • Each child will be given a plastic box where his/her own books/stationery will be stored.
  • IPads and computers: Computers will be distributed throughout classrooms. These are tobe wiped down after use in classrooms.

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9. Toilets:

Each class group will be allocated toilet facilities, and these are the only toilets that will be accessible to them. Children will not be allowed to use toilets outside of the hall during break times or at any other time.

Cleaning will be carried out at regular intervals throughout the day: Toilets, door handles, windows, wiping down books, sanitising equipment etc.

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10. Isolation Room:

  • Isolation room is required if a suspected case in a child or staff member arises.
  • Covid Box to be stored in the room: Non-Contact thermometer, masks, wipes, sanitiser etc.

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11. Suspected Case:

  • Case to be isolated with immediate effect in designated room.
  • Temperature check using non-contact thermometer carried out.
  • In case of child, parent to be contacted if temp is above 38.
  • HSE protocol to be followed in the event of positive case.
  • In case of staff member, assessment about ability to drive will be carried out and if necessary medical attention sought or member driven home.
  • HSE protocol to be followed.
  • HSE Helpline to be contacted when queries arise.