Updated School Covid 19 Response Plan February 2021

A Department of Education and Skills Inspector carried out a Supporting the Safe Provision of Schooling (SSPS) inspection in the school on Thursday 19th November. The school met all requirements in relation to all checks. A copy of the report can be found below: –

St. Joseph’s N.S. will re-open for all pupils on Tuesday 1st September 2020.

There will be a number of new routines and procedures in place.

Below is a letter to parents outlining all measures and new routines

This is the first edition of the entire school reopening plan. This plan is a working document and may need to be changed from time to time as the need arises. The most recent edition will uploaded to the website.

The BOM fully adopt the DES Covid 19 Response Plan and have developed a Covid 19 Policy Statement to this effect. Both of these documents can be viewed below: –

School doors will open at 9:10 a.m. to allow all pupils enter the school safely on a gradual basis. Parents may walk pupils in Junior and Senior Infants to the external Infants door. Pupils in 1st to 6th class are expected to walk into the school buiding from the gate.

1st and 6th class pupils will enter and exit using the emergency eixt in their classroom.

2nd and 5th class pupils will enter and exit using the door with the railing

3rd and 4th class pupils will enter and exit using the main door

Junior and Senior Infants will enter via the Infants door.

No pupil or parent should be on school grounds before 9:10 a.m.

Break times will be staggered in the school. The Senior Yard is divided into two to create four different yards: – the Infants yard closest to the school, 1st and 2nd yard at the back of the school, and two sections for the Senior yard. This will allow four classes to be on yard at any one time. A total of 8 adults (6 teachers and 2 SNA’s will be on yard duty every day).

On wet days children will remain in their classroom as per the school Supervision Policy.

At home time

2 p.m. Junior Infants will exit via the Infant door. Senior Infants will exit via the main door. Parents are asked to stand along the diagonal white line and along the wall of the glass corridor. Markers are painted to assist with maintaining social distancing

3 p.m. 1st and 6th class will exit via their emergency exits. 2nd and 5th class pupils will exit via the door with the railing and 3rd and 4th will exit via the main door. Pupils will be released one at a time. A number of markers are painted along the boundary to assist parents with social distancing at 3 p.m. A large number of people cannot stand at the school gate. We need your cooperation in relation to this.

Below you will find advice from the Department of Education and Skills (DES) on going back to school and on Covid 19

It’s In Our Hands!

Joint Statement on behalf of the Cathaoirleach Of Leitrim County Council, Cllr. Mary Bohan, Chief Executive of Leitrim County Council, Lar Power, Chief Superintendent of An Garda Siochana, Aidan Glacken and Director of Public Health HSE North West, Dr. Anthony Breslin.

It is clear that the COVID-19 numbers in Leitrim have been growing in recent weeks and we are now at a critical juncture for this disease.

We have a window of opportunity to bring this disease under control and to keep Leitrim at Level 2 restrictions. To do so we all need to act now to break the chains of transmission, to ensure we live as optimally as we can with the virus, keeping our schools open, resuming non-COVID-19 healthcare and protecting our vulnerable people.

We are asking you and your family to take positive action immediately and change your current behaviours.

This means:

  • Meeting less people inside your home.
  • Limiting the number of people you meet outside your home as much as possible.
  • Avoiding crowds.
  • Prioritising the people you need to see, keeping groups small, and seeing them regularly, rather than meeting lots of different people from different households. Concentrate on your core circle in the coming weeks.  
  • With those you do meet, be particularly attentive to safe practices – keep your distance, wear a face covering where appropriate, cough into a tissue and bin it, wash your hands.

We all know the core messages, and it’s time to double our efforts to stay safe. 

Remember this disease can spread even if you have no symptoms. Act as though you have the virus to protect the friends and family and colleagues and others you meet going about your day. Keeping that little bit of extra distance from others is really important as we try to work safely while living with the threat of this virus. 

Know the symptoms and come forward quickly for testing if you have any concerns. Isolate yourself from others and phone your GP if you feel unwell – remember that a referral and test for COVID are free. 

Our individual actions do matter. They all count. They do work. The good news is that we know the most effective tools to keep this virus at bay. We just need to keep working with them.

As a collective we are appealing to the people of Leitrim to please maintain social distance and limit your number of close contacts in the coming days. Whether in our workplaces, our homes or social settings let us all be advocates of COVID-19 good behaviour.

It is in our hands!