Thank you to each staff member, student, and parent/guardian for your support and cooperation over of the past year.
Your continued support as we unwind the procedures and guidelines put in place over the past two years will be appreciated.
Update – Effective from February 28th, 2022
Broad guidance to schools.
The Government has accepted the recommendations of NPHET to remove remaining restrictions relating to mask-wearing and physical distancing in schools. We have been advised that we should resume normal school routines and normal teaching and learning activities in as much as possible. In summary the following has been advised.
Teaching and Learning
As the general requirement for physical distancing no longer applies, we are no longer required to maintain these arrangements.
It is no longer a requirement for staff or students to wear a mask in school. Staff and students can continue to wear a mask if they wish to do so. We will continue to make masks available, in the medium term, on request as we are currently doing
We continue to promote good hygiene. Hand hygiene can be achieved by hand washing or use of a hand sanitiser found at entry points around the college (when hands look clean).
Staying at home if you have symptoms
The requirement to stay at home if you have symptoms remains, both for students and staff. One of the key messages to manage the risks of COVID-19 is to do everything practical to avoid the introduction of COVID-19 into the school.
If you or a close contact display symptom, you can get further detailed guidance and advice here
School transport and Face coverings/mask wearing
With effect from Monday 28 February the wearing of face coverings/masks on school transport will no longer be mandatory but will continue to be advised. All other measures relating to hygiene (including the provision of hand sanitiser and additional cleaning of service) and pre-assigned seating will remain in place subject to further review.
Visitors to schools
There is no longer a requirement for us to restrict visitors to schools.
Summary of immediate changes in the college.
As we settle back into routines and observe the impact of changes, we will make further incremental returns to ‘normal’ practice.
It is important, as a community, that the decisions of individuals in relation to mask wearing and other precautionary measures are respected by all. We do not know the personal circumstance of each person we meet daily.
Mark O Brien