Reopening Post Primary Schools | 2020
Until a vaccine is developed for COVID-19, each community is going to need support in charting a path to safely and responsibly reopen schools crucial to the well-being and economic vitality of our communities. Your government will be with you every step of the way.
COVID-19 response plan for safe reopening of post primary schools
Supporting Services and Agencies
Planning & Preparing for Safe Return to Post Primary
The Board of Management/Education Training Board aims to facilitate the resumption of school-based teaching and learning and the return to the workplace of staff.
Dealing with a Suspected Case of COVID-19
Staff or pupils should not attend school if displaying any symptoms of COVID-19. The following outlines how a school should deal with a suspected case that may arise in a school setting.
Hygiene and cleaning in schools
The Department of Education will provide additional funding to schools to support the enhanced cleaning required to minimise the risks of COVID-19.
Details of the funding supports will be provided to schools by way of circular and will be updated as required. The funding will be provided in advance of reopening.
Staff have a statutory obligation to take reasonable care for their own health and safety and that of their colleagues and other parties.
The cooperation and assistance of all staff is essential to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19 and to protect health and safety as far as possible within the school. All staff have a key role to play.
Covid-19 Related Absence Management
The management of a COVID-19 related absence will be managed in line with agreed procedures with the Department of Education.
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 an infection is not introduced it cannot be spread.
The risk of spreading the infection once introduced exists in all interpersonal interactions;
- student to student
- teacher to teacher
- teacher to student
and must be managed in all settings.
School Covid-19 Policy
A COVID-19 policy outlines the commitment of the school to implement the plan and help prevent the spread of the virus.
The policy will be signed and dated by the chairperson and principal of the Board of Management (BOM) or Education and Training Board (ETB) and brought to the attention of the staff, students, parents and others.
Checklists and policies that schools must follow
A series of checklists and policies can be viewed and downloaded here:
Employee Assistance & Wellbeing Programme
A Word of Support
Leaving Certificate 2020
Leaving aside the exams, I am keenly aware of the disappointment that so many students feel about the way their time in school will finish. However, your time in secondary school, spanning over five years is what really matters. Hopefully, you will be equipped with self-awareness and critical thinking skills that you can carry with you into the real world. There are many historical examples of groundbreaking discoveries and timeless masterpieces that were born during times of adversity including Isaac Newton’s and William Shakespeare’s acclaimed achievements which emerged under quarantine conditions caused by a plague outbreak in the late 16th century!
It is the true excellence of the human spirit and endeavour to find new opportunities, new paths, and certainly to be of use to one another when the going gets tough.
Go raibh maith agat ó bhun mo chroí
- Anne Rabbitte
Current year leaving certificate results issued.
Round 1 offers available from 14:00 online, also issued by email and SMS text. Applicants who have not received an offer will receive a "Statement of Application' email.
Available place facility opens.
Round 1 acceptance closing date.
Primary schools may use 3 discretionary days to extend this break to a 5 day break, Monday 15th February 2021 to Friday 19th February 2021 unlsess changes are required as part of contingency arrangements to make up for time lost due to unforeseen school closures.
Round 2 offers available online.
Where contingency arrangements are required to make up for time lost due to unforeseen school closures, a school authority may reduce the length of the Easter break by remaining open up to and including Wednesday 31st March 2021.