Saint Brigid’s National School, is a primary school situated in the centre of Greystones, Co. Wicklow. Our mission is to provide the highest quality education for all our children in a happy, safe and stimulating Christian environment, focusing on their academic, social, personal, moral and spiritual development to help them be the best they can be.

Information from Department of Education and HSE re COVID-19 & returning to school

4th November 2021

Dear Parents/ Guardians,We received this information today which the Department of Education have asked us to share with you.

Public Health Advice for Parents/ Guardians about COVID-19 Symptoms

Please see link below for parent-focused public health advice about COVID-19 symptoms.

https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/a04fc-advice-for-students-and-their-families/#health-advice-for-parents

Children First Awareness Week

Children First Awareness Week is taking place from 1st to 7th November 2021. Children First promotes the protection of children from abuse and neglect, by setting out what individuals and organisations need to do to keep children safe, and how to deal with concerns about a child’s safety or welfare. Society has a duty of care towards children, and everyone should be alert to the possibility that children they are in contact with may be abused or at risk of abuse or neglect. If you are concerned about a child or young person, you should contact Tusla social work department. Organisations classed as providers of relevant services under the Children First Act 2015 are required to complete a risk assessment and must have a Child Safeguarding Statement in place. More information on keeping children safe in our communities is available at gov.ie/childrenfirst

Kind regards,

Ms. Costello

Information for Parents from HSE about the Changes to Contact Tracing and Testing for Children

The HSE has provided information for parents about the changes to contact tracing and testing for children aged between 3 months and 13 years in early learning and care, school aged childcare, education, primary school sports and social settings. You can find it here:

https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/13610-information-for-parents-about-the-changes-to-contact-tracing-and-testing-for-children-aged-between-3-months-and-13-years-in-early-learning-and-care-elc-and-school-age-childcare-sac-education-primary-school-sports-and-social-settings/

Other resources for parents can be found here:

https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/a04fc-advice-for-students-and-their-families/

It is really important that if a child has any new onset symptoms as listed and feels unwell or seems off-form, not to send them to school and contact their GP for advice, if necessary.

27th August, 2021

Please find attached documents we have received from the Department of Education which we are to share with you.

Advice for Parents during Covid 19

Reluctant Attenders Guide for Parents

How to calm and support your child guide

Managing Stress and Anxiety Guide for Parents

A useful reference: Quick Isolation Guide for children under 13, from the HSE/HPSC

Isolation quick guide under 13s

18th August, 2021

Information from Department of Education:

1.       COVID-19 Response Plan for the safe and sustainable operation of Primary and Special Schools

https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/e1141-covid-19-response-plan-for-the-safe-and-sustainable-operation-of-primary-and-special-schools/

2.       Video advice for parents and students at different levels

https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/a04fc-advice-for-students-and-their-families/#returning-to-school

3.       Posters/graphics advice for parents

https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/a04fc-advice-for-students-and-their-families/#returning-to-school

4.       Multilingual advice for parents

https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/0cf46-resources-and-materials-for-parentsguardians-and-for-students-on-returning-to-school-multi-lingual/

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Attachments: Letter from DCMO to schools 260221.pdf


12th March 2021

Dear Parents /Guardians,

We are looking forward to welcoming the boys and girls back on Monday.

I am really proud of how the children have worked over these last weeks.  I know it hasn’t been easy.  It will be great to see them again.

I would like to share with you two videos and an advice sheet we received today from the Department of Education’s COVID 19 Team which  you and your children may find of some use in advance of their return.

Video 3rd to 6th Class https://youtu.be/IfrNHfHo5vI

Video for Parents https://youtu.be/hg2wRiXXSpc

Click on this link for the advice sheet.

Kind regards,

Ms. Costello

26th February 2021

Please find above attached letter from the Deputy Chief Medical Officer.

New information issued after 23rd February 2021

Updated information on the importance of ventilation

Framework for reopening from the DES

Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) guidance on the re-opening of schools

Information issued before 23rd February 2021

Click on ‘Read More’ to view the Isolation Quick Guide applying to those aged greater than 3 months and up to 13th birthday from HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre www.hpsc.ie

Click HERE to download this Quick Guide.

Open letter from Ronan Glynn Acting Chief Medical Officer to parents & guardians of school children and to teachers and affiliated school staff

To parents and guardians of school children in Ireland,

I am very aware that many of you are worried about the reopening of schools and the associated risk of COVID-19 for your children. This concern is natural and is to be fully expected after a period of six months during which we have all had to adapt to the challenges posed by COVID-19.

The decision to reopen schools has not been taken lightly and has been based on guidance produced by international bodies including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC); scientific evidence regarding the risk of COVID-19 in school children and staff; the experience of other countries that have not closed, or have reopened, their schools; our own experience having reopened childcare settings and summer camps since June; and evidence regarding the importance of school for the overall health and wellbeing of children.

International evidence shows us that child-to-child and child-to-adult transmission of COVID-19 in schools is uncommon. In addition, our own experience to date in Ireland, and indeed that reported internationally, demonstrates that for the overwhelming majority of children who are diagnosed with COVID-19, their symptoms will be mild.

The importance of schools for the overall health and wellbeing of children cannot be overstated, and the risk of COVID-19 has been carefully weighed against the very real harm that can be caused by sustained school closures. Schools play a fundamental role in the social life of children; they are where children are educated, make friends, share interests, learn social skills like self-confidence and empathy, and participate in sport and cultural activities.

Of course, as we continue to navigate our way through this pandemic, there are no zero risk options for reopening schools or indeed any other environment; the aim, therefore, is to reopen in as safe a way as possible by ensuring that all appropriate public health measures such as physical distancing, hand washing and respiratory hygiene are implemented where appropriate.

Schools are at the heart of our communities and the best way to protect them is to keep the level of COVID-19 in the community low. As parents and guardians, you can play a key role in this, both through your own actions and through the influence that you have on your family and friends. If all of us continue to make small changes to the way we live, we can – together – starve this virus of opportunities to transmit.

While it is okay to send your child to school or childcare if they only have a runny nose or a sneeze, if you have any concerns that your child has symptoms of COVID-19 – fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell – then please keep them at home until you have spoken with your GP by phone. Lots more information is available at gov.ie/backtoschool and hse.ie.

There will be cases of COVID-19 among children over the coming days and weeks, as there have been throughout this pandemic to date. But when this happens our public health teams in the HSE will respond and liaise closely with the school involved and ensure that all necessary measures are taken to protect other students and school staff.

Finally, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for all you have done to keep your family and our communities safe over the past seven months. I also want to thank all teachers, principals and school staff who have worked so hard to ensure that our schools are ready to reopen – it is just one more example of the incredible solidarity that has defined the way in which people all across the country have come together to play their part in getting us through this pandemic.

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health.

31st August 2020

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Click on THIS link for information from the Department of Education. This information includes videos for children, how to prepare your child for the return to school, health advice and frequently asked questions. The information is available in a wide range of languages.

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The Department of Education has provided further information regarding what happens if there is a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 in a primary school. The response to a confirmed case will be directed by Public Health HSE. School management will be informed if any action such as excluding children or staff; partial or full closures are deemed necessary. If the school is not so informed, it has not been decided to be necessary by the HSE. At all times schools are to respect confidentiality concerning an individual’s health, whether adult or child.
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Important information received from Department of Education.
Reminder to anyone ATTENDING SCHOOL HAVING TRAVELLED ABROAD: Government policy, which is based on official public health advice, continues to advise against non-essential travel overseas for everyone.

It is a requirement for anyone coming into Ireland, from locations other than those with a rating of ‘normal precautions’ (“green”), to restrict their movements for 14 days, and this includes school staff, parents and children or other students coming from abroad to attend school in Ireland. Restricting your movements means staying indoors in one location and avoiding contact with other people and social situations as much as possible.

Regards, Reopening Schools Section

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Click HERE for the Covid 19 Response plan from the Department of Education. Or own school’s response with measures specific for St. Brigid’s NS is being finalised at the moment and will be posted when complete.

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To Parents – Letter from Minister Foley

In this letter Minister Foley mentions that the Department of Education will provide age appropriate materials to help you prepare your child for their return to school in advance of our return. They will be on THIS link and we will circulate them as they become available.

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The Education.ie website provide information and recommendations regarding the re-opening of schools: –

https://www.education.ie/en/covid-19/

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