Scoil Bhríde Nurney

Teaching and Learning alongside Covid-19 in our school

Please click on the links below to access useful resources relating to teaching and learning alongside Covid-19.

For more information please also visit

https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/a128d-back-to-school/

What would happen if Scoil Bhríde Nurney did have a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the school?


We do not have any confirmed positive cases of Covid-19 in the school.

However, it is only prudent that we consider what procedures are in place to deal with such a situation were it to arise, so that all of us are aware and know in advance of what happens in such an event.


Safety and Control Measures

The BoM, school leadership and staff are very conscious of the paramount need to keep all pupils, staff and visitors safe while in the school. The school is a controlled environment. There are control measures in place to combat the introduction or spread of COVID-19. These are based on:

  • Physical Distancing
  • Hand Hygiene
  • Respiratory and Hygiene Etiquette
  • Mask Wearing, where necessary.


When a person displays symptoms of COVID-19

The following steps are taken when a person (child or adult) in the school presents with suspected COVID-19 symptoms:

  • That person is moved to the isolated area prior to going home. In the case of children their parents will be asked to come to the school, take them home and contact their GP for a free telephone consultation
  • If the GP recommends that the person (child or adult) go for a COVID-19 test, that person is now considered a query case for COVID-19 and all of his/her household members must restrict their movements until the results of the test come back
  • In the case of a negative result (98% of cases), the GP will advise when the person should return to school – usually after 48 hours.
  • In the case of a positive result (2% of cases), Public Health will, by law, be informed. This may take a matter of hours due to legal and volume of work issues. The risk has been removed from the school as the person who tested positive and his/her household are at home
  • The person tested, or their parents, may well be informed before Public Health. In many cases a social media discussion ensues and anxiety levels are raised among the school community.


Public Health Intervention

The Public Health Department of the HSE is the agency responsible by law for dealing with positive cases of COVID-19:

  • Once notified by the HSE testing regime, Public Health Doctors assume total control of the situation and will carry out a risk assessment. Based on questioning the person with the positive result, they will ascertain if they were within the school setting when they contracted the virus. If not, there may be no need to contact the school
  • If the person was within the school setting when they contracted the virus, Public Health will contact the principal to carry out a Public Health Risk Assessment. This is a set of questions to see who might have been exposed to the virus and who needs to be excluded or tested. This risk assessment will be unique to each school
  • The principal and BoM have no function in the risk assessment, other than to provide whatever information is required by the Public Health Medical Officer conducting the risk assessment
  • The principal and BoM may be asked to assist the Medical Office by sending a message from them to the relevant families identified in the risk assessment. Public Health will not contact other members of the school community
  • The principal and BoM are not permitted to inform members of the school community of the identity of the person or persons who have tested positive for COVID-19 for the following reasons: (i) Doctor – Patient confidentiality (ii) GDPR legislation prevents the publication of personal data without consent

Fergal Barry     Vinny Thorpe

(Chairperson) (Principal/Secretary Board of Management)

  • Letter to parents from Mr. Thorpe March 8th 2021
  • Letter tp parents from Mr. Thorpe March 9th 2021
  • Letter to parents from Mr. Thorpe March 10th 2021
  • Letter to parents from Mr. Thorpe March 11th 2021
  • Letter to parents from Mr. Thorpe March 12th 2021
  • Letter to parents from Mr. Thorpe February 28th 2021
  • Letter to parents from Mr. Thorpe February 27th 2021
  • Letter to parents from Mr. Thorpe February 26th 2021
  • Letter to parents from Mr. Thorpe February 25th 2021
  • Letter to parents from Mr. Thorpe February 24th 2021
  • Advice to Parents on Schools Re-Opening March 1st 2021 Part 1
  • Advice to Parents on Schools Re-Opening March 1st 2021 Part 2
  • REVISED Feb. 2021 Covid-19 Response Plan for Safe Re-Opening of Schools
  • REVISED Feb. 2021 Risk Assessment Covid-19 Scoil Bhríde Nurney
  • Directory of Wellbeing Supports/Resources for Primary School Parents
  • Letter to Parents from Education Minister Feb. 2021
  • Guidance for parents on Supplementary Scheme Programme
  • Overview of Supplementary Scheme Programme
  • Supplementary Scheme Grant Claim Form
  • Guidance for In Person Tuition and Personal Care
  • Guidance for Teachers and SNAs Supplementary Programme
  • Supports for parents and children with remote learning February 2021
  • Supports for children and parents from NEPs
  • A letter from the Education Minister to all parents January 2021
  • A letter from the Education Minister to all parents
  • A letter from the Education Minister to all school staff
  • Coivd-19 Response Plan for the safe/sustainable reopening of schools
  • Reopening our schools - The roadmap for the full return to school
  • Returning to school - Curriculum guidance for primary school teachers
  • Supporting the wellbeing of school communities as schools reopen
  • Sample Primary Classroom layouts
  • Sample SEN classroom layouts
  • COVID-19 School Policy
  • COVID leave Appendix A and B
  • Back to Work Safety Protocol Scoil Bhríde Nurney
  • Pre-Return to Work Letter and Questionnaire Scoil Bhríde Nurney
  • Self-Declaration Form COVID-19
  • Coivd-19 Risk Assessment Scoil Bhríde Nurney
  • Scoil Bhríde Nurney reopening information for parents July 30th 2020
  • Scoil Bhríde Nurney reopening information for parents August 10th 2020
  • Scoil Bhríde Nurney reopening information for parents August 13th 2020
  • Scoil Bhríde Nurney reopening information for parents August 18th 2020
  • Scoil Bhríde Nurney reopening information for parents August 24th 2020
  • COVID-19 Health Advice for Parents of school going children from the HSE
  • Back to School Advice for Parents of school going children from the Dept. of Education and Skills
  • Practical Steps for the Deployment of Good Ventilation Practices in Schools
  • What would happen if Scoil Bhríde Nurney did have a confirmed case of COVID 19 in the school?
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