St Mary's Holy Faith Killester


The following are the key activities that are now underway to implement the optimum model for reopening schools:

1. Overall objective - to open schools in accordance with the normal start of the new school year to the fullest extent while minimising the risks from a public health perspective. Arrangements will allow for new routines to be established and bedded in within schools.

2. Public health guidance – Detailed engagement is underway in relation to development of public health guidance for school settings. This will be provided in time to facilitate operation of summer programmes and to enable detailed planning and preparatory work for the re-opening of schools. The public health guidance will be kept under on-going review and refinement if necessary in advance of the re-opening of schools at the end of

3. Guidance and templates - to enable schools comply with the requirements of the national Return to Work Safely Protocol are being developed centrally in consultation with education partners. These guidance documents and templates will be published later in June and July. Draft guidance and templates will be available in time for use by schools planning to operate summer programmes.

4. Awareness raising and training – Guidance and on-line training modules, webinars etc. will be developed centrally and available for use by schools, parents and students.

5. Enhanced cleaning regime – Additional resources will be provided to schools to enable enhanced cleaning regimes to be put in place for operation of schools.

6. Good hand hygiene – The existing hand washing facilities in some schools are not designed for the enhanced level of hand washing envisaged necessary in Covid-19 environment without significantly impacting on educational class time. A draw down framework will be established by the Department to enable schools purchase hand sanitisers for use in the school and classroom. The procurement process for this framework is commencing immediately and it will also deal with any other potential PPE requirements. It is not envisaged that significant PPE will be required in school settings. Details on the additional funding for schools will be provided in due course.

7. Mental health and Wellbeing – There will be a strong focus on supporting mental health and wellbeing of students and staff during the initial phase of re-opening schools. Central guidance will be provided.

8. Teaching and learning and curriculum -The Department is working with the NCCA, the Inspectorate and other experts as appropriate to tailor teaching and learning appropriately to the needs of students as they reengage with school.

9. Blended learning/alternative provision - Notwithstanding our overall objective, planning for a blended learning approach (on-line/in school) will be a feature of the approach to planning to reopen schools as there may be circumstances where schools will have to have the necessary agility to respond quickly to changed circumstances at local, regional or national level. Planning is underway with the NCCA, the Inspectorate and other experts as appropriate on how best to manage and operate blended learning model.

10. Consultation and Communication – The Department will continue to engage closely with education partners and other key stakeholders on the development of guidance and supports for the re-opening of schools. A dedicated web page will be provided to enable the sharing of information and updates in an open and transparent manner.

Jun 26
School office closes for summer.
Aug 26
1st Years return to school
Aug 26
6th Year return to school
Aug 27
3rd Years Return to School
Brookwood Meadow, Killester, Dublin 5
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