Caherleaheen NS Health and Safety Sept. 2021

We are so delighted and excited to get back to a new normality. Our school community embraced teaching and learning throughout two lockdowns but we hope that this academic year will be lockdown-free. We strive to maintain a safe and happy atmosphere in the school. Compliance with restrictions and safety guidelines are practised by all: staff, children and parents.

New H.S.E. guidelines Mon. 27th September ’21

There have been changes to contact tracing guidelines since Mon 27th Sept. Please find the FAQs for Parents which were published by the HSE. on Wed 29th and you are also welcome to read the FAQs which were addressed to primary school principals and similar managers on Friday 24th

Please view Caherleaheen National School’s Covid Response Plan August ’21 and our Covid Risk Assessment ’21:

You can read our Policy Statement below. Pupils are no longer required to forward a Return to Educational Facility Declaration Form to the school after an absence of a day or more.

COVID-19 Policy Statement 

Caherleaheen NS is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for all our staff and a safe learning environment for all our pupils. To ensure that, we have developed and updated the following COVID-19 Response Plan. The BOM and all school staff are responsible for the implementation of this plan and a combined effort will help contain the spread of the virus. 

 We will:  

  • continue to monitor our COVID-19 response and amend this plan in consultation with our staff  
  • provide up to date information to our staff and pupils on the Public Health advice issued by the HSE and   
  • display information on the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and correct hand-washing techniques   
  • agree with staff, a worker representative who is easily identifiable to carry out the role outlined in this plan   
  • inform all staff and pupils of essential hygiene and respiratory etiquette and physical distancing requirements  
  • adapt the school to facilitate physical distancing as appropriate in line with the guidance and direction of the Department of Education  
  • keep a contact log to help with contact tracing  
  • ensure staff engage with the induction / familiarisation briefing provided by the Department of Education  
  • implement the agreed procedures to be followed in the event of someone showing symptoms of COVID-19 while at school  
  • provide instructions for staff and pupils to follow if they develop signs and symptoms of COVID-19 during school time   
  • implement cleaning in line with Department of Education advice   

All school staff will be consulted on an ongoing basis and feedback is encouraged on any concerns, issues or suggestions.  This can be done through the Lead Worker Representative, who will be supported in line with the agreement between the Department and education partners.   

Signed: ____________________   Vivian Nolan, BoM        Date: 27th  August 2021 

            Vivian Nolan.  

Signed:  ___________________  Mary Connolly


Pupils are no longer required to forward a Return to Educational Facility Declaration Form to the school after an absence of a day or more.