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Updated Covid Guidelines for Schools

We look forward to welcoming you all back from midterm break tomorrow. As you're probably already aware, the DES guidelines on the management of Covid 19 have now been updated for schools. This advice is in-line with the updated government advice as published February 22nd, 2022.
Updated Covid Guidelines for Schools
⛔️What guidelines are being removed?⛔️
➡️😷Masks are now optional for staff and students in school. However, if members of staff or students wish to continue wearing face masks, we fully support their decision to do so.
➡️👨‍👩‍👧‍👦Close contacts of a confirmed case will not be required to isolate or restrict movements, unless they are symptomatic 🤧
➡️🧍🏽‍♀️🧍🏻 The requirement for social distancing, use of PODs or staggered breaks are no longer necessary in schools.
✅What guidelines are remaining?✅
➡️🧼Infection prevention and control measures including: ventilation, hand washing 🧴, hand sanitisers and good respiratory hygiene measures will remain
➡️The advice to stay at home 🏠 if symptomatic will continue with the person requiring to self-isolate and not return to school until 48 hours after symptoms resolve
➡️ The requirement to isolate if the person is symptomatic (even if fully vaccinated and/or boosted) or if you are diagnosed with COVID-19. The 7-day isolation period for a positive case remains 🦠Government advice for people over the age of 13, is to then wear a medical grade mask😷 or FFP2 for 10 days after a positive result.
➡️🚌While the wearing of face coverings on school transport will no longer be mandatory, it is being advised, as is the case on other forms of public transport. All other hygiene measures on school transport, including the provision of hand sanitiser and additional cleaning, and pre-assigned seating will remain in place subject to further review.
We understand that this will be a new transition for staff, students, and parents and as always if you are unsure or need clarity on any of the above guidelines, please contact the school to discuss. We thank you for your continued support in keeping the entire school community safe.
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Christmas Holidays
Jan 05
School Reopens After Christmas
Feb 03
Mock Examinations
Feb 06
School Closed -St Brigid's Day
Please join us for some festive Choral music in St. Mary's Church, Listowel on Wednesday 14th December at 7.30pm. Tickets are available from the school office and from the parish office, all proceeds are going towards sports equipment and facilities
On Saturday the 8th of October we are hosting an Open Day from 11m to 2pm. Prospective parents and students will have an opportunity to meet with our teachers and school management in addition to a guided tour the school.
Our Anitbullying week this year being held from Monday 26th September to Friday 30th September 2022
Upper Church Street, Listowel, County Kerry, Ireland V31 WD34.
068 21023
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