Important Information for Parents
This is to remind all parents to keep an eye on your and your son’s health and to check for symptoms of COVID-19. Symptoms of Covid-19 can include some or all of the following – fever (temperature of 38◦C or higher), cough, shortness of breath, any loss or change to the senses of smell or taste, headache, sore throat, or a runny nose. If you or your son develops these symptoms they must self-isolate and contact their GP for advice regarding a COVID-19 test.
Even with high population uptake of COVID-19 vaccination, it is important that you continue to support everyone in the school community during the COVID-19 pandemic in the effective manner. Therefore, we are hereby reminding all parents to remind your son that all public health guidelines still need to be followed in school in order to protect the health of students and staff in the school. These guidelines include:
- Wearing face coverings
- Cleaning hands regularly
- Maintaining physical distance from others
- Being mindful of the ventilation of classrooms by opening windows and doors as appropriate
We greatly encourage all those who are eligible for vaccination within your school community to access appropriate information around this (available at https://www2.hse.ie/screening-and-vaccinations/covid-19-vaccine/) For those wishing to arrange vaccination, you can do so by either: registering for a vaccine using the HSE Vaccine Portal (https://vaccine.hse.ie/#register) OR by phoning the HSE at 1800 700 700
What is the advice for close contacts who are fully-vaccinated against COVID-19?
Close contacts who are fully-vaccinated against COVID-19 are required to restrict their movements until they receive a call from the HSE Contact Management Programme. During this call a review of each close contact’s vaccination (dates and type) and medical history will determine whether the vaccine is likely to provide “significant immunity” for them. The close contact will then be advised whether they can return to school or whether they need to continue to restrict movements.
When is a person considered to be fully-vaccinated?
- 7 days after receipt of the second Pfizer-BioNTech dose (two dose vaccination course)
- 15 days after receipt of the second AstraZeneca dose (two dose vaccination course)
What is the advice for close contacts who are not fully-vaccinated against COVID-19?
- Close contacts who are not fully-vaccinated will need to go for two PCR tests for COVID-19, one as soon as possible and one on Day 10 after their last exposure to the COVID-19 case.
- They will need to restrict their movements (stay at home) until the Day 10 test has been done. This includes not attending work or school.
- If the Day 10 test result is “not detected” or negative, the pupil or staff member can return to school provided they do not have symptoms of COVID-19.
What about the families of those who are close contacts?
Other people who live at home with the close contact do not need to restrict their movements, provided the close contact has no Covid symptoms. This means they can continue to attend school. If the close contact tests positive for COVID-19, the household will then need to restrict their movements.
What if a close contact declines the COVID-19 test?
Testing is not mandatory. But if a close contact does not have a Day 10 test done, this means they need to continue to restrict their movements for 14 days after their last contact with the person with COVID-19.
Up to date information and advice on COVID-19 is available on hse.ie.
We thank you for your help and support as we continue to live with COVID-19.
Please see below for the St Kieran’s College Covid-19 Policy Statement and School Response Plan:
We look forward to our return to school in late August. Please see the Key Dates section of our website for Return to School dates for your son(s). We will be updating this page of our website with important updates / advice / news from the Department of Education / HSE throughout the school year in relation to the latest Covid-19 safety guidelines. Please check this page regularly to keep up to date with the latest advice.
The following links provide advice for parents, students and their families upon the return to school beginning the end of August:
Click on the following link for a wide variety of resources containing advice from the Department of Education regarding the return to school for parents, students and their families:
Also, multilingual advice for parents is available on the link below:
Please see the following link for communication to parents regarding School Transport – SEN and Post Primary:
Also, information on assessment arrangements for Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate Examinations 2022 are available below:
The State Examinations Commission (SEC) has announced the reopening of the Candidate Self Service Portal between 12 noon on Tuesday 27th April 2021 and 6pm on Friday 30th April 2021 for candidates to review and finalise their level selection and their choices of examinations, Accredited Grades or both for the 2021 Leaving Certificate for each subject in which they are entered. A comprehensive guide to this phase of the portal is attached and it has been published this afternoon on www.gov.ie/leavingcertificate and www.examinations.ie Candidates have received a text message alerting them to the availability of the guide, with a follow-up e-mail issuing over the weekend. The Candidate Self Service Portal helpline will be available throughout Phase 2 on 1800-111135 or 1800-111136.
To refresh memories about our return to school protocols in line with the most recent HSE health guidelines and advice, we would encourage all parents to take time to view the following resources containing lots of relevant information regarding the reopening of schools.
For parental guides and information on Wellbeing, school transport and other resources visit HERE
For advice for parents and students visit HERE
For information on Covid-19 symptoms visit HERE
Also, see below for a letter from Ms Norma Foley, Minister for Education to all parents HERE