Children who may have symptoms:

  • Any child who is unwell with a fever, has a cold, influenza or infectious respiratory symptoms or is displaying any of the symptoms of coronavirus is to stay at home.
  • The child’s parent/guardian is strongly recommended to contact their GP and seek their guidance on referral for coronavirus testing. Please contact the school via our designated email address for any child displaying corona virus symptoms. This email account will be accessed only by the principal and deputy principal and information will be shared on a need-to –know basis, maintaining as much confidentiality as possible. The details of this email address will be shared with you shortly.

Protocols if a child becomes unwell or presents as a suspected case of COVID-19 while at school:

  • The child will be brought to the specially prepared Isolation Area by a staff member, keeping at least 2 meters apart from the staff member. This is a child-friendly area and every effort will be made to reassure the child that this is a precautionary procedure.
  • The parent/guardian of the child will be immediately contacted and requested to come to the school to take the child either to the doctor or home. It is vital that the emergency contact details for your child are current so that this can be done as efficiently as possible.
  • A mask and/or disposable visor will be given to the child to wear until he/she is picked up. The staff member will remain with the child until he/she is picked up.
  • Dedicated waste bins will be in use for any utilised ppe by both the staff member and child.
  • The staff member caring for the child in isolation should wear personal protective equipment i.e. face mask, disposable apron and gloves. This will be demonstrated to all children as part of our return to school lessons so that they will not be alarmed should this precaution be necessary.
  • The child should gently be encouraged not to touch surfaces, people or any objects.
  • Public transport of any kind should not be used by the parent to take the child home in interest of public health and safety.
  • Principal Helen and Designated Lead Worker Emmett Hickey will carry out an assessment of the incident which will form a significant part of the follow up actions.
  • Principal Helen/Deputy Principal Grainne will inform the HSE in line with correct protocols.

1. Children only need to isolate for 14 days if they have travelled to a country which is not on the Green List. 

2. The HSE has just updated the information on the following symptoms 

  • Runny Nose and Sneezing
  • You do not need to restrict your child’s movements if the only symptom they have is runny nose and/or sneezing.
  • They can continue to go to school or childcare if these are the only symptoms they havea


Check out these websites for more information:

HSE Website – Covid-19 School Resources Back to School

What are the four symptoms highlighted to staff members to be vigilant of in relation to Covid-19?

  • Possible fever (temperature of 37.5 degrees or above)
  • Persistent Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Breathing difficulties

What if my child displays symptoms?

Do not send your child to school or childcare if any of the following is true.

Your child has:

  • a temperature of 38 degrees Celsius or more
  • any other common symptoms of coronavirus – a new cough, loss or changed sense of taste or smell, or shortness of breath
  • been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus
  • been living with someone who is unwell and may have coronavirus
  • an existing breathing condition that has recently got worse

What do I do next for my child?

You will need to:

  • Isolate your child – this means keeping them at home and completely avoiding contact with other people, as much as possible. Read advice on self-isolation.
  • Phone your GP – they will advise you if your child needs a coronavirus test.
  • Everyone that your child lives with should also restrict their movements, at least until your child gets a diagnosis from their GP or a coronavirus test result. This means not going to school, childcare or work.
  • Treat your child at home for their symptoms.
  • Your child should only leave your home to have a test or to see your GP.

What if my child tests negative?

Your child can return to their normal activities once they have been given either:

  • a negative (not-detected) test result and are 48 hours without symptoms and, or
  • another diagnosis, that is not coronavirus

You and anyone your child lives with will no longer need to restrict your movements.

What if your child tests positive?

They’ll need to remain in self-isolation until both of these apply:

  • they have not had a high temperature (38 degrees Celsius or over) for 5 days
  • it has been 14 days since they first developed symptoms

What if the parent/GP decides not to test?

If the child is not tested and also not given an alternative diagnosis – they should be treated as if they have coronavirus.

They’ll need to remain in self-isolation until both of these apply:

  1. they have not had a high temperature (38 degrees Celsius or over) for 5 days
  2. it has been 14 days since they first developed symptoms

When do(es) I/my child need to self isolate?

You will need to self-isolate:

  • if you have symptoms of coronavirus
  • while you wait for a test appointment and your test results, if you have symptoms of coronavirus. If you are being tested as a close contact of a confirmed case of coronavirus and you don’t have any symptoms, you should restrict your movements instead.
  • if you have had a positive test result for coronavirus.

What if I am a close contact?

You will need to restrict your movements for 14 days if you:

  • are a close contact of a confirmed case of coronavirus
  • live with someone who has symptoms of coronavirus, but you feel well

If you are a close contact of a confirmed case you have to restrict your movements for 14 days even if your test comes back negative. This is because it can take up to 14 days for the virus to show up in your system after you have been exposed to it.

What does restricted movement mean?

  • Do not go to work.
  • Do not use public transport.
  • Do not have visitors at your home
  • Do not visit others, even if you usually care for them.
  • Do not go to the shops or pharmacy unless it’s absolutely necessary – where possible, order your groceries online or have some family or friends drop them off.
  • Do not meet face-to-face with older people, anyone with a long-term medical condition or pregnant women

What happens if my child is sent home with suspected symptoms?

If a child is sent home with suspected symptoms, it is the responsibility of the parents/guardians to monitor the symptoms and evaluate whether a GP visit is required. 

The GP should advise as to whether a test is required.

If a test is not required, and the GP gives another diagnosis, please confirm this alternative diagnosis to the school before the child returns.

If your child has symptoms such as diarrhoea, headaches or a sore throat keep them at home for at least 48 hours. These are not common symptoms of coronavirus, but they could be a sign of another infection.

Keep an eye on their symptoms for 48 hours. After 48 hours it’s usually okay to send your child back to school or childcare as long as:

  • their symptoms do not get worse
  • they do not develop new symptoms
  • they do not need paracetamol or ibuprofen during these 48-hours

You and the rest of your family can continue your daily lives as usual. You do not need to restrict your movements as long as you are not ill.