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COVID-19 and Child protection Inspection by the DES

Dear parents,

Yesterday we had a visit from the School Inspector from the Department of Education and Skills to carry out an inspection of our COVID-19 measures and it also included Child Protection. This inspection is called “Supporting the Safe Provision of Schooling” (SSPS). It involves a thorough inspection of all our mitigation measures, including our School Covid-19 Plan and how this works in the school while also ensuring that we are aligned with the regulations set out by the Health and Safety Authority for workplaces.

There is a framework of checklists in 4 main areas:
Planning
Lead Worker Representative
Staff Training
Implementation of Control measures.

I am delighted to announce that our school was found to be FULLY COMPLIANT with the all the above checks and Child protection level 1 monitoring and we were found to be exemplary in many areas. We expect to receive a draft report in the coming weeks for factual verification and when completed this report will be published on the Department Website for public view..

At this stage I would like to thank the staff and the children for their wonderful presentation in the classrooms for the inspector. As yesterday was the first day of the requirement of children from 3rd-6th class to wear masks, the children were super. We are taking a gentle approach at the moment with the children and encouraging the children to wear masks as required. We know how difficult it is for the children and are treating the children with care and kindness during this time as they get used to the new requirements. I am waiting for further clarification from the DES on the letter that was shared on Tuesday night. All children are welcome to school and we will work with everyone for the health and safety of everyone in the school community. We all are doing our best during a very challenging time and with the new variant, life just seems to be so uncertain.

We all want to spend Christmas with our families so let’s get through the next 3 weeks as safely as we can. We all have a responsibility to do our best during the pandemic. Thank you so much for your continued support and I wish you all a safe and healthy lead into the festive season.

Le meas,
Mrs. Colleran
Príomhoide

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