Presentation Secondary School Thurles
Day School and Boarding School

Covid-19 Information

Information for Students and Parents
Covid-19 Information


Stay at Home if Unwell “No person (child, teacher or parent) should attend an educational setting if unwell or any members of their household are unwell with symptoms consistent with COVID-19”

Know the Symptoms of COVID-19

In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 it is important to know and recognise the symptoms. They are:

  • High temperature
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or breathing difficulties
  • Loss of smell, of taste or distortion of taste

For more information from the HSE, please click here.

Please impress upon your daughter the importance of not loitering on their journey to school. Students must observe social distancing as they travel to and from school. Go directly to school. School shop and canteen facilities are available.

People at very high risk:

The list of people in very high risk groups include people who:

  • are over 70 years of age – even if fit and well;
  • have had an organ transplant;
  • are undergoing active chemotherapy for cancer;
  • are having radical radiotherapy for lung cancer;
  • have cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma who are at any stage of treatment;
  • are having immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments for cancer;
  • are having other targeted cancer treatments which can affect the immune system, such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors;
  • have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months, or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs;
  • have severe respiratory conditions including cystic fibrosis, severe asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, lung fibrosis, interstitial lung disease and severe COPD;
  • have a condition that means they have a very high risk of getting infections (such as SCID, homozygous sickle cell);
  • are taking medicine that makes you much more likely to get infections(such as high doses of steroids or immunosuppression therapies);
  • have a serious heart condition and are pregnant.

The advice for this group is available from the HSE. Details of the arrangements that will apply for these staff, which will be in accordance with those applying for the public service generally, will be updated by the Department of Education following consultation with management bodies and unions and a circular will issue to all schools.

Dealing with a Suspected Case of COVID-19

Staff or students should not attend school if displaying any symptoms of COVID-19. The following outlines how we plan to deal with a suspected case that may arise in a school setting:

The Meeting Room is our designated Isolation Area. If a staff member/student displays symptoms of COVID-19 while at school the following are the procedures to be implemented:

· If the person with the suspected case is a student, the parents/guardians will be contacted immediately.

· The person will be brought to the isolation area.

· Assess whether the individual who is displaying symptoms can immediately be directed to go home/be brought home by parents/guardians and call their doctor and continue self-isolation at home.

· Facilitate the person presenting with symptoms to remain in isolation if they cannot immediately go home and facilitate them calling their doctor. The individual should avoid touching people, surfaces and objects. Advice should be given to the person presenting with symptoms to cover their mouth and nose with the disposable tissue provided when they cough or sneeze and put the tissue in the waste bag provided.

· If the person is well enough to go home, arrange for them to be transported home by a family member, as soon as possible and advise them to inform their general practitioner by phone of their symptoms. Public transport of any kind should not be used.

· If they are too unwell to go home or advice is required, contact 999 or 112 and inform them that the sick person is a COVID-19 suspect.

· Carry out an assessment of the incident which will form part of determining follow-up actions and recovery.

· Appropriate cleaning of the isolation area and work areas involved.

The HSE will inform any staff/parents who have come into close contact with a diagnosed case via the contact tracing process. The HSE will contact all relevant persons where a diagnosis of COVID-19 is made. The instructions of the HSE should be followed and staff and student confidentiality is essential at all times.

Contact Log:

A detailed sign in/sign out log of those entering the school facilities will be maintained. Arrangement for necessary visitors such as contractors and parents will be restricted to essential purposes and limited to those who have obtained prior approval from the Principal.

The prompt identification and isolation of potentially infectious individuals is a crucial step in restricting the spread of the virus and protecting the health and safety of the individuals themselves and other staff, contractors and visitors at the workplace.

Parent Appointments:

If you wish to meet with us, please make an appointment. This can be done through email ( or phone (050422291). Please wear a face covering when entering the building.

Students who have travelled abroad:

"Government policy, which is based on official public health advice, continues to advise against non-essential travel overseas for everyone. It is a requirement for anyone coming into Ireland, from locations other than those with a rating of 'normal precautions' ("green"), to restrict their movements for 14 days, and this includes school staff, parents and children or other students coming from abroad to attend school in Ireland."

Students must have completed a 14 day restricted movement before returning to school.

Measures put in place to help prevent the spread of Covid-19:

Hand sanitisers in each classroom and at Entry/Exit points;

Face coverings must be worn;

Hot water available in all toilet blocks;

Enhanced cleaning during the day (extra personnel employed);

Sanitising spray in each room;

Different entry/exit points for each year group;

Box desks replaced with tables and chairs;

Staggered break and lunch times;

Three lunch halls in operation for each lunch period;

Sports Complex will be in use as an additional lunch hall;

One-way system on the Assembly hall/Green corridor;

‘Keep left’ in operation;

Signage displayed throughout the school;

Additional supervision at break of class;

Designated Isolation Area;

Overflow rooms for large classes;

Classroom configuration to create 1 metre distance;

Perspex screens in offices and shops.

More information for students and their families about returning to school is available on the government's website here.

Our School's Covid-19 Policy Statement

Updated information can be found on our social media:

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