St Joseph’s Secondary School, Rush
Europe's first CFES School of Distinction

St Joseph's Student COVID-19 Policy

Health and Safety Control of COVID-19 Policy for Students

St Joseph’s Secondary School

  1. Introduction

Under the Safety Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005, the board of management of St Joseph’s Secondary School as employer is required to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the safety, health and welfare at work of all employees of the school. The employer is further required to manage and conduct the school in such a way as to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that individuals at the place of work who are not employees, such as students, parents/guardians, visitors to the school, are not exposed to risks to their safety, health or welfare.

This policy is influenced by the need to minimise the risk of introduction of COVID-19 into the school community and to prevent its spread. Although it is acknowledged that no single action or set of actions will completely eliminate the risk of COVID-19 transmission, adherence to this policy will contribute to the reduction of that risk of transmission.

In accordance with these policy students are expected to comply with the standards of behaviour set out in this policy or as directed by the school to prevent the introduction and spread of COVID-19. The COVID-19 control measures are consistent with current advice from the HSE, the Health and Safety Authority, the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Foreign Affairs and, as such, may be subject to change. Students and parents/guardians will be notified of any changes to the control measures.

Students are expected to comply with all directions from school staff in relation to the school’s COVID-19 control measures. Any failure or refusal to comply with this policy or to follow instructions of school staff should be dealt with in accordance with the school’s Code of Behaviour.

Parents/guardians are required to supply the school with a phone number/s of available person/s who can be contacted at all times and who will be available to collect a student from the school should the need arise.

  1. Symptoms of COVID-19

Symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to symptoms of cold or flu.

The most common symptoms are:

fever

cough

shortness of breath

loss of sense of smell or taste

More information regarding the most up-to-date signs and symptoms of COVID-19 is available on the HSE website, https://www2.hse.ie/coronavirus/.

  1. Standards of Behaviour expected of students to help prevent the introduction or spread of COVID - 19 in the school

Standards of Behaviour expected of students

Students are expected to comply with any control measures directed by the school to prevent the introduction and spread of COVID-19, including, but not limited to:

maintaining a social-distance of at least 1 metre and where possible, 2 metres, from other students and staff;

wearing a face covering. All students at post-primary level, are required to wear a face covering subject to a limited number of exceptions set out in relevant Department of Education guidance. Face coverings must not contain any slogans/logos/images that may cause upset or be deemed offensive to any member of the school community.

performing hand hygiene with a hand sanitiser on entering the school.

repeating hand-hygiene at regular intervals throughout the school day and when directed by school staff;

maintaining good respiratory-hygiene. In this regard students should:

o cover nose/mouth with a tissue when coughing/sneezing and dispose of used tissue in waste bin and perform hand hygiene

o cough or sneeze into the inner elbow (upper sleeve) rather than into the hand, if no tissues are available.

o keep contaminated hands away from the eyes and nose

o carry out hand hygiene after contact with respiratory secretions and contaminated objects/materials

o not spit or deliberately cough or sneeze at or towards any other person in theschool

not sharing materials orstationery, such as pens, calculators, rulers, etc. with other students; not attending school for 14 days after returning from travel out of the country in line with Government guidelines for travel;

not attending school if displaying COVID-19 like symptoms and remaining out of school for such period as is required in accordance with HSE/GP advice

not attending school where tested positive for COVID-19 and remaining out of school for such period as is required in accordance with HSE/GP advice

not attending school if identified by the HSE as a person who has been in contact with another person who has contracted COVID-19 and remaining out of school for such period as is required in accordance with HSE/GP advice;

not attending school if a member of the student’s household is displaying COVID-19 symptoms and remaining out of school for such period as is required in accordance with HSE/GP advice

telling a teacher or other member of staff where a student feels unwell at school. In that regard

o the student will require to be collected from the school as soon as possible by a parent/guardian or a person designated by the parent/guardian for such purpose.

o parents must ensure that the school has up-to-date contact details so that they can be contacted by the school if required.

complying with any other such directions as advised by the DES and/or HSE and communicated to the school community.

Students should be aware that the above is a non-exhaustive list. Students are expected to follow all instructions from staff which aim to prevent the introduction COVID-19 into the school and minimise its spread.

  1. Failure to comply with the standards of behaviour

Failure by a student to comply with the standards of behaviour expected to help prevent the introduction and spread of COVID-19 will constitute a breach of the Code of Behaviour of St Joseph’s Secondary School and s/he may be subject to sanction up to and including suspension or permanent exclusion.

Any actions or sanctions taken in respect of alleged breaches of the code of behaviour will be carried out in accordance with the provisions of the school’s code of behaviour, the requirements of the NEWB Guidelines on Developing a Code of Behaviour and relevant requirements of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000. Sanctions will be proportionate to the nature, seriousness and context of the behaviour.

A student engaging in aggressive, threatening or unacceptable behaviour that creates or increases the risk of COVID 19 infection for staff, other students or visitors to the school may be removed from class and, if necessary, from the school premises with immediate effect, pending any further action to be taken in accordance with the school’s code of behaviour.

Nov 30
2020
Fifth Year Assessments
Nov 30
2020
Second Year Assessments
Dec 07
2020
SCHOOL CLOSED
Dec 23
2020
Christmas Holidays
03-Dec-2020
Week 1 , Week 2 of the#STJsings4SVP Campaign links available here . Donations possible via the GoFund me link or the Envelope sent home with students .
02-Dec-2020
Third Year students were justly rewarded for their hand work and perseverance .They received their Certificates of Achievement from Ms Macken ,the Scholars Ireland coordinator in St Josephs.
26-Nov-2020
It's official the Certificates are here. 24 students from TY and 5th Yr will represent St Josephs' Secondary School in the Virtual BTYSE 2021 . Be proud .
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