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Covid 19 Safety Statement and Control Plan.

 

Casa Caterina

 

Coronavirus

 

Covid 19 Safety Statement and Control Plan.

 

 

CONTROL

 

Author

Deirdre Shannon

Reviewed by

Issue Date

24/08/20

Rev No

Reason for Change

 

Document Control Statement

To ensure this Covid-19 School Operation Plan is kept up-to-date and that the most recent version is used by staff, its distribution and revision will be controlled. School Management will have responsibility to:

 

-          manage the master copy and any other paper or electronic copies of the plan

-          keep a summary of updates, versions and dates and distribution lists

-          ensure plan updates are distributed to all relevant staff

-          ensure any uncontrolled copies are marked as uncontrolled copies

-          ensure any out-of-date copies are discarded when updates are distributed

-          Ensure to check HSE webSchool to for up to date information

-          https://www2.hse.ie/coronavirus/

 

Note:

 

Please read this document carefully and act with responsibility.

 

If you have been infected with the Coronavirus your risk may be low, but you may pass to others

who won’t be able to fight the virus.

 

As this is an evolving situation, this is a live working document and will be updated on an ongoing

basis.

 

 

 

 

 INTRODUCTION

The purpose of this document is to introduce consistent measures across all Casa Caterina activities in line with the Government’s recommendations on social distancing and ensure employers and individuals make every effort to comply.

This document should also remind our staff at every opportunity of the School Operating Procedures which are aimed at protecting them, their colleagues, families and the population at large.

These are exceptional circumstances, and the school must comply with the latest Government advice on Coronavirus at all times.

The normal health and safety requirements of any school activity must not be compromised at this time. There is no derogation to the normal health and safety requirements.

 

What is Coronavirus?

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It is caused by a virus called coronavirus. It can take up to 14 days for symptoms of coronavirus to appear. They can be similar to the symptoms of cold and flu. A combination of good personal hygiene and management of social distancing can protect from infection. This is at the core of this document.

 

Key Control Measures

The following are key control measures required for mitigating against the spread of the

virus:

Symptoms

Ensuring no person with symptoms attends School. The main symptoms to look out for are:

-          a cough - this can be any kind of cough, not just dry

-          shortness of breath

-          breathing difficulties

-          fever (high temperature-38 degrees Celsius or above or chills

-          Other symptoms are fatigue, headaches, sore throat, aches and pains.

It can take up to 14 days for symptoms of coronavirus to appear. Persons displaying symptoms must self-isolate and not attend School or work for 14 days. Also, any person living with someone who is self-isolating or waiting a COVID-19 test must restrict their movements for 14 days.

 

At Risk Groups

 

There are some groups of people who may be at risk of serious illness if they catch coronavirus.

(Read more about who is included in the at-risk groups on HSE.ie)

 

General Health

Personnel living with “at risk groups” as defined by the HSE. must consider if there is a heightened risk from attending work

 

Travel

Persons returning to the island of Ireland are required to follow the national advice issued by the  HSE / the Department of Foreign Affairs. No work-related travel is sanctioned until further notice.

(Read more at dfa.ie)

 

Social Distancing

Ensuring workers maintain 2-metre (2m) separation insofar as possible while working, when using toilets, canteens, drying rooms etc. Also, to promote social distancing when travelling to and from work (public transport, vans etc.), and in their daily lives, in order to limit exposure.

 

Hand Hygiene

Ensuring everyone is washing hands regularly and thoroughly or sanitizing and sufficient facilities are provided and maintained to allow this to happen.

 

Cough Etiquette / Respiratory Hygiene

Ensuring people cough / sneeze into sleeve/elbow/tissue. Always cover up and dispose of tissues responsibly.

 

First Aid Responder

 

Updated guidance - see appendix 3

 

Cleaning

Ensuring that all frequently touched objects and surfaces are regularly cleaned and disinfected.  We would expect individuals to be responsible for their own equipment etc.

 

Suspected Case of Covid-19

Follow the detailed procedures outlined in appendix 4

 

Confirmed Case of Covid-19

Follow the detailed procedures in appendix 5

 

Fitness to Work- Worker

In the event of a worker either being a suspected/ confirmed case of COVID-19 or a known “close contact” with a confirmed or suspected case, a protocol must be followed to ensure they are fit to return to work by means of self-declaration. See appendix 7.

 

School Shut Down

If Casa Caterina Board of Management advise to shut down the school, please follow the procedure outlined in Appendix 6.

 

 

The above-mentioned control measures are elaborated on throughout this document and all

individuals need to take personal responsibility to advise their employer of any symptoms

immediately.

 

 

 

RETURN TO WORK REQUIREMENTS

In advance of school commencing following the COVID-19 shutdown period the following procedures are to be followed.

 

Covid 19 Questionnaire

Complete the C&A COVID-19 Questionnaire (Appendix 1).

This must be completed and submitted at least 3 days in advance of persons returning to school– should conditions change at any time, school personnel will need to advise the Principal.

Covid Officer

Casa Caterina have appointed two members of staff to be the C-19 Covid Officers. Our Covid Officer’s details and responsibilities are detailed in Appendix 2.

 

TRAVEL TO AND FROM WORK

-           Where a student or staff member exhibits any signs of COVID-19 or has been exposed to a confirmed case, they should not travel to work.

-          Wherever possible, staff should travel to work alone using their own means of

transport. Pupil/students who use school transport should not attend school if they show any of the symptoms.

-          See Appendix 3 for further guidance

 

PREVENTION OF CROSS CONTAMINATION

School Entry

The potential for cross contamination is higher at our school entry and exit points and where there are high levels of surface contact points such as in common areas, stairs access etc.

 

Control Measures

The following controls measures have should put into place at access points:

-          School Access points will be marked with 2m standing markers. Entry via Front door only.  Exit via Fire door only

-          School Staff may enter via front door. access points to enable social distancing – the number of access points may need to be changed, either increased or reduced congestion ie: staggering of school buses.

-          Staff to wash or clean their hands at School entrance point before entering the work area and when leaving the School

-          All staff carry sanitising gel at all times.

-          Regularly clean common contact surfaces in office, access control and delivery areas e.g. scanners, screens, photocopier, phone.

-          Delivery drivers should remain in their vehicles.

-          Covid 19 officer to record symptoms and temperature and all names rather than having multiple persons signing-in using shared pen/booklet

-          Restrict entry to staff/students and essential visitors only.

-          Touch points should be minimised with a “handsfree” approach where possible

 

School Walkways and General Access

To assist with social distancing, consider the following:

-          A one-way system on access routes throughout the School where possible. Increasing access points can help establish a one-way system. (enter through front door exit through fire door).

-          Where a one-way system is not possible, Please give way!

-          Marked up walkways can help give an indication of what 2-metre spacing looks like.

 

School Equipment

-          All equipment eg: desks, phones, photocopiers should be properly sanitised to prevent cross contamination.  This is the responsibility of the last user.

-           Arrangements for one individual to use the same equipment as much as possible.

-          Make available cleaning material for all equipment to be wiped down with disinfectant between each user.

-          Organise work practices to reduce, eliminate or reduce transmission points and coach School personnel on the same.

-          All classrooms to be cleaned and disinfected regularly.  Classrooms should be thoroughly cleaned at the end of each day by children and staff.

 

Communal and Welfare Areas

Toilet Facilities

-          Wash hands after using the facilities

Enhance the cleaning regimes for toilet facilities particularly door handles, locks and the toilet flush

-          Ensure soap and hand washing pictorial guides provided for washing hands are clearly visual and in a form manner and language understand for all.

-          Provide suitable and sufficient rubbish bins for hand towels with regular removal and disposal.

-          Provide one toilet cubical per class – cubical to be clearly labelled.

 

Canteens and Eating Arrangments

Whilst there is a provision in the school to provide a means of heating food and making hot drinks, a pandemic is an exceptional circumstance and staff attending school should be advised where possible to bring a packed lunch and flask to help eliminate transmission points on microwaves and water pour points etc.

 

 

 

-          Break times should always be staggered to reduce congestion. (See attached Staff Room rota in appendix 8)

-          Staff and students must be encouraged to wash their hands before eating.

-          Hand cleaning facilities or hand sanitiser should be available in any room where people eat and should be used by all personnel when entering and leaving the area.

-          Ensure a seating arrangement where workers sit 2 metres apart from each other whilst eating and avoid all physical contact with colleagues.

-          Where pre-packed lunches are provided in school, consider the provision pre-prepared and wrapped food only.

-          Tables should be cleaned between each use and sitting based on rota.

-          All rubbish should be disposed in a suitable bin.

-          Tables should be clear when finished eating.

-          All areas used for eating must be thoroughly cleaned after each use, including chairs, door handles.

-          Provide illustrations of 2 metre spacing to clearly demonstrate social distancing.

-          All lunch breaks to be taken with own class pods.

 

Social Distancing

Social distancing, or physical distancing, is a set of interventions or measures taken to prevent the spread of a COVID-19 by maintaining a physical distance between people and reducing the number of times people come into close contact with each other. In order to slow the transmission rate of COVID-19, a social distancing of minimum 2m is recommended by the HSE.

 

The flow chart below is provided to assist in the review of work processes with social distancing in mind.

 

Close Working

Guidance relating to COVID-19 Particular Risks for short-term work that must be completed where workers are less than 2 metres apart.

Elimination of Close Working:

Elimination of close working is preferable and should be investigated.

It is critical that Casa Caterina employees and all visitors explore every available option possible before putting personnel to work in less than 2m close contact tasks.

-          Meetings should take place online where possible. Visitors to the school must wait in their cars until their allocated time.

Tasks where personnel are less than 2m apart require additional focus and daily oversight

The HSE has recommend a 2 metre safe distance between individuals to avoid transmission hazards. Where a risk assessment identifies work where 2 m separation cannot be maintained, additional safety precautions are required to manage the risk. Requirements for personnel working within 2m of each other:

-          No worker has symptoms of COVID-19.

-          The close contact work cannot be avoided.

-          PPE is present in line with the Risk Assessment (full face shield etc).

-          An exclusion zone for less than 2m work will be set up pre-task commencement.

-          Prior to donning appropriate P.P.E., personnel shall wash / sanitise their hands thoroughly.

-          Staff/students should only work side by side or back to back rather than facing each other.

-          Increase ventilation in enclosed spaces.

-          Work activities should be kept to 15 minutes or less where possible

-          If it is possible to erect a physical barrier / safety signage that does not impede the work between colleagues and does not increase work safety hazards (lack of communication / visibility), please consider your options. (e.g. hanging clear plastic /mobile frame with plexiglass).  Note: The full-face visor replaces plexiglass as a physical airborne barrier between colleagues provided there is adequate air circulation.

-          There are 2 types of work in the less than 2m transmission zone. (see table below for PPE requirements)

 

 

 

PPE REQUIREMENTS FOR WORKING LESS THAN 2M WITH & WITHOUT CLOSE CONTACT

 

 

Close Contact: No physical contact between colleagues

 

Close Contact: physical touching will occur (manual handling / pushing – pulling side by side)

 

Personnel will be required to wear

-          Full face shields

-          Gloves

-          FFP3/FFP2/surgical masks with eye protection

At the end of the task, all equipment must be sanitised properly, as should any surfaces safe to wipe down.

Personnel will be required to wear

-          Full face shields

-          FFP3/FFP2/surgical masks with eye protection

-          Gloves & disposable suits

On completion, dispose/make safe any contaminated PPE – specific procedures to be agreed by the school

 

At the end of the task, equipment must be sanitised properly, as should any surfaces safe to wipe down.

 

 

MANAGEMENT OF DELIVERIES

-          Ensure that all delivery transactions enforce physical distancing.

-          Ask driver to stay in their vehicle and to follow instructions to set down area.

 

HYGIENE

All School personnel should follow this advice

DO

DON’T

 

Wash your hands properly and often.

Hands should be washed:

? after coughing or sneezing

? before and after eating

? before and after preparing food

? if you were in contact with

someone who has a fever or

respiratory symptoms (cough,

shortness of breath, difficulty

breathing)

? before and after being on

public transport if you must

use it

? before and after being in a

crowd (especially an indoor

crowd)

? when you arrive and leave

buildings including your home

or anyone else’s home

? before having a cigarette or

vaping

? if your hands are dirty

? after toilet use

? Cover your mouth and nose

with a tissue or your sleeve

when you cough and sneeze.

? Put used tissues into a bin and

wash your hands.

? Clean and disinfect frequently

touched objects and surfaces.

 

X Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if

your hands are not clean.

X Do not share objects that touch your

mouth – for example, bottles, cups

 

 

  • Poster campaign at school entrance
  • No hand shaking

GENERAL CLEANING REGIME

 

  • Working desk surfaces and equipment to be cleaned daily
  • Increase welfare cleaning programme (to include sanitation of
  • tabletops, and food areas)
  • Clean door handles regularly
  • Keep office doors open where applicable

 

GENERAL GUIDANCE

 

  • Regular updates and awareness on Covid 19 (Coronavirus)
  • Limit visitors to School (do not invite non critical/non necessary parties to School)
  • SNA meetings held online via Zoom/Skype where available unless it is absolutely
  • necessary to meet face-to-face. In these circumstances, keep the numbers attending
  • as small as possible ensuring the mandatory 2m distance apart. The duration of the
  • meeting should be kept as brief as possible.
  • Rooms should be well ventilated with windows open to allow fresh air circulation.
  • Consideration to be given to hold meetings in open areas where possible

 

Office Space

 

TRAVELLING TO AND FROM WORK

 

Social Distancing in Vehicles

 

Social distancing is advised when travelling in vehicles to/from work.

Suggested arrangements are as follows:

  • Cycling/walking is preferable
  • Single occupancy of vehicles is preferable if driving.
  • Sit as far apart as the vehicle allows.

Other control measures for vehicle use

  • Workers should not enter a work vehicle with others if they have any symptoms or
  • have had contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • General guidance for minimising the potential transmission of COVID-19 are:
  • Employers should consider requesting personnel to use personal transport to reduce
  • numbers travelling in work vehicles.
  • Keep windows at least partially open.
  • Keep personal items (PPE, clothes, lunch boxes etc.) separate.
  • Wiping/cleaning down of contact points should be done using antibacterial wipes or a
  • wet cloth with soap application, or equivalent.
  • Dispose of used wipes/cleaning materials in a designated bin/sealed bag and wash
  • hands for at least 20 seconds.
  • If availing of public transport, sit down to minimise contact with frequently touched
  • surfaces, handles, roof straps, isolation bars etc.
  • Carry hand sanitiser (at least 60% alcohol) and use it regularly throughout your
  • journey.
  • Switch off recirculating air conditioning in shared vehicles

 

 

Appendix 1:

 

 

Appendix 2:

Role of a C-19 Safety Officer – Ms. Sarah Jane Walshe and Ms. Michelle Fleming

  • The role of a C-19 Safety Officer is to monitor the day to the School activities to
  • ensure social distancing and hygiene rules are being maintained to protect health
  • and reduce the spread of the C-19 virus.
  • ?
  • The person undertaking the role must receive training in what the role will entail
  • Ensuring compliance to the 2m social distancing rule and good hygiene is not the
  • sole responsibility of the C-19 Compliance Officer. Their role is supported by all
  • School management and Individual responsibility of all workers is of paramount
  • importance.
  • School Management must communicate to all school details of the appointed C-19
  • Safety Officer(s).
  • A C-19 Safety Officer must not put themselves at risk while carrying out their duties.

 

Day to day duties of a C-19 Compliance Officer

  • Ensure personnel in school complete relevant COVID-19 Questionnaires /
  • Declarations.
  • Being a constant presence to monitor compliance with social distancing of 2 metres
  • between all personnel in school. In instances where there is non-conformance with
  • social distancing the C-19 Safety Officer is to intervene.
  • Maintain a log of regular monitoring of COVID-19 controls in School.
  • Ensure there is sufficient up to date signage erected on the school premises to
  • educate all personnel about the COVID-19 controls on School.

 

  • At all times promote and coach good hygiene practises to all personnel.
  • Ensure regular cleaning of welfare facilities, handrails, door handles, etc. is
  • undertaken.
  • Ensure hand wash liquid/soap and hand sanitisers are replenished as required.
  • Check hot water and hand drying facilities are available in school.
  • Make representations to School management with regards any COVID-19 concerns
  • raised by School personnel to the C-19 Safety Officer.
  • Ensure School personnel are adhering to staggered break time schedules and
  • limiting numbers in canteen.
  • Ensure School personnel leaving School at designated breaks remove their School
  • PPE and continue to adhere to social distancing guidelines.
  • Report any areas of non-compliance to School management and ensure these are
  • addressed.
  • Consider provision of additional controls for exceptional circumstances.

 

Appendix 3:

FIRST AID RESPONDER GUIDANCE

COVID-19 infects people through contact with the mucous membranes. First Aid Responders must think of these as being the mouth, nose and eyes. It does not infect through the skin.

  • The greatest element of risk for a First Aid Responder is transfer of the virus to the mucous membranes by contact of contaminated hands (including contaminated gloved hands) with the eyes, nose or mouth.
  • The key interventions to manage this risk are to minimise hand contamination, avoid touching your face and clean your hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol-based hand gel.
  • There is also a significant risk of direct transfer of the virus on to mucous membranes by droplet transmission, that is, by direct impact of larger infectious virus droplets generated from the person’s respiratory tract landing directly in your eyes, nose or mouth. This risk is managed by use of appropriate PPE (mask and eye protection) and by providing the ill person with a mask to cover their nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing (respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette).
  • If, as a First Aid Responder, you can avoid close contact with a person who may require some level of first aid, do so. This, of course, will not be possible in the event of having to provide emergency lifesaving measures such as an incident of cardiac arrest, heart attack, choking, stroke.
  • First Aid Responders should be familiar with the symptoms of COVID-19, as per graphic below. You will need to perform a “dynamic risk assessment” based on the scenario you are presented with.

 

Key Control Measures

? Standard infection control precautions to be applied when responding to any first aid incident in the workplace. Hand washing with warm water and soap or an alcohol-based hand gel must be performed before and after providing any first aid treatment.

  • Any person presenting with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should be treated as a suspected case.
  • In such cases, move individual to a first aid room / isolated room to minimise risk of infection to others.
  • Only one First Aid Responder to provide support/ treatment, where practical.
  • Additional PPE (enclosed eye protection and FFP3 mask if available) should be worn by First Aid Responders when responding to all first aid incidents where close contact cannot be avoided. Please also have a mask available to give to person if they are displaying symptoms consistent with COVID-19 to limit droplet dispersion.
  • If you suspect a person has experienced a cardiac arrest, do not listen or feel for breathing by placing your ear and cheek close to the person’s mouth. If you are in any doubt about confirming cardiac arrest, the default position is to start chest compressions only until help arrives. To re-iterate the point, a person in cardiac arrest should have compression only CPR applied.
  • Persons with minor injuries (cuts, abrasions, minor burns) - where practical, a First Aid Responder should avoid close contact and advise the injured party what steps to take in treating their injury.
  • No reusable equipment should be returned to service without being cleaned/disinfected appropriately.

 

PPE Requirements

The following PPE must be available for responding to first aid incidents:

  • Disposable gloves (nitrile/latex)
  • FFP3 or FFP2 Face masks
  • Disposable plastic aprons
  • Enclosed eye protection
  • First Aid Responder must ensure that the mask covers both the mouth and nose and is fitted correctly to create an adequate seal to the face.
  • Following first aid treatment, disposable PPE and any waste should be disposed of appropriately and reusable PPE cleaned/disinfected thoroughly.
  • Wash hands thoroughly with warm water and soap before putting on and after taking off PPE.
  • Replenish PPE stock as appropriate. Liaise with your Project Lead or designated person to ensure any issues with first aid PPE are resolved in as timely a manner as possible.

 

 Appendix 4:

PROCEDURES FOR SUSPECTED CASE OF CORONAVIRUS

Should an individual display symptoms of Covid-19, as outlined in section 2.2 of this document, Casa Caterina will request them to:-

  • Advise their Employer
  • Restrict their movements https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/self-isolation-
  • and-limited-social-interaction.html
  • Phone their GP.(Individuals are asked not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital).
  • The GP will assess individuals over the phone and provide guidance.
  • Where the individual doesn’t have a GP – they should contact HSE Live Callsave
  • 1850 24 1850 . Alternative contact – Ambulance Service on 112/999.
  • Follow the guidance provided by their GP/HSE

Where the individual has been advised to get tested – they should:

  • Follow medical advice.
  • Advise their employer of the test requirement and date of proposed test.
  • Advise their employer of the outcome of the test.(subject to HSE guidelines)
  • Where negative or no symptoms have developed in the 14 days after leaving School - Individual will be required to complete a Casa Caterina Covid-19 Questionnaire (Appendix 1) in advance of returning to work in School.

Individual will need to self-isolate if they have coronavirus (Covid 19) or have symptoms of coronavirus. This could be before they get tested for coronavirus, while they wait for test results or when a positive result is confirmed.

  • If the individual is leaving the School they will be requested to provide their full contact
  • details with the Principal and the location where they are going to restrict their
  • movements.
  • The Principal will update information on the “Record of Incident Tracker (Cov-19.2)”
  • In advance of leaving the school the individual will be requested to advise the Principal of
  • the areas in which they were operating in the previous 24 hours in school.
  • They should also advise the Principal of those with whom they have been in close
  • contact with in school.https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/protect-yourself.html
  • The Principal to request confirmation from individual that they have contacted relevant
  • authorities.
  • The Principal will isolate the areas identified by the individual and proceed to carry out a
  • Category 2 clean as outlined in the following page of this document.

Areas are clear to recommence activities as soon as possible.

NOTE: All incidents - HSE guidelines and advice will need to be followed

 

Recommended Guidelines for Cleaning and Sanitising of Suspect Spaces with Regard to COVID-19

Casa Caterina School will organise for a specialist sanitisation service at the School in order to remove the presence of germs associated with the suspected COVID-19 outbreak in line with the following conditions:

CATEGORY 1: PRECAUTIONARY CLEANING

No direct evidence that leads us to believe there is COVID-19 virus in the property.

  • General Cleaning and Sanitising of the spaces and work surfaces to help or assist in the
  • prevention of virus spread.
  • No HSE notifications required.
  • No validation or clearance testing recommended.
  • Cleaning is voluntary based on direction of management. Sanitising agents used are typically of
  • the same type used with more detailed levels of decontamination.
  • Cleaners will have lower levels of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

CATEGORY 2: SUSPECTED CASE

A Category 2 level of contamination involves a Person under Investigation (PUI). A PUI is someone who is involved in a quarantine/self-isolating situation or has come in contact with someone who is a confirmed COVID-19 patient and is symptomatic or showing signs of illness.

  • Sanitising agents will be applied via electrostatic spray fog with physical wipe down. Area included is usually greater than just high touch areas and surfaces and may include all walls and horizontal surfaces.
  • Cleaners will have full levels of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and are trained to work in infectious areas.

CATEGORY 3: CONFIRMED CASE

A Category 3 level of contamination involves confirmed positive case of COVID-19. Notification to HSE is required. Cleaning to follow HSE guidelines.

  • Sanitising agents may be applied via electrostatic spray fog with physically wipe down. Area included is usually greater than just high touch areas and surfaces and may include all walls and horizontal surfaces.
  • Cleaners will have full levels of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and are trained to work in infectious areas

 

Appendix 5:

PROCEDURES FOR CONFIRMED CASE OF CORONAVIRUS

Following on from an individual having presented and being dealt with in accordance with the Casa Caterina School Covid-19 School Operating Procedure and in particular - Appendix 8 (procedure for dealing with a suspected case) the individual should have restricted their movements and once gone from school, should follow medical and HSE guidance.

Individuals will need to self-isolate if they suspect they have the coronavirus or have symptoms of coronavirus. This could be before they get tested for coronavirus, while they wait for test results or when a positive result is confirmed.

  • The individual should;
  • Advise their Principal of the test requirement and date of proposed test.
  • Advise the Principal of the outcome of the test (subject to HSE guidelines)
  • The Principal will update information on Casa Caterina “Record of Incident Tracker (Cov-
  • 19.2)”
  • Where tested positive, the individual will need to follow medical advice and provide
  • weekly updates to the Principal.
  • Where an individual has been deemed to have had successful treatment they should
  • provide the Principal with a Medical Letter stating that they are fit to return to work.
  • Individual will be required to complete a Covid-19 Questionnaire in Appendix 1
  • Follow the return to work process outlined in Appendix 11

 

NOTE: All incidents - HSE guidelines and advice will need to be followed.

 

Appendix 6:

 

School Shut Down

Should the school be required to shut down, the following steps should be taken:

Home work packs should be made up and sent home, along with necessary instructions for parents/children.

All of children’s personal items should be sent home.

Classrooms should be thoroughly sanitised and left clean and tidy.

Teachers should take home school laptops (if available) in order to facilitate home schooling.

Teachers should take home school phones, all parents contact details, an email addresses, in order to facilitate communication and correspondence.

 

 

 Appendix 7:

 

Return to Work Process – Worker

Suspected/Confirmed Case of COVID-19

In the event of a worker either being a suspected/ confirmed case of COVID-19 or a known “close contact” with a confirmed or suspected case, this protocol must be followed to ensure they are fit to return to work by means of self-declaration.

Fitness for Work should be considered from two perspectives:

  1. Does their illness pose a risk to the individual themselves in performing their
  2. work duties?
  3. Does their illness pose a risk to other individuals in the workplace?

The following steps should be followed, in line with current advice from the HSE :

  • Any worker who has displays symptoms consistent with COVID-19 must stay away from work, self-isolate and contact their GP by phone as part of the triage process.
  • They must also notify their Principal. An individual will be classified as either a suspected or confirmed case, based on the HSE decision to test / outcome of test.
  • An individual who is a known close contact [2] with a confirmed or suspected case will be contacted by the HSE through its contact tracing process. Advice regarding self-isolation for a period of 14 days since their last “close contact” with a confirmed/suspected case must be followed.
  • An individual must only return to work if deemed fit to do so and upon approval of their medical advisor and having coordinated with their line manager/designated HR/employer contact.
  • When an individual is symptom-free and are deemed fit to return to work, the key criteria are:
  1. 14 days since their last “close contact” with a confirmed/suspected case and have not developed symptoms in that time, or
  2. 14 days since the onset of their symptoms and 5 days since their last fever (high temperature), or
  3. They have been advised by a GP / healthcare provider to return to work.
  4. The Principal should confirm the relevant criteria above with the individual and write down their responses.
  5. Individual must self-declare their fitness for work in the absence of having a fitness for work certificate from their GP/healthcare provider. This is in acknowledgement that GP’s don’t currently have capacity to be issuing return to work certificates.
  6. Close contact is defined by the HSE as spending more than 15 minutes face-to-face contact within 2 metres of an infected person / living in the same house or shared accommodation as an infected person. [This is only a guide].

 

Appendix 8:

 

 

 

Appendix 9:

 

 

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