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Return to School Procedures


Important information in regards to Return to School Procedures:

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Covid 19 Policy statement

Covid 19 policy statement

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COVID -19 Policy Statement

Coláiste Íde & Iosef is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for all our staff and a
safe learning environment for all our students. To ensure that, we have developed the following
COVID-19 Response Plan. The BOM/ETB and all school staff are responsible for the
implementation of this plan and a combined effort will help contain the spread of the virus. We
● continue to monitor our COVID-19 response and amend this plan in consultation with our
● provide up to date information to our staff and students on the Public Health advice
issued by the HSE and
● display information on the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and correct hand-washing
● agree with staff, a worker representative who is easily identifiable to carry out the role
outlined in this plan in relation to summer provision
● inform all staff and students of essential hygiene and respiratory etiquette and physical
distancing requirements
● adapt the school to facilitate physical distancing as appropriate in line with the public
health guidance and direction of the Department of Education
● keep a contact log to help with contact tracing
● ensure staff and students engage with the induction / familiarisation briefing provided by
the Department of Education
● implement the agreed procedures to be followed in the event of someone showing
symptoms of COVID-19 while at school
● provide instructions for staff and students to follow if they develop signs and symptoms
of COVID-19 during school time
● implement cleaning in line with Department of Education advice
All school staff will be consulted on an ongoing basis and feedback is encouraged on any
concerns, issues or suggestions.
This can be done through the Lead Worker Representative(s), who will be supported in line with
the agreement between the Department and education partners.
Signed: Liam Murphy (Principal) Date: 20 August 2020

Back To School campaign

Update on the Back To School campaign being run by Limerick CYPSC and the East Limerick Child and Family Support Network.


 Back To School Resources

The Back to School Resources page of is a collection of high quality resources, produced by over 22 local and national partners, that offer support and guidance for parents and carers on children returning to school. They are a mix of documents, videos, podcasts, webinars and interactive websites.


In particular I want to draw your attention to the Covid-19 World Service. In addition to public health videos voiced by doctors in over 30 languages, they have now added video messaging for parents of children returning to school. These videos were voiced by education professionals including teachers and SNAs working in Ireland and the messaging has been approved by the Irish College of GPs. Back To School information videos will be very helpful for those working with families whose may have difficulty engaging with schools or other services in English. It is available in over 30 languages and can be accessed here.


A reminder that if you are working with a family who are struggling to manage the Back To School transition, there are a wide range of Parenting and Family Support Services available in Limerick. You can find a full list of those in the Parenting Limerick Information on Parenting Support in Limerick brochure.



  1. Information Leaflet

Attached is the Back To School Information Leaflet developed by Limerick CYPSC and East Limerick CFSN. The leaflet touches on routines (sleep, screen time and mealtime) as well as how to maintain these routines once established. It also gives tips on communicating with children, managing any anxiety that may present as they return to school and parent self-care.


Paper copies and electronic copies of the leaflet were offered to all schools in Limerick for distribution to parents. 5,500 copies are also being distributed through the Mid West Simon School Stationary campaign as well as through community partners.



  1. Newspaper and Online campaign

A 6-week series of Back To School articles are being published in the Limerick Leader (city and county edition of paper and, Vale Star and Weekly Observer since early August. The series will run into mid-September. The weekly articles match the themes on the information leaflet with a new feature published every Thursday. You can access the full catalogue of articles as they are published here. All articles link the reader back to Articles have been contributed by Barnardos, ISPCC, Tusla (Limerick PPFS), Jigsaw Limerick, ABC Start Right, Incredible Years Limerick and West Limerick Children’s Services.


Newspaper article themes and publication dates

11 June – Pre-School to Primary School during a pandemic (ABC Start Right)

6th Aug – Managing Uncertainty (Barnardos)
13th Aug – Communicating with your child (ISPCC)
20th Aug – Routines (Tusla PPFS)
27th Aug – Supporting your child’s anxiety (Jigsaw)
3rd Sept – Parents of Children with a Disability  (West Limerick Children’s Services)
10th Sept – Parental Self-Care (Incredible Years and Tusla)



Finally, we would like to acknowledge the huge level of preparation and wish best of luck to all early years educators (some of which are already open), primary schools, post-primary schools and alternative education settings as they re-open to children and young people.


Kind Regards,




David Studer

Limerick CYPSC Coordinator


Temporary Supervisors Required

Coláiste Íde agus Iosef invites applications for inclusion on a Panel of Temporary Supervisors to supervise pupils on the school premises. 

In order to facilitate maximum social distancing, it is envisaged that schools will require increased supervision throughout the day in the following areas:

  • increased supervision of students before and after school, at break times and at lunchtimes to encourage good behaviour and social distancing;
  • supervising hand hygiene measures needed to be undertaken by students to prevent the spread of COVID-19;
  • at more entry and exit points than are currently used in order to minimise contact;
  • supervision at lockers and bathroom areas.


The above is not an exhaustive list and additional supervision may be required in other areas depending on the needs of the school.

The hourly rates payable to individual supervisors for supervision work are as follows:



Hourly Rate

Compensation for Holiday pay *

Pre -1 January 2011 Entrant to Employment



Post -1 January 2011 Entrant to Employment





Hourly Rate

Compensation for Holiday pay *

Pre-1 January 2011 Entrant to Employment



Post-1 January 2011 Entrant to Employment



* Holiday pay will be paid 3 times throughout the year (January, Easter and Summer)



Appointment will be subject to satisfactory Garda Vetting disclosure by the National Vetting Bureau of An Garda Síochána.

Please complete the attached documents and return immediately to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Placement on the panel is to fill vacancies that may/may not arise and does not guarantee a future offer of employment. Your application will be retained on file for the school year 2020/2021.  The school will contact you if the need arises. Some but not necessarily all candidates may be contacted depending on the information contained on the application form.   Applications should be submitted immediately.

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Contact Information

School:   Coláiste Ide agus Iosef
Principal: Liam Murphy
Convent St., Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick
Phone: (00353) 68 30631


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