Covid 19 Response Plan

St Patrick’s Boys’ National School – 03917V

Ringsend, Dublin 4

COVID 19 School Response Plan

5th August 2020

This COVID – 19 School Response Plan is designed to support the staff and the BOM in putting measures in place that will prevent the spread of COVID 19 in St Patrick’s Boys’ National School.  This plan details the policies and practices necessary for our school to support the DES plan for school reopening and to prevent the spread of COVID 19 in our school environment. The overriding objective of this plan is to protect the health of both staff and pupils while promoting the educational and development needs of the children in the school. 

In line with the Return to Work Safety Protocol, the key to a safe and continued return to work and re-opening of our school is strong communication and a shared collaborative approach between the BOM, staff, pupils and parents. The assistance and co-operation of all staff, pupils, parents/guardians, contractors and visitors is critical to the success of this plan. In line with the Roadmap to reopening, we will take a balanced and common-sense approach to reopening. 

This plan is a working document and may be reviewed or amended to take into account new guidance from,,, or














COVID-19 Policy StatementSt Patrick’s Boys’ National School – 03917V
St Patrick’s Boys’ National School is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for all our staff and a safe learning environment for all our pupils. To ensure that, we have developed the following COVID-19 Response Plan. The BOM 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 will:continue to monitor our COVID-19 response and amend this plan in consultation with our staffprovide up to date information to our staff and pupils on the Public Health advice issued by the HSE and This will be done via noticeboards in school or via Aladdin app. display information on the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and correct hand-washing techniquesagree with staff, a worker representative who is easily identifiable to carry out the role outlined in this plan. The lead worker representative will be IAN LANE (Principal) Deputy lead worker representative will be ANDY O’ROURKE (Deputy Principal). inform all staff and pupils of essential hygiene and respiratory etiquette and physical distancing requirementsadapt the school and yard to facilitate physical distancing as appropriate in line with the guidance and direction of the Department of Education keep a contact log to help with contact tracingensure staff engage with the induction / familiarisation briefing provided by the Department of Educationimplement the agreed procedures to be followed in the event of someone showing symptoms of COVID-19 while at schoolprovide instructions for staff and pupils 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 Chairperson: Dan O’Connor Date: 5th August 2020


The BOM aims to facilitate the resumption of school-based teaching and learning and the return to the workplace for staff. The return to work will be done safely and in adherence to the advice and instructions of DES and public health authorities. 

2.1 School Buildings

Before re-opening, 

  • Clutter will be removed from classrooms
  • Posters and other signage to prevent the introduction and spread of COVID 19 will be displayed
  • Hand sanitizers will be available
  • School and classroom layout will change
  • Yard arrangements will change
  • Risk assessment will be updated
  • Arrangements will be put in place to limit access to the school to only necessary visitors 
  • A contact tracing log will be created for every visitor to the school building (see Appendix 1)

2.2 Procedure for Returning to Work

In order to return to the workplace, staff must complete a Return to Work Form (see Appendix 2). This form should be completed 3 days prior resuming work. 

2.3 Induction Training

Induction training will be provided by DES before staff return to the workplace on Wednesday 26th August 2020 through this link The aim of such training is to ensure that staff have full knowledge and understanding of the following;

  • Latest up to date advice and guidance on public health
  • Covid 19 symptoms
  • What to do if a staff member or pupil develops symptoms of Covid 19 while at school
  • Outline of the Covid 19 response plan 

If any member of staff is unsure about any aspect of the Covid 19 Response Plan, the associated control measures or his/her duties, he/she should immediately seek guidance from the Principal, Ian Lane.

A distance of two metres is recommended for physical distancing for staff. The staff room will have a maximum of 8 people in it at one time. Breaks will be staggered to accommodate this. Staff meetings will be held in a classroom. Staff may wear face masks in the staffroom or during staff meetings if they so wish. No hand shaking or hugging allowed between staff. Staff movement around classes and areas will be minimised. 

2.4 Very High Risk Category

There are some school staff who may not be able to return to school or who may be in the Very High-Risk Category. 

  • Over 70 years old even if fit and well
  • Have an organ transplant
  • Are undergoing active chemotherapy for cancer
  • Having radical radiotherapy for lung cancer
  • Have cancers of the blood or bone marrow
  • Having immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments for cancer
  • Are having other targeted cancer treatments which can affect the immune system
  • Have had a bone marrow transplant or a stem cell transplant in the last 6 months or who are 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 such as SCID that means they have a high risk of getting infections
  • Are taking medicine that makes you more likely to get infections
  • Have a serious heart condition and are pregnant

This group should consult with HSE. We are awaiting more information from DES in relation to Very High-Risk groups. 

2.5 Lead Worker Representative and Deputy Lead Worker Representative

The role of these posts is to:

  • Represent all staff in the workplace regardless of role, and be aware of specific issues that may arise in respect of staff
  • Work collaboratively with school management to ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, the safety, health and welfare of employees in relation to COVID 19
  • Keep up to date with the latest COVID 19 public health advice
  • Promote good hygiene practices such as washing hands regularly and maintaining good respiratory etiquette and maintain social distancing in accordance with public health advice
  • Assist management with the implementation of measures to suppress COVID 19 in the workplace
  • In conjunction with school management, monitor adherence to measures put in place to prevent the spread of COVID 19 
  • Conduct regular reviews of safety measures
  • Report any issues of concern immediately to school management and keep records of such issues and actions taken to rectify them
  • Consult on updates to the COVID 19 School Response Plan, including the location of an isolation room and a safe route to that area
  • Consult with colleagues on matters relating to COVID 19 in the workplace
  • Make representations to the school management on behalf of colleagues on matters relating to COVID 19 in the workplace

Lead Worker Representative – Ian lane 

Deputy Lead Worker Representative – Andy O’Rourke

If a staff member has any concerns or observations in relation to the COVID-19 Response Plan, control measures or the adherence to such measures by staff, students or others, they should contact the LWR who will engage with school management.

The role of the Assistant LWR will be to deputise where the LWR is absent. 

2.6 Signage

We will display signage in areas such as offices, corridors, staffroom, classrooms and toilets, outlining the signs and symptoms of COVID 19 and signage to support good hand and respiratory hygiene. 

2.7 Making Changes To The School Layout

We have moved a wall to increase the size of a classroom. 

2.7.1 School Drop Off and Collection

The aim of these new arrangements is to avoid congregation of people at the school gates and on the narrow path or on road outside the school. Social distancing must be implemented at all times.

School gates will be opened at 8.50am. Parents will not be allowed to enter the school grounds at this time. Children will be encouraged to arrive at school between 8.50am and 9.05am according to their class. Children in JI, Si, 1st and 2nd will line up in the front yard and wait to be brought to class. Children in 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th will go to their specific area in the back yard to wait until called to enter the building. Times TBC.

Social distancing will be encouraged throughout – especially between staff and parents. 

Collection from school will be staggered

  • Senior Infants – 1.25pm (front door)
  • Junior Infants – 1.30pm (front door)
  • 1st (front door) and 2nd (back door)– 2.20pm
  • 3rd (front door) and 4th  (back door)– – 2.25pm
  • 5th  (front door) and 6th (back door)– – 2.30pm

All teachers will walk the class down the stairs to the appropriate door to ensure social distancing and to prevent classes from meeting other classes. 

2.7.2 Yard

We will stagger yard duty so only 4 classes are in the yard at once (2 in the front and 2 in the back). Each class will have its own area to play within. One teacher and SNAs will supervise each yard and walk along the edge of the areas. One child will be allowed into the toilet at any time. Children will be encouraged to wash or sanitise hands before entering the yard and when leaving yard. There will be no equipment on the yard. Yard groupings have been chosen to avoid congestion on the stairs. 

Small Break Front Yard 1040 – 1050Small Break Back Yard 1040 – 1050 JI, SI,5th & 6th Teacher & 2x SNATeacher
Small Break Front Yard  1050 – 1100Small Break Back Yard 1050 – 11001st, 2nd3rd & 4th Teacher & SNATeacher & SNA
Lunch Front Yard 1220 – 1240Lunch Front Yard 1240 – 1300JI & SI1ST & 2ND Teacher & 2x SNATeacher & SNA
Lunch Back Yard 1220 – 1240Lunch Back Yard  1240 – 13005TH & 6TH 3RD & 4TH TeacherTeacher & SNA

*Please note that these times and arrangements are subject to review and may be changed.

2.7.3 Classrooms/Teaching Areas

Physical Distancing will be applied in a practical way to recognise that the learning environment cannot be dominated by a potentially counterproductive focus on this issue. 

We have reconfigured class space and yard space to maximise social distancing. Due to class numbers and the size of rooms, this will vary from class to class.  Classes will be called bubbles and will remain apart from other bubbles as much as is possible. Bubbles will be sub-divided into pods and these pods will remain apart as much as is possible while in the classroom.

It is also recognised that it is not always possible for staff to maintain physical distance from pupils and it is not always appropriate that this would be expected if it would have a detrimental impact on a pupil eg if a child sustains an injury and requires first aid. 

However, where possible staff should maintain 1m distance and if possible 2m distance. Staff should also take measures to avoid close contact at face to face level such as remain standing instead of crouching down. 

2.7.4 Health and Safety Risk Assessment

COVID 19 presents a hazard in the context of health and safety in the school environment. We have used the DES risk assessment (see Appendix 3) template to identify the control measures required to mitigate the risk of COVID 19 in our school. A copy is also included with our Child Safeguarding Statement and Risk Assessment document. 

First Aid/Emergency Procedures

Standard First Aid and emergency procedures shall continue to apply in our school. In an emergency or in case of a serious accident we will phone for an ambulance or fire brigade or police by dialling 999. 

2.8 Access to School and Contact Log 

Arrangements for necessary visitors such as contractors or visitors will be restricted to only essential visits. Contractors should be limited to only those who have prior approval form the principal. The DES inspectorate may also need to visit our school in order to support us. All visitors will have to complete a Contact Tracing Log (Appendix 1).  Outside agencies such as Visiting Coaches will continue to be used in school to enhance learning – with physical distancing being maintained. During September – December we will not have any student teachers on placement or people looking for work experience. 


One of the key messages to manage the risks of COVID 19 is to do everything that we can to avoid the introduction of COVID 19 into our school. 

The following control measures have been put in implemented to reduce the risk of the spread of Covid-19 virus and to protect the safety, health and welfare of staff, pupils, parents/guardians and visitors as far as possible within the school: 

Return to Work Form (appendix 2)

Staff will be required to complete a RTW form at least 3 days prior to any return to work. The purpose of the RTW form is to get confirmation from staff that, to the best of his/her knowledge, he/she has no symptoms of Covid-19 and is not self-isolating or cocooning or awaiting the results of a Covid-19 test. 

 Induction Training 

All staff will undertake and complete Covid-19 Induction Training prior to returning to the school building. This training will be provided by DES and it is intended that this training will be updated. 

Staff will be kept fully informed of the control measures in place in the school and their duties and responsibilities in preventing the spread of Covid-19 and with any changes to the control measures or guidance available from the public health authorities. 

If a staff member is unsure about any aspect of the Covid-19 Response Plan, the associated control measures, or his/her duties, he/she should immediately seek guidance from the Principal. 

Hygiene and Respiratory Etiquette

It is crucial that all staff, pupils, parents/guardians, contractors and visitors are familiar with, and adopt, good hand and respiratory hygiene practices. 

  • Covering mouth and nose with a tissue or bent elbow when you cough or sneeze
  • Dispose of used tissues into a bin

Handwashing facilities and/or hand sanitisers are available at multiple locations within the school facility. HSE guidelines on handwashing are available on www.hse.wellbeing/how-to-wash-your-hands.html. Children will wash or sanitize hands before and after yard time. Wash hand basins, running water, liquid soap and hand drying facilities are available in all toilets. The cleaners will top up soap, sanitizers and towels regularly.

Use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

PPE will not be required to be worn within the school according to current occupational and public health guidance. However, for a limited number of staff, PPE will need to be used occasionally or constantly due to the nature of certain work activities or work areas. This might include roles such as;

  • Performing intimate care 
  • Where a suspected case of Covid-19 is identified while the school is in operation 
  • Where staff are particularly vulnerable to infection or may be living with those who are in the very high-risk category

Appropriate PPE will be available for dealing with suspected COVID-19 cases, intimate care needs and for first aid.  This will be updated in line with advice from the HPSC (Health Protection Surveillance Centre)

The use of a face covering or mask will conceal facial expression and can make communication difficult and as such may not be practical in a school setting. However, the wearing of a visor as an alternative to a facial covering may be considered where there is a concern that physical distancing cannot be maintained, there will be prolonged close contact and/or that exposure to fluid/respiratory droplets is likely. Masks or face coverings will be worn by SNAs and Teachers who are within 2m of children.

Cloth face coverings are not suitable for children under the age of 13 and anyone who 

  • Has trouble breathing
  • Is unconscious or is incapacitated
  • Is unable to remove it without help
  • Has additional needs and may become upset or uncomfortable wearing a face covering

Students who wish to wear a facial covering, or parents who wish their children to wear facial coverings, or staff who wish to wear a face covering should not be discouraged. 

Wearing of Gloves:

The use of disposable gloves in the school setting by pupils or staff is not appropriate.  It does not protect the wearer and may expose others to risk from contaminated gloves.  Routine use of disposable gloves is not a substitute for hand hygiene.


4.1 Shared Equipment

All toys will be cleaned on a regular basis. Toys that are visibly dirty or contaminated with blood or bodily fluids will be taken out of use immediately. Jigsaws, puzzles and other toys should be capable of being washed and disinfected. Scissors will be disinfected after use. All play equipment will be inspected for signs of damage. If a toy cannot be repaired then it will be disposed of. Play dough will be in individual pots for individual use. 

Art equipment – where possible children will have their own art and craft equipment.

iPads – Shared iPads, or other electronic equipment, will be cleaned before use and between use. 

Musical instruments – to the greatest extent possible, instruments will not be shared between pupils. If sharing is required, the teacher will wash and dry each instrument before passing it on. 

Library and reading books – Use of school and class libraries will be limited. Once a child is finished with a school library book then this will be taken out of the classroom for 72 hours.

Shared Sports Equipment – Staff will minimise the sharing of sports and PE equipment. Once a class, bubble or pod uses sports or PE equipment then then the teacher will disinfect the equipment before the next class may use it. 

Station Teaching:  the groups will remain with the same teacher for the entire lesson. 

Textbooks in classrooms – Children in Ji and SI do not use many books. Children in 1st – 6th will have a plastic box each with all their textbooks and workbooks in it. These will not be shared. 


5.1 Cleaning

Communal areas and frequently touched surfaces shall be cleaned thoroughly, in particular, toilets, door handles, sinks, toilet facilities and kitchens. Our cleaners will have a daily schedule of cleaning to follow. 

All staff will have access to cleaning products and will be required to maintain cleanliness of their own work area.  Staff should thoroughly clean and disinfect their work area before and after use each day. 

Staff must use the dishwasher to clean all crockery and cutlery. 

5.2 Cleaning a room where a pupil or staff member has a suspected case of COVID 19.

The room will be cleaned as quickly as is practically possible. It cannot be used until it has been thoroughly cleaned. Once the room is vacated, the room should not be reused until it has been thoroughly cleaned, disinfected and all surfaces are dry. Any others areas such as staffroom, banisters should also be cleaned if necessary. 

The person assigned to cleaning this area should avoid touching their face while they are cleaning and should wear household gloves and a plastic apron.

The environment and furniture will be cleaned using disposable cloths and a household detergent followed by disinfection with a chlorine-based product eg household bleach. Attention will be paid to frequently touched surfaces eg back of chairs, door handles.


Staff or pupils should not attend school if displaying any symptoms of Covid-19. 

A designated isolation area has been identified within the school building; this will be on the middle floor.  The possibility of having more than one person displaying signs of Covid-19 has been considered and our contingency plan for dealing with additional cases is to use the principal’s office as a second isolation room.  

There will be the following in the isolation room;

  • Tissues
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Disinfectant/wipes
  • Gloves/Masks
  • Waste Bags
  • Bin

If a staff member/pupil displays symptoms of Covid-19 while at work in our school then the following are the procedures to be implemented:

  • If the person with the suspected case is a pupil, the parents/guardians should be contacted immediately
  • Isolate the person in the isolation room. The principal will accompany the individual to the designated isolation area via the shortest route available keeping at least 2 metres away from the symptomatic person and also making sure that others maintain a distance of at least 2 metres from the symptomatic person at all times. The principal will wear a face mask. 
  • Provide a mask for the person presenting with symptoms if one is available. He/she should wear the mask if in a common area with other people or while exiting the premises
  • Facilitate the person presenting with symptoms remaining in isolation if they cannot immediately go home and facilitate them calling their doctor if they so wish. 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
  • Arrange for immediate, appropriate cleaning of the isolation area and work areas involved.

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


For children with additional needs, maintaining physical distancing in many instances may not be possible. Children with additional needs who are not able to wash their own hands may require assistance from staff. 

Parents and guardians should focus on a heightened awareness of signs, symptoms and changes in their children that may suggest illness or COVID 19. 


Staff have a statutory obligation to take reasonable care for their own health and safety and that of their colleagues and other parties. In order to facilitate a safe return to work, these duties include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Adhere to our School Covid-19 Response Plan and the control measures outlined. The cooperation and assistance of all staff is essential to reduce the risk of spread of Covid-19 and to protect health and safety as far as possible within the school.  All staff have a key role to play 
  • Coordinate and work with their colleagues to ensure that physical distancing is maintained
  • Make themselves aware of the symptoms of Covid-19 and monitor their own wellbeing
  • Self-isolate and contact their GP promptly for further advice if they display any symptoms of Covid-19 
  • Not return or attend school if they have symptoms of Covid-19 under any circumstances. 
  • If they develop any symptoms of Covid-19 whilst within the school facility, they should adhere to the procedure outlined above
  • Complete the RTW form before they return to work 
  • Must inform the Principal if there are any other circumstances relating to Covid-19, not included in the form, which may need to be disclosed to facilitate their safe return to the workplace 
  • Must complete Covid-19 Induction Training and any other training required prior to their return to school 
  • Must be aware of, and adhere to, good hygiene and respiratory etiquette practices 
  • Keep informed of the updated advice of the public health authorities and comply with same.


The management of a Covid-19 related absence will be managed in line with agreed procedures with DES. We are awaiting the release of a circular by DES detailing this. 


The Board of Management aims to protect and support the health and wellbeing of all staff (physical, mental, spiritual etc.) both at work, whether in the school facility or at home and outside of work. The Board is mindful that the support and promotion of staff health and wellbeing is particularly important in the current context where the Covid-19 pandemic has caused considerable challenges for, and disruption to, people’s personal, family and social lives as well as their work arrangements. 

Should a staff member experience any stress or anxiety in respect of work or work arrangements, he/she should feel free to speak to the principal or the chairperson.

Under the Employee Assistance Service (EAS) provided by Spectrum Life, employees have a dedicated free phone confidential helpline 1800 411 057. This is available 24 hours per day and 365 days per year. This helpline will provide advice on a range of issues such as wellbeing, legal, financial, mediation. Where required, short term counselling is available to employees and their families (aged over 18). 

The DES are promoting five essential principles for wellbeing promotion at this time:

  • A sense of safety
  • A sense of calm
  • A sense of belonging and connectedness to school
  • A sense of self efficacy and school-community efficacy
  • A sense of hope

We will also follow the NEPS advice of “Slow Down to Catch Up” during the initial weeks of school reopening. 

SECTION 11: Learning and School Programmes

As our pupils have not been in school since 12th March 2020, the focus at the start of the year will be on managing the transition period of returning to school from home. While the return to school offers a welcome opportunity for children to revive social connections, it is also recognised that it will be an anxious time for others. Will we give the pupils time to develop relationships again so that they are ready to participate in school life in a meaningful way.

9.1 Curriculum

We will prioritise certain areas of the curriculum; SPHE, language and Maths. We will continue our AR programme but bearing in mind that sharing books and other literacy resources is not possible at this time so it will operate differently this year. We will use the MyOn online platform as much as possible. There may be changes to how homework is assigned as we will need to minimise the movement of books, pens etc between school and home. 

9.2 Supporting Very High-Risk Pupils

We have arrangements in place to support pupils who cannot return or attend school.

  •  health reasons related to COVID 19 or because they are in the very high-risk category. Textbooks/copies will be sent home to the pupil. Daily communication of work will be through Google classroom, Seesaw app, Aladdin or email to support child until he can safely return to school. 
  •  if faced with a situation where we may be faced to close down for a period of lockdown/quarantine; We will send home all textbooks and copies with the boys if lockdown/closure of school is necessary. 1st – 6th will continue work through Google Classroom or the Seesaw app. JI and SI will use work-packs sent home and Aladdin or email.

Good communication is the key to supporting these pupils and their families in order to ensure ongoing connection with their classmates and school community. Communication will involve class teacher, SET teachers, HSCL, SNAs and the principal. 







Appendix 1 – Contact Tracing Log 

St Patrick’s Boys’ National School – 03917V


Contact Tracing Log

Name of SchoolSt Patrick’s Boys’ National School School Contact Person Ian Lane 
Address of SchoolCambridge RoadRingsendD04 AP98For Queries only:01 6606825
Name of Visitor 

Was the visit pre-arranged with the Principal? Yes □    No □
Date of Visit__ __ / __ __ /________TimeEntry
to school __________ am □  pm □
from School __________ am □  pm □
Visitor StatusContractor  □
Parent/Guardian □
Other   □  Please complete: _______________________________________
Contact details of visitorCompany Name (if applicable)  


Contact No. 

Email Address
Reason for Visit

Who the visitor met (separate line required for each person the visitor met)
Name of Person visited Length of time spent with each person in the school

Signed _______________________________________   Date ________________________

Appendix 2  Return to Work Form 

St Patrick’s Boys’ National School – 03917V

Staff Pre-Return to Work Questionnaire COVID-19

This questionnaire must be completed by staff at least 3 days in advance of returning to work. 

If the answer is Yes to any of the below questions, you are advised to seek medical advice before returning to work.

Name: ________________________

Name of School: St Patrick’s Boys’ National School

Name of Principal: Ian Lane

Date: ___________________________________________________



Do you have symptoms of cough, fever, high temperature, sore throat, runny nose, breathlessness or flu like symptoms now or in the past 14 days?

Have you been diagnosed with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infection in the last 14 days?

Have you been advised by the HSE that you are you a close contact of a person who is a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days?

Have you been advised by a doctor to self-isolate at this time?

Have you been advised by a doctor to cocoon at this time?
Have you been advised by your doctor that you are in the very high risk group?If yes, please liaise with Principal re return to work and follow the agreed DES arrangements for very high risk groups

I confirm, to the best of my knowledge that I have no symptoms of COVID-19, am not self-isolating or awaiting results of a COVID-19 test and have not been advised to restrict my movements.

Please note:  The school is collecting this sensitive personal data for the purposes of maintaining safety within the workplace in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The legal basis for collecting this data is based on vital public health interests and maintaining occupational health and this data will be held securely in line with our retention policy.

Signed: ______________________________________

Appendix 3  – Risk Assessment Template

St Patrick’s Boys’ National School – 03917V

Risk Assessment – 1st August 2020

COVID-19 Risk Template (List identifies COVID-19 as the hazard and outlines control measures 

required to deal with this risk)

HazardsIs the hazard present? Y/NWhat is the risk?Risk Rating:
M=Medium L=Low
Controls(When all controls are in place risk will be reduced)Is this control in place?Action/to do list/outstanding controls
*Risk rating applies to outstanding controls outlined in this column
Person responsibleSignature and date when action completed
COVID-19NIllnessHSchool Covid19 Response Plan in place in line with Department of Education guidance and the Return to Work Safely Protocol and public health advice Examples of Actions
Follow public health guidance from HSE re hygiene and respiratory etiquette
Complete School COVID-19 Policy Statement
Return to Work Forms received and reviewed
Induction Training provided 
Contact log in place
Complete checklists as required:School Management How to deal with a suspected caseOther school specific checklist
Name of staff member

If there is one or more High Risk (H) actions needed, then the risk of injury could be high and immediate action should be taken. Medium Risk (M) actions 

should be dealt with as soon as possible.    Low Risk (L) actions should be dealt with as soon as practicable.

Risk Assessment carried out by:

Date: / /


  • “Reopening Our Schools, The Roadmap for the Full Return to School” 27/07/2020
  • “ COVID-19 Response Plan for the safe and sustainable reopening of Primary and Special Schools” 27/07/2020
  • “Returning to school. Curriculum guidance for primary school leaders and teachers” July 2020