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The Department has prepared guidance for parents on issues relating to a return to school. The nature of the guidance and the appropriate links are listed below, and we would ask that schools would make parents aware of this information.


Update 27 February 2022

Dear parents/guardians.

I hope you are all well and that midterm break – despite the weather – was a good one for you.

As you know, the Government has made changes to regulations re COVID. The following are the pertinent points for your child and you as we return to school on Monday 28th February:

Teaching and Learning

As the general requirement for physical distancing no longer applies, schools are no longer required to maintain these arrangements. Where these arrangements are impacting on teaching and learning, such as live streaming or restricting team teaching etc., they should cease immediately.

Mask wearing:

It is no longer a requirement for staff or students to wear a mask in school. Staff and students can continue to wear a mask if they wish to do so. Schools should continue to make masks available on request as they are currently doing.

Hand Hygiene

Schools should continue to promote good hygiene. Hand hygiene can be achieved by hand washing or use of a hand sanitiser (when hands look clean).

Staying at home if you have symptoms

The requirement to stay at home if you have symptoms remains, both for students and staff. One of the key messages to manage the risks of COVID-19 is to do everything practical to avoid the introduction of COVID-19 into the school.

If you have any concerns regarding your child the morning of school, please err on the side of caution and keep them at home for observation. Contact your GP in doubts continue during the day. Please do not ‘chance’ sending an ill child into school.

If a student reports feeling ill while in school, they will be asked to wear a mask until collected by you their parent/guardian

School transport and Face coverings/mask wearing

With effect from Monday 28 February the wearing of face coverings/masks on school transport will no longer be mandatory but will continue to be advised. All other measures relating to hygiene (including the provision of hand sanitiser and additional cleaning of service) and pre- assigned seating will remain in place subject to further review

Visitors to schools

There is no longer a requirement to restrict visitors to schools and schools should revert to the normal arrangements. Students must be signed out at the office in person by you, their parent/guardian.

Previous Guidelines

1) Video advice for parents and students at different levels

2) Posters/graphics advice for parents

3) Multilingual advice for parents

4) Communications to Parents regarding School Transport – SEN and Post Primary