School committed to providing ‘safe and healthy workplace’

School committed to providing ‘safe and healthy workplace’

By Aideen O'Flaherty

ST KILIAN’S Senior National School in Kingswood have released their plans for the reopening of the school at the start of the new academic year, following the abrupt closure of schools last March as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement to the parents and guardians of the school’s pupils which was sent out this week by principal Barry Frisby, and chairperson of the school’s Board of Management, Patrick Corcoran, the school outlined the new procedures they’ll have in place for the new school year.

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St Kilian’s Senior National School

They stated that they are “committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for all our staff and a safe learning environment for all our pupils” through the implementation of their Covid-19 Response Plan.

According to the plan, the school will be adapted to facilitate physical distancing as appropriate, a contact log will be kept for contact tracing, and staff will engage with the induction/familiarisation of briefing provided by the Department of Education.

The school will continue to monitor their response to Covid-19 and will amend it in consultation with staff, they will provide up-to-date information for staff and pupils on the Public Health advice issued by the HSE, and all staff and pupils will be informed about essential hygiene and respiratory etiquette.

They will also appoint a Lead Worker Representative, who will be supported in line with the agreement between the Department of Education and education partners, following agreement with staff about who will take up the role.

The school stated: “The Board of Management and all school staff are responsible for the implementation of this plan and a combined effort will help contain the spread of the virus.”

Last month, acting chief medical officer, Dr Ronan Glynn, said the county was “absolutely on track” for the reopening of and the return of pupils to schools in September.

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