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Covid-19 Important Notice Tuesday 4 May 2021

Action required by everyone
04-May-21
Covid-19 Important Notice Tuesday 4 May 2021

IMPORTANT NOTICE - PLEASE READ

Four confirmed cases of COVID-19 in St Declan’s College have been notified this weekend by the Department of Public Health HSE.

A public health risk assessment has been undertaken and the staff and parents of any children deemed to be close contacts of the confirmed cases have been contacted and advised accordingly. If your son is not identified as a close contact, he does not need a test for Covid-19, he can continue to attend school, and no further actions are required at this time.

If your son develops any symptoms suggestive of Covid-19 infection (such as a cough, a fever, loss or change in sense of taste or smell), please do not send your child to school, contact your GP and begin restricting your child’s movements, as per public health advice.

Restricted movement means avoiding contact with other people and social situations as much as possible. It is also sometimes called ‘self-quarantine’.

Further information on COVID-19 is available at: www.hse.ie

A suite of translated resources are available on the hse.ie website (link below)

COVID-19 translated resources - HSE.ie

Students identified as Close Contacts

The parents of those students who have been identified as close contacts of the confirmed case will receive contact from contact tracers with information about restricted movement.

• Restricted movements means not attending school, not going on public transport, not having visitors to the house or visiting other people’s houses. However, provided the student is asymptomatic they can go outside for walks/exercise, but only with members of their own household.

• There are no requirements for household members of these students to restrict their movements. However, should any of the students develop symptoms such as cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, fever or loss of taste and smell, then all members of the household should self-isolate and they should contact their GP.

• Students will be referred for testing which is a routine part of contact tracing. Appointments will be sent to the parents by text message. Should your son develop symptoms before or after this testing session, they should contact their GP to arrange another test.

Brian Avery

Principal

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