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Our COVID-19 Measures

NAIS Dublin

On this page you can find out all the latest information about the measures that we have put in place to protect our school community from COVID-19.

A key initial mantra of the Department of Education in terms of resettling back in, re-engaging distantly and building resilience
with students, parents and staff is to ‘slow down to catch up’.
In achieving this, NAIS Dublin will follow the Department of Education’s guiding principles:

  • Implement a Balanced Approach;
  • Apply Common-Sense;
  • Create Awareness;
  • Do Everything Practical to Avoid Introduction of COVID-19 into the school;
  • Stay at Home if Unwell;
  • Keep doing the key measures to keep us all safe.

By embracing these guidelines, we will all learn to adapt calmly
to a new normal. 

These measures have been developed based on the directives and guidance of:

  • The Depatment of Education and Skills.
  • The Health Service Executive. 
  • Best practice shared by our 69 Nord Anglia sister schools.

Last updated 12 November
 
  • People travelling into Ireland must follow the Department of Foreign Affaris travel advice. Please note that the EU Traffic Light System for travel is now in place in Ireland. Please tinue to stay up to date with travel advice. 
  • The HSE  have made available a COVID Tracker App mobile app (for tracing for preventing onward transmission. 

 
Healthy Policies: 
Screening

Entering and Exiting the School building

  • We ask that all students and staff come to school with their temperature taken. The school will take the student’s temperature should this not be done prior to coming to school. Students are given 5 badges (a colour for each day) to mark that their temperature has been taken. 
  • Students in Grades 2 through 11 are advised to arrive to school in a face mask (students must bring in their own mask and a named zip lock bag to store it).
  • There is an expectation that all students and staff will wash their hands or sanitise upon: entering the school, at the start of break, end of break, start of lunch, end of lunch, before leaving school and throughout the day as needed.
Protect

Protective Equipment

  • We recommend that all students (Grades 2 to 11) come to school with their own re-usable mask and a named zip lock bag to store their mask. Disposable medical masks will be available at reception.
  • Primary and secondary students (Grades 2 to 11)  receive a visor from the school to wear, where appropriate, in specialist classes and involving relocation where physical distancing cannot be maintained. Masks can be worn instead of visors; however, students must have their own mask if this is the case. 
  • Hand sanitiser is available for use in multiple locations around the campus. All teachers and students are encouraged to wash or sanitise hands regularly. Soiled hands must be washed before sanitising.
  • Signage throughout the school: hand washing reminders, physical distancing, floor mapping (arrows) implementing one way systems where appropriate and assist distancing within queues.
  • Bathrooms: There is a maximum capacity of two people in the bathrooms at all times. Signage and floor marking for queues are placed outside of bathrooms.
  • The school will ensure all classrooms are ventilated and have fresh outdoor air circulating at all times.
  • Movement within the school: A one-way system where appropriate will be in operation in the common areas of the school. These will be clearly marked. This has been put in place in order to minimise the crossing of students with one another. As students move around the school, it is advised they wear their provided visor as well as maintaining physical distancing protocols as much as possible.
  • Classrooms: Protective measures have been put in place for classrooms and are determined by the physical size of the classroom. Under current guidelines, we are able to accommodate for full class sizes.
  • KG2-Grade 1: Pods will operate as per guidelines.
    Primary: Bespoke protective desk screens (sneeze guards) are placed in classrooms per individual desk, where appropriate. Primary students will remain in their classroom and specialist teachers will come to classrooms where possible.
  • Grades 2-11: Students will be provided with visors to wear in classrooms where physical distancing is not possible and while moving around the school building. Bespoke protective desk screens (sneeze guards) are placed in classrooms per individual desk, where appropriate.
Social Distancing
Cleaning

Healthy Spaces

  • The school is cleaned thoroughly on a daily basis and is also deep cleaned once per week. Contact and touch points will be focused on throughout the day. Extra cleaning staff is used.
  • The main common areas of the school including the school corridor, staircase handrails, conference rooms, lifts, bathrooms and other public areas are disinfected throughout the day.
  • Classrooms and classroom furniture are cleaned throughly at the end of the day. Students and teachers also sanitise their areas and visors at the beginning and end of each day. Cleaning and disinfecting supplies are in each classroom.
Hygiene

Healthy Spaces

  • Students are asked to wipe down their protective desk screens and visors at the beginning and end of each day with the provided materials.
  • Students are given individual school supplies.
  • Students should not share any school supplies or food with anyone at school at any time.
  • Uniforms: Students are to come to school in their full uniform. On PHE days, students should come in their PHE uniform to avoid using changing areas. We ask that uniforms are washed frequently.
  • Water Bottles: We ask that students bring two bottles (or more) to school to avoid the sharing of taps and fountains. Please ensure all water bottles are clearly labelled. Water fountains will not available for use.
  • Hand washing: hand hygiene will be enforced via frequent handwashing or use of hand sanitiser (when hands look clean) throughout the day.
Need to know:
Buses, Drop-off / Pick-up and visiting the campus

Buses:

  • Drivers will all have 5 different coloured
    masks, wearing a different coloured
    clean mask each day.
  • There will be hand sanitisers on every
    bus and students will be expected to use
    it before taking their seats.
  •  It is strongly advised all students wear
    wear masks on the journey; however, it is
    only compulsory for those 13 and above.
  •  All buses will be cleaned thoroughly and
    hard surfaces wiped down.
  • End of day - all students taking the
    afternoon bus service must wear their
    mask and meet in the auditorium. In
    the auditorium, students will be asked
    to wait patiently seated on physically
    distanced designated seating.
  • Any student in KG2 to Grade 1 that takes
    the school bus home will be supervised
    until the bus departs at 15:30.
  • Students will sit with their siblings where
    possible.
  • Students taking the morning bus service
    will not receive breakfast until further
    notice.

Drop-off and Pick-up:

  • Please note that school doors will not be open until 07:45. Students released from the buses will be staggered. We ask that students wait patiently for the doors to open. Floor markings will be placed outside to ensure physical distancing is maintained while queuing to come in.
  • Unfortunately, at this time we cannot offer before or after school care until further notice due to the logistics and requirement to maintain students in "pods". The school will continue to update families on this and these will resume as soon as possible.
    • Early Years: Enter through Parent Café Entrance and exit through classroom doors. 
    • Primary: Enter through the main entrance and exit at designated points. 
    • Secondary: Enter and exit through the main entrance.
  • Parents can come onto the campus only when absolutely necessary (e.g. a pre-arranged meeting with NAIS Dublin staff) and we ask you not to go into the classrooms and to avoid gathering in groups.
  • In Early Years where one parent can bring their child to the classroom - parents are asked to wash/sanitise their hands and temperature check before coming in and must wear masks.

 

Visiting the campus for any reason:

  • Visits on campus are currently restricted.
  • All visitors must wear masks whilst on campus and have their temperature checked. 
  • Anyone with any COVID-19 symptoms cannot come onto the campus.
  • We ask that all hygiene measures, including frequent hand washing/sanitising are followed.
Keeping our School Safe

In the event of a suspected case:

If a student arrives at school with a temperature of 38.0°C or develops symptoms while at school, the following will apply:

  • The Class teacher will contact the School Matron.
  • The student will then be taken to our isolation room where they will be monitored and asked to wear a face mask.
  • Parents will be notified and asked to pick up their child immediately. We would expect parents to be available to pick their child up within 45 mins once they have been contacted by the School Matron. In the event a parent is unable to collect their child, we will contact the emergency contact we have on file. Parents/emergency contacts will be expected to collect the child by car in order to avoid possible spread on public transport.

In the event of a student presenting with COVID-19 symptoms, it is strongly recommended that you follow the HSE recommendations and contact your doctor to arrange for testing. Please inform your Head of School if someone in your family is being tested for COVID-19.

Dealing with a confirmedcase in the school community

Should a member of our NAIS Dublin community test positive for COVID-19, the following will be executed:

  • The school will communicate this immediately while maintaining both student and staff confidentiality at all times.
  • The HSE will contact the school and will assist in contact tracing and advise on the appropriate action, on a case-by-case basis, that will be taken vis-à-vis the operation of the school.
  • Families will be asked to monitor for symptoms.
  • A deep clean will be performed.

*All staff members have and will be trained on COVID safety measures as per the Department of Education’s induction training guidelines. In addition, the school has appointed seven Lead Worker Representatives (LWR) who have defined duties in quality assuring COVID vigilance.

Continuity of Learning

Campus Operations

  • The school building will be open from, 07:45 - 15:30. All students should be out of the building by 15:45 at the latest.

Physical and Health Education

  • PHE classes will continue and will follow increased health and safety protocols as outlined by the HSE. Team sports and protocols are being considered according to state guidelines and are still being developed.

Performing Arts

  • Regular classes, programmes and private lessons will continue with increased health and safety protocols. The department will work creatively with our students to showcase their artistic talents. To the greatest extent possible, instruments will not be shared between students and if sharing is required, the instruments will be cleaned. Special care is to be taken for 1 to 1 music lessons or feedback.

Break and Lunch

  • Students may bring their lunch to school or purchase a snack or lunch in the canteen. Lunch times will be staggered between classes.

Electronics

  • Shared electronic devices such as tablets, touch screens, keyboards will be cleaned between use. Students are required to perform hand hygiene after using any shared item.

Co-curricular Activities

  • Co-curriuclars are offered. Students will remain in their class/grade "pods" as required while participating in co-curricular activities. 
Our Virtual School Experience

We are currently continuing with full face-to-face classroom learning as per guidance from Irish Government. 

In exceptional cases, we are currently making our Virtual School Experience available:

  • For students that are delayed in their arrival due to COVID if they are newly starting.
  • For current students that have to be out of school for more than 5 days due to illness or isolation, or require exceptional travel to a quarantine country (to be pre-agreed).  

Whilst we believe that the measures outlined above will minimise the probability of any classroom closure, should this happen we are well-prepared with the Virtual School Experience. This builds in the learning from parents, students and staff from the previous academic year as well as best practice from across our 69 Nord Anglia sister schools.

We take pride in delivering an outstanding education to every student, tailored to their individual learning needs and inspired by the global best practice even in challenging circumstances.

We are ready and equipped to continue inspiring the students with innovative lessons, unique learning opportunities and high-quality teaching as part of our blended learning approach.

Our Virtual School Experience has two key aspects:

  • Connected time where students can learn from their teachers ‘live’ using our safe and secure online platform. 
  • Guided time where pupils learn independently through tailored tasks set by their teacher.

Striking the right balance between on and offline learning time allows students to make the most of personalised learning from home, no matter what year group they are in.

You can read more about the Virtual School Experience here.