MEETING THE COVID-19 CHALLENGE

MESSAGE FROM LEAD WORKER REPRESENTIVE OF THE COVID-19 RESPONSE PLAN

Alicia Devlin-Byrne, LWR at ETSS Wicklow

Hello everyone and thanks for visiting this page to learn more about our Covid-19 Response plan in what has been an extraordinary year for education and for the world. As LWR (Lead Worker Representative) my job is to work closely with the school’s management team, staff, students and parents to ensure the school community implements & adheres to all possible measures to prevent Covid-19 entering our school community and if it does, to reduce the spread by limiting close contacts and the chance of community infection.

This year we have implemented several measures to keep our community safe, including temperature checks, regular cleaning of high touch areas, sanitising of desks and restricting the number of visitors allowed into the school. As we are in a highly fluid time with new information becoming available regularly, we are constantly looking to improve our plan. We welcome suggestions from staff, students and parents who have different perspectives on how our plan is working and want to share ideas about possible improvements both in terms of our physical and mental wellbeing. Below you will learn about a number of our wellbeing initiatives and you can also read our response plan and important information from the HSE. 

ONLINE LEARNING PLAN

During periods when the school is closed, our online learning plan includes the following protocols: 


COVID-19 REOPENING PLAN 

- ADJUSTMENTS APRIL 2021 -

Pre-Return Form
Electronic version of this has been created and all staff and students were required to complete it before returning
Morning
Temperature checks to continue
Little Break
Staggered as before
Lunch Time 
Fifteen minutes shorter (13.00 – 13.30)
Finishing times 
  • First years finish at 15.30 (15 minutes earlier)
  • Second years finish at 15.45 (15 minutes earlier)
Pod System
Alicia to check that class seating plans are fully compliant with pod system during options and short classes (3 new students in particular)
Scheduled Sanitising of Hand
  1. start of first class;
  2. after the small break;
  3. after lunch;
Eating
Staff to be asked to be extra vigilant that students are two metres apart when eating
No Visiting Offices
Phone or zoom contact for communications in the school (objective is to keep contacts to a minimum)
Staff Room
  • Limit reduced to 3 staff members during the day
  • Limit of 2 staff members at lunch times for eating
  • Booking system to be operated during the day
  • Alternative space for staff at lunch to be organised in science room from Mon. to Thurs. and Art Room on Friday
  • Teachers to be reminded to sanitise each room at the end of lunchtime

COVID 19 RESPONSE PLAN 

(PUBLISHED AUGUST 2020) 

Below is a PDF version of our plan - the last four pages (48-52 have been added in April 2021 on the reopening of schools)

ETSS WICKLOW SHOWS RESILIENCE

                       Ice Cream for Everyone

It was always going to be difficult to adjust to a very strange set of new rules for this year - masks, hygiene, social distancing, new seating configurations etc..., but everyone at ETSS Wicklow has shown great resilience in finding ways to work well in these conditions. 

Activity Clubs take place at lunch times and we've had lots of theme weeks such as Diversity Week, Active Week, Languages Week and Mathematics Week. We even organised an ice cream van to visit the school one Friday afternoon. 

Congratulations to everyone for keeping our school safe and finding ways to improve our quality of life during these extraordinary times. 

Interactive Mathematics Games for the 
Socially Distanced Classroom 

 LIST OF WELLBEING INITIATIVES organised this year

                                                                                          1.  Ice Cream Afternoon 

                                                                                  2.  Bingo Afternoon

                                                                                  3.  Student Assemblies by Zoom

                                                                                  4.  Club Activities at Lunch Time

                                                                                  5.  Christmas Variety Show 

                                                                                  6.   Livestreaming Classes to Students in Social Isolation

                                                                                  7.   Drama Workshops for Every Class - Wellbeing Theme

                                                                                  8.  Online Training Day to Prepare for a Non-Stressful Transition to Online Learning if Necessary 

                                                                                 9.   Launch of Morning Yoga Classes in December

                                                                               10.   Students' Council raising the flags of the school, the country and the EU for celebration days    

                                                                               11.  Pancake Day - start the day with pancakes before first class     

                                                                               12.  Student v Parent Debate by Zoom 'Covid-19 is a hoax' (students proposing, parents opposing)

                                                                               13. Online Chess Competition

                                                                               14. National Debate Competition for all Educate Together secondary schools

                                               Thanks to everyone for playing your part in raising spirits, keeping to the plan and helping the work of the school continue! 

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