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Covid-19 School Documents Repository

7th October 2021 | News, What's New

All the most recent Department of Education circulars, guidance, forms and information notes since the introduction of Covid-19 is available here. The documentation is categorised with the most recent guidance first.

Return to School September 2021

CPSMA Publications

  1. CPSMA Podcast on the Return to School August 2021
  2. CPSMA Back to School Information Note August 2021
  3. CPSMA Template Risk Assessment for Pregnant Employees

Dept. Of Education & Govt. Publications (Most Recent First)

  1. Circular 0050 2021COVID19 Operational Supports for primary schools for 2021/2022
  2. FAQs for changes to contact tracing for children 23.9.21
  3. Public Risk Assessment for Special Schools and Classes from 27.09.21
  4. FAQ for parents on contact tracing changes for children
  5. Notice regarding Term 1 COVID-19 Funding (20th September)  Fógra maidir le tacaíochtaí maoinithe COVID-19 Téarma 1
  6. Updated FAQs for Principal or Designated Contact Person (16th September)
  7. Circular 0045-2021 CLASS scheme *inc. hours applicable for schools*       Covid Learning & Support Scheme (CLASS) Guidelines
  8. HSE Letter to Principals on Reopening 2021-2022      SP FSS Treoir don Fhilleadh ar an Scoil 2021-2022
  9. Curriculum Guidance for Schools 2021-2022
  10. COVID-19 Response Plan for Primary & Special Schools (PDF & Word versions)
  11. DE – Litir do phríomhoidí 12 Lúnasa 2021                    DE – Letter to Schools 12 August 2021
  12. Info Note 18/2021 Temporary Teacher Sub Arrangements & EPV Leave 2021/22 School Year
  13. Circular 42/2021 – Coronavirus (COVID-19): Arrangements for Teachers & SNA in recognised Primary & Post Primary schools
  14. Government advice on International Travel –
  15. Wellbeing Guidance for-Schools, Parents and Students
  16. September 2021 Back to School Covid-19 Advice for Parents
  17. Video Advice for Parents & Students at Different Levels
  18. Multilingual advice for parents
  19. School Transport Communications to Parents – SEN and Primary
  20. Letter to Parents on Operation of Primary & SEN School Transport Scheme Services 2021/2022 School Year

Summer Programme (School Based) 2021

  1. Primary Summer Programmes Letter to Principals
  2. Summer Programme for Primary Schools
  3. Summer Programme Guidance for Mainstream & Special Schools
  4. DEIS Summer Camps Teacher Handbook
  5. Summer Programme Online Expression of Interest

Summer Programme (Home Based) 2021

  1. Letter to Principals
  2. Overview for Parents, Teachers & SNAs
  3. Guidance for Teaching & Learning
  4. Covid-19 Guidance
  5. Summer Programme Grand Claim Form

School Reopening March 2021 onwards

  1. Letter to Principals re End of Year School Events 2020-2021
  2. Covid-19 Arrangements for Teachers & SNAs Circular 0021/2021
  3. CPSMA checklist for phase 3 of return to primary & special education March 1st
  4. CPSMA_FAQs for phase 3 of return to primary & special education 1st March
  5. Letter to principals in advance of March 15th full reopening             Letter to principals Feb 23rd 2021
  6. Appendix 1 Framework plan for phased reopening
  7. Appendix 2 HPSC guidance on primary reopening
  8. Appendix 3 Covid-19 Response Plan additions
  9. Info Note 0005/2021 Temp changes to teacher parental leave, unpaid leave & other arrangements
  10. Info Note 0006/2021 Temp changes to SNA parental leave, unpaid leave & other arrangements
  11. Staff Return to Work Form Feb 2021 **WORD VERSION**           Foirm Filleadh ar an Obair **WORD**
  12. Substitute/Staff Replacement Covid-19 Self-Declaration Form **WORD**
  13. Return to Educational Facility declaration **WORD**                   Foirm Dearbhaithe Tuismitheora **WORD**
  14. Updated ventilation guidance V2
  15. Section 7 Hygiene and Cleaning in School Covid-19 Response Plan appx 9 cleaning checklist
  16. Section 5 Infection Prevention Control Measures -To prevent Introduction and Spread of COVID-19 in Schools
  17. CPSMA Checklist for Phased Return to Education on 1st March 2021
  18. Returning to School – Guidance for Teaching and Learning 3rd to 6th Class
  19. HSE memo to schools on Covid-19 infection control measures
  20. DE FAQs for School Principals March 2021
  21. Letter Re Ancillary Staff who are VHR
  22. Letter Re Ancillary Staff  who are VHR _Irish – 26/07/2021

School Buildings Partial Reopening February 2021

  1. CPSMA checklist for schools regarding the partial reopening
  2. Letter to principals
  3. Appendix 1 Framework plan for phased return of primary school education
  4. Appendix-2 Public health advice with focus on special education provision
  5. Appendix-3 COVID-19 Response-Plan additions required by Work Safely Protocol
  6. Appendix 4 Amended COVID-19 Response Plan primary & special schools Feb 2021 **WORD VERSION**
  7. Appendix 4 Amended COVID-19 Response Plan primary & special schools Feb 2021 **PDF VERSION**

School Buildings Closure January 2021

  1. Letter to primary and special schools re interim school reopening 15th January 2021
  2. School building closure letter for principals Jan 2021                  Litir do phríomhoidí maidir le dúnadh foirgneamh scoile
  3. Circular 0074/2020 Communication/teaching & learning platform
  4. DE Guidance on remote teaching and learning school year 2020-21
  5. CPSMA guidance on use of digital communication platforms
  6. CPSMA distance learning support links
  7. At risk pupil guidance
  8. SEN pupil guidance
  9. School meals DSP letter
  10. School meals An Post service unavailability
  11. School placement 2020-21 guidance note      Nóta Treorach maidir le socrúchán scoile 2020-21 – An scéala is déana

Return to School September 2020

  1. HSE & HPSC interim recommendations for the reopening of schools and education facilities
  2. Roadmap for the full school return      DES Roadmap update including information on face coverings
  3. Covid-19 Response Plan for primary & special schools (editable Word doc)
  4. Supporting the wellbeing of school communities
  5. Maintaining physical distance in the classroom
  6. Illustrative primary classroom layouts
  7. Illustrative SEN classroom layouts
  8. Primary curriculum guidance on return to school
  9. Circular 0045/2020 COVID-19 operational supports for the full return to school
  10. Circular 0054/2020 – Covid-19 arrangements for ancillary staff/bus escorts
  11. Info Note 0002/2020 – Filling leadership & management posts during COVID-19
  12. Info Note 0003/2020 – Filling SNA vacancies during COVID-19
  13. Info Note 0005/2020 Teacher job sharing scheme changes permitting substitute work
  14. Info Note 0006/2020 Reduced timelines for advertising & interview notice for tr/principal/d. principal (open comp) positions
  15. Info Note 0007/2020 Career break teachers lifting of restrictions on substitution
  16. Info Note 0008/2020 Substitution & EPV days revised arrangements
  17. Info Note 0009/2020 Extension of the Employee Assistance Service (EAS)
  18. Info Note 00010/2020-Partial Return to Work for SNAs
  19. PPE, consumables and equipment guidance    PPE & consumables supply user guide
  20. Staff self-declaration form COVID-19                   Pupil declaration form Covid-19
  21. Training for reopening schools                            Posters for reopening of schools
  22. FAQs on Reopening of schools (11_09_2020)
  23. Return to school prayers for primary schools and Staff prayer
  24. Guidance for supporting primary pupils at very high risk
  25. Dealing with suspected & confirmed COVID-19 cases in primary schools HSE & HSPC guidance
  26. Wellbeing resources to support return to school
  27. Wellbeing supports for school communities as schools reopen
  28. HSE information for parents    Informing parents/guardians in event of suspected/confirmed COVID-19 case in school setting
  29. Schools pathway document for COVID- 19 – CPSMA guidance note 
  30. Return to educational facility pupil declaration form
  31. Cover letter schools communication pack English                             Cover letter schools communication pack Gaeilge
  32. COVID19 Schools community testing pathway FAQ for Schools     Cosan Tastala COVID-19 do Phobail Scoile CC Do Scoileanna
  33. Excel Template Sheet School Community Covid 19 Pathway Data & Referral
  34. Contacts for COVID 19 Schools
  35. Principal advice if notified of a positive case of COVID-19
  36. Parent guide: if your child is a close contact of COVID-19 in school
  37. Recording and reporting COVID-19 primary pupil related absences
  38. COVID-19 guidance regarding SNAs supporting children with additional care needs
  39. Teaching Council guidance note for school placement 2020
  40. Letter to school principals on return to school 2nd Nov      Letter to school principals return to school 2nd Nov Gaeilge
  41. App form claims for sub hours under Circular 45 Section 5.4
  42. Updated ventilation in schools guidance V2
  43. Supporting parental collaboration in primary schools
  44. Update requirements – Child Protection Oversight Report to BOM
  45. Arrangements for end of term – Christmas 2020


         Webinar on Reopening of Schools 









Schools Pathway for Covid-19: a webinar hosted by CPSMA

Webinar Segments – Schools Pathway for COVID 19 


DES Webinar for school principal 01 December 2020



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