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Listed hereunder is all documentation (Guidance Notes, Template letters etc.) which relates to the management of schools during the COVID 19 pandemic.

Please note that the CPSMA advice line is operating as normal during school closures and your queries will be addressed by phoning 01-6292462 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or by emailing [email protected] .


 Circular / Press Release 

Guidance Note  / FAQs


DES-COVID 19 Announcements  

DES – Update requirements – Child Protection Oversight Report to BOM


CPSMA Template Risk Assessment for Pregnant Employees

Return To School Documents 

DES – Updated Ventilation in School Guidance




Covid-19 Response Plan for Primary & Special Schools (Editable Word Document)  

DES – Recording and Reporting COVID-19 primary pupil related absences


Letter to primary schools from DES Secretary General 01.07.20 

Letter to primary schools from DES Secretary General 01.07.20_Gaeilge

DES – Supporting Collaboration with Parents in Primary Schools





COVID-19 Schools and Childcare Facilities Mass Testing Report Week 50 (6-12 Dec 2020)


Schools mid term review November 2020

Education and CCF Testing Weekly Report Wk 46

CPSMA Letter of Invitation to Face to Face Interview Covid Final


Template invitation to Online Interviews Final


COVID 19 – interim recommendations for the reopening of schools and educational facilities

Advice for School Principals if notified of a positive case of COVID-19.


CPSMA Template letter for DES paid ancillary staff re Temp Assignment 

Template letter for SNAs re Temp Assignment

7th April – Follow up Template email to SNAs

Submitting Statement of Attendance Form during the current Covid-19 Period of Restrictions Letter

STG Statement of Attendance Form

Foirm Ráiteas Tinrimh a chur isteach le linn na Tréimhse Srianta Covid-19 reatha

Foirm Ráiteas Tinrimh le haghaidh DEONTAS IOMPAIR SPEISIALTA


Parent’s Guide: if your child is a close contact of COVID-19 in school


DES Information Note 0002/2020 on Circular 44/2019 Webinar Recording with Professor Luke O’Neill-  Managing Covid in the classroom



Assistance where there is difficulty making contact with pupils residing in accommodation centres for International Protection Applicants

Protocol for school visits of Priests or School Chaplains


Updated Droichead Covid 19 Guidelines for PSTs 2019-20

Updated Droichead Covid 19 Guidelines for NQTs 2019-20


Candidates Checklist for Remote Interview_

CPSMA Guidance Note on holding face to face interviews during the Covid-19 Pandemic Final

COVID-19 Interview Participation Form




Droichead Interim Measures 2019/2020 (Covid 19)  


CPSMA Submission to DES re: September Return to School Guidance note for the filling of HSCL co-ordinator positions during the period of COVID 19 restrictions


Letter from DES Re: SNA availability to schools pending assignment to the HSE under the temporary assignment scheme DES Guidance for access to schools from 18 May 20 final




Guidance on Contractual and Employment issues arising from COVID -19


DES – Applications for Special Educational Needs (SEN) Transport during the current Covid-19 Period of Restrictions


DES Iompar Scoile – Iarratais d’Iompar Riachtanais Speisialta Oideachais (RSO) le linn Tréimhse Sriantaí Covid-19


DES Guidance on supporting students at risk of educational disadvantage and Guidance on supporting students with Special Educational Needs.


DES – Important Notice:  Arrangements for Section 29 appeals during the Covid 19 emergency  CPSMA Guidance Note in relation to Temporary Assignment arrangements for certain staff in the education and training sector

DES Updated FAQ Documents on Temporary Assignment Arrangements


Circular 0032/2020 – GRANT SCHEME FOR ICT Infrastructure – 2019/2020 SCHOOL YEAR €10m Funding to issue to Primary and post-primary schools


Circular 0031/2020 – GRANT SCHEME FOR ICT Infrastructure – 2019/2020 SCHOOL YEAR 


CPSMA Guidance Note in relation to remote meetingsData Protection when working remotely


Circular 0027/2020Temporary Assignment arrangements for certain staff in the education and training sector  


HSE Temporary Assignment of SNA Briefing Document 0027/2020  



Continuing School Administration 


Minister’s announcement re SNA allocation for the 2020/2021 school year


School Notification SNA Contingency September 2020

School Meals Scheme Updated Guidance


DES school meals updated guidance note




CPSMA Guidance Note School MealsSchool Meals Scheme FAQs

Community Champions

School Meals Scheme An Post Distribution Depots



 Guidance on Continuity of Schooling For primary and post-primary schools


Supporting Pupils with Distance Learning


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