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School Partial & Full Reopening 2021 Document Repository (inc. School Return 2020)

5th May 2021 | News, What's New


All the most recent Department of Education guidance, forms and information notes on the partial and full return to school in March 2021 is available here. The documentation is categorised with the most recent guidance first. It also includes information on the supplementary programme for pupils.


School Buildings Partial & Full Reopening March 2021

  1. CPSMA checklist for phase 3 of return to primary & special education March 1st
  2. CPSMA_FAQs for phase 3 of return to primary & special education 1st March
  3. Letter to principals in advance of March 15th full reopening             Letter to principals Feb 23rd 2021
  4. Appendix 1 Framework plan for phased reopening
  5. Appendix 2 HPSC guidance on primary reopening
  6. Appendix 3 Covid-19 Response Plan additions
  7. Info Note 0010/2021 March 15th full reopening arrangements for teachers
  8. Info Note 0011/2021 March 15th full reopening arrangements for SNAs
  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 to Principals re End of Year School Events


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. Info Note 0001/2021 Temp changes to teacher parental leave, unpaid leave & other arrangements
  7. Info Note 0002/2021 Temp changes to SNA parental leave, unpaid leave & other arrangements
  8. Appendix 4 Amended COVID-19 Response Plan primary & special schools Feb 2021 **WORD VERSION**
  9. Appendix 4 Amended COVID-19 Response Plan primary & special schools Feb 2021 **PDF VERSION**

Supplementary Programme

  1. Supplementary programme guidance for teachers & SNAs
  2. Supplementary programme COVID-19 guidance
  3. Supplementary programme letter to principals
  4. Supplementary programme guidance for parents
  5. Supplementary programme grant claim form (updated)
  6. Supplementary programme DE Q&A
  7. Supplementary programme update on use of school premises March 2021

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 0049/2020 – Covid-19 arrangements for teachers & SNAs
  11. Circular 0054/2020 – Covid-19 arrangements for ancillary staff/bus escorts
  12. Info Note 0002/2020 – Filling leadership & management posts during COVID-19
  13. Info Note 0003/2020 – Filling SNA vacancies during COVID-19
  14. Info Note 0005/2020 Teacher job sharing scheme changes permitting substitute work
  15. Info Note 0006/2020 Reduced timelines for advertising & interview notice for tr/principal/d. principal (open comp) positions
  16. Info Note 0007/2020 Career break teachers lifting of restrictions on substitution
  17. Info Note 0008/2020 Substitution & EPV days revised arrangements
  18. Info Note 0009/2020 Extension of the Employee Assistance Service (EAS)
  19. Info Note 00010/2020-Partial Return to Work for SNAs
  20. PPE, consumables and equipment guidance    PPE & consumables supply user guide
  21. Staff self-declaration form COVID-19                   Pupil declaration form Covid-19
  22. Training for reopening schools                            Posters for reopening of schools
  23. FAQs on Reopening of schools (11_09_2020)
  24. Return to school prayers for primary schools and Staff prayer
  25. Guidance for supporting primary pupils at very high risk
  26. Dealing with suspected & confirmed COVID-19 cases in primary schools HSE & HSPC guidance
  27. Wellbeing resources to support return to school
  28. Wellbeing supports for school communities as schools reopen
  29. HSE information for parents    Informing parents/guardians in event of suspected/confirmed COVID-19 case in school setting
  30. Schools pathway document for COVID- 19 – CPSMA guidance note 
  31. Return to educational facility pupil declaration form
  32. Cover letter schools communication pack English                             Cover letter schools communication pack Gaeilge
  33. COVID19 Schools community testing pathway FAQ for Schools     Cosan Tastala COVID-19 do Phobail Scoile CC Do Scoileanna
  34. Excel Template Sheet School Community Covid 19 Pathway Data & Referral
  35. Contacts for COVID 19 Schools
  36. Principal advice if notified of a positive case of COVID-19
  37. Parent guide: if your child is a close contact of COVID-19 in school
  38. Recording and reporting COVID-19 primary pupil related absences
  39. COVID-19 guidance regarding SNAs supporting children with additional care needs
  40. Teaching Council guidance note for school placement 2020
  41. Letter to school principals on return to school 2nd Nov      Letter to school principals return to school 2nd Nov Gaeilge
  42. App form claims for sub hours under Circular 45 Section 5.4
  43. Updated ventilation in schools guidance V2
  44. Supporting parental collaboration in primary schools
  45. Update requirements – Child Protection Oversight Report to BOM
  46. 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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