Update – Current Coronavirus Advice

UPDATE 14th March 2020


Dear all,

We would like to direct your attention to updated guidance issued on talking to children and young people about Covid-19.

You can access and download this guidance in both Irish and English from the Department of Education and Skills website below under the heading ‘Talking to children and young people about Covid-19’.


We would also like to direct your attention to a child-friendly interview that Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn did with RTÉ’s new2day programme last week, that may also be a useful resource when talking about Covid-19 with children and students.


Thank you for your assistance, and please get in touch if you have any further enquiries.


Pearse Ó Caoimh

Higher Executive Officer — Communications.

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UPDATE 2nd March 2020

Letter from CMO to School Principals 1st March 2020


Dear Parent/Guardian

Due to the media coverage in relation to the COVID-19 I would like to reassure you that at this time, all students and teachers are well and asymptomatic.

We are following the HSE guidelines to the letter and I have taken the following additional measures:

  • All housekeeping staff (as part of their duties) are using Dettol disinfectant spray on door & WC handles, taps and stair rails
  • Boarding housekeeping staff are also using Dettol disinfectant spray on door & WC handles, taps and stair railings
  • Manual hand sanitizing pump bottles have been placed in all toilets, with signage
  • Additional wall mounted automatic hand sanitizing dispensers, have been installed in various locations, including the Junior School
  • The boarding house already have wall mounted automatic hand sanitizing dispensers
  • All housekeeping / caretaking staff will daily inspect all dispensers & pump bottles.
  • HSE posters are displayed around the school campus, including boarding & Junior School

Please see attached letter from the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan, received on Friday 28th February. 

Of course, we will daily monitor the HSE advice and should there be any further information or updates, I will inform you immediately via the school website.

Yours sincerely

Jonathan Graham


Advice from the Chief Medical Officer-1


Tuesday 25th February, 2020

Dear Parent/Guardian

Today, Tuesday 25th February, I have been in contact with the HSE, The Department of Public Health and the Department of Education seeking advice in relation to a recent school ski trip to Northern Italy.

As a precautionary measure they have advised the school of the following link:



If your child is displaying any of the symptoms described, it is important that you keep your child at home and seek medical advice by contacting your GP by phone and notifying the HSE and the school accordingly.

As this is a live issue, I will be updating you as and when I receive any further information.

Jonathan Graham


HSE Letter for member of the public who has been in a coronavirus (COVID-19)
affected area* in the last 14 days;

HSE Updated Letter COVID 19 24022020, ex-HSE Live Chat at 337pm, 25-02-20


HSE Dublin North-East
Cavan / Louth / Meath / Monaghan
Department of Public Health
Health Service Executive
Railway Street
Co. Meath
Tel: (046) 9076412
Fax: (046) 9072325
A/Director of Public Health: Dr Kevin Kelleher

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