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SAFE @ NPAS. - Covid 19 Health and Safety Protocols


AT NPAS WE ARE COMMITTED TO MAINTAINING AN ENVIRONMENT THAT HELPS KEEP OUR Students and staff SAFE.

 

 

October 2021 and ongoing

At NPAS, we are focused on creating an experience that is safe, educational and fun for every Student. The health and safety of our students and employees is always our highest priority.

Our comprehensive program of Being SAFE @ NPAS has introduced new health and safety standards aimed at helping to keep students and employees safe while minimising or negating any risks of the spread of COVID-19. It includes bolstered hygiene protocols to meet or exceed best-practice guidelines of the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) and the Health and Service Executive (HSE).

 

Important points for everyone to remember:

Due to Covid Regulations in each venue only Registered Students can enter the buildings.
– There will be No reception facilities available
– The school can be contacted at 018944660 or email info@npas.ie
– If you feel that your child / young person is unwell please keep them out of class
– All student’s age 13 years and older must wear a mask when entering each venue
– Everyone entering a venue will be required to hand sanitize
– We will be adhering to the 1 meter social distancing rule in class

 

SECTION 1

Before returning to class

Each week before class please go through the following Safety Questions. If you answer Yes to any of the questions at anytime before class please keep the student home from class.

 

Latest HSE Covid 19 Questionnaire for attending classes at NPAS

Please read through this Questionnaire each week before attending class. Thank you.

 

1. Have you experienced any of the following symptoms in the last 14 days – Fevers, chills, malaise, aches, sweating, shortness of breath, or new worsening cough (dry or productive)

Sore throat, loss of taste or smell, Vomiting / diarrhoea 

If YES to any of the above, please self-isolate and contact your GP for advice

 

2. Have you been diagnosed with confirmed of suspected Covid 19 infection in the last 14 days.

If YES, continue to self-isolate, i.e. stay indoors and completely avoid contact with other people, including others in your household

 

3. Are you awaiting results of a Covid 19 test?

If YES, continue to self-isolate, i.e. stay indoors and completely avoid contact with other people, including others in your household

 

4. As far as you are aware have you been a close contact of a person who is a confirmed or suspected case of Covid 19 in the past 14 days?

If YES, follow and implement the advice available from the HSE

 

5. Have you been advised by a doctor / HSE to self isolate at this time?

If YES, continue to follow advice received from your GP or HSE

 

6. Have you been advised by a Doctor / HSE to restrict your movements at this time?

If YES, continue to follow advice received from your GP or HSE

 

7. Are you returning from outside Ireland?

If YES, follow and implement the advice issued from the Department of the Taoiseach

 

 

SECTION 2

 SAFE @ NPAS Policy Statement

NPAS is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for all our students, customers and staff. To ensure that, we have developed the following COVID-19 Response Plan. All managers, supervisors and workers are responsible for the implementation of this plan and a combined effort will help contain the spread of the virus.

At NPAS We will:

• continue to monitor our COVID-19 response and amend this plan in consultation with our our staff, students and renting facilities management.

• provide up to date information to our workers on the Public Health advice issued by the HSE and Gov.ie

• ensure that every venue have displayed information on the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and correct hand-washing techniques

• provide an adequate number of trained COVID workers who are easily identifiable and put in place a reporting system

• inform all students and staff of essential hygiene and respiratory etiquette and physical distancing requirements

• make sure all rental facilities adapt the workplace to facilitate physical distancing

• keep a contact log to help with contact tracing through class rolls

• have all workers undergo an induction / familiarisation briefing

• develop a procedure to be followed in the event of someone showing symptoms of COVID-19 while at work or in the workplace. Each venue has a Covid Isolation Room for suspected cases to await collection.

• provide instructions for workers to follow if they develop signs and symptoms of COVID-19 during work

• intensify cleaning / hygiene in line with government advice

All staff will be consulted on an ongoing basis and feedback is encouraged on any concerns, issues or suggestions.

This can be done through the Worker Representative Jill Doyle & Eamon Farrell

 

SECTION 3

Responsible Persons for Performing Tasks

We have identified suitably trained person to help with ensuring that the plan is implemented and checklists are completed. At NPAS these people are Jill Doyle & Eamon Farrell/

NPAS staff take responsibility for carrying out tasks such as:

The use of checklists to identify any areas for improvement with regular checks to ensure the plan is being implemented. We will also review risk assessment procedures and the safety statement. Our trained staff will insure that there is renewal of statutory certification where needed training. The COVID trained managers will also detail to staff emergency procedures and first aid and brief all staff on the tasks and their responsibilities.

 

SECTION 4

Venue Safety measures

Parents will have to drop and collect from outside the school building, at the front door. Parents / Guardians will not be allowed into the building.

Drop off and collection times are exact due the safe movement of children and young people

Attendance depends on answering no each week to all of the above Covid related questions

Payments for Courses is online by credit card.

Please ensure the student has a snack and some water in their own bottle.drinking fountains will not be available

Please ensure that the student has suitable clothing for dance class, correct forward, and that they have suitable clothing for the school yard as there will be a break when we will take some fresh air.

Please ensure that your child is aware of the requirements for hand hygiene, sneezing and coughing etiquette and that they are aware of social distancing.

All of the information on COVID 19 Personal and Group Etiquette is available at www.gov/ur/covid19 Please take a look at the site and talk through it’s appropriate contents with your child.

We realise that there is so much new in this changed world which is hard for little people to take in.

We will be trying to make the experience at NPAS as Happy as always but we will be adhering to all government and health guidelines in a very strict fashion. Our first priority is the safety of our Students, their families and our Staff. Than you for your understanding and let’s all stay SAFE @ NPAS

 

The LIR
Arrival at Green Room Door at The Lir on Pearse Street (NPAS Sign Outside)
Collection at The Gates to The Trinity Enterprise Centre (behind Lir, opposite Art of Coffee)

 

The Ringsend and Irishtown Community Centre
Arrival is at the front of the building, the main entrance
Collection is from the rear of the building after class

 

Dalkey
Arrival and Collection is from the main door of The Sports Hall at Loretto Dalkey

 

Castleknock
Arrival and Collection is at the main door of Our Lady Mother of The Church Hall Front Door

 

All students over the age of 13 will have to wear a mask in class. This is in line with the current health guidelines. We will continue to follow these guidelines in the hope that some day soon masks may not be required in class for over 13 year olds.

 

Parents will have to drop and collect from outside the school building, at the front door. Parents / Guardians will not be allowed into the building under any circumstances. We will have NPAS staff available to bring young people into each venue and to return them to their parents / guardians

 

 

If you have any questions please contact the school on 01 8944660