Parent Information for COVID-19

Coronavirus – Advice for all early years providers, schools and further education providers

The Department of Education and Skills has updated information for schools, preschools and third level institutions on Covid-19; provided by the Department of Health and HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre following a meeting of the National Public Health Emergency Team. 

As further advice or information is provided, it will be issued to schools and posted on the Department’s website. This site can be accessed below on the link below.

Public health doctors are available to liaise with schools and advise on precautions if staff and/or students have any concerns.

Anyone who has been to affected regions in the last 14 days and has a cough, shortness of breath, breathing difficulties or fever should self-isolate and phone their GP immediately.

The most important action we can take to protect ourselves from Covid-19 is regular hand-washing and good respiratory hygiene.

Travel advice for all Irish citizens is provided through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The overall risk of Coronavirus to Ireland remains moderate. However, we understand that people may be concerned where there are children, students or staff returning from or visiting affected areas. 

The HSE and department have issued advice for anyone travelling to the affected areas. This can be found at:

Latest information and advice can also be found at:


Please share this advice as appropriate.

Further information regarding the virus can be found at the link below:


Advice for parents/guardians

You should not be unduly worried about the possibility of your children catching the Coronavirus.

There is no reason why your children should not continue to attend their early years, primary school or further education setting as normal.

We recognise that some families or children may be planning to travel to affected areas during the forthcoming Easter period. If so, please refer to the HSE’s and the Department’s latest travel advice via the link above.


What action you can take?

An Irish wide campaign has been launched to provide clear advice on how to slow the spread of Coronavirus.

Please help to support the campaign which promotes basic hygiene practices, such as regularly washing hands and always sneezing into a tissue, to stem the spread of viruses.

You can do this by talking about good hygiene practices with your child. 

Remind them to:

    • wash their hands with soap regularly
    • throw tissues away after use 
    • cough into their elbow

Cappagh N.S. will continue to montior the situation and inform all stakeholders of any updates via school text from the school phone and through our Facebook page at

Please ensure that the school has your correct contact details by texting any new or updated phone numbers to 085 7680300.

The school will inform the students of good hygiene practices according to the HSE and will address any concerns that may arise.

This is a precautionary measure taken by the school and board to ensure the health and safety of all stakeholders of Cappagh N.S.

We kindly ask that you address any concerns or questions in a patient manner.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Advice for Schools