Cabra Community College

Return to School January 2022


Dear Parents and Guardians

Cabra Community College will reopen for all students on Thursday 6th January at 9.00am.

Please do not send your child to school if they have any symptoms of Covid 19.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 (coronavirus) are:

COVID-19 symptoms can be like symptoms of cold, flu or hay fever.

Less common symptoms

Less common symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this could mean they're completely gone or just different to normal
  • nasal congestion (runny or blocked nose)
  • conjunctivitis (also known as red eye or pink eye)
  • sore throat
  • headache
  • muscle or joint pain (aches and pains)
  • different types of skin rash
  • nausea or vomiting
  • diarrhoea
  • chills or dizziness

Students and COVID-19 (Post Primary Schools)

If a post primary student has tested positive for COVID-19:

  • They will be contact traced by the National Contact Tracing Team.
  • The National Contact Tracing Team will contact them and ask them to
    identify their close contacts.
  • The student who tested positive will have to isolate for 10 days from the
    day their symptoms started or for 10 days from the day they had the
    positive PCR test. The student can return to school after this isolation
    period, provided they do not have a fever/temperature during the last 5
    days of their isolation period.

Students who have symptoms of COVID-19 should stay at home, isolate and
arrange to have a COVID-19 test.

There are 2 types of COVID-19 test available from the HSE: antigen tests
(home test kits) and PCR tests (done at a test centre and sent to a lab).

Students (or anyone between 4 to 39 years of age) who has symptoms of
COVID-19 are offered antigen tests firstly and they do not book a PCR test
unless they get a positive antigen test result.

Note – If a student is identified as a CLOSE CONTACT of a case in their
HOUSEHOLD they will have to restrict their movement as per national
guidelines for household close contact and get a COVID-19 test as soon as

Students and COVID-19 (Special Classes)

Where a positive case occurs in a special educational setting (special classes),
Public Health will undertake a public health risk assessment.
The purpose of this public risk assessment is to identify the appropriate next
steps in the best interests of all of the students in these settings. This is in
recognition that within these settings there is a higher probability that there are
students with medical vulnerabilities and students who may have greater
difficulties with infection prevention and control measures.

Neil Flaherty


Cabra Community College,
Kilkieran Road,
Dublin 7,

01 838 9577

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