Measures we have put in place to keep everyone safe

  • Temprature testings upon arrival
  • Pod system when engaging with the service indoors & outdoors.
  • Air purifiers have been put into Bernards Youth space.
  • Hand sanitizers are located throughout each youth spaces and all young people are encouraged to regularly use.
  • Social distancing is encouraged at all times to reduce the risk of transmission.
  • Cleaning of high-touch areas are continuously being cleaned by all staff and professional cleaners.
  • Contact Tracing
  • Masks are now being asked to be worn of all young people 9 years of age and higher or in 3rd class or higher. Please see guidance on mask-wearing from the information below.

NPHET has recommended the wearing of face masks/coverings by children aged nine years and
above on public transport, in retail and other indoor public settings as already required for children
aged 13 years and over. They have also recommended that this is introduced for children in 3rd
class and above in primary schools. They have advised that this measure is being introduced on a
temporary basis and is subject to review in mid-February 2022.

Wearing a face covering or mask does not negate the need to stay at home if symptomatic.
Wearing of face masks/coverings
Pupils from third class and up in primary schools are required to wear a face mask/covering. The
exemptions to this are set out below.

Face masks/coverings
Face masks/coverings act as a barrier to help prevent respiratory droplets from travelling into the air
and onto other people when the person wearing the face mask/covering coughs, sneezes, talks or
raises their voice. Face masks/coverings are therefore intended to prevent transmission of the virus
from the wearer (who may not know that they are infected) to those with whom they come into
close contact.
Face masks/coverings must not contain any slogans/logos/images that may cause upset or be
deemed offensive to any member of the school community.
Face masks/coverings are more effective than visors. In the limited circumstances where a face
mask/covering cannot be worn clear visors must be considered.

A medical certificate to certify that a person falls into a category listed below must be provided to
the school on behalf of, any person (pupil) who claims that they are covered by the exemptions

  •  any pupil with difficulty breathing or other relevant medical conditions
  • any pupil who is unable to remove the cloth face-covering or visor without assistance
  • any pupil who has special needs and who may feel upset or very uncomfortable wearing the
    cloth face covering or visor, for example pupils with intellectual or developmental
    disabilities, mental health conditions, sensory concerns or tactile sensitivity.



The Do’s & Donts of wearing a face mask


  • clean your hands properly when you put on and take off your face mask

  • cover your mouth and nose and make sure there are no gaps between your face and the mask

  • remove it from behind – do not touch the front of the mask

  • carry unused face masks in a clean sealable bag such as a ziplock freezer bag, paper bag or cloth bag

  • carry a second similar type bag to put used face masks in


  • do not touch your face mask while wearing it – if you do, clean your hands properly

  • do not use a wet or soiled face mask

  • do not share face masks

  • do not lower your face mask to speak, eat, smoke or vape

  • do not throw away face masks in public places – you risk infecting others

  • do not put single-use masks in a recycling bin – they cannot be recycled


Please Note the following :

In the event that your child/young person has developed symptoms or is a close contact of a person with covid-19 we ask that your child/young person does not engage with the youth service in a face to face capacity and follow the HSE guidelines. Online arrangements can be made available where appropriate.

Please see a list of the current covid – 19 symptoms below :

If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 (coronavirus), self-isolate (stay in your room) and get a COVID-19 test.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are:

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 eyes)
  • sore throat
  • headache
  • muscle or joint pain (aches and pains)
  • different types of skin rash
  • nausea or vomiting
  • diarrhoea
  • chills or dizziness

Symptoms of severe COVID‐19 disease include:

You may not have all of these symptoms or your symptoms may be mild. Symptoms may vary for different age groups or variants of the virus.

It can take up to 14 days after you are infected for symptoms to show. You can spread COVID-19 during this time.

Symptoms of COVID-19 can be similar to symptoms of coldflu or hay fever.

If you are in doubt about any symptoms you have, phone your GP.