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 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
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
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
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 :
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are:
Less common symptoms of COVID-19 include:
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.
If you are in doubt about any symptoms you have, phone your GP.