Public Health Risk Assessments for Special Schools and Classes

The recent announcement in relation to changes in the isolation and testing requirements for children under 12 years impacted many of our members, with the removal of the isolation requirements for close contacts.

In addition, concerns expressed by members in relation to the number of children with Down syndrome being sent home from school, due to presenting with symptoms mirroring those of Covid-19. Together with other support groups, we have engaged with officials from both Public Health and the Departments of Education.

Information regarding public health risk assessments for special schools and classes was issued by the Department of Education to all schools yesterday. The Public Health Risk Assessments for Special Schools and Classes information includes clarification for schools on the chronic symptoms which may be presented by children with Down syndrome, 

An additional information booklet can be accessed on the Department of Education website.