Dear Parents/Guardians,

Following the return of our ASD Special Classes this week, next Monday sees the return of our 6th Year students to on site learning in school. We are looking forward to welcoming back our 6th Year cohort of students.  It is imperative that all Leaving Certificate students engage fully with the programme for the remainder of the school year. Our immediate focus for next week is to get staff and students back to school safely. We will have more information for parents and students about Pre-Examinations, the Leaving Certificate and Accredited Grades next week. In the interim the document provided by the Department of Education yesterday evening is available to view as a separate post on the school website.

Parents and students are asked to read the following information carefully and in detail;

Health Declaration Form

Parents are required to complete a Health Declaration Form for your son/daughter (or student if over 18) prior to entering the school building. The form can be accessed on the following Link.

Health Declaration Form

Classroom Protocols

Using the dispenser available in each classroom, students must sanitize their hands as they enter and leave the classroom.

Students must bring their own wipes to school and will be required to wipe down the desk and chair they are at each time they enter a classroom.

Windows are to be open as fully as possible when classrooms are not in use (e.g. during break-times or lunch-times (assuming not in use) and also at the end of each school day) and partially open when classrooms are in use.

Students will be assigned a seat by their subject teacher. This will be their assigned seat for all their classes. This is to facilitate contact tracing if required.

Students are required to wear a face mask during all classes, when on corridors and using outdoor courtyard areas.


Timetable and Break Times

A full school timetable will be in operation for 6th Year students

Students must bring their own lunch each day until the online purchase system is recommenced.

We expect that it will be after the Easter holidays before this facility is up and running.

We will notify parents and students once this system is re-established.

During break times students must continue to wear a mask unless they are eating or drinking.


Covid-19 Symptoms

A reminder to all parents and students of the symptoms of Covid-19. Parents are advised to keep students at home if they are sick or if they have any symptoms of COVID-19

  • High temperature
  • A new cough
  • Shortness of breath /breathing difficulties
  • Loss of smell/taste or distortion of taste.


We look forward to connecting with our 6th Year students on Monday. We are proud of the outstanding levels of cooperation we had with Covid protocols for the 4 months prior to Christmas. While there are no certainties, we are hopeful that similar levels of commitment will give us the best opportunity to ensure GCC remains Covid free.

Finally, please  click on the link below to view a letter to Parents and Guardians from the Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn.

Letter from DCMO to schools 260221

GCC Senior Management