Covid 19 protocol



Each Comhaltas branch will have a designated Covid Supervisor who will have a clear understanding of the protocol laid out in this document and will ensure all tutors/parents/students are aware of Comhaltas’ response procedures.



CCÉ’s Oileán Rua Covid Supervisor:                    Cian Ó Móroin



The Covid Supervisor will be the point of contact should an issue surrounding Covid arise. It is their duty to communicate & distribute necessary safety information regarding Covid 19.



Premises: The Pourhouse (The Old Triangle)




Safety information regarding Covid 19



Symptoms of Covid 19


Infection with the virus that causes COVID-19 can cause illness, ranging from mild to severe, and in some cases, can be fatal. It can take anything from 2 days up to 14 days for symptoms of CORONAVIRUS to appear. They can be similar to the symptoms of cold and flu.



Common symptoms of COVID-19 include:

• A fever (high temperature – 37.5 degrees Celsius or above)

• A cough – this can be any kind of cough, not just dry

• Shortness of breath or breathing difficulties

 • Loss of taste or smell

• Some people infected with the virus (asymptomatic cases), have experienced no symptoms at all.


5 rules for staying safe:

• Wash your hands frequently

• Maintain Social distancing

• Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth

• Practice Respiratory hygiene

• Seek medical care early



How Covid 19 spreads


The virus that causes COVID-19 disease is spread from people in fluid and in droplets scattered from the nose or mouth of an infected person when the person with COVID-19 coughs, sneezes or speaks. The fluid or droplets land on objects and surfaces around the infected person. Other people contaminate their hands by touching these objects or surfaces and then bring the virus into contact with their eyes, nose or mouth by touching them with their contaminated hands. COVID-19 can also spread in droplets from an infected person and land directly on mucus membranes in the eye, nose or mouth of a person standing close to them.


While people are most likely to pass on the infection when they have symptoms, current information suggests that some infected people spread the virus to others prior to developing or displaying symptoms themselves.




Protocol if someone becomes unwell


If an Adult becomes unwell at a Comhaltas activity, he/she should go home immediately and contact 811.


If an Underage Person becomes unwell at a Comhaltas activity, he/she will be escorted outside by the Covid Supervisor/Tutor/Other adult, to the parent’s/guardian’s vehicle.

All parents must remain outside the premises in their vehicle for the duration of the lesson. It is the sole responsibility of the parent/guardian to contact 811 to arrange testing.


The protocol for assessment and decision to send for testing is the responsibility of Health PEI. Please contact 811 if you have symptoms of Covid-19.




The presence of symptoms, or temperature (over 37.5°C) precludes attendance at Comhaltas activities. It is the responsibility of the individual to monitor their own temperature.

Comhaltas are not responsible for recording of temperatures.



Engaging in Comhaltas Activities


  1. Comhaltas abide by a principle of “come in, attend, and leave”.

  2. Class timetable will clearly outline what classes are using facilities and at what times.

  3. A staggered timetable will allow for a time interval between students departing, having completed activity, and the next class arriving.

  4. Attendance will be limited to essential personnel only

  5. Educational materials such as posters regarding Covid prevention should be visible throughout Comhaltas facilities and where Comhaltas activities take place.



Prior to engaging in Comhaltas Activities:



All parties must:


  • Complete a Health Questionnaire prior to resuming Comhaltas activities, applicable to both tutors & learners

  • Sign a declaration at each subsequent activity to confirm their health status has not changed

  • Keep up to date on all relevant guidelines issued by Health PEI and by Comhaltas

  • Monitor their own temperature. It is the responsibility of the individual to do so. Comhaltas are not responsible for recording of temperatures.

  • Wash hands prior to leaving your home

  • Wear a face mask on entering/exiting and moving about the premises. It may only be removed when you are seated at a distance of 2metres from others.

  • Ensure a distance of 2 metres between parties at all times

  • Sanitize hands on entering and exiting the premises

  • Ensure access to a personal bottle of sanitizer at all times

  • Inform the Covid Supervisor of any Covid-19 concerns



In addition to the above;

Tutor specific role:


  • Keep a clear & concise record of attendees at lessons. This information will be especially important in the event that contact tracing or other intervention is required.

  • Collect the completed Health Questionnaire from each student & keep it in a safe place and in line with GDPR guidelines.

  • On each subsequent lesson, ensure pupil signs a declaration stating the condition of their health has not changed.

  • Ensure ventilation of your teaching area. Open windows/doors as far as is reasonable and appropriate.

  • Ensure continued awareness of safety protocol

  • Wear a mask when/if social distancing is not possible

  • Observe social distancing guidelines of 2 metres. Ensure your teaching area is laid out appropriately and in line with current social distancing guidelines

  • Avoid sharing pens, music sheets, instruments, touching high contact surfaces, e.g. door handles.

  • Avoid or reduce body contact to a minimum

  • Shaking hands to be completely avoided


Student/Learner specific role:


  • Inform your tutor/ Covid Supervisor immediately if you are feeling unwell

  • Students to arrive no more than 5 minutes prior to activity commencing and to depart immediately afterwards

  • Students must not physically greet each other at any stage

  • All learners should have their own equipment/instruments and must NEVER share these with anyone else. These items include pens, paper, water bottles, instruments, etc.


Parental role:


  • Parents or Guardians not directly involved in the activity are not permitted to attend or observe the activity.

  • The driver must stay in their vehicle outside the premises for the duration of their child’s lesson

  • Students to arrive no more than 5 minutes prior to activity commencing and be collected immediately ager activity.

  • Parents/Guardians must check the students, and their own, temperature prior to departing for the activity.

  • Parents must ensure the hand washing of children prior to leaving the house to attend Comhaltas activities.

  • Parents must not physically greet each other at any stage.

  • Parents/Guardians of students with specific medical conditions must inform the tutor/Covid supervisor of such conditions prior to commencing music classes. Parents/Guardians should be readily available for contact/collection in case of emergency.

  • Parents/Guardians should complete the Health Questionnaire on behalf of their children prior to attending the first activity only.

  • Each Parent/Guardian will be required to sign a declaration at each subsequent activity to confirm the health status of their child has not changed.

  • Parents/Guardians should not approach the premises where possible and must adhere to social distancing guidelines at all times.

  • Parents/Guardians must ensure their children are aware of etiquette guidelines.