Yes, however during the COVID-19 shutdown of schools, any access to a school must be approved by the school Principal or a person designated by the Principal.
Furthermore, the DES has also issued guidelines applicable from Phase 1, DES Guidance for Access to Schools from 18th May. The DES guidelines have established that while schools are scheduled to re-open in September for the academic year, in the interim there is provision for staff to access the school buildings in certain circumstances. Travel to schools for essential work that cannot be done remotely is considered a necessary journey. Schools are still encouraged to facilitate and utilise remote working when possible, while access is mainly to facilitate and aid the continuity of learning for the remainder of the school year, including school books and learning material.
In relation to facilitating book collections, Allianz recommend that where possible, gate or yard collections are facilitated therefore avoiding the requirement for parents to access the buildings. If a principal or designated person wishes to permit parental access to the school then all risk management steps outlined in the DES guidelines should be followed for each parent.
Internal maintenance is still governed by the Governments roadmap, which only permits “delivery of emergency services to businesses and homes on an emergency call-out basis in areas such as electrical, plumbing, glazing and roofing”, unless the work is deemed essential. Queries in relation to whether work is essential can be directed to the HSE helpline on 1850 24 18 50.
Phase 1 allows for “phased return of outdoor workers” therefore caretakers & cleaners working outside should be allowed to return from May 18th for outdoor work. However, once again this should be subject to approval by the Principal or designated person and all activity should be subject to the risk management recommendations in the DES guidelines.
For non-essential construction works, Phase 1 of the Roadmap allows for outdoor-only construction works, while Phase 2 allows for works where workers can maintain a 2 meter distance. Subsequent phases will allow for the gradual increase in work levels. It will be the responsibility of the contractor to interpret the guidelines for their job and ensure they and their staff are adhering to the guidelines.
Schools can also use the HSE helpline (1850 24 18 50) or contact local Gardai to seek confirmation that their activities fall within the guidelines.