Douglas Community School is playing its part in the fight against Covid-19 by donating over 2,000 hygiene wipes, five litres of hand sanitizer as well as personal protective equipment (PPE) from the science and practical departments in the school to frontline workers.
Earlier this month, the school donated its entire stock of unused gloves to St Finbarr’s Hospital and yesterday made a large donation of vital supplies to Cork University Hospital.
2,000 hygiene wipes, five litres of hand sanitizer, 200 pairs of eye goggles, 50 CE certified filtered face masks and 10 face shields were delivered to the CUH staff.
"We were delighted to help in any way that we could," Principal Pat Barry told.
"Where we are located as a school there are a number of hospitals nearby so we decided to do an inventory of equipment to see what would be suitable to donate.
"At the start of the month, we donated all of the unused gloves from our science department to St Finbarr’s Hospital.
"Our woodwork teacher, Mr McNamara, who is also in charge of health and safety in the school, is a neighbour of a nurse in CUH and we offered up supplies to them as well," Mr Barry continued.
The vital supplies were delivered to CUH yesterday, much welcomed by staff at the hospital.
"They were over the moon. These are exceptionally tough times for healthcare staff and we at Douglas Community School just wanted to do any little thing we could to help," Mr Barry said.
Douglas Community School has been closed for almost four weeks following Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s decision to close all schools, universities and childcare facilities on Thursday, March 12.
Mr Barry said that whilst it is an undoubtedly tough time for the students, the school is utilising digital tools to support student learning during these unprecedented times.
Teachers are uploading notes to Google Drive as well as video lessons and other resource material.
Sixth year students have also been using videoconferencing platform, Zoom, to keep in touch and offer support to one another.
The online learning provided to students by the school is one which parents are very appreciative of.
One parent contacted Mr Barry to thank the school for the "huge variety of materials and resources".
"What I am most impressed with is the individual comments that teachers are giving, messages of encouragement, acknowledging efforts that are being made, and perhaps most importantly talking to them," the parent continued.