August 25th, 2020
Dear Parent / Guardian, Staff Member,
The BoM and School Staff are looking forward to welcoming all our pupils and parents / guardians back to school for the 2020/2021 school year on Monday next, 31st August.
We are satisfied that we have control measures in place to ensure that this will be a safe re-opening. It will take some time for all of us to get used to the “new circumstances” as we become familiar with the new routines and procedures designed to keep everyone safe and to prevent the spread of the virus. There will, undoubtedly, be some unforeseen challenges and we will deal with these as they arise.
We would like to thank you for your co-operation in making preparations to date and look forward to working with you as we assist the children adapt to the necessary changes. We are also conscious of the fact that our pupils have not been in school since March and that they are looking forward to coming back to school to meet their friends again. We are aware that our new pupils are beginning a school year at a challenging time and have made plans to ensure that their arrival will be as free from stress as possible.
In addition to the Re-opening Plan which we posted on the 17th of August, we wish to draw your attention to the following items please:
New Junior infants
On Monday morning the Junior Infant teacher Mr. Foy and the principal Mrs. O’Hara will meet and welcome our new Junior Infants at their designated entrance (small gate at far right of wall)
To avoid congestion, we ask that parents of new Junior Infants wait until 9.30. By then, the Senior Infants and 1st class will be in their classroom and we will minimise the chance of congestion. Unfortunately, parents of new pupils will not be permitted into the classroom.
There will be no homework issued for the first week and we will inform you of our plans for homework thereafter.
Books will be distributed to pupils on their return to school, on receipt of payment. Books will remain in school at the pupils’ desks.
Children will be asked to leave their pencil case in school. It will not be taken home daily.
We ask that pupils bring runners to school daily as there will be a necessity for movement breaks outdoors, due to the movement restrictions within classes/bubbles.
Some classroom windows will be left open as per guidelines to allow the circulation of fresh air and will also be opened fully at break times to ventilate the rooms.
Wet Day Supervision
In the case of wet days where the children will not be able to go outside at breaktimes, the class teacher will remain with the class indoors. Activities will be made available to individual pods. An SET teacher will be paired with a Class Bubble also to assist the class teacher on those days.
Reminder of updated Arrival and Collection routines
Entrance and exit doors for each classroom
Junior/Senior Infants/ 1st class will use the Infant door
2nd/3rd/4th will use their usual door
5th/6th will use main door/office door
Reach Class have their own door
Entrances & Exit Points to the school grounds
Class/ Bubble: 2nd 3rd 4th.........Left of main gate
Class/ Bubble : 5th 6th ..............Right of main gate
J/S/1st and Reach Class.........Small entrance at far right of wall
Arrival at school
We will continue to have 2 x 20 minute breaks as before. However, these breaktimes will be staggered. The school yard will be divided in 2 to allow 2 Bubbles to play in the yard at each break. Bubbles will not interact in the yard at breaktime.
End of School Day
If you have any further queries in the meantime, please leave a message on the school landline 044 9222512 or send a text message to the school mobile 087 1131259.
Chairperson Board of Management
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