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Return to School - Logistical Plan

Dear Parents,

We are really looking forward to welcoming your children to school on Tuesday 1st September.

In the meantime, we are doing all that we can to ensure that our return is a safe and enjoyable experience for all.

What has been done?

  • Repairs have been carried out to ensure warm water facilities are available in all classrooms and toilets.

  • Hand sanitiser units will be mounted on all entrances/exits and in every classroom.

  • Soap dispensers will be mounted on every classroom sink.

  • Additional hours have been allowed and checklists created for daily cleaning.

  • New windows are being installed to replace the last remaining older units. This will allow for much needed ventilation in a number of classrooms.

  • A WiFi upgrade has been undertaken throughout the school.

What parents need to know

Our main aim is to minimise the risk of infection coming into the school and we cannot do this without your help.

You should not, under any circumstances, send your child to school if they have:

  • A temperature

  • A cough

  • Any loss of smell or taste

  • A sore throat

  • Breathing difficulties or chest pain.

If you are in any doubt whether you should send your child to school or not please err on the side of caution.

Measures to keep your child safe:

  • The school day will start at 8.50. It will finish at 1:30 p.m. for infants and 2:30 p.m. for all pupils in 1st - 6th class.

  • Children are asked to walk/cycle/scoot to school if it is at all possible.

  • Children will utilise the 4 external doors to enter and leave the building. Infants through the front door, 1st & 3rd/4th Class through the side door (pitch side), 2nd Class through the back door and 5th/6th Class through the side door (road side)

  • Children may not come onto the school grounds before the school doors open at 8.40a.m.

  • Parents are asked to ‘drop and go’ in the car park anytime between 8.40a.m. and 9.10a.m.

  • Parents will not be permitted on the school grounds without prior permission through the school office.

  • If you need to collect your child early please phone the school office when you arrive and your child will be brought out to you.

  • All visitors (incl. parents) must sign a detailed contact log if they enter the school building.

  • We remind parents that, where children have colds, coughs or flu-like symptoms, they should not be sent to school.

  • Children who display such symptoms in school will be isolated (isolation room = Mrs. Doyle’s room) and you will be contacted immediately. They will be cared for and remain in the isolation room until they are collected. Parents are asked to do this promptly.

  • Please ensure all your contact details are up to date. (We would also ask that you leave another emergency contact in case you are unavailable.)

  • The classes will be set up in groups(pods), From 3rd-6th class these groups will be seated 1 metre apart where at all possible.

  • Break times will remain the same. Pupils will play with their own class (bubble). Each class will have its own area to play in.

  • The school will be cleaned by our cleaners, following all government guidelines, daily.

  • Children will be required to use their own resources were possible i.e. pencils, scissors, glue etc and sharing of resources will not be allowed.

  • Staff will maintain a regular cleaning routine of all resources and materials that will be used by different groups/classes.

  • Children who have traveled from countries not on the 'Green List' should not attend school upon their return during the 14-day self-isolation period.

How can you help?

  • Ensure your child is well before bringing them to school.

  • Do not enter the school grounds without getting permission from the office.

  • Communicate with your child’s teacher by note or through the office.

  • Do not allow your child to bring any personal items that are not necessary into school. (incl. toys)

  • Do not loiter around the school at drop off and collection times. It is strictly drop and go.

Classes 2020-2021

Junior Infants - Ms. Sinéad Pigott

Senior Infants - Ms. Deirdre Quirke

1st Class - Ms. Norma Tyther

2nd Class - Ms. Aoife O'Sullivan

3rd & 4th Class - Mrs. Emer Fleming

5th & 6th Class - Mrs. Linda Galvin

We are delighted that we have been provisionally sanctioned an extra class teacher. It will make such a difference to the school. Ms. Quirke will be with us for a number of weeks until the position is fully sanctioned in October.

Mrs. Fiona Doyle and Mrs. Emma Phelan will continue to be our Special Education Teachers this year. Ms. Maria O’Sullivan will continue to be our part-time Special Education Teacher for the coming year.

Full details of the school’s ‘Return to School, Logistical Plan’ can be found on the school’s website - click the link below.

Our aim remains to re-open the school in an orderly and safe manner, whilst reassuring our children and making them feel comfortable, safe and relaxed with their friends. This will be achieved by all of us working towards the common goal. We are in this together - thank you for your cooperation as we try to make attendance at school enjoyable and safe for all involved.

Stay safe and well.

Sinéad Pigott



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