Return to school for 2nd class
26th February 2021
I hope that you are all keeping well.
We are delighted with this week’s announcement that school will reopen for our 2nd classes on Monday next, 1st March and that 3rd to 6th classes are due to return on Monday 15th March. Staff will ensure that all of the protocols outlined in our COVID-19 Response Policy and Plan are fully adhered to in order to ensure as safe an environment as possible in the current circumstances.
The whole school community worked tirelessly before Christmas to minimise risk from transmission of Covid-19. As we return to school over the coming weeks, we ask everyone to double their efforts to ensure that our school environment remains as safe as possible, so that we can, hopefully, avoid any further closures of the school building this year.
We ask for your cooperation and assistance with the following:
Please revise and know the symptoms of COVID-19- high temperature, cough, shortness of breath, loss or change in smell or taste.
Do not send your child to school if they have symptoms. We ask that you be vigilant, phone your GP and seek medical advice regarding the requirement for testing and the duration of exclusion from school at the sign of any symptoms. If a COVID-19 test is required, all members of the family should restrict their movements until a negative COVID-19 test result is returned and following medical advice.
Please make sure your mobile phone is switched on at all times so the school can contact you should your child become ill and please have the necessary arrangements in place for collection in advance.
Pupils should not return to school if
they are identified by the HSE as a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19. You are considered a close contact if you have spent 15mins or more in the presence of someone who is symptomatic of COVID-19 or who has tested positive for COVID-19.
they live with someone who has symptoms of the virus.
they have travelled outside of Ireland.
In the above situations, families will need to restrict movements as per public health advice.
Parents should cooperate with public health officials and the school for contact tracing purposes and follow any public health advice in the case of an outbreak of COVID-19 in the school.
Please revise the respiratory etiquette, hand washing and hand sanitising routines with your child.
Please ensure you wear a face mask when dropping and collecting your child. Face masks should fully cover your nose and mouth.
Please maintain a physical distance of 2 metres at all times from other members of the school community. This is extremely important with the onset of the new variants of COVID-19.
Please do not congregate outside the school. Guidance from the Department of Education stipulates that parents should not congregate to help prevent transmission of the virus.
2nd class will arrive in school between 9:00am and 9:20am.
Ms Whiston's class will finish at 2:15pm
Ms O' Callaghan's class will finish at 2:20pm.
All communication with school staff should be by:
Before returning to school on Monday 1st of March, all parents of 2nd class children must complete the Return to Educational Facility Parental Declaration Form. This has been posted. We ask that you complete this form and upload a photo of it to Seesaw or bring it with you on Monday morning. This is a mandatory requirement by the Department of Education and must be completed each time your child returns to school after an absence.
Third class- Sixth class
Staff will continue to encourage and engage with the children in 3rd – 6th class over the next two weeks to support them through this remote learning period. The children are doing great work at the moment and we encourage them to keep connected and to hang in there for the next two weeks. As always, please don’t hesitate to contact your child's teacher or myself if you have any concerns.
Please see the links below from the Department of Education:
Video for Parents