I hope this email finds you well.
As we get ready for the return to school for our classes from Junior Infants to 2nd I would like to remind you of a few important points which I mentioned in Tuesday’s email for a safe return:
Please do not send your child to school if they are ill, particularly if they are showing any of the signs of Covid-19. Please consult with your doctor immediately and follow their advice. Please know that you will be contacted if your child becomes ill at school and that arrangements for collection will be made. There will be no exceptions to this.
Adults should wear a face mask when dropping off and collecting their child – this sets a great example and helps keep us all safe. Please encourage others to follow this measure. Children are not required to wear face masks when at school.
Please do not delay when dropping off and collecting your child. We cannot facilitate parents congregating in the car park at any time. Encourage your child to use the pedestrian walkway in the mornings and in the evenings where possible. Staggered home times will continue to be used this term for 1st-6th. 1st&2nd will be on their lines for 2:50p.m. 3rd&4th will be on their lines for 2:55p.m. and 5th&6th will be on their lines for 3:00p.m. This was very successful for the first term and we had great cooperation from the school community.
For our first day back, children can bring back in their school books/equipment that were sent home. We would ask you to sanitise and wipe them down before Monday. We will quarantine them in school before using them once more. We ask parents to ensure that children don’t bring in any toys or unnecessary items from home. This measure worked really well in the first term thanks to help from our parents and the children too.
Any family/child who may be returning from foreign travel must quarantine before they return to school. It is best for any families affected by this regulation to let us know immediately.
Lastly, prior to return, a “Return to School Declaration” should be completed for each child. This was sent to you in my previous email on Tuesday and also uploaded by teachers on Seesaw. Parents need to fill it out, digitally sign it and send it back to your child’s teacher via Seesaw to-day. An uploaded photo of the filled in form will also suffice.
Please note that our remote learning will continue for 3rd -6th class as normal with Seesaw and Zoom until the DES allow these pupils to return to school. I encourage them to keep up the great work they are doing with their teachers.
I thank you in advance for your co-operation and support.
As Thursday is world book day pupils will be allowed to dress up as a character from their favourite book. Those pupils who will still be operating remotely next week can dress up at home also and upload a photo to their Seesaw/school twitter account or wear their costume for one of their zoom sessions. Please find below a link to a €1.50 book token for each pupil.€1.50 book token – Primary Schools Ireland
I would like to bring your attention again to the well being resources I mentioned before mid-term which are available for parents on the following website.https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/af24b-wellbeing-guidance-documents-for-parents-students-and-schools/#parents-primary-schools
I look forward to welcoming back all the pupils from junior infants- 2nd class on Monday. Hopefully we will be able to welcome back the pupils form 3rd-6th class very soon also all going well.
I hope you and all your family stay safe and well at this time.
Ms. O’ Kelly