The staff and I wish to welcome you all back to Scoil Chroí Naofa at the
of this very different school year! May I also take this opportunity on
behalf of the staff and myself, to thank you all so very much for your
co-operation and help over the last few days. We feel that the new processes
have worked very well and couldn’t have done it without you. We hope that
pupils, staff & parents will have a safe and happy school year.
The challenges are of course far from over, schools have put in huge
work to ensure that they can reopen safely, an equal effort will be needed to
ensure that schools remain open.
However, keeping schools open will depend not only on what schools do,
but the active cooperation of all members of the school and the wider
community. Schools have done the hard work to reopen, but schools can only stay
open if everyone; pupils, parents, staff and the wider community behave
responsibly, obey the health guidelines and work with school management to keep
schools as safe as possible. It takes a community to keep a school open.
Parents are to contact their GP should their child be
displaying any symptoms of Covid-19. The GP is the professional best placed to
provide the most up to date advice including public health advice at this
point. Under no circumstances are children displaying symptoms of Covid-19 to
be sent to school.
The Minister for Health has confirmed that Coronavirus GP consultations
will remain free of charge.
WHEN TO KEEP YOUR CHILD AT HOME AND PHONE YOUR GP:
Do NOT send your child to school if any of the
following is true
Your child has:
A temperature of 38 degrees Celsius or more
Any other common symptoms of coronavirus such as
a new cough, loss or changed sense of taste or smell, or shortness of
Been in close contact with someone who has tested
positive for coronavirus
Been living with someone who is unwell and may
You will need to:
Isolate your child. This means keeping them at
home and completely avoiding contact with other people as much as
possible. Your child should only leave your home to have a test or to see
Phone your GP. They will advise you if your child
needs a coronavirus test
Everyone that your child lives with should also
restrict their movements, at least until your child gets a diagnosis from
their GP or a coronavirus test result. This means not going to school,
childcare or work.
Treat your child at home for their symptoms
WHEN IT’S OKAY TO SEND YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL:
It’s usually okay to send your child to school if
Only have nasal symptoms, such as a runny nose or
Do not have a temperature of 38 degrees Celcius
or more (as long as their temperature has not been lowered by taking any
form of paracetamol or ibuprofen)
Do not have a cough
Have not been in close contact with anyone who
Do not live with anyone who is unwell and may
Have been told by a GP that their illness is
caused by something else that is not coronavirus. Your GP will tell you
when they can return to school.
Have got a negative (“not detected”) coronavirus
test result and have not had symptoms for 48hrs
Most of the time, you do not need to phone your GP if
a runny nose or sneezing are your child’s only symptoms. Talk to your
If you or a member of your household have travelled to
a country that is not on the “green list”, then your child should not be sent
to school for 14 days after you return home. You need to “self-isolate” in
accordance with the state’s public health guidelines.
At the end of this newsletter you will find a “Working Together
Agreement with Parents during the Covid-19 emergency”. This agreement is a
summary of our commitments to you and the commitments we hope you will make to
We welcome a number of new staff members:
Mrs Laura McSpadden is teaching the 1st
/ 2nd class
Mr Shane Kelly is teaching the 5th /
Miss Chloe Waldron is teaching the second 4th
Ms Roseanne Treahy is our new Special Needs
Mrs Broderick will be job-sharing with Mrs Comer
as part of the Special Education Team
make sure you have downloaded the Aladdin app on your phone and have
notifications turned on, as teachers may be using it to correspond with parents
during the school year.
your child has been absent from school please record the reason for the absence
on the Aladdin app (you will need to wait
until teacher has marked your child absent first, before you will be given the
option to record the reason).
at all possible, please pay monies due for Book Rental and School Costs via the
will no longer be assembling in lines at the back of the school every morning.
class has been assigned a certain door by which they enter & exit the
school building. Each door has a sticker with the corresponding colour.
Key to Entrances & Exits
and Exit Points
Main door of school (beside
Junior Corridor Yard Door
Senior Corridor Yard Door
Exit door at the front of
the school nearest door 1.
Exit door at the front of
the school nearest car entrance.
Top Yard door beside Mrs
Entrance & Exit Points for Specific Classes
whose class is one of the prefabs should go directly to the prefab.
can be dropped off from 8:30am and are to make their way directly to their
classrooms / prefabs.
external doors will be closed at 8:50am. I urge parents to use this 20 min
window to have their child / children in on time every day.
will be a special provision made for the children from junior infants to 2nd
class for the first couple of weeks
adults, other than staff members should enter the building.
for teachers can be sent by email / phoning the school office.
an adult has to collect a child during the course of the school day, the
following arrangement will apply:
adult arrives at the school, they should phone the office (091) 844510 at the
front door of the school (Door 1) to alert the office they have arrived
child will be brought from their class to the adult by a member of staff
adult who is collecting the child will be asked to sign the child out
adult should enter the school building, unless invited to do so.
Junior & Senior Infant children:
Junior and Senior infant children must be
collected from their assigned doors.
All Junior Infant children will go home at 1.30pm
from Monday, September 14th. Parents / Guardians should wait at
the relevant Exit door and the children will be released one at a time. (Please observe social distancing
guidelines at all times)
For parents of Junior & Senior Infant
children who are collected at 1.30pm please be aware that there are
classes working in the prefabs. We would be grateful if your children
could be kept reasonably quiet while passing. Please remind them also,
that they are not allowed to go up and down the steps of the prefabs.
First class children:
Please make sure that you arrange with your child where exactly you will
collect him/her at 2.30pm, e.g. in the yard, at the front wall, at the Church
etc. We would ask that you phone or email the office to let teacher know that
you are happy that your child knows where they will be collected. They will
exit the school through the door specified above.
Second to Sixth class children:
The childrenwill exit
the school via their assigned doors and will be asked to remain socially
distanced as they do so. Teacher will allow each pod to leave the classroom
separately in order to minimise contact. Their parents are asked to have
clearly explained to them where outside the school they are to go to at the end
of the school day.
pupil who gets anxious for whatever reason after leaving the school is asked to
return to the school via Door 1 (beside secretary’s office) and sit outside
Principal’s office where they will be supervised until contact is made with
Start of Term Reminders:
We seek your co-operation with the following reminders:
Staff request all outstanding monies for book
rental and school costs be paid as soon as possible. Please do this via
the Aladdin app, if at all possible. (Any
issues please contact the office).
Please label all children’s clothes and
belongings clearly including lunchboxes, drink containers and pocket-sized
bottles of hand sanitiser.
Children in Junior & Senior Infants do not
need to bring a hand towel to school – this is a slight change to the
guidance issued at the end of August.
There is hand sanitiser available at every entrance
door & in every classroom. Children are asked to bring their own pocket-sized
bottle, purely to avoid queues of children using the class sanitiser. If
you feel your child is too young to have their own bottle of sanitiser,
then this is no problem and entirely your choice.
Please make sure that your child has Runners for
Please ensure you child brings their raincoat to
school for days that will be wet. Outdoor activity is being encouraged by
the Department of Education.
All children require an old large shirt
(labelled) for Visual Art Activities.
Check your child’s hair to ensure that any infestation
of head lice is treated at
once. Long hair should be tied
Health & Safety:
For the purpose of social distancing cars will no
longer use the staff carpark. The school are using this as a yard which
gives us more space to keep the children in smaller groups during break
Parents of all children are requested to say
goodbye to their children in the yard and let them enter the building /
prefab by themselves.
All children will sanitise their hands when they
come into school
Each class will be considered an independent
“bubble”. This means that the class will be confined to mixing with only
their own class group. This includes break times,
Within each class from 3rd to 6th,
the children will be further divided into pods, with a minimum distance of
1 metre being maintained between pods.
The school bottom yard, top yard and front of the
school have all been divided into zones and break times are also being
staggered. Each class has been assigned their “zone” in the yard and their
set break times.
No cars are allowed onto school grounds except in
exceptional circumstances agreed with principal. All cars should be parked
outside the school grounds in car parks outside the school gates and at
Please ensure that your child does not walk on
Please note that Coláiste an Eachréidh and Gael
Scoil Riada are operating out of the old Presentation Secondary school
building. As a result there will be difficulty parking and a lot of additional
The Board of Management will not accept responsibility for
children in the school yard before 8.30am or after 2.30pm.
Punctuality: The staff of Scoil Chroí Naofa
consider punctuality to be of paramount importance. Please ensure that
your child is in school by 8.50am (at the latest) to avoid disruption to
the beginning of the school day for teachers. Roll call is taken in the
early morning, every day. The school doors will be open from 8.30am and
all doors will be closed at 8.50am. If your child arrives to school after
this time, they should go to the main front door (red door 1) where the
secretary will let them in & bring them to their class.
School Uniform: Your co-operation to ensure that your child wears the full school
uniform every day is most appreciated. Please remember to label your
child’s uniform and all their belongings. Children will continue to come
to school in their uniform as normal. There is no reference in public
health guidance to daily washing of school uniforms.
Absences: In accordance with Section 18 of the Education Welfare Act 2000,
when a pupil is absent for part or all of a school day, parent(s)
must notify teacher or Principal of the reasons for the pupil’s absence.
If a pupil is absent for more than 20 days during the school year, the
school authorities must inform the Education Welfare Board who consult
with parents. In order to comply with the Act, staff and I need your
cooperation with the following
If your child is absent, please log the reason for the
absence on the Aladdin app (you will need
to wait until teacher has marked your child absent from school, before you have
the option to update the reason).
If your child has to leave the school during the
school day, the person who is collecting your child must sign him/her out at
Child Protection: The Department of Education and Science has
introduced Child Protection Procedures for Primary Schools in relation to Child Protection and Welfare.
The Board of Management has adopted these procedures as School
Policy. Consequently if there is a
matter of concern in relation to the abuse of children we are obliged to
report this to Túsla, who will assess the case and provide the necessary
support for the child concerned.
Nut Allergies: Some children have a severe nut allergy therefore
all nuts are forbidden. Please provide your child with fruit/veg for first
break. Children will have a 10 min eating break after they come in from
their two yard breaks. A
colour-coded summary of our Healthy Eating policy is attached.
Medical Problems:Please make the school aware if your child has
any medical problems. The information given in this regard will be treated
with total confidentiality. In the case of a child necessitating urgent
medical attention and where parents cannot be contacted, he / she will be
taken to a local doctor or A&E.
Change of Address: If you change address, email or phone numbers,
please inform secretary so she can update school records. Regular school
newsletters will not be handed out to the children, they will only be
e-mailed, so please ensure that we have your most current e-mail address
News Publications: During the coming year we will be submitting
articles and photos to the Connacht Tribune, the Tuam Herald and
the Athenry News & Views Magazine, etc. If you do not wish
your child’s name or photo to be submitted please contact the school.
Birthday Invitations: The staff and
Parents Council have discussed the following and seek your co-operation in the
best interests of all children: Birthday invitations should not be
distributed on the school premises as it causes upset to the children who are
There will be no school assemblies this school
healthy school lunch delivery service “The Lunch Bag” is available in the
school again this year. For more information see www.thelunchbag.ie.
the app to your smartphone, select your County and then choose the school name.
Our sincere thanks to the Board of Management who have agreed to fund
the installation of an aquarium inside the front door. The aquarium will be
installed inside the main front door (red door 1) where the junior infants
enter the building. The aquarium will be maintained by local man Tommy Cheevers
and we can’t wait to see it!!
Please see overleaf the School Calendar for 2020 / 2021 in order for you to plan your holidays
Apples, oranges, bananas, kiwi, plum, nectarine, peach, pineapple,
melon, grapes, mandarins, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries,
blueberries, carrots, green beans, mangetout, peppers, fruit salad Carrots,
cooked or uncooked cut into bite
size pieces (preferably for Junior Infants to be eaten at desk at small
break or lunch)
Fizzy drinks, Energy drinks, Full sugar squash, Capri sun, Hot
Working Together Agreement with
Parents during the Covid-19 Emergency
This agreement sets out how we will work in partnership with families
during this time.
Working together to implement public health
We have been working hard to implement all of the
public health guidelines.
Staff have been trained and inducted in the
We will maintain a high standard of infection
control with your help
It is important that children with a temperature
or any other symptoms of illness do not attend school
We request that you wash your hands and your
child’s hands before you leave home every day
We will support children to sanitise their hands
upon arrival each day
We request that you do not enter the building
without prior arrangement, to minimise contact between adults, and that
you drop your child at the designated drop off and pick up point allocated
to your child’s room.
Please phone (091) 844510 when you are outside
the building to let us know you are there
Essential visitors / suppliers will have access
to the premises
We agree to keep in regular communication with families
via email / text / Aladdin to let you know how things are going
We will take lots of photos of activities your
child is engaged in and we will share the photos with you via the website
(while adhering to our Internet Safety policy)
We agree to respond in a timely manner to queries
you may have
You can request a phone call with us and we will
do our best to talk to you on that day or as soon as is possible, when the
children are not with us.
Please share information with us about how your
child(ren) are doing at home. That will help us look after your child(ren)
We will ensure clear communication pathways are
Working together for children:
We would like to know any concerns you have about
your child(ren)’s well-being
We have kept things as familiar as possible for
the children inside the building
We will be spending as much time as possible
We request that you provide suitable outdoor wear
for your child as the Irish weather is unpredictable
We request that children do not bring any toys