Thank you all so very much for your co-operation and help over the last
few weeks. We feel that the new processes are working very well and we couldn’t
have done it without you. However, the challenges are of course far from over. 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.
We would appeal to all parents to please review the following points:
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 your GP
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
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.
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.
If your child becomes unwell at school and presents with symptoms
associated with Covid-19, we will follow the procedure that is set out in Section
9 of the “SCN Covid-19 Response Plan”. (You
can view this on the school website: Parents Hub / School Re-opening 2020 / SCN
Covid 19 Response Plan).
Bringing your child to a designated area
within the school. This area is called an “isolation area” and every
school is required to have such an area identified to deal with a
potential case of Covid-19
We will contact you and ask you to
collect your child as soon as possible
Please note that the school is not
required to inform anyone that your child has been removed due to his /
her symptoms. This procedure is purely precautionary.
If you have other children in the
school, they do not have to be removed from the school at this point.
You are required to contact your GP to
discuss concerns and we would ask that you keep the school updated on the
advice given by your GP. The next steps will depend on the advice given to
you by your GP
If your child is referred for a test,
all other members of the household that attend the school should remain at
If your child is confirmed positive for
Covid-19, the HSE will begin the process of contact tracing. This will
most likely mean that the school will be contacted to assess the Public
FROM THIS POINT ONWARDS, THE PROCESS WILL BE LED BY
THE PUBLIC HEALTH HSE.
The school cannot take any action in
relation to exclusion, part closure or full closure unless the Public
Health HSE determine that the action is required.
If any action of this nature is
required, the HSE will liaise with the school to provide clear guidance to
the school community.
If the school has not been contacted by
the Public Health HSE in relation to a confirmed case in the school
community, then contact with the school has not been deemed necessary.
It is a distressing time for families who are dealing with a suspected
or confirmed case and all pupils and their families are entitled to
The school cannot & will not make the name of a pupil with a
suspected or confirmed case known to the public.
Unfortunately, we have no control over exchanges on social media, where
information based on hearsay is shared.
We would respectfully request that parents who choose to communicate
about this issue on social media should consider how these comments could be
Please refrain from naming pupils and their families on these platforms.
We will continue to implement the measures set out in the school’s
Covid-19 Repsonse Plan to provide a safe learning environment for our pupils
and a safe and healthy workplace for all our staff.
Health & Safety:
Please rest assured that all staff and visitors
to the school are adhering to the daily cleaning & sanitising
protocols implemented under our Covid-19 Response Plan. They form part of
our standard daily practices. It is all part of our process to do all that
we can to ensure that the school can remain open.
Please DO NOT WALK UNDER THE BARRIER. The barrier
is in constant use from 8am til 2.30pm. Parents and children should use
the pedestrian entrances (i.e. the gaps in the wall).
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
The Board of Management will not accept responsibility for
children in the school yard before 8.30am or after 2.30pm.
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.
Please ensure your child brings their raincoat
to school for days that will be wet. Outdoor activity is being encouraged
by the Department of Education.
Check your child’s hair to ensure that any infestation
of head lice is
treated at once. Long hair should
be tied back.
Class teachers call
the roll first thing in the morning, every day. If your child has an appointment
in the morning, please notify the teacher the day before so that
your child can be marked present.
should not be distributed on the school premises as it causes upset to the
children who are not invited.
Some children have a Severe Nut Allergy.
For this reason, children are not allowed to have nuts at school.
If you Change Address, Email or Phone Numbers,
please inform secretary so she can update school records.
Digital Age of
Children under the
age of 16 (digital age of consent in Ireland) require parental consent to
access social media platforms and pupils under the age of 13 should not have
social media platform access at all i.e. TikTok or Snapchat etc.
These laws and
parameters are laid down by the Government to protect juvenile users.
Misuse of social
media platforms by primary school pupils should not be taking place, as primary
school pupils should not be using these platforms in the first instance.
Children may wear their PE clothes to school on
the day that their class is doing PE (and they will stay in their PE
clothes for the day i.e. no need to change back into their uniform). See
5th & 6th
1st & 2nd
Yesterday we were
able to hold our first “assembly” via Zoom! I lead
the assembly using my phone and was able to show different things around the
school to all the children. Each class could see one another on the class
whiteboard. It was certainly very different to how things usually work, but
it’s good to know we can still see one another, from our respective “bubbles”!
Thank you for
giving your consent for your child to use Seesaw. From today some
teachers may upload school work onto the Seesaw app / website. You can
download the app to your smartphone.
The class teacher
will send you a code for your child to access their class on Seesaw
at home very soon.
Teachers have been
using class time to explain how the platform works to the children, so we trust
this will help both you and your child get established with Seesaw.
When requested you
will be able to upload your child’s work using Seesaw. It will be
securely saved on the platform and will be easily accessible by the class
teacher so they can correct pupils’ work.
flat screens have been installed in the Special Education Teacher’s
classrooms. This technology will be an excellent resource for the Special
Please make sure that you have downloaded the
Aladdin app and have notifications switched on, as teachers may be using
it to correspond with you 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
First Confession & First Communion:
Congratulations to the girls in Mrs Hennessy’s 3rd
class who made their First Confession yesterday
The girls are scheduled to make their First
Communion on Saturday Oct 10th at 11am in the church.
HSE Vaccination & Screening programmes:
Forms have been given to all the Junior Infantsin respect of MMR
and 4-1 vaccinationprogramme. Parents should
complete these forms and return them to the school before Friday.
Forms have also been given to all the Junior Infants and all pupils who
are new to our school this year in respect of the School Health Screening
programme. Please complete these forms and return them to the
school before Friday.
“Weaving Well-being” is the first Irish designed
positive mental health programme of its kind which aims to enhance well-being
in children aged from 8-12 years within the framework of the SPHE
The staff will be implementing this programme
from 2nd class up to 6th class
This programme consists of 10 lessons for each
class level and is grounded in evidence-based interventions from the
rapidly expanding field of Positive Psychology.
It is underpinned by the concept that a state of
well-being is not simply the absence of the negative, but the presence of
The Weaving well-being programme gives children
the opportunity to weave positivity into their daily lives through a range
of activities in a variety of areas e.g. resilience skills (including
mindfulness) and developing self-efficacy through empowering beliefs.
Teachers are researching an age-appropriate
programme to implement on the junior side of the school also. Details of
this will follow in due course.
Parents Council Information:
Due to the Covid-19 restrictions the formation of
a Parents Council for 2020 / 2021 is on hold for now.
Parents Council signed our school up with www.designacard.ie this year. Each
child will be given the opportunity to design their own Christmas
Card. A sample of their designs will be sent home in November,
giving you the option to purchase a pack of Christmas cards designed by
your child. A portion of the sales price will come back to the school and
be used by the Parents’ Council to fund different things for the children.
Athenry and Clarinbridge Tidy Towns would like the children to take
pictures for a calendar about the Clarin River and the areas it flows
through! Entering is easy. Take a picture of your local environment and
upload it to: www.ClarinPhoto.com.
Pictures should be a scene from your local town, village or parish.
Closing date is Friday September 25th.