Letter (3) 12102020


Dear Parents                                        Issue: 03                                                                 October 12th 2020

Thank you all so very much for your continued co-operation and help since school re-opened. We really appreciate your support and adherence to all the public health guidelines. It is this team effort among the whole school community which will help us to keep the school as safe as possible for us all.

First Communion:

Congratulations to the girls in Mrs Hennessy’s 3rd class who were able to receive the Sacrament of First Holy Communion in the church on Saturday. Sincere thanks to Fr Benny, the Do this in Memory committee and all those in the Parish office who facilitated this. The girls had the opportunity to have Private Family Prayer time in the church and receive Holy Communion from the priest. 11am mass on Sunday was dedicated to all those who received First Holy Communion on Saturday. It was broadcast on webcam and radio and all families were able to tune in from home, sit together & pray together. Treats were provided to the 3rd class girls today, as a small gesture of celebration in honour of this special occasion.

Best Attendance:

Mrs Murray’s Senior Infants have been awarded the “Best Attendance” trophy for the month of September. Congratulations to you all!

Gaeilge:

Congratulations to the following pupils who all made a special effort to speak Irish for the month of September: Saoirse Gillen, Julia Bielas, Cara Applegate, Tara Scanlon, Sam Walsh, Maria Accordi, Leah Matthews, Sophie Dillon, Keelin Murtagh, Michaela Molloy, Katie O’Donnell, Áine Flannery, Ailbhe Mannion, Maria Sewerynska & Chloe Ward.

Change to School Opening Time:

School opening times have changed with effect from today Monday October 12th. The school building and prefabs will be open from 8.40am to 8.50am for all the children to come into school. Class starts at 8.50am. In the interest of public health we would ask that parents do not congregate in the yard before 8.40am. Pupils should continue to enter the building or the prefabs through their designated door – there has been no change to the entry and exit doors.

Enrolments for Presentation College Athenry:

This is a reminder to all 6th class parents that the enrolment process for 2021 / 2022 for Presentation College Athenry is now open. You need to visit www.presathenry.ie and follow the relevant links. Enrolment forms must be completed online before 1pm on Friday of this week (October 16th).

Staff Meeting:

There will be a staff meeting on the afternoon of Thursday October 15th. All the children will go home at 1.15pm on this day.

YouTube:

On Friday last the whole school had a “virtual assembly” which took the form of an iMovie. Our sincere thanks to our in-house Movie Producer (Mrs Cronin) for pulling it all together. The children loved watching themselves on the big screen. It is available for parents to view on the school YouTube channel – we hope you enjoy it! (It is in two parts as YouTube has video length restrictions) and the links are below:

Part 1 here… https://youtu.be/MCmyOA0UNTA

Part 2 here… https://youtu.be/GDzTDJaMftE

 If you open a video and it’s not playing from the very start (which has happened), try to access the video direct from YouTube, just type in Scoil Chroi Naofa Athenry.

Seesaw:

  • Thank you for giving your consent for your child to use Seesaw. 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.
  • 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.

Aladdin:

  • 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.
  • If 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).

HSE Screening Programme for Senior Infants:

Consent forms for Health screening have been given out to all Senior Infant pupils today. These children should have been seen by the Public Health nurse last year, but it could not happen because of lockdown. For this reason the children will be seen this year instead. Please complete the consent form and return it to class teacher before the end of the week (Fri Oct 16th).

Miss Waldron:

Miss Waldron will be leaving Scoil Chroí Naofa after the Halloween break. She is taking up a permanent teaching post in Newtown Primary school. We wish her all the very best in her career. She will be sorely missed in Scoil Chroí Naofa. A replacement teacher will be organised very soon. Details will be shared as soon as they are available.

Halloween:

  • All the children may come to school dressed in their Halloween costumes on Friday October 23rd.
  • The children will get their holidays for mid-term break on Friday October 23rd. It is a normal school day i.e. Junior & Senior infants finish at 1.30pm and all other classes finish at 2.30pm. School re-opens on Monday November 2nd.
  • There will be a Cash4Clobber collection on Monday November 9th, after the mid-term break. Bags will not be brought into the school building, given the current public health situation. Instead we would ask that all bags be left in the shelter in the bottom yard on the morning of Monday November 9th. As the bags will be left outside until the truck comes to collect them, please make sure the clothes are in plastic bags that are properly tied up and have no holes!

General Reminders:

  • A reminder notification will be sent to the few remaining people for outstanding monies for book rental and school costs today. Please make this payment via the Aladdin app, if at all possible. If this is not possible, you may send the money to the office in a clearly labelled envelope.   
  • Please label all children’s clothes and belongings clearly
  • Please ensure your child brings their raincoat to school every day. The children will be going outside for break every day so they will need their coats in case it is raining. 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.
  • Birthday invitations 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.
  • 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).

Contact Tracing:

We have been asked by the HSE to compile a spreadsheet of all staff & pupil contact details. The HSE will request us to provide them with this information, if a positive Covid 19 case is identified in the school.

Dealing with a suspected case of Covid-19:

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).

This involves:

  • 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 & 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 home
  • 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 Health Risk.

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 confidentiality

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 misinterpreted.

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.

Yours sincerely

Fergal Naughton

Principal

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