Dear Parents Issue:
We are all delighted that we could welcome all our junior pupils back to
school this week. Sincere thanks to our wonderful SNAs; Mrs Devally, Mrs
Hallissey and Mrs Trehy for decorating all the entrance doors with colourful
bunting and balloons. Getting back to school was a great cause for celebration!
The staff and I wish to thank you so very much for all your diligent
engagement with the remote learning over the last 2 months. We learnt a lot of
lessons from the first lockdown and were able to adapt and improve our
approaches in different areas. I must commend all the teachers on the wonderful
planning and effort that went into all their lessons. They have done all they
could to ensure that education and learning continued as seamlessly as possible
during this period of remote learning.
Obviously there is no substitute for in-class learning and therefore we look
forward to welcoming back the senior pupils on Monday March 15th,
assuming Public Health advice allows.
Returning to School Declarations:
- The “Return to Educational Facility Parental
Declaration Form” has been emailed to all parents. This is a once-off form
which needs to be completed following the long school closure. This form
needs to be completed in respect of each pupil returning to school after
the lockdown. They should give it to their teacher on their first day back
at school. (The form can also be emailed back to the school on their first
day back, if this is more convenient for parents).
- Aladdin will also ask you to tick a “Return to
school” declaration if your child has been absent from school for any
reason. It is available to fill out from the homepage via the “Attendance
Notes” section. Please complete it anytime after 3pm on the day before
your child returns to the classroom or before they arrive at school on the
day they are returning.
- Both of these measures go a small way towards
giving peace of mind to parents and staff alike that we are all taking the
public health measures very seriously, especially during this current wave
of the pandemic
Not Returning to School:
In line with the NPHET recommendations, the Department of Education have
instructed all primary schools to re-open and to welcome back children in
Junior Infants, Senior Infants, 1st class and 2nd class.
- Normal attendance records will be kept for these
classes from March 1st.
- If your child’s class has returned to school and
you choose to keep them at home, but they are not medically certified as
being “at very high risk” then your child will be marked absent for each
day they are not at school.
- There is no remote teaching provision available
for children who are kept home in these circumstances.
Symptoms of Covid-19:
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
- Travelled outside the country within the last 14
Letter from Dr Ronan Glynn:
Earlier this week you were sent a copy of a letter from the Deputy Chief
Medical Officer, Dr Ronan Glynn. The main points he made were:
- The re-opening of schools is not to be taken as a signal by parents and wider
society that other forms of household mixing and mobility are now
- Please avoid congregating at school gates over
the coming weeks
- Please do not have play dates or organise after
school activities which involve household mixing
- If we can continue to supress the disease through
March and April, while the vaccine rollout is continuing, we will have
many more options in terms of easing of measures and should be able to
provide much greater levels of certainty to people about the months ahead.
Infection Control Measures:
- In Scoil Crhoí Naofa we will be rigorously
adhering to the existing measures that we had in place for term 1, as this
practice is still considered highly effective for risk mitigation against
the transmission of Covid-19. The main points are as follows:
- Each class is their own “bubble”
- Each class has their own entry & exit point
to the school (or their class)
- Hand sanitisers at every entrance & in each
- Break times are staggered and each class has
their own zone in the yard
- Visitors to the school must wear a face covering
- The Department has published guidance setting out
the practical steps for good ventilation in accordance with Public Health
advice “Practical Steps for the Deployment of Good Ventilation Practices
in Schools”. The guidance sets out an overall approach for schools that
windows should be open as fully as possible when classrooms are not in use
(e.g. during break-times or lunch times (assuming not in use) and also at
the end of each school day) and partially open when classrooms are in use.
The guidance provides that good ventilation can be achieved in classrooms
without causing discomfort, particularly during cold weather.
- The children are being reminded about Good
Respiratory Hygiene, Good Hand Hygiene and Social Distancing
Extra Layers, Raincoats & suitable footwear:
- Given that windows and doors will be open in the
school to encourage good ventilation of the building, and given that
temperatures this time of year can fluctuate, the children are encouraged
to wear extra layers under their uniform, or to bring an extra layer in
the form of a hoodie, fleece or body warmer, to ensure that they
do not get cold. (Please be assured that the heat is on in the school all
- Please ensure your child brings their raincoat
to school and wears suitable footwear every
day. The children will be going outside for break every day so they will
need to be suitably dressed for the weather.
- The first “WOW day” i.e. “Walk to
school on Wednesday” of 2021 took place on Wednesday (Mar 3rd).
All the pupils from Junior Infants up to 2nd class were
encouraged to walk, cycle or scoot to school – and to look for signs of
spring along the way!
- The Green School committee will be surveying each
class (remotely via email!!) and compiling the results to establish which
class was the BEST at walking / cycling to school.
Seachtain na Gaeilge:
We are celebrating
Seachtain na Gaeilge this week & next week.All the children and staff will make an extra effort to speak in
World Book day:
- Friday March 5th is a non-uniform
day. Your child may come to school dressed as a character from
a book or they may come to school in their normal clothes. It is their
choice, we certainly don’t want to put expense on parents having to buy a
- Our only request is that props such as wands,
swords etc. are left at home. These items are always very
popular to share and due to current restrictions, it is better your child
just wears their costume / face paint (without any props) coming in to the
March 12th there
will be no remote teaching for 3rd, 4th, 5th
& 6th classes on this day. The families in question will
instead be asked to bring their baskets of books back to the school
(between 9am and 3pm on that day) to ensure that they can “quarantine”
over the weekend and be ready to use on Monday.
March 15th we
hope to be welcoming back our senior girls in 3rd, 4th,
5th & 6th classes, assuming the Public Health
advice gives us the go-ahead.
March 17th is
St. Patricks day and the school will be closed
March 26th –
school will finish at 11.45am for the Easter holidays. School re-opens on
Monday April 12th at 8.40am.
Is mise le meas