Letter (8) 18032021


A Thuismitheoirí,                Issue: 08                                           March 18th 2021

Tá súil agam go raibh lá Fhéile Pádraig faoi mhaise agaibh go léir. Cinnte ní raibh sé mar an gcéanna arís i mbliana ach chabhraigh aimsir álainn an Earraigh sin, an gliondar a chur inár groíthe istigh.

Back to Face-to-Face Teaching:

We were all genuinely delighted to welcome back the senior girls and their teachers on Monday morning. Thank you all sincerely for your diligent engagement with the remote teaching & learning over the last few months. Remote teaching and learning is now at an end, so there will be no more direct individual engagement between teacher and families using Seesaw. If you need to get in touch with your child’s class teacher, please contact the office by phone or email. Seesaw may still be used by some class teachers for more general whole class communication with home i.e. blogging, sharing of portfolios, homework instruction etc.

Returning to School after an absence:

  • Aladdin will 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 any-time after 3pm on the day before your child returns to the classroom or before they arrive at school on the day they are returning.

Not Returning to School:

In line with the NPHET recommendations, the Department of Education have instructed all primary schools to re-open.

  • Normal attendance records are being kept 
  • If you choose to keep your child 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 breath
  • Been in close contact (or lives) with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus
  • Been living with someone who is unwell and may have coronavirus
  • Travelled outside the country within the last 14 days

Infection Control measures:

We as a school community must do all we can to supress the disease over the coming months, while the vaccine rollout is continuing:

  • Please remember that the re-opening of schools is not to be taken as a signal that other forms of household mixing and mobility are now acceptable.
  • 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
  • In Scoil Chroí 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 classroom
    • Break times are staggered and each class has their own zone in the yard
    • Visitors to the school must wear a face covering
  • Windows and doors in the school will 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 purpose is to have good ventilation in the 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 day also).
  • 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.

Sacraments:

The following statement appeared in a recent Pastoral Letter, issued by the bishops of the Western Province, including our own Archbishop, Michael Neary:

“In so far as the Government plan offers no clarity about when we might expect to return to public Sacramental life, we find it difficult to have any confidence that the Sacraments of First Communion and Confirmation can be celebrated before the end of the present school year. As of now, we have decided to defer the Sacrament of Confirmation for the 2021 class until the Autumn and we encourage our parishes to consider doing the same in relation to First Holy Communion. Should the circumstances change for the better, this decision can be revisited in each diocese. In the meantime, we encourage young people and their parents to continue with their preparation. We have provided online resources to support what is being done through the Religious Education programme with the teachers in our schools.”

For this reason the advice we have received from the diocese is to continue the preparation for the sacraments as normal, expecting that, if we get a window of opportunity before the end of the school year, then these sacraments may be celebrated safely and within whatever restrictions will be in place at that time.

Lá Glas:

On Tuesday March 16th we celebrated a “Lá Glas” in honour of Lá Fhéile Pádraig”. We had a non-uniform day and the children came to school dressed in something green. Check out the website to see photos of the fun and festivities!

Cycling Workshop:

Each year the Parents Council part-fund a cycling workshop for the 6th class girls. This workshop is provided over a number of sessions and is delivered by “Cycle Right”. The workshops are scheduled to commence in May, when the weather will hopefully be good. Obviously the workshops mainly take place outdoors. In light of the current Public health situation and from an “Infection Control” perspective, the girls are encouraged to use their own bicycles and helmets, where possible.

Dental Consent Forms:

All the girls in 6th class have been given a dental consent form. The dentist in Loughrea has requested these. It is his intention to set up appointments for the girls at his clinic in Loughrea, instead of coming to the school, as he would normally do. Please complete the consent form & return it to class teacher as soon as possible.

Open Night for new Enrolments:

We are doubtful at the moment that it will be possible to hold our traditional “Open Night” for the parents of our new pupils for school year 2021 / 2022. As an alternative we will be emailing parents with (a) details about Scoil Chroí Naofa, (b) information about the Junior Infants curriculum and (c) some tips on how to prepare your child for starting school.

In June you will receive your child’s booklist and possibly a link to a video message for the children from the school.

Diary dates:

  • Friday March 26th – school will finish at 11.45am for the Easter holidays. School re-opens on Monday April 12th at 8.40am.
  • Wednesday April 14thWOW day (Walk to school On Wednesday)
  • Monday May 3rd until Friday May 7th : May mid-term break. School will close at 2.30pm on Friday April 30th and re-opens on Monday May 10th at 8.40am
  • Wednesday May 12th – WOW day (Walk to school On Wednesday)
  • Thursday May 27th – County Photos will be at the school to take the children’s photos

Is mise le meas

Fergal Naughton

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