As we prepare to return to school on Tuesday 1st September 2020 there is much important information that will help us all keep safe in the coming term.
Firstly, we would like to let you know that our school has been prepared for the return of our pupils. Last Wednesday, the school received a deep clean, where all rooms and public areas were professionally cleaned by Ryans Cleaning, Thurles. All the staff have worked very hard this week to dismantle the school in preparation for the deep clean and then to put the school back together again. There have been a lot of other people involved in getting the school physically ready for Tuesday and we want to thank everybody involved for their help.
The Sensory Room had been turned into our Isolation Room for the foreseeable future.
The back yard is being prepared to allow the children line up each morning in a socially distanced way using coloured pods.
We will have special instructions in place at the gate for the introduction of infants to school and the entrance of other children to the school. Please remember that will have a 'drop and go' policy for children from 1st Class onwards. The school gate is the drop zone.
Each class has been prepared in 'bubbles' and 'pods', with designated entrances and exits. Play times will be staggered and classes will be assigned an area to play in the yard.
Older classes will leave in a staggered manner beginning with Sixth Class at 2.30pm. There will be areas assigned for our two afterschool groups.
we will be rolling out Aladdin Connect in the next week. This app will make connectivity between home and school so much easier.
Every effort will be made to keep the school as normal as possible, while ensuring we are following the guidelines of the Department of Education and Skills and the Public Health Service.
There is much advice available from the DES and NPHET. It is important for parents to know that the Public Health Service will advise on all decisions to be taken with regard to any possible case of COVID-19 in a school. This is laid out clearly by the DES in their document Schools Pathway for Covid-19. They have also sent us Advice for Parents and Information for Parents. These documents are linked and the last two are easily printable if you want to keep them at home.
Finally, for now, our School Covid-19 Policy is being sent to the Board of Management for ratification. When it is ready it will appear here.
Thanks for your time in reading this notice and looking forward to a successful return to school and seeing our school full of children again!