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31st August 2020
Back to School – September 1st 2020
We are looking forward to seeing all the children tomorrow as we begin our new school year. We especially look forward to welcoming our new entrants who are beginning their school journey with us. We are also very aware of how our returning Senior Infants had their first year in school disrupted and I’m sure for some, it feels like starting all over again. Therefore, we have put some special arrangements in place for the Infants starting this week.
Under DES guidelines, we are expected to have drop off areas for the children coming to school. For Infants, we are allowing parents to accompany the children down to the Infant yard where we will have a special ‘infant only’ drop off area. Parents will be able to stay a little longer in this area as we strive to get all the children back into school happily.
On arriving at the school main gate, you will find a walkway coned off for Infants and Parents to progress down to the Infant yard. This will be well signed. I will be at the gate to help direct you there.
At the infant yard, you will see two distinct areas set out for the Junior Infants and the Senior Infants. Again, this will be signed for you. The infant teachers will be at this drop off area to guide you and bring the children into the school. We hope to be able to do this in groups, so if you wish to wait for a friend to arrive, you will be able to do this in the yard. Unfortunately, we are not permitted to allow adults into the school building. We hope with some time and patience, we will get the children safely and happily into their classrooms.
A few notes for Junior Infants. Ms Ahern is unable to return to school until Monday September 7th 2020. Ms Claire Dunphy will take charge of the Junior Infant Class for this week. Ms Ahern has been in contact with Ms Dunphy and outlined her plan of work for the first week. Ms Dunphy, as a past pupil of the school who has worked with us on a number of occasions and is very familiar with how we work in UNS. She will also be assisted in the task of starting the children in school by Ms Margaret Delaney. Ms Delaney is part of our Special Education Team, but as many of you will know, she was our Junior Infant teacher for well over 20 years. The children will be in the safe hands of a very capable team!
The Junior Infants are in school from 9.00am to 12.00pm for the first two weeks to ease them into their school lives. When you come to collect the children at 12 noon, you may assemble in the Infant yard again, and the children will come out to you with their teachers.
For Senior Infants, they will go home as normal at 1.40pm. We would suggest that parents wait at the gate drop off area for the Seniors as you would have done last year. Mr Doyle and Ms Ryan will bring the children out to you. The Afterschool groups will have an assigned area for collection and the bus children will also have a waiting area before being brought to the bus.
We hope that by week two, we will be able to have the Senior Infant children line up in the back yard in the morning time with the older classes. The teachers will teach them the routine this week and we know they will be delighted to be the ‘big infants’ heading to the back yard with the older children!
Finally, for organisational purposes we have allocated Room numbers to each class this year. Ms Ahern’s class are in Room 1, Mr Doyle’s class are in Room 2 and Ms Ryan’s class are in Room 3. This will help with lining up in the back yard.
See you all in the morning!