Message from our Principal Returning to School

Friday 14th August 2020

Dear Parents,

I hope that this message finds you all well. We fully understand that the last few months have been very different to what we have been used to in our lives and in our schools. We have missed seeing and hearing our students around the school and we are really looking forward to welcoming all our students back at the end of this month.

We are working hard to make sure that our school will be safe for all students and staff. The guidance provided by the Department of Education and Skills is comprehensive and detailed.

Our priority is to minimise the risk of the introduction of Covid -19 to the school and if introduced, to manage the risk of spread. In the event of a student showing any symptoms, the student will be removed from class and brought to our newly designated isolation room. Parents will be contacted immediately and asked to bring their son / daughter home and you are advised to make immediate phone contact with your GP.

Our school is open to essential visitors only. Parents can only come to school once an appointment has been made and only adults can attend the scheduled meeting.

As of today, Friday 14th August, our plans include:

 School uniforms are to be worn by all students every day. In line with public health guidelines, we would ask you to wash the school uniform frequently.
 We are reconfiguring all our classroom furniture to ensure that students are one metre apart.
 We are advising all our students to bring face masks with them to school. Further guidance in relation to the wearing of the mask will be issued closer to our re-opening.
 We are asking all students to bring in their own materials such as biros, rulers and calculators. The sharing of materials is not advised.
 Lockers will only be available to students at strict designated times. The lockers are being separated and will be placed at strategic points around the school.
 We have dispensers placed at each entrance to our school and a dispenser is placed in each classroom
 All our existing toilets have been upgraded including hot water and soap being available. We have also added three new toilet facilities to our school.
 All students will remain within the school grounds for both lunches. Student Year Groups will have designated lunch areas for both morning and main lunch.
 Our Book Rental Scheme will continue to operate for all students

The following is our Start Up Schedule :
• Thurs Aug 27th – Staff Induction
• Fri Aug 28th – Sixth Year Induction: 11.30am – 12.30pm
• Mon Aug 31st – Fifth Year including LCAs 9.45am – 10.30am First Year 11.30am – 12.30pm
• Tues Sept 1st – Second Years 9.45am First Year 11.30am – 12.30pm
• Weds Sept 2nd – 9.45am – 10.45am Transition Year 11.30am – 12.15pm
• Thurs Sept 3rd – Sixth Year 9.45am – 10.30am First Year 11.30am – 12.30pm
• Fri Sept 4th – All years
There is no doubt that we will face many challenges. We are however very confident in our ability to overcome these challenges with your help and with your support.

Yours faithfully

Kieran Golden