Back To School Plan: What Parents Need To Know

Dear Parents, Guardians, Pupils,  

You are all most welcome back to school. We teachers are thrilled to get back to some kind of normality too.

Our main aim is to prevent the risk of infection coming in to school and we cannot do this without your help!

 YOU SHOULD NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, SEND YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL

IF THEY HAVE A TEMPERATURE, A COUGH OF ANY KIND, LOSS OF SMELL/TASTE

 OR HAVE ANY KIND OF SHORTNESS OF BREATH.  IT IS YOUR DUTY TO INFORM THE SCHOOL IF ANY OF YOUR FAMILY DISPLAY THESE SYMPTOMS

If you are in any doubt whether you should send your child to school or not, please err on the side of caution.  We have invested a considerable amount in 2 Fever Defense Checks which will take pupil’s temperature before entering the school.  Please wait in the car park for 5 minutes to ensure your child has been admitted to school.


•The school day will start (Jun & Sen Infants, ASD Class,1st & 2nd Class) at 8:45 and finishes for Juniors and Seniors and ASD at 1:25; for 1st and 2nd Class at 2.25; (3rd-6th classes) begin 9.00 and finish at 2.40. These times must be adhered to strictly.
•Children will independently enter and exit the school at the front gate using existing 1metre markings and must use this gate at all times.  
•Jun & Sen infants and ASD class line up at front door to have their temperature checked.
•1st, & 2nd turn left around to back entrance to have their temperature checked.
•3rd and 4th  line up at front door to have their temperature checked.
•5th & 6th turn left around to back entrance to have their temperature checked
•Throughout the school there will be hand sanitizers provided which children will be required to use and will be asked to regularly wash their hands while in school.
•Classes will be confined to mixing only with their own class group. This includes break time and no whole school activities such as assemblies will take place.
•Within each class, the children will be grouped into pods which will be distanced from each other as much as classroom space allows. Children from 3rd-6th will be required to stay in their pods and keep socially distant from other pods.
•Children will be required to use their own resources where possible ie pencils, scissors etc and sharing of resources, particularly from 3rd-6th, will not be allowed.
•Staff will maintain a regular cleaning routine of all resources and materials that will be used by different pods or classes. Where necessary items of school equipment will be isolated for 72 hours prior to being used by a different pod/class.
•The school will be cleaned by cleaners, following all government guidelines, advice and checklists, every day.
•If your child becomes ill in school, with any of the symptoms of covid-19 or has a high temp before entering the school, they will be immediately cared for in an isolation room where they will remain until they are collected. They must be collected as soon as possible. Please ensure that your contact details are up to date and provide an emergency contact also.

How can you help?

•School bags on first day only. (All books will stay in school and homework will be online.) Lunches in ziploc bag only. Drinks in reusable bottle. Please supply zipped mesh pouch, holding a facecloth and a packet of wipes for your child’s use in the bathroom.
•Take your child’s temperature before coming to school and ensure their hands are clean.
•Do not enter the school grounds, unless prior permission to do so has been granted by the Principal
•Communicate with your child’s teacher via email, and office by text, email or phone call. Phone no for texts is 087 1435031. For voice calls no is 0402 38209.
•Do not allow your child to bring any personal items, which are not necessary for school, into school i.e. toys, teddies, etc
•Uniform: The standard crested uniform still applies, but can be supplemented with generic navy tracksuits available cheaply – no logos allowed.
•Observe social distancing (metre markings) on pathway outside school.