Imlitir 19

12th April, 2021.

A Thuisti,

Welcome Back

We welcome back everyone for the last term of the school year. It’s a year that will be remembered for the wrong reasons due to Covid – 19 but we approach the last term with optimism and hopefully an un-interrupted term! With less than three months remaining in school the children need to get into a routine for completing their homework. Please make sure your children complete their homework in a neat manner. If your child is having any difficulties educationally or socially please make an appointment with the class teacher as soon as possible.

Relationships and Sexuality Education

We will be showing the ‘Busy Bodies’ DVD to the pupils in 6th class this week as part of the SPHE curriculum. On March 23rd we e-mailed parents/guardians of pupils in 6th class for their consent.

Only a few parents/guardians have returned the form to date. If you would like your child to view the DVD in school this week your written consent is required. Please sign the form attached and return it by e-mail tomorrow to [email protected]. Our RSE Policy is available to view on the school website. A hard copy is available on request from the office.

Covid – 19

Parents/guardians must not congregate at or near the school. Communication with the school must take place by phone or e-mail. 

Parents/guardians must not send their children to school if they are experiencing any symptoms whatsoever of Covid-19. If you are unsure whether your child has symptoms of Covid-19 please keep your child at home and contact a GP immediately. Do not contact the school. We are not GP’s! 

Do not send children to school if they are close contacts of a person with Covid-19, are awaiting a test or are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19. 

Do not send pupils to school if they are identified by the HSE as a close contact of a confirmed case of Covid-19 or if they live with someone who has symptoms of the virus. 

Do not send pupils to school if they have travelled outside of Ireland. If you have travelled abroad you are advised to consult and follow the latest Government advice in relation to foreign travel.    

Parents/guardians are advised to co-operate with any public health officials and the school for contact tracing purposes and follow any public health advice in the event of an outbreak in the school. 

Children must sanitise their hands when entering and exiting vehicles and when entering and exiting the school building. 

Children must not share books and personal belongings with other children. Sharing food is not allowed in any circumstances. The children’s books must be sanitised before returning to school. 

The children must bring their coats to school – for outdoor play and for wearing indoors if the classroom gets a little cold due to increased ventilation. 

Parental Declaration Forms

Thanks to everybody for returning the Parental Declaration Forms for their children before returning to school today. If your child is absent from school for any reason between now and the summer holidays this form must be sent to the school prior to your child returning to school. No exceptions.

Science In A Box

We introduced ‘Science in a Box’ to the school a few years ago with great success. This is a ten week science programme for 5th/6th class pupils. The pupils in 6th class only covered half of the programme last year due to Covid-19. We will be continuing with the second half of the programme with 5th/6th class over the next few weeks. We thank Eimear for sponsoring this great initiative over the last few years.

Standardised Tests

The standardised tests in Maths, English and Gaeilge will be administered to pupils in First to Sixth class in the last week of May/early June. Due to Covid-19 no standardised tests were completed last year. We will give the specific dates for these tests next week.

Is mise,

Seamus Tansley.

Priomh Oide.