I hope you are well and enjoying a well-earned summer break. I apologise for punctuating the holiday period with this email, however, it is important that I forward this information to you all.
As I’m sure you are all aware, the government published the Roadmap for the Reopening of Schools last week. The roadmap formed part of a suite of documents which also included a Covid Response Plan and letters to staff, principals and parents.
The successful reopening of schools and our success in meeting the challenges ahead relies on every individual taking responsibility and working together to keep everyone in our school safe.
On Thursday 27th August 2020, Gaelscoil an Ghoirt Álainn will reopen for all pupils.
As we come to terms with our new reality and to ensure that we fully comply with the guidelines as set out by the Department of Education’s roadmap, a number of changes will need to be implemented.
I will contact all parents via email again during the third week of August with a more detailed plan of how the school day will operate but for now the following are some of the changes that are currently planned. Some of these changes will impact the daily routine of parents in September.
In September….(this will be reviewed on a monthly basis).
– Our school gates will open at 8.30 am. (not before as current government guidelines mean we should not have children from different classes mixing in the school yard). School children can walk straight into their classroom at 8.35 and they will be supervised there until school starts (8.50).
– In so far as is possible, children will be confined to mixing with children from their own classrooms / class grouping only throughout the school day.
– break times will be staggered.
– Masks are recommended as children come to school but will not be compulsory while at school.
– A meeting via zoom will take place to discuss arrangements with parents of high risk children / children availing of SNA access. This meeting will be arranged for a date after Thursday 20th August.
– Anyone with particular issues that are causing them concern are asked to contact the school at any time in the coming weeks. These issues will be addressed after Thursday 20th August, in line with recommended best practice at that time.
– No one outside of staff and children will be allowed to enter the school building during the school day.
– ALL after school activities (including our afterschool service) have been cancelled and will not take place in September.
We are working hard to ensure our school will be as safe as possible when we return in September. Much work had taken place prior to the release of the roadmap and planning has been in motion since June. Please know that the BOM will do all it can to ensure the health and safety of every pupil and staff member and we look forward to welcoming you all back to our lovely new school on August 27th.
Bainigí taitneamh as na laethanta saoire.
Le gach dea ghuí.