Nóta scoile 26/02/2021


A chairde,

Tá súil agam go bhfuil gach rud go maith agaibh.

Beidh Gaelscoil an Ghoirt Álainn ag athoscailt dóirse na scoile ar an Luan an 1 Márta 2021 agus is é sábháilteacht ár ndaltaí príomhchuspóir na scoile agus socruithe nua á chur i bhfeidhm againn sa scoil.

Tá leagan d’ár bplean scoile maidir le COVID 19 le feiscint thíos ach is doiciméad beo é. Beidh eagarthóireacht agus nuashonrú leanúnach á dhéanamh againn air nuair is gá é a dhéanamh.

Beidh comhoibriú gach duine fíorthábhachtach má táimid chun athoscailt na scoile a dhéanamh i gceart. Táimid ag iarraidh a chinntiú go bhfuil gach duine sábháilte ach ní féidir linn é a dhéanamh gan do chabhair

Tabhaire aire duit féin agus dá chéile agus táim ag súil go mór le fáilte a chur roimh páistí ós na Ranganna Naíonáin go rang 2 ag 8.50am, maidin Dé Luain.

Le gach dea ghuí.


I hope you are all safe and well at this time.

We are continuing to prepare for the safe reopening of our school on Monday, March 1st, in line with current guidance and recommendations. The safety of all our pupils and staff remains our priority as we put new arrangements in place. As I mentioned in my previous letter, reopening our school will require the cooperation of all members of our School Community – Board of Management, School Leadership, Staff, Parents and Pupils.

Our Plan for Reopening Gaelscoil an Ghoirt Álainn is provided below. Please note that this plan is based on current guidelines and may need to be altered upon the publication of further advice from the Department of Education, the HSE and other agencies in the future. Furthermore, we will continue to assess, review and evaluate this plan, and will make the necessary amendments and changes to keep all pupils, staff and parents safe. We will keep you updated on any other developments as they happen.

I wish you continued good health and tell the children that all the teachers are really looking forward to welcoming them back to school. Infants to Rang 2 are due back on Monday while Rang 3 to Rang 6 will continue with remote learning via seesaw and zoom for another 2 weeks.

Le gach dea ghuí.


Nóta don choicís atá romhain – Note for the upcoming 2 weeks.

We welcome An Taoiseach’s announcement on the phased reopening of schools. We are delighted to say that Gaelscoil an Ghoirt Álainn will reopen for pupils in Junior and Senior Infants and First and Second Class on Monday March 1st. Staff are currently preparing for the reopening and you will receive further information on the arrangements and protocols in place over the coming days.

Children should arrive at school between 8.30am and 8.50am as is the norm. Infants will finish at 1.30pm and can be collected at the usual collection points. First and Second Class will finish at 2.30pm and can be collected from the area outside the main gates. Parents should not congregate at the school at drop off and collection times. It is essential that parents maintain a 2m distance from one another when dropping/collecting children. Parents of infants must enter the school grounds to collect their children and at times it may be impossible to maintain a 2m distance. We require all adults on school grounds to wear a face covering at all times, no exceptions. If you would feel more comfortable with your child wearing one, please feel free to encourage this. For those parents collecting children outside of school grounds we strongly recommend that face coverings be worn. If a minder/relative is dropping or collecting your child(ren) we ask that you share the protocols with them.

The Department of Education and the Health Service Executive require parents to complete a Return to Education Form on behalf of every child. This form is similar to those completed when children take part in sports/activities. It is likely that this form will need to be completed and submitted following any absence from school or after any holiday period. This must be completed in advance of your child’s return to school on Monday March 1st. Please check your emails daily to ensure you have received all of the necessary information pertaining to the reopening of schools. Further information re this to follow later…

We are very much looking forward to welcoming the children back to school. We understand how difficult this period of school closures has been for the children and their families. The phased reopening will allow us the opportunity to support and engage with our youngest pupils and offer the pupils themselves the opportunity to reconnect with their friends and teachers.

Summary & important points.

  • Please complete a Return to School Declaration Form which will be emailed out to you with instructions later this evening – should your child be marked absent from school/returning to school after a school closure, this form will be available to fill out from our website / school App.
  • Please do not congregate at or near the school during drop off and collection times.
  • Please continue to communicate with the school via phone or email, where possible. If you do need to approach a member of staff, please wear a face covering.
  • In the interest of minimising pressure at home and limiting the amount of materials flowing between home and school, there will be no homework assigned at the start of this term. We will review this as the government’s phased reopening progresses.
  • Under current Department of Education guidelines, there is no obligation for your child to wear a face covering. However, if you would feel more comfortable with your child wearing one, please feel free to encourage this.
  • All books and boxes that were sent home to assist with home-schooling will be needed from Monday. Please ensure that nothing is forgotten at home.
  • Uniform Tuesday and Thursday. Tracksuit Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
  • Reminder for all children to have their own Wash bag as in term 1.
  • Please ensure children are wearing extra clothes and a coat as classroom windows will be open.
  • If your child is showing any symptoms of Covid 19 or if you have any reason to be worried, please arrange to have a test done and do not send you child to school.

All of our school rules and routines should be followed by staff and parents to keep everyone safe. While they may cause an inconvenience at times, we appreciate the continued support. We are really looking forward to spending time with the children at school next week; the classrooms just aren’t the same without them!

If there are any further updates, I will communicate them to you over the coming days. Similarly, if you have any queries, please don’t hesitate in making contact with the office.

Le gach dea-ghuí,

Deaglán Ó Deargáin


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