Saint Brigid’s National School, is a primary school situated in the centre of Greystones, Co. Wicklow. Our mission is to provide the highest quality education for all our children in a happy, safe and stimulating Christian environment, focusing on their academic, social, personal, moral and spiritual development to help them be the best they can be.

Communications from Principal & BOM re COVID-19 protocols for school

This is a new tab added to the school website menu on 12th August 2020. Here you will find all the information relevant to COVID-19, preventing its spread in St. Brigid’s NS, Greystones rand other related matters. In this way all the information will be to hand in one place. New information will be also posted initially on the homepage as updates in the Latest News section. The most up to date and important information will also be emailed home.

23rd October 2020

Dear Parents, We would like to reassure you that the handsanitiser ‘Virapro’ is not in use St. Brigid’s NS, Greystones. As you may have heard in this morning’s new it has been recalled from use. We are relying more on hand washing using soap than using sanitiser.

25th September 2020

Dear Parents,

My apologies for the  amount of emails you are receiving of late but I feel it is really important to keep you as up to date as possible with what is going on in the school especially in these strange times.

Below please find a copy of a letter detailing procedures we have put in place if we have a confirmed case of COVID 19 in the school. It is important to note that we do not have any confirmed positive cases in the school at this time.

Kind regards,

Máire Costello

Date: 25/09/2020

Dear Parents and Staff,

Re: If we have a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the school

We do not have any confirmed positive cases of Covid-19 in the school. However, it is only prudent that we consider what procedures are in place to deal if such a situation were to arise so that all of us are aware in advance of what happens in such an event.

Safety and Control Measures

The BoM, school leadership and staff are very conscious of the paramount need to keep all pupils, staff and visitors safe while in the school.  The school is a controlled environment. There are control measures in place to combat the introduction or spread of COVID-19.  These are based on:

  • Physical Distancing
  • Hand Hygiene
  • Respiratory and Hygiene Etiquette
  • Mask Wearing

When a person displays symptoms of COVID-19

The following steps are taken when a person (child or adult) in the school presents with suspected COVID-19 symptoms:

  • That person is moved to the isolated area prior to going home. In the case of children, their parents will be asked to come to the school, take them home and contact their GP for a free telephone consultation
  • If the GP recommends that the person (child or adult) go for a COVID-19 test, that person is now considered a query case for COVID-19 and all of his/her household members are removed from the school and must restrict their movements until the results of the test come back
  • In the case of a negative result (98% of cases), the GP will advise when the person should return to school – usually after 48 hours.
  • In the case of a positive result (2% of cases), Public Health will, by law, be informed. This may take a matter of hours due to legal and volume of work issues.  The risk has been removed from the school as the person who tested positive and his/her household are at home
  • The person tested, or their parents, may well be informed before Public Health. In many cases a social media discussion ensues and anxiety levels are raised among the school community.

Public Health Intervention

The Public Health Department of the HSE is the agency responsible by law for dealing with positive cases of COVID-19:

  • Once notified by the HSE testing regime, Public Health Doctors assume total control of the situation and will carry out a risk assessment. Based on questioning, the person with the positive result they will ascertain if they were within the school setting when they contracted the virus.  If not, there is no need to contact the school
  • If the person was within the school setting when they contracted the virus, Public Health will contact the principal to carry out a Public Health Risk Assessment. This is a set of questions to see who might have been exposed to the virus and who needs to be excluded or tested.  This risk assessment will be unique to each school
  • The principal and BoM have no function in the risk assessment other than to provide whatever information is required by the Public Health Medical Officer conducting the risk assessment
  • The principal and BoM may be asked to assist the Medical Office by sending a message from them to the relevant families identified in the risk assessment. Public Health will not contact other members of the school community
  • The principal and BoM are not permitted to inform members of the school community of the identity of the person or persons who have tested positive for COVID-19 for the following reasons:
  • Doctor – Patient confidentiality
  • GDPR legislation prevents the publication of personal data without consent.

Tom Sherlock (Chairperson Board of Management)

Máire Costello (Principal/Secretary Board of Management)

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9th September 2020

Re: Allocation of Homework/ Schoolwork when a child is Absent from School

Dear Parents/ Guardians,

I would like share some information with you in relation to the allocation of Homework / Schoolwork when a child absent from school.

Scenario 1

Our School Policy in relation to providing homework / schoolwork for children who are absent due to a short term illness or away on holiday during term time still applies i.e. they are not provided with work. We would encourage them to read while they are absent. There are also a number of useful educational links on our school website which they can tap into. The teacher will work with them when they come back to school.

Scenario 2

Awaiting on COVID Test Result – No homework/ schoolwork is provided. Again, there are educational links on the school website that children can use while they are absent from school.

Scenario 3

If your child has to quarantine due to a positive COVID test or is designated as a close contact of a person who tested positive – Homework/ schoolwork will be provided.

Scenario 4

If a child has an underlying illness and is not attending school, work will be provided.

On a personal note, I would like to thank all the parents for the part you are playing in keeping your children home from school when they are unwell. We are all in this together and the health and safety of the whole school community is a top priority for us all.

Thanks again for your support and cooperation as we adapt to new routines and protocols.

Kind regards,

Ms. Costello

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St. Brigid’s NS, Greystones

COVID-19 Response Plan

Protocols in place for the safe reopening of the school

Contents

Introduction

1.0 Planning and preparing for return to school safely:

Measures in place

2.0 The Importance of Communication

3.0 Wellbeing

4.0 The Curriculum

5.0 Special Education Needs

6.0 Future proofing

 

Introduction

The School Covid19 Response Plan for St. Brigid’s NS, Greystones is in line with

  • Department of Education guidance
  • the Return to Work Safely Protocol and public health guidance from HSE re limiting spread of the virus, hygiene and respiratory etiquette
  • and the specific requirements of the school

The Covid-19 Response Plan is designed to support the staff and Board of Management (BOM) put measures in place that to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in the school environment.

The Covid-19 Response Plan details the policies and practices necessary for a school to reopen and to prevent the introduction and spread of Covid-19 in the school environment.

It is important that the resumption of school-based teaching and learning and the reopening of school facilities complies with the public health advice and guidance documents prepared by the Department. Doing so minimises the risk to pupils, staff and others. The Response Plan supports the sustainable reopening of school where the overriding objective is

  • to protect the health of staff and pupils
  • while promoting the educational and development needs of the pupils in the school.

The COVID-19 response plan will be updated in line with the public health advice.

In line with the Return to Work Safely Protocol, the key to a safe and sustainable return to work, and reopening of schools requires strong communication and a shared collaborative approach between the BOM, staff, pupils and parents.

The assistance and cooperation of all staff, pupils, parents, contractors and visitors is critical to the success of the plan in order for the school to re-open safely on 26th August 2020 for staff, and 27th August 2020 for students.

St. Brigid’s NS, Greystones understand that all school records and data must be maintained and processed in compliance with the GDPR and the Data Protection Acts. The responsibility for compliance with the legislation rests with each school (or ETB) in their role as data controller.

The information provided in this document is correct at the time of publication.

RESPONSE PLAN Before reopening schools for the 2020/21 school year  St. Brigid’s NS has the following protocols in place:
1.0  Planning

&

Preparing

for

Returning

to school safely

 

a)    School COVID-19 Policy Statement completed and ratified by BOM on the 12/08/2020. This policy outlines the commitment of the school to implement the plan and help prevent the spread of the virus. The policy will be signed and dated by the chairperson and principal of the BOM and brought to the attention of students, parents and staff. Schools must have a COVID-19 policy in place prior to the reopening of schools for the 2020/21 school year

b)    Return to Work Forms distributed. Forms to be returned at least three days before staff returned to work (23rd August) and reviewed.

c)    Arrangements made to keep up to date with public health advice and any updates. Provision made to pass on this information in a timely manner to staff, pupils, parents and stakeholders as required;

d)    Once ‘Return to Work Forms’ received, Induction Training online is provided for staff. Information provided: latest advice and guidance on public health, Covid-19 symptoms, what to do if a staff member or pupil develops symptoms of Covid-19 while at school, the Covid-19 response plan.

Staff will be kept fully informed of the control measures in place in the school and their duties and responsibilities in preventing the spread of Covid-19. This will be ongoing and will be updated with any changes to the control measures or guidance available from the public health authorities. If a staff member is unsure about any aspect of the Response Plan, Covid control measures or his/her duties, he/she should contact Principal, Lead Worker Representative (LWR) or Assistant Worker Representative.

e)    Contact Tracing Log is located at secretary’s office. Visitors to school will be limited on account of Covid-19. Permission will be needed from the school for anyone to visit the school. If there is an urgent reason a parent needs to visit, they are asked to contact the school first.

f)     School Management Checklist has been completed .

g)    Information on how to deal with a suspected case displayed in school so as to be to hand and circulated to staff. Confidentially important when this happens.

h)    Parents asked if their child is unwell to keep them at home and to err on the side of caution (newsletter emailed on Aladdin Connect and posted on school website)

i)        Lead Worker Representatives and Assistant Worker Representatives have been elected by the staff. The LWRs are Sile Heneghan and Orla Teehan. The Assistant LWRs are Helana Moore and Sharleen Hogan.

j)        Aide appointed. St. Brigid’s NS, Greystones has less than 500 students so an Aide was appointed for five days work to help with the reopening of the school.

k)    Health and Safety Risk Assessment compiled and action plan developed.

l)      Emergency Plan developed in order to review the school’s procedures involving fire drills, first aid, accidents and other occurrences to consider any new risks that arise due to the school’s COVID-19 Response Plan. Any changes to the school’s existing emergency procedures will be included in the school’s safety statement.

m)  Control Measures A range of essential control measures have been implemented to reduce the risk of the spread of Covid-19 virus and to protect the safety, health and welfare of staff, pupils, parents and visitors as far as possible within the school. These measures will be reviewed as they are implemented to check that they are working. A more formal review will be conducted at the end of September. It is critical that staff, pupils, parents and visitors are aware of, and adhere to, the control measures outlined and that they fully cooperate with all health and safety requirements.

e.g. Social distancing between students will not be necessary from Junior Infants to 2nd. From 3rd Class to 6th students are required to maintain one metre distance from each other. It is recommended that where possible a teacher should maintain a distance of two metres from students Junior Infants to 6th and from each other. The Department of Education advised (7th August 2020) where it is not possible for teachers to maintain two metres social distancing in their classrooms, they should wear face masks or visors as appropriate

In order to facilitate social distancing an additional school gate has been opened on Trafalgar Road, near Mooney’s Shop. There will now be four entrances in total.

·         Entrance 1 is for Rooms 10, 11, 12 and 19 and RECEPTION

·         Entrance 2 is for Rooms 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9

·         Entrance 3 is for Roome 14, 15, 16, 17 and 20

·         Entrance 4 is for Staff only

The school yard has been divided into three Zones. Class bubbles will only be allowed to play within their designated Zone.

Break times are staggered:

·         Sos – Infants to 3rd (10.15 – 10.25) and 4th to 6th (10.30 – 10.40)

·         Lón – Infants to 3rd (12.00 – 12.30) and 4th-6th (12.40 – 1.10)

Open windows and good ventilation will be important. There will be signage on display with information about COVID-19 and how to prevent its spread. This will be provided by the Department of Education and Skills

The hours allocated to cleaning have been increased by over 30% from 40 hours per week to 65 hours per week.

Staff should note that they have a legal obligation under Section 13 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 to comply with health and safety requirements and to take reasonable care for the health and safety of themselves, their colleagues and other parties within the workplace.

The control measures shall continue to be reviewed and updated as required on an ongoing basis.

2.0 Communication

 

The key to a safe and sustainable return to work and reopening of schools is strong communication and a shared collaborative approach between the BOM, staff, students and parents. Relevant information concerning to the return to school and the safe operation of the school, will be communicated to staff, parents and students.

Communication with parents and staff will be by email and on Aladdin. Parents and staff will communicate information to children in an age appropriate way. In addition, advice and information will be given to children by the principal over the school intercom. Information will also be available on the school website https://www.saintbrigidsgreystones.ie/ It is important that all parents are signed up to Aladdin Connect and that they check the school website to keep up to date.

3.0 Wellbeing

 

During this time children, parents and teachers will be getting used to new routines and changes in school on account of Covid-19. The management and staff are conscious of the wellbeing of all.

Students: Teachers with the support of parents will help the children return to school. Routine and the familiar will be important. So too will be the activities children associate with school that they enjoy. ‘Weaving Wellbeing’ is a programme used in the school from 2nd to 6th. Infant classes will also have SPHE lessons with their wellbeing in mind.

Parents: Where parents have concerns they think the school could help with, they are invited to contact the class teacher or Principal, depending on the nature of their concern. If circumstances change for a child at home, it is always helpful to let the teacher know.

Staff will continue to work as a team supporting one another under the guidance of the School Principal. As instructed in the Roadmap for Reopening Schools Lead Worker Representatives and Assistant LWRs have been elected from the staff. Staff would ask parents to be understanding of the new situation we are all adapting too. Communication will be the key to understanding, good relationships and wellbeing.

4.0 The Curriculum The management and staff are also conscious of the importance of the school curriculum and learning at this time. Students have been engaging with ‘Distance Learning’ since March 2020. Teachers will do their best to balance the need for ‘catch up’ with the 3Rs on account of time missed with the need for the children to ‘catch up’ socially and the affective domain.

Assessment of where the students are in terms of learning may be a starting point. Revision of what would have been the Summer term’s work in their previous class may also be called for. Unfortunately, there may be less active or collaborative learning, less group work, less learning through play, using manipulatives etc. and more ‘chalk and talk’. There may be a need for ‘distance learning’ for children with underlying conditions.

Staff will work together to do their best overcome the limitations caused by COVID -19 and prepare for the various possibilities that may lie ahead.

5.0  Special Educational Needs

 

 

There may be children whose behavioural/sensory needs are such they need to be prioritised. The Special Education Teacher/Team will need to work with them for some part of the day as part of re-establishing their routine and relationships. SET can work in pairs so that when one SET is doing this the other is available for deployment that may be required in these unprecedented times.
Both Class and SET can see that children with diagnoses like dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia are differentiated for sufficiently in class. This is more important than ever before. Support can be supplemented with technology at home and at school e.g. a child with an Irish exemption working on programmes during Irish time e.g. touch typing.
Some of SEN children (with parental encouragement) did exceptionally well with using online programmes during the COVID closures. There may well be a value in upskilling SEN students in using these programmes in the coming term. It would teach them valuable computer skills and give them an advantage if ‘distance learning’ became necessary again.In order to re-open the school there may be a change in the short term to the level of support/face to face teaching that SET can give children in their caseload. A whole school approach to ADHD, developing gross motor skills would have all children building movement breaks into their day. Using the outdoors more on account of COVID-19 has been recommended. In addition children’s sensory needs will need to be met to help them readjust to being back in school.SET will need to connect with the children in their caseload and build a supportive relationship with them. This is REALLY important. However, numbers in the groups taken by SET will need to be smaller to enable social distancing. SET could not be able to work with groups of students from any more than one class at a time as children have to remain within their own ‘bubble’. Perhaps the solution would be to timetable a shorter time with students e.g. 20 minutes instead of so that each student could attend SET a couple of times a week.It would seem that in-class initiatives, station teaching, Phonics Blast and Maths Blast will not be possible at this time and that withdrawal rather than in-class teaching will be how SET operate. Whole school approaches and teamwork between class teachers and SET will be key as will communication and collaboration with parents. The importance of all children reading/being read to at home can never be underestimated.The Department of Education has said that for some children with SEN maintaining physical distancing may not be practical or appropriate. Parents/guardians should have a heightened awareness of signs, symptoms or changes in baseline which suggests illness/COVID-19 infection and where symptoms are present children should not attend school.

 

5.0

Conclusion

We do not know what the year ahead has in store, but the staff of St. Brigid’s would aspire to work together with parents and children to respond to whatever it may bring. All we can do is follow the safety guidelines, give of our best and prepare for whatever the new school year may bring.

Click HERE to download the Risk Assessment for St. Brigid’s NS, Greystones. This is a Working Document. It is subject to change – as the situation and guidelines from the HSE and DES.

Emergency Plan

Staff of St. Brigid’s NS, Greystones have reviewed the school’s emergency procedures; fire safety, first aid, accidents etc. to consider any new risks that might arise due to the school’s COVID-19 Response Plan. Many of the standard procedures as outlined in the school’s First Aid, Fire Evacuation Procedures and Accident/Injury Protocols will continue to be applied. However there are changes as follows:

First Aid

First Aid is now outdoors during break times. Staff wear masks. They also have gloves. Ice packs are taken from the bottom shelf of the mini freezer and placed in the sink after use. They are sanitized before being returned to the freezer. Only the staff on First Aid duty handle the icepacks. Staff on First Aid sanitize before duty and after each ‘patient’.

Fire drill

Previously fire drill was conducted effectively with students coming down both sides of the stairs and along both sides of the corridors. There would not be a 2m distance between children under these circumstance. So in the first term each class will practice fire drill as a class and at different times. In this way the children will be familiar with the route out of the school in the event that the alarm bell goes off. The school will identify additional fire evacuation areas to achieve the 2m physical distancing necessary between class bubbles 3rd– 6th. Fire drill procedures will be reviewed in advance of the second term when any changes will depend on public health advice at that time.

Accident/Injury protocols

In an emergency or in case of a serious incident, we will call for an ambulance or the fire brigade as normal on 112/999 giving details of location and type of medical incident.

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4th September, 2020

Dear Parents/ Guardians,

We have completed our first full week and I feel things went really smoothly. Thank you again for your cooperation at drop off and collection times and for wearing face covering while on the school premises. As I have said many times before we are all in this together and it is great that everyone is playing their part.

I know the boys and girls had a lot of new routines to get used to. But they are adapting like fish to water. The congestion at drop off and collection has eased considerably. Today was the first day our 1st and 2nd classes went in on their own and they are to be commended for how well they managed.

The staff would like to wish all the boys and girls who are making their First Communion tomorrow the very best and hope they have a lovely day. They have had to wait for a long time for this and I know it is going to be all the more special.

Our PE teacher Cormac is all set and ready to start back next Thursday 10th. The children really look forward to his classes and I know they will give them a big welcome back. All classes will have two sessions of PE a week. One with the class teacher and one with Cormac. For this year PE will be outdoors as much as possible so we would ask you that your child has a rain jacket with them on their PE days. Click Who has PE on a Day to download the details PE days for the different classes for your convenience.

The Junior Infants are really settling into school. I am so proud of them all. They are ready to make their next big jump on ‘Independence Day’ Thursday 10th September when they will be in school for their first full day from 8.50 am -1.40 pm. I know they will be great.

The children have worked really hard this their first week back and are deserving of a well earned break.

Have a lovely weekend. Don’t forget we are here for you if you need us.

Kind regards,

Ms. Costello

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2nd September 2020

Dear Parents,

Thank you very much for helping us provide a safe, secure and happy environment in which your child can learn.

We are adjusting to the ‘new normal’. Our safety protocols are constantly under review.

We are close to having a good ‘drop off’ in the mornings at ‘Mrs. Mooney’s gate’ where the younger students are entering the school.

The children themselves have been wonderful. The Junior Infants excelled at arriving in unaccompanied on their third day and lining up with their teacher in the school yard.

However, the wet weather on so many mornings since the beginning of term has not helped.

1. Could we remind all adults to ‘drop and go’ because not doing so can lead to congestion on the footpath.

2. As difficult as it is could we ask parents not to congregate at the wall by Mrs. Mooney’s gate. We understand that you want to see how your child is doing, but social distancing in not occurring.

3. We would also ask you to cross at the Lollipop Lady. We do realise that brings you a little out of your way if you are coming over the bridge from the Church Road direction. However, crossing at that corner is a very dangerous place to cross. For this reason, we would like to get all students into the habit of walking down to cross with the Lollipop Lady.

4. Finally we recommend that your child dress warmly in school. In line with recommendations we are trying to keep the rooms ventilated and so the classroom windows are open.

Thank you again for your continued support. We are all in this together.

Ms. Costello and Ms. Beausang

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31st August 2020

Dear Parents,

We are looking forward to our first full week in school since last March. Please find below some important information. At the start of each school year we experience some problems with drop off and collection. This soon settles down as parents and children adapt to the new routine. Again I would plead with you to be patient during this time.

Junior Infants

I just want to complement our Junior Infants on how well they did this morning saying goodbye at the gates. They were absolutely fantastic and an example to us all. Thank you, parents, for preparing them so well for this.

Drop and Go!

I appreciate it is early days and we are all still getting used to new routines. Thank you for cooperating with wearing face coverings when in the vicinity of the school. We would ask that you do not congregate at the gates so that the children can enter the school without having to step off the footpath. Ideally you could drop the children close to the school and watch them walk to their gate.

Gates

Gate 1: Main gate Trafalgar Road at Pedestrian Crossing. This gate is for Reception / Room 10, Room 11, Room 12 & Room 19

Gate 2: Wooden Gate beside Mrs Mooney’s. This gate is for Rooms 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 & 9.

Gate 3: Laneway Gate Kimberley Road. This gate is for Rooms 14,15,16,17 & 20.

Late Drops Off

Gate 2 & 3 will be locked at 9.00 am sharp. The only entrance to the school after this time is through Gate 1. Please note it will be closed over but will not be padlocked.

Kind regards,

Ms. Costello
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Click HERE to download the Risk Assessment for St. Brigid’s NS, Greystones. This is a Working Document. It is subject to change – as the situation and guidelines from the HSE and DES.

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30th August, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I hope you are all having a nice weekend

On Thursday we were delighted to be able to welcome at last our new Junior Infants to the school for their first two days of formal education. The children seemed to really enjoy their time with us and are already settling into a little routine.

It was amazing to see the boys and girls from Senior Infants to 6th class walking back in through the gates of St. Brigid’s after almost six months.away. They seemed happy to be reunited with their friends and finally get the opportunity to meet their teachers. So far so good..

We are really looking forward to a full week this week and hope the children are too. The gates will open for all children including Junior and Senior Infants at 8.50am and classes will begin at 9.00am.

3rd to 6th class will enter the school grounds through their designated gates (Either Gate 2 or Gate 3) and go straight to their classrooms.

Junior Infants to Second class will be dropped at Gate 1 and enter the Basketball Yard where their teachers will be waiting for them.

By Wednesday we are hoping that our 1st and 2nd classes will have become familiar with their routes into the school and be able to go straight to their classrooms from Thursday on wards.

As I have said in previous emails, nothing is set in stone..We will be reviewing drop off and collection routines on a regular basis to ensure we have the best possible set up.

Finally, thank you for your co-operation as we implement these new routines. We could not do it without you.

Here’s to a great week ahead.

Kind regards,

Máire Costello

Principal

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28th August 2020

Dear Parents/ Guardians, Just some important updates to share with you.

Hand sanitisers have been installed in all classrooms and public areas throughout the school. It is not necessary for children to bring in their own personal hand sanitisers, nor is it recommended by the Department of Education and Skills. However, if you would like your child to bring in their own sanitiser it is important that they do not share it with anybody else. It is for their use only.

Travel & Restricted Movement: If you or any member of your household has returned from a country that is not on the ‘green list’ it is a requirement that all members of that household restrict their movement for 14 days. This includes children that may not have travelled to the country. This is the advice we received this morning from the HSE.

COVID 19 Testing: If any member of your household is being tested/awaiting testing for COVID 19 the entire household must isolate until a negative test result is received. If a positive test is received self-isolation for 14 days is required. Again, we received this advice this morning from the HSE.

Face Covering: We appreciate that it is difficult for parents to maintain the 2 m distance at drop off and collection times. We would therefore ask that you would wear a face covering to help ensure safety for all.

We really appreciate how you have cooperated with us since we reopened. As I have said in previous emails, nothing is set in stone and it’s an ever-evolving situation. We will be reviewing constantly the new routines and procedures and will make changes when and if necessary.

Have a lovely weekend. Hope this rain goes away!

Kind regards,

Ms. Costello
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As you know from emails and the information on the school website, a great deal of work has been going on over the Summer Break so that the school is thoroughly clean with all the hygiene protocols in place. A lot of organising and planning has been done so a safe school day is possible.

Click HERE to download planning on gates, break times and zones in the yard. We trust that the level of planning you see reassures you that we are doing our very best.

Despite all the work that has gone in to reopening the school, there remains some unknowns. There may be questions no one will know the answer to until we are up and running. There may well be questions we hadn’t even thought of asking. But somethings are for sure: this time will not be without its challenges. We won’t have gotten everything right. Mistakes will be made. We will need to be positive and ‘solution focused’.

While parents, children and staff will be relieved that the children are back at school and we will all want to get back to close to normal, we also may be apprehensive, unsure, unfamiliar with the changes. We will need to be kind to one another and understanding and have patience in spades.

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Scroll down this post to see LETTERS SENT HOME concerning the preparations for the return to school.

26th August 2020

Dear Parents/ Guardians,

We are almost there! Only one more sleep to the grand reopening! have big hopes for a good year ahead. Below is just some information that you might find useful. Looking forward to seeing the boys and girls in their full school uniform.

New Protocols for Parents and Guardians

Entry to School: No parents/guardians are permitted to enter the school building without a prior appointment with the Principal.

Dropping off Forgotten Items: Again unfortunately, parents/ guardians will not be permitted to drop off books/projects/ lunches to the office during the school day.

Late Drop Off: If you are late dropping off your child to school, enter the school via Gate 1 and make your way to Reception using the second door on the right of main building. Please use the buzzer and the secretary will let your child in. Please be patient if the door is not answered immediately as most of the time there will be only one secretary on duty.

Collecting Children Early: If you need to collect your child early you need to notify the teacher in writing stating reason for early collection via teacher email. Your child can be collected from the door at reception. Unfortunately, parents will not be able to enter the school when collecting their child. You will need to wait under the shelter outside. Again, we would ask for your patience with this.

At Drop Off and Collection: We would ask you not to congregate at the school gates and be mindful of keeping the 2m social distance at all times.

Bicycles

We have had a number of queries in relation to children coming to school on their bikes/scooters. We have given this a lot of thought and we consider it appropriate that children coming to school with bicycles / scooters should enter through Gate 3 on Kimberley Road. We will be reviewing this at the end of September.

Siblings Entering / Exiting Through Different Gates

We appreciate your cooperation in ensuring your child enters the school through their designated gate. We currently have 317 families in the school and we’re unable to coordinate all siblings entering through the same gate. We will review this on an ongoing basis.

PE & After School Activities

PE will start back the week of 7th September. You will receive an email with your child’s PE days. Full school uniform should be worn everyday except for PE days. Children may wear shorts for PE during the month of September. As we anticipate doing as much of our PE as possible outdoors this year please ensure that your child brings a waterproof Rain Jacket to school on PE days.
Basketball and GAA. We will need to update you on this next week.

Schools’ Response Plan to COVID 19 Requirements

COVID 19 Induction programmes have been completed by all staff.
Deep cleaning of the school was completed over the summer months with Liquid Guard applied to all high contact points including light switches, door handles etc.
Extra cleaning hours have been allocated with the hours increased from 40 to 65 hours per week for this year.
COVID 19 policy has been adopted by the Board of Management and will be put up on the school website over the coming days.
COVID 19 Risk Assessment Policy was prepared and completed with ongoing reviews in place.
COVID 19 Signage has been placed throughout the school.
Hand sanitisers are in place in all classrooms, offices and entrance of the school.
Masks/ visors will be worn by all staff.
Ms Heneghan and Ms Teehan have been appointed as our COVID 19 Lead Worker Representatives along with Helena Moore and Sharleen Hogan as Assistant Lead Worker Representatives. They will ensure compliance with statutory obligations.
If a child becomes ill in school showing symptoms of COVID 19 they will be brought to one of the two isolation rooms in the school. Their temperature will be taken using an infrared thermometer and parents will be contacted. The parents will be advised to consult their GP and update us of the situation. Should the child be confirmed with a positive test this becomes a Public Health matter. The HSE will do a full risk assessment and are responsible for carrying out a full contract tracing. It is Public Health who determine whether the pod/ bubble or school will close. This is not a responsibility of the Board of Management.
Homework

The focus for teaching and learning for the month of September will be Literacy, Numeracy and Wellbeing. We as a staff have decided that there will be no written homework for this month as the children adapt to the new routines of school. We see this as a great opportunity for parents to sit read as much as possible with their children. However, reading, tables, spellings will be given to older classes.

No Early Close Tomorrow

There is no early close for children from Senior to 6th Class. Please refer to previous emails for Junior Infant and Senior Infant start times and gates the enter the school.

We look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow. We are all very excited to be reunited with the boys and girls after such a long time.

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Dear Parents / Guardians,

The BoM and School Staff are looking forward to welcoming all our pupils and parents / guardians back to school for the 2020/2021 school year in three days time on Thursday 27th August.

We are satisfied that we have control measures in place to ensure that this will be a safe re-opening. It will take some time for all of us to get used to the “new circumstances” as we become familiar with the new routines and procedures designed to keep everyone safe and to prevent the spread of the virus. There will, undoubtedly, be some unforeseen challenges and we will deal with these as they arise.

We would like to thank you for your co-operation in making preparations to date and look forward to working with you as we assist the children adapt to the necessary changes. We are also conscious of the fact that our pupils have not been in school since March and that they are looking forward to coming back to school to meet their friends again. We are aware that our new pupils are beginning a school year at a challenging time and have made plans to ensure that their arrival will be as free from stress as possible.

Kind regards

Tom Sherlock Máire Costello

Chairman Board of Management Principal
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DROP OFF & COLLECTION

JUNIOR INFANT CLASSES

Sunday 23rd August

Dear Parents / Guardians,

As you already know,our school will reopen on Thursday 27th August. We want to ensure your children experience a calm, safe and fun first day despite significant restrictions imposed due to Covid 19. Traditionally in years past, the Junior Infants always attend for a shorter day for the first two weeks in order to settle in successfully. We have found this works well and will continue with this practice for this year.

While nothing is risk free and we are being asked to take a leap of faith as we reopen our doors, the Board of Management and the School Leadership Team have been working extremely hard to ensure a safe as possible return to school for all pupils and staff on Thursday. We have now finalised our plans for drop-off and collection of our three Junior Infant classes. Please be aware that these plans are not set in stone and will be under ongoing review.

As stated in the Department of Education and Skills Guidelines, visitors to the school (including parents and guardians) will be severely restricted. Unfortunately, therefore, you will only be able to accompany your child to his/her classroom for the first two days. At the end of the day, your child will be collected from a designated area in the playground.

The most notable changes for this year are:

-that each class will have a specific entry and exit gate (See below for details)
-later drop off times for Junior Infants for Thursday 27th and Friday 28th August only
-there will be no lining up in the yard at drop off time in the morning as the children will go straight to their classrooms with the exception of the first two days back – (See below)
-Drop off and Collection

Drop off Thursday 27th August – Staggered – 9.30am & 9.40am

Drop off Friday 28th August – Staggered – 9.30am & 9.40am

Drop off from Monday 31st August onwards – 8.50am for all Junior Infants

All Junior Infants will enter and exit the school grounds through Gate 2 which is the wooden gates on Trafalgar Road beside The Fat Fox.
Entry to the school on the first two days will be staggered – Your child’s class has been split into 2 groups to allow you and your child to enter the school building on a staggered basis. Each group will get a specific time to arrive at the school. We will advise you of your time in an email tomorrow.
For the first two days, one parent only will be allowed accompany their Junior Infant Child into their classroom so that physical distancing can be maintained as much as possible.
All adults will be required to wear a face covering and sanitise their hands on entering the building.
Children will be given an assigned place to sit.
Parents will be required to leave promptly to allow for the next group of children and parents to enter the room. A member of staff will be present to guide you to your exit point.
From Monday 31st August, parents will not be permitted to accompany their child into the classroom. The children should be dropped to the wooden gate where they will be met by their class teachers who will bring them safely to their classrooms.
Collection – 11.50am up until Wednesday 9th September and 1.40pm from Thursday 10th September
The children will be lined up alphabetically and brought to designated collection zones in the black yard by their class teachers. The children can be collected from these zones. In the interest of social distancing we would ask that you do not encroach beyond the boundary of the basketball court at collection time. We would also ask that you leave the grounds promptly to facilitate the use of the yard and basketball court by the older children..

It is imperative that

adults do not come within 2m of each other
parents do not try to have meetings with members of staff in the playground at drop-off and collection times
meetings between parents and teachers can only take place by prior arrangement. For everyone’s safety, this may be done via phone calls or emails
all parents adhere to the drop-off and collection plans as outlined above
Working together we hope to be able to progress the reopening in as safe a manner as possible for all. We would ask all parents to familiarise themselves with the above drop-off and collection routines for the safe delivery and collection of pupils from school. Please be patient as we endeavour to embed these necessary precautionary and protective practices at the beginning of the school year

I apologise for the amount of information contained in this email. I know there is an awful lot to take in. Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you are unclear about anything.

This is a huge week for us all as we return to school and we really appreciate your support as we try to safely reopen the school building.

Kind regards,

Máire Costello
Principal
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DROP OFF & COLLECTION

SENIOR INFANT CLASSES

Sunday 23rd August

Dear Parents / Guardians,

The Board of Management and the School Leadership Team have been working extremely hard to ensure a safe return to school for all pupils and staff on Thursday. We have now finalised our plans for drop-off and collection of our two Senior Infant classes. Please be aware that these plans are not set in stone and will be under ongoing review.

The most notable changes for this year are:

-that each class will have a specific entry and exit gate (See below for details)
-later drop off time of 9.10am for Senior Infants for Thursday 27th and Friday 28th August only
-there will be no lining up in the yard at drop off time in the morning as the children will go straight to their classrooms with –the exception of the first two days back – (See below)

Drop off and Collection

To facilitate physical distancing, each class will have a specific entry and exit point. See below for details.

Gate 2 – Wooden Gates on Trafalgar Road (Beside Mooney’s / Fat Fox)
· Room 1 – Ms Teehan (Senior Infants)
· Room 2 – Ms Carwood (Junior Infants)
· Room 3 – Ms McGuirk (Junior Infants)
· Room 4 – Ms Coffey (Junior Infants)
· Room 5 – Ms Mangan (1st Class)
· Room 6 – Ms Corcoran (1st Class)
· Room 7 – Ms Smith (Senior Infants)
· Room 8 – Ms O’Donnell (2nd Class)
· Room 9 – Substitute teacher for Ms. Cuffe (2nd Class)

Drop Off – 9.10am for the first two days and 8.50am from Monday 31st August.
For the first two days back only, one parent will be permitted to bring their children into the school yard, where they will be met by their class teachers who will bring them to their classrooms.
From Monday 31st August, the children should be dropped off at the gate where there will be members of staff waiting to greet them and direct them safely to their classrooms.

Collection – 1.40pm
The children can be collected from the school yard at designated points. For Ms Smith’s class this will be at the basketball hoop at the top end of the black yard and for Ms. Teehans, class this will be at the basketball hoop at the bottom end of the black yard next to the convent. The class teachers will bring their classes to the designated collection points. In the interest of social distancing, we would ask that the parents do not encroach beyond the boundary of the basketball court.

Working together we hope to be able to progress the reopening in as safe a manner as possible for all. We would ask all parents to familiarise themselves with the above drop-off and collection routines for the safe delivery and collection of pupils from school. Please be patient as we endeavour to embed these necessary precautionary and protective practices at the beginning of the school year.

It is imperative that

-adults do not come within 2m of each other
-parents do not try to have meetings with members of staff in the playground at drop-off and collection times
-meetings between parents and teachers can only take place by prior arrangement. For everyone’s safety, this may be done via phone calls or emails
-all parents adhere to the drop-off and collection plans as outlined above.

This is a huge week for us all as we return to school and we really appreciate your support as we try to safely reopen the school building.

Kind regards,

Tom Sherlock Máire Costello
Chairperson Board of Management Principal

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DROP OFF & COLLECTION

1st & 2nd CLASSES

Thursday 20th August

Dear Parents / Guardians,

The Board of Management and the School Leadership Team have been working extremely hard to ensure a safe return to school for all pupils and staff in a week’s time. We have now finalised our plans for drop-off and collection of the children. Please be aware that these plans are not set in stone and will be under ongoing review.

The most notable changes for this year are:

  • that each class will have a specific entry and exit gate (See below for details)
  • there will be no lining up in the yard at drop off time in the morning as the children will go straight to their classrooms with the exception of the first two days back – (See below)

Drop off and Collection

Gates will open at 8.50 am and classes will start at 9.00 am

To facilitate physical distancing, each class will have a specific entry and exit point. See below for details.

Gate 2 – Wooden Gates on Trafalgar Road (Beside Mooney’s / Fat Fox)

  • Room 1 – Ms Teehan (Senior Infants)
  • Room 2 – Ms Carwood (Junior Infants)
  • Room 3 – Ms McGuirk (Junior Infants)
  • Room 4 – Ms Coffey (Junior Infants)
  • Room 5 – Ms Mangan (1st Class)
  • Room 6 – Ms Corcoran (1st Class)
  • Room 7 – Ms Smith (Senior Infants)
  • Room 8 – Ms O’Donnell (2nd Class)
  • Room 9 – Substitute teacher for Ms. Cuffe (2nd Class)

Drop Off – 8.50am

For the first two days back only, parents will be permitted to bring their children into the school yard, where they will be met by their class teachers who will bring them to their classrooms.

From Monday 31st August, the children should be dropped off at the gate where there will be members of staff waiting to greet them and direct them safely to their classrooms.

Collection – 2.40pm

The children can be collected from the school yard at designated points. The class teacher will bring their classes to the designated collection points. In the interest of social distancing, we would ask that the parents do not encroach beyond the boundary of the basketball court.

Working together we hope to be able to progress the reopening in as safe a manner as possible for all. We would ask all parents to familiarise themselves with the above drop-off and collection routines for the safe delivery and collection of pupils from school. Please be patient as we endeavour to embed these necessary precautionary and protective practices at the beginning of the school year.

It is imperative that

  • adults adhere to the 2m social distancing recommended by NPHET
  • parents do not try to have meetings with members of staff in the playground at drop-off and collection times – meetings between parents and teachers can only take place by prior arrangement. For everyones safety, this may be done via phone calls or emails
  • all parents adhere to the drop-off and collection plans as outlined above

St Brigid’s appreciates your support as we try to safely reopen the school building.

Kind regards,

Tom Sherlock                                      Máire Costello

Chairperson Board of Management       Principal

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DROP OFF & COLLECTION

3rd CLASS to 6th

Thursday 20th August

Dear Parents / Guardians,

The BoM and the School Leadership Team have been working extremely hard to ensure a safe return to school for all pupils and staff next Thursday 27th August.   We have now finalised our plans for drop-off and collection of the children.  Please be aware that these plans are not set in stone and will be under ongoing review.

The most notable changes for this year are:

• each class has been assigned a specific entry and exit gate (See below for details)

• there will be no lining up in the yard at drop off time in the morning as the children will go straight to their classrooms.

The gates will open at 8.50am. Third to sixth class pupils will enter through their specific gates unaccompanied. There will be a member of staff at all entrance points to direct them safely to their classrooms in the morning. In the evening, they will  be brought to the same exit gates by the class teacher. Parents are requested not  to enter the school grounds at collection time.

Gate 1- Main Gate Trafalgar Road (At Pedestrian Crossing) 

· Room 10 – Ms Purcell (4th Class)

· Room 11- Ms Gahan (3rd Class)

· Room 12- Ms Horan (3rd Class)

· Room 19- Ms Curley (4th Class)

Gate 3- Laneway Gate Kimberley Road (Road Behind School)

· Room 14 – Ms Heneghan (4th Class)

· Room 15 – Ms Caffrey (5th Class)

· Room 16 – Ms Hughes (6th Class)

· Room 17- Mr Dodd (5th Class)

· Room 20- Ms Walle (6th Class)

We request you do not to come onto the school grounds or into the school building unless it is has been arranged by prior appointment only.

Working together we hope to be able to progress the reopening in as safe a manner as possible for all. We would ask all parents to familiarise themselves with the above drop-off and collection routines for the safe delivery and collection of pupils from school.  Please be patient as we endeavour to embed these necessary precautionary and protective practices at the beginning of the school year.

It is imperative that: 

• social distancing is maintained at all times

• parents/guardians do not try to have meetings with members of staff at drop-off and collection times – meetings between parents and teachers can only take place by prior arrangement. For everyones safety, this may be done via phone calls or emails.

• all parents adhere to the drop-off and collection plans as outlined above

St Brigid’s appreciates your support as we try to safely reopen the school building.

Kind regards,

Tom Sherlock                                         Máire Costello

Chairperson Board of Management                      Principal

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19th August 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Please find below information I received from the Department of Education and Skills to share with anyone attending school who has travelled abroad recently.

Sent: Monday 17 August 2020 15:31
Subject: Information for all schools: Reminder to anyone attending school who has travelled abroad

Reminder to anyone attending school who has travelled abroad:

Government policy, which is based on official public health advice, continues to advise against non-essential travel overseas for everyone.

It is a requirement for anyone coming into Ireland, from locations other than those with a rating of ‘normal precautions’ (“green”), to restrict their movements for 14 days, and this includes school staff, parents and children or other students coming from abroad to attend school in Ireland. Restricting your movements means staying indoors in one location and avoiding contact with other people and social situations as much as possible.

Regards,

Reopening Schools Section

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18th August 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Some information to share with you in advance of our return to school in relation to the wearing of uniforms, lunch boxes and school stationary.

School Uniform – The children will continue to wear their uniforms on uniform day and their tracksuits on PE Days. For the month of September the boys and girls may wear their school shorts for PE if they like.. Please note The Department of Education Guidelines on the Return to School do not make any reference at all to the need to wash uniforms on a daily basis. It is entirely up to each family to decide how often they want to wash the uniform.

Lunch Boxes – For this year, it would be a good idea if the children could bring their lunch to school in a paper bag rather than in a lunch box to lessen the risk of cross contamination between school and home.

Stationary – Children from 1st class to 6th class should have two pencil cases, one to remain in school and one to remain at home. Their class teachers will advise them what the contents should be when they return. The Junior and Senior Infants will be supplied with an individual filled pencil case in school and they will not need to have one for home.

We are continuing to work through the details of our return to school and will keep you updated.

Kind regards,
Máire Costello
Principal

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17th August 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope you all had a nice weekend.

Please find below an email detailing how we anticipate physical distancing and safe school attendance will work in our school. It is important to mention that all school personnel will be wearing face coverings and you will need to talk to your children about this in advance of our return to school. Also, any parent or visitor entering the school buildings will be required to wear a face covering. We would very much appreciate your full cooperation with this measure.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. I will be in touch with you again on Thursday 20th August in relation to drop off and collection routines.

Kind regards,

Máire Costello

Principal

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RE: Physical Distancing and Safe School Attendance

Monday 17th August 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We are currently working on upgrading our procedures and routines within the school to ensure that there is as much Physical Distancing as is possible in our building. We will apply physical distancing in a practical and sensible way, recognising that the learning environment cannot be dominated by a potentially counterproductive focus on this issue.

Physical Distancing will be achieved in two ways: –

Increasing Separation. This will be achieved by re-configuring the classrooms to maximise physical distancing. Each class will be referred to as a bubble and we will ensure that there is as little contact as possible between children in different bubbles. Within the bubbles, children will be organised into pods. A pod is a group of children (normally 6) who will sit together and who will stay in their pod while in the bubble, or classroom.

Decreasing Interaction. This will be achieved by decreasing the potential for children from different bubbles to interact. There will be marked routes for various bubbles to enter and exit the school and to access their classrooms. Bubbles will have different mid-morning and lunch-time access to the playground. We will make these routines enjoyable activities for the children, emphasising safety at all times.

While all children will be welcome back to school, we would remind parents that, where children are displaying colds, coughs or flu like symptoms, they should not be sent to school. Children who display such symptoms in school will be isolated and parents asked to collect them from the school.

Children who have travelled from countries not on the Green List should not attend school during the 14-day self-isolation period

Further information on COVID-19 symptoms in children is available HERE

Teachers will make children aware of the proper hygiene procedures regarding hand washing and etiquette related to sneezing, coughing or spitting. We would be grateful if you could also emphasise safe behaviour in this regard to your children at home as part of the preparation for returning to school.

Our aim remains to re-open the school in an orderly safe manner, while reassuring the children and making them feel comfortable, safe and relaxed with their friends in the new school environment. This will be achieved by all of us working towards this common goal.

Kind regards,

Tom Sherlock Máire Costello

Chairman Board of Management Principal

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13th August, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I apologise in advance for the number of emails and messages you will be receiving from me over the coming days but I really want to keep you as up to date as possible with what is happening with regards to the reopening of St. Brigid’s. I feel clear communications from the school giving up-to-date information is the best means of countering anxiety, re-assuring the entire community and giving staff, parents and children ownership of the return to school process.

Please click to this link to download a Newsletter put together by the Deputy Principal Mary Beausang detailing some of the information that you and your children need to know about returning to school. I think you will all agree that there is lots of valuable information to be found in this Newsletter and I would urge you to keep a copy of it close to hand.

I will be in touch with you again on Monday where the focus of my message will be on physical distancing and safe school attendance.

In the meantime, take care and stay safe.

Kind regards,

Máire Costello

Principal

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12th August, 2020

Click HERE to see the COVID-19 Policy Statement for St. Brigid’s NS, Greystones signed by Tom Sherlock the Chairperson of the Board of Management, as required by the Department of Education in their Roadmap for the return to school. All latest news will continue to be published to the homepage of the school website. In addition a Covid-19 tab will also be opened on the menu on the left hand side. That is where you will find all information from the school relevant to COVID-19

We understand that being in communication and parents having information is important. Please read any emails received from St. Brigid’s NS, and keep an eye on our school’s website. Some of the general information will be familiar to you by now, but there will be some details of measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in St. Brigid’s NS, Greystones specifically.

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Click HERE for the Covid 19 Response plan from the Department of Education. Or own school’s response with measures specific for St. Brigid’s NS is being finalised at the moment and will be posted when complete. Please ensure the school has your contact details so that you receive emails from the school with the information you will need. Let us know if you have moved house, changed phone number or email address so that we can ensured parents receive all relevant information.

COVID -19 Policy Statement

St. Brigid’s NS, Greystones is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for all our staff and a safe learning environment for all our students. To ensure that, we have developed the following COVID-19 Response Plan.  The Board of Management and all school staff are responsible for the implementation of this plan and a combined effort will help contain the spread of the virus. We will:

  • continue to monitor our COVID-19 response and amend this plan in consultation with our staff
  • provide up to date information to our staff and students on the Public Health advice issued by the HSE and Gov.ie
  • display information on the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and correct hand-washing techniques
  • agree with staff, a worker representative who is easily identifiable to carry out the role outlined in this plan in relation to summer provision
  • inform all staff and students of essential hygiene and respiratory etiquette and physical distancing requirements
  • adapt the school to facilitate physical distancing as appropriate in line with the public health guidance and direction of the Department of Education
  • keep a contact log to help with contact tracing
  • ensure staff and students engage with the induction / familiarisation briefing provided by the Department of Education
  • implement the agreed procedures to be followed in the event of someone showing symptoms of COVID-19 while at school
  • provide instructions for staff and students to follow if they develop signs and symptoms of COVID-19 during school time
  • implement cleaning in line with Department of Education advice

All school staff will be consulted on an ongoing basis and feedback is encouraged on any concerns, issues or suggestions.

This can be done through the Lead Worker Representative(s), who will be supported in line with the agreement between the Department and education partners.

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12th August 2020

Re-opening of St. Brigid’s NS, Greystones

Dear Parents / Guardians,

I hope you and your families are keeping well.

I will be keeping you updated over the next two weeks as the details of our return to school protocols become clearer.

We are planning to re-open our school safely on Thursday 27th August, in line with current guidance and recommendations. Our intention is that it will be a full return to school for all, albeit with some differences, details of which will be in later communications.

Re-opening the school safely will require the co-operation of all members of our School Community – Board of Management (BoM), School Leadership, Staff, Parents and Pupils. We will all be called on to play our part in ensuring that re-opening of the school is done in a safe manner which prevents the spread of the virus and allows the vital work of Teaching and Learning to proceed with as little disruption as possible.

We have been working on our plan for the safe reopening of the school for some weeks now and will publish the Department of Education and Skills (DES) COVID-19 Response Plan for the safe and sustainable reopening of Primary and Special Schools on our school website later today. The Response Plan gives details of

  • Physical preparation, signage, hand sanitiser stations,
  • Advice, procedures and training for the safe return to working in the school for all school staff and pupils
  • General and specific advice on how all pupils, staff, parents and visitors will prevent the spread of the virus

We will also publish our COVID-19 Policy Statement on the school website later today. Our BoM will keep you informed as to the progress of our re-opening plans and provide you with the information required by you to play your part in safely re-opening the school.

We are really looking forward to welcoming our children back to school and will be doing all that we can to ensure that the return to school is a safe and enjoyable experience for the children. We will be in touch with you again shortly.

Kind regards,

Máire Costello

Principal

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8th August, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I hope this email finds you and your family keeping well and that you are enjoying the summer break and the lovely weather we are having this weekend.

I understand  you may have questions and concerns regarding your children’s return to school at the end of August.

Following receipt of the  Department of Education’s Road Map  for the safe return to school of our pupils and staff, the Board of Management recently met to  discuss the document. The Board and Staff  are now busy working hard on drafting a COVID 19 Response Plan  to ensure we can all return to school safely. The plan, among other things, necessitates making some changes this year to include specific entrance/exit gates for specific classes,  restrictions  on parents and visitors entering the school, the mandatory wearing of face coverings for staff and split yard times.

I will be in contact with you again next week when the plan is finalised to make you aware of new procedures and protocols that will be put in place for the coming school year.

As I am sure you will appreciate all decisions made by the Board  will be based on best practice to ensure the health and safety of all in the school community.

Kind regards,

Máire Costello

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28th July 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I hope you are all keeping well.

As you may be aware, the Government published its guidance for how schools can reopen safely and fully at the end August yesterday evening.

The school received a copy of this plan and a letter for you the parents/guardians from the Minister of Education late last night. I have attached below a copy of this letter for your attention,

The Board of Management is fully aware that the reopening of  our school is essential to the well being of our pupils. The board will be meeting to review the “Reopening Our Schools” 58 page document over the coming days and be in touch with you again in relation to procedures and protocols around the return to school

In the meantime, enjoy the remaining weeks of the summer holidays and spending time with family and friends.

Kind regards,
Ms. Costello