Scoil Úna Naofa re-opened for pupils on Monday, August 31st. School Staff and the Board of Management worked hard to ensure that this was done in a safe manner. Here are our School Calendar for 2020-2021, Our Policy Statement and the Government Plan for re-opening schools.
Parent Zone – Drop off and Collection Times
- Dropping Off and Collecting pupils. Parents may enter into the bottom part of the school yard but must remain behind the red lined area. This is the parents’ drop off and collection zone. Only children should walk up and stand on their lines (which are marked out with coloured dots for each class level).
- Please arrive to school at the correct time for your child’s class. Any parent/guardian entering into the school yard must wear a mask.
- Staff members will be in the yard to help you.
- At the end of the school day, the children will be returned to their lines by teachers and support staff and can walk to their parents. Parents, please wait behind the red line.
- Please let your child know that you will be waiting for them in the Parent Zone just behind their own lines.
Information for parents to give to the children
- Please chat to your children about starting back at school on Monday and make sure that they know the teachers and SNAs have missed them and are really looking forward to seeing them.
- Explain that all staff will be wearing masks or face shields (visors).
- Staff will be on the front yard to greet the children.
- Some staff will be on duty at the front gates of the school to help parents and children to find the correct line.
- The Lollipop Man will be on duty outside the school.
- Sharing Personal Belongings – please let children know that for this school year, they can no longer share their belongings with their classmates, and that teachers will explain this further to them when they get to school.
- Speak to children about health & safety and the importance of washing their hands and using hand sanitiser frequently. Explain that you will not be able to stay with them on the yard and that the teachers will bring them in to the class quickly.
- Social Distancing signage is in place around the school building and 1 metre and 2 metre signs/markers have been installed on corridors and in classrooms for children to use as a visual guide.
Cleaning Regimen/Hand Sanitisation
- Hand sanitising stations are positioned outside or inside each classroom. All pupils will either wash or sanitise hands when they enter their classrooms. Personal towels or paper towels are used for drying of hands and all school bins are pedal bins.
- Pupils may bring their own hygiene kits to school each day which may include a hand towel/face cloth and a small hand sanitising spray if they wish. This can be stored in their school bag.
- The school will be cleaned by the school cleaners daily and as an extra precaution, a fogging machine disinfectant spray will also be used when the building is empty midweek and again before the children return to school after the weekend.
- Class Bubbles mean children will work and play only with pupils from their own class level. Each class level will have a zone on the yard. Classes from 1st – 4th will wear class coloured bibs on yard to help them identify their bubble. The bubbles will also include the class teacher, the support teacher and the classroom assistant within the relevant class group.
- A further reminder that a bubble is one class group and a pod is a smaller group of children who will be sitting in one area of the classroom at a minimum of 1 metre distance from the other pods. The teacher’s desk will be within a 2 metre distance from the children and teachers will be wearing visors.
- A Pod System means that pupils will be sitting in groups within their classroom, and they will work with, and in some cases, share resources with, only these children. Children will not be switching seats during the term.
- Pods within classroom settings will maintain a minimum of a 1 metre distance.
- All staff working within their designated bubble will maintain a 1 to 2 metre distance from each other within the classroom setting. They will also be supplied with face shields/visors and a hygiene basket on their desk consisting of cleaning equipment and extra sanitisers.
- Junior Infants to 1st Class pupils do not need to bring any stationery/books/pencils or copies to school – these are supplied and will be available from teachers.
- 2nd Class to 4th Class pupils must bring a pencil case with pencils, erasers, pencil sharpeners, markers/coloured pencils to school which will become their stay at school pencil case. They must also bring school copies and teachers will explain what is required thereafter.
- 5th and 6th Class pupils must bring a pencil case with pencils/pens, erasers, pencil sharpeners, markers/coloured pencils to school which will become their stay at school pencil case. They must also bring in school copies and teachers will explain what is required thereafter.
- Book Money can be paid throughout the term. To get payment details, please contact the school.
- School Lunches will continue to be provided for all children by the school supplier, Glanmore Foods.
- This term, water bottles will be included in the school lunch pack but children may also bring an extra water bottle with them. However, water bottles can no longer be filled from the filter taps at school.
- To facilitate washing, school uniforms should be worn for three days of the week and school tracksuits for two days. This will be reviewed when teachers pick P.E. days for each class.
- Covid 19 Policy Statement
- COVID-19 Response Plan for Primary and Special Schools (1)
- Advice for parents
First day back at school – All classes
Early Years – First week
Junior Infants – First week