Friday, 27th March, 2020
I hope everyone is doing well this week and coping with the children not being at school. The most recent update from the DES which you will have seen on the news, is that schools will not be reopening now until after Easter, (20th April, 2020). Once again, no one will know until closer to the time if this will be possible to do or not. Teachers have set work for the children up until today, 27th March and have more advice and guidance for you for next week also.
Please note, that once you email the class teacher – they will be available for you, if needed, during the day and will answer any queries or concerns you may have. Our learning support team will also be available for you to email just let the class teacher know and they will arrange that for you.
I want to remind you that, homework is the least important thing for you to worry about at the moment!! As I mentioned in my previous email, spending quality time with the children, reading to them and listening to them reading, will help the children greatly. Board games, physical exercise and getting outside in the air, while keeping a safe distance from others, will suffice, until we return to school. Don’t feel under pressure to complete all assignments the teachers may send.
The Easter holiday break is due to begin on Friday 3rd April and finishes on Sunday 19th April. This will be a homework free zone for the children as would normally be the case. Teachers will not allocate homework during this time.
I will keep in touch and continue to update you as soon as I receive any further information. I attended an online conference with principal teachers from all over Ireland on Tuesday evening last and we all agreed that nothing is more important at the moment, than all of our school communities staying safe and well. The emotional health and wellbeing of the children and their parents and extended families must take priority now. Everything else will fall into place once we return to school. Please email us if you need help with anything. The Minister’s office has asked Principals to remind all children and families to continue to maintain a safe social distance from each other and to continue to wash hands as frequently as possible. See extract from letter below:
“As you will have heard there has been a further announcement by the Taoiseach that, in line with public health advice, schools will remain closed until 19 April.
In addition to maintaining ongoing engagement with students, one really important message you can assist with, is to convey to students, the absolute need to practice social and physical distancing, and to minimise physical contact with each other, to help avoid the spread of Covid-19. This should include advice to avoid meeting up and in all circumstances to adhere to HSE guidelines. As part of your school community, parents and guardians should also be urged to support their children to maintain the restrictions on congregating for the safety of all in their community.
In order to support you in getting this important public health message across to your school communities information notices (in 17 different languages) are available here: www.hse.ie/eng/services/news/newsfeatures/covid19-updates/partner-resources/covid19-translated-resources/
I will be in touch early next week again with regard to updates on our school meals scheme.
Stay safe and well,
Adrienne Ní Cheallaigh,