News Articles from August 2020
29 August 2020
Here is a summary of what you need to know for your child returning to school on Tuesday 1st. Full document was sent via Aladdin CONNECT and is also on the FB page.
Also check out our GALLERY section "Around the School 2020/2021" to see photos of classroom layouts.
- On Tues 1st Sept only, 4th - 6th class will line up (1m spacing spots painted on the yard) between 8.50 and 9.10 to allow for staggered arrival.
- On Tues 1st Sept only, 3RD CLASSES will line up for 9.30 (1m spacing spots painted on the yard)
- From Wed 2nd onwards ALL CLASSES will walk straight to their classroom through the fire exit door where they will be met by their teacher. Pupils may arrive to school between 8.50 and 9.10 to allow for staggering.
Parents will not be allowed to enter the school yard / building and are asked to observe social distancing at all times and not to congregate and the school gate.
Pencil cases, colours, books and copies will remain in school. Please ensure your child has a fully stocked pencil case as items cannot be shared/borrowed. Please have all necessary materials and books soon as possible for your child to ensure maximum teaching and learning time.
UNIFORM & TRACKSUIT for all pupils
Full uniform on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Tracksuit on Tuesday and Thursday.
Lunch will continue to be provided for those children who want it. Milk is no longer provided.
Children must bring their own filled water bottle to school each day. (this cannot be refilled at school)
No homework will be given for the month of September.
For the time being, schoolbags will only be needed for the first day to bring in copies, books, pencil cases etc. After this they are to be left at home. Children will need only to bring their water bottle (& lunch if not availing of school lunch) to school daily.
3rd & 4th classes will finish at 2.20 daily. They will be walked to the gates by their class teacher.
5th & 6th classes will finish at 2.30 daily. They will be walked to the gates by their class teacher.
Teachers from the SET team will also be on hand at the gates to ensure safe dispersal for all pupils.
27 August 2020
Please take a look at the following links. Useful for all parents
25 August 2020
We are delighted to welcome two new staff members to our team here in Scoil Mhuire. Céad míle fáilte to Mr. Falvey who will be teaching 6th class this year and to Gary our newest member of the SNA team.
24 August 2020
- We have been working hard throughout the month of August to ensure a safe return for students and staff. Our plan is being finalised and we will let everyone know as soon as it's completed.
- A reminder that our school will re-open on Tuesday September 1st.
- Finally for today, can any parent / guardian who has not already done so please download the Aladdin CONNECT app as this will continue to be our method of communication.
12 August 2020
7th August 2020
Dear Parent / Guardian, Staff Member,
RE: Re-opening of Scoil Mhuire Senior
I hope you and your families are keeping well.
As you are aware, our school has now been closed since 12th March due to the COVID-19 situation.
We are now hoping to re-open our school safely, in line with current guidance and recommendations.
Re-opening the school safely will require the co-operation of all members of our School Community –
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 time now and have
published the DES COVID-19 Response Plan for the safe and sustainable reopening of Primary and
Special Schools on our school website. 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
• General and specific advice on how all pupils, staff, parents and visitors will prevent the spread
of the virus
We have also published our COVID-19 Policy Statement on the school website. 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 before school re-opens.
The following websites provide further information on COVID-19 and on government advice and
recommendations regarding the re-opening of schools: -
Tamaryn Eglington (chairperson Board of management) Pauline Morley (Principal)
12 August 2020
10th August 2020
Dear Parent / Guardian, Staff Member,
RE: Physical Distancing and Safe School Attendance
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 4/6) 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 access to the yard. 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 at: -
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.
Tamaryn Eglinton (Chairperson Board of Management)& Pauline Morley (Principal)