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Dear Parent / Guardian,
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 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, from Junior Infants to 2nClass, children will be organised
into pods. A pod is a group of children (normally 5/6) who will sit together and who will stay in their pod while
in the bubble, or classroom.
For children in the senior end of the school, 3rd class to 6th class, pods will not bused as the children will be seated 1m apart from each other in their classrooms.
The children in the Lighthouse will work at their own workstations as they always have which are more than 1m apart. Each classroom has also been arranged to allow for some allocated teaching spaces at the top of the rooms which are 2m from the children in the class.
A Junior Class divided into pods A Senior Class with 1m distance between children
Decreasing Interaction. This will be achieved by decreasing the potential for children from different bubbles
to interact. There will be specific 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. As a result of
the staggered yard times and additional space which will be utilised, the number of children on each yard will
be significantly reduced, leaving children playing with children from their class only. 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: –
https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/ifyourchildhassymptoms.html
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.
For your information there is no change to our school uniform for this year, children should wear their uniform
and school tracksuit as usual. As always parents are asked to ensure that children are clean and tidy coming 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.
Further updates around start times etc and a frequently asked questions documents will be issued in due
course.
Kind Regards,
Miriam Marron                                                                                                        Suzanne Olwill
Chairperson Board of Management                                                                    Principal

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