4th August 2020
I hope you and your families are keeping well.
We are now planning our safe return to school, 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 using the DES COVID-19 Response Plan for the safe and sustainable reopening of Primary and Special Schools, amongst the other documents and checklists we’ve been given. These documents give us comprehensive 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 aim to publish our COVID-19 Policy Statement on the school website soon. In addition, we hope to 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 with specific details of how we will tackle the day-to-day schooling experience before school re-opens. We will all work together not only to get to school safely, but to do our best to keep our school open and working well for the children of our community this year.
These are uncertain times, but we are a dedicated, supportive and responsible community and we will get our children back into their classrooms safely and with as little tension or apprehension as is possible, this academic year.
Please pass along the message to the children that we hope they enjoy their remaining weeks of holidays before school re-opens, where things will be a little different but we’ll all row together with our usual sense of hope, happiness and application to our work as is our school’s special culture.