21st August – Letter to Parents/ Guardians

Dear Parent / Guardian,

RE: Drop-off and Collection Routines

The BoM and the School Leadership Team have been working to ensure a safe return to school for all pupils and staff on the 1st of September.  We are finalising our plans for drop-off and collection of the children every day. We will be staggering start times to ensure all children enter the building in a safe manner. You will receive a letter next week with the exact details for your child.

St. Louise de Marillac Primary School appreciates your support as we try to safely reopen the school building. If at all possible we request you not to come onto the school grounds or into the school building unless it is absolutely essential. We appreciate that dropping off the Junior Infant pupils to their line in the yard is essential for the first few days, but for the older pupils a drop off at the school gate is desirable. Working together we hope to be able to progress the reopening in as safe a manner as possible for all.

We would ask all parents to familiarise themselves with the following drop-off and collection routines for the safe delivery and collection of pupils from school.  Please be patient as we endeavour to embed these necessary precautionary and protective practices at the beginning of the school year.

 

It is imperative that

  • adults do not come within 2m of each other
  • parents do not try to have meetings with members of staff in the playground at drop-off and collection times – meetings between parents and teachers can only take place by prior arrangement or may take place over the phone.
  • all parents adhere to the drop-off and collection plans as outlined below

 

Drop-off Plan

  • The pupils will enter via different entry points and walk directly to their classroom when directed to do so. The pupils from Junior Infants, Senior Infants, 1st class and 2nd class (Room 13) will enter by the gate on the junior side.

 

  • Early Start pupils, Ms. Pigott’s 2nd class and 3rd class will enter via the gate closest to the Gaels and proceed to the prefabs.

 

  • Pupils from 4th, 5th and 6th class will enter via the senior side gate located on Drumfinn Road (next to Caritas).

Collection Plan

The pupils will exit the school accompanied by their teacher through the same entry point they use in the morning.

Class Room & Teacher Entry Point
Junior Infants Room 2 – Ms. Mackessy End door near the shed on the right hand side of the main junior yard.
Junior Infants Room 3 – Ms. Conlon End door near the shed on the right hand side of the main junior yard.
Senior Infants Room 4 – Ms. Kilcoyne Main middle door on junior side
Senior Infants Room 5 – Ms. Sinnott Main middle door on junior side
1st Class Room 10 – Ms. Loftus / Ms. Cullivan Main middle door on junior side
1st Class Room 11 – Ms. Gallagher Main middle door on junior side
1st Class Room 12 – Ms. Mulderrig Main middle door on junior side
2nd Class Room 13 – Ms. Hallinan End door near the shed  on the left hand side of the main yard
2nd Class Room 15 – Ms. Pigott Enter by the gate closest to the Gaels and proceed to the prefabs.
3rd Class Room 16 – Ms. Stynes Enter by the gate closest to the Gaels and proceed to the prefabs.
4th Class Room 20 – Ms. Gantly Enter via the senior side gate located on Drumfinn Road (next to Caritas) & walk around to the back of the dance area to enter via the glass door.
4th Class Room 21 – Ms. Moloney Enter via the senior side gate located on Drumfinn Road (next to Caritas) & walk around to the back of the dance area to enter via the glass door.
5th Class Room 27 – Ms. Brennan Enter via the senior side gate located on Drumfinn Road (next to Caritas) & line up at senior side door.
5th Class Room 29 – Ms. Winters Enter via the senior side gate located on Drumfinn Road (next to Caritas) & line up at senior side door.
6th Class Room 25 – Ms. Dowling Enter via the senior side gate located on Drumfinn Road (next to Caritas) & line up at senior side door.
6th Class Room 28 – Ms. Conaty Enter via the senior side gate located on Drumfinn Road (next to Caritas) & line up at senior side door.
Early Start (preschool) Room 17 – Ms. Guinan Enter by the gate closest to the Gaels and proceed to the first prefab.

 

Re: Uniforms

The Department of Education & Skills has recommended that we continue with the use of our school uniform and school tracksuit.  These can be alternated each day. It is recommended that the school uniform would only be worn during school hours – children should be encouraged to change out of it as soon as they get home from school.

Re: Stationery

Pupils should have their own stationery supplies (pencil, crayons, ruler) in their own pencil case and should not share these with other children.  Pencil cases should be left in school.

We would encourage covering copies and books with a plastic covering, as these can be easily wiped down.

Re: Preparing your child for the return to school

It would be of great benefit to the health and safety of all in the school if pupils are well practised with hand and coughing/sneezing hygiene advice.  Basic hand washing should be as follows:

  • Wet your hands with warm water and apply soap.
  • Rub your hands together palm to palm until the soap forms a lather.
  • Rub the back of one hand with your palm and fingers spread so you wash between fingers. Repeat with the other hand.
  • Interlock the top of your hands and rub your fingertips – this cleans your fingertips and knuckles.
  • Then finally grasp your thumb tightly and twist to make sure your thumbs are cleaned. Repeat with the other hand.
  • This should take at least 20 seconds.  Singing the “Happy Birthday” song can be a helpful guide for small children.
  • Rinse your hands under running water.
  • Dry your hands with a clean towel or paper towel.
  • Children should be encouraged to sneeze/cough into a tissue or their elbow.
  • A tissue should be disposed of immediately into a bin and children should practise the above hand hygiene immediately.

 

It might be a good idea to send a packet of tissues to school in your child’s bag.

 

We look forward to your child returning to school on Tuesday 1st September.

 

Le meas,

Gerry Berry                                                                              Alma Quinn

Cathaoirleach, An Bórd Bainistíochta                                Príomhoide

 

 

 

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