We have been learning all about Autumn in G2 over the last few weeks. We have learned about animals that hibernate, the changes in the weather and the different types of trees that we have here in Ireland. We have done leaf rubbings and hedgehog pictures. We hope that you enjoy them:)
There was great excitement in G2 last week as Ms. Bradley gave the boys their new school ties. A blend of green, grey and gold, they make a beautiful new addition to the school uniform matching well with the new green jumper. First class were proud as punch to be the first class to have the new tie.
Dear Parents and Staff
Re: If we have a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the school
We do not have any confirmed positive cases of Covid-19 in the school. However, it is only prudent that we consider what procedures are in place to deal if such a situation were to arise so that all of us are aware in advance of what happens in such an event.
Safety and Control Measures
The BoM, school leadership and staff are very conscious of the paramount need to keep all pupils, staff and visitors safe while in the school. The school is a controlled environment. There are control measures in place to combat the introduction or spread of COVID-19. These are based on:
- Physical Distancing
- Hand Hygiene
- Respiratory and Hygiene Etiquette
- Face coverings, where necessary.
When a person displays symptoms of COVID-19
The following steps are taken when a person (child or adult) in the school presents with suspected COVID-19 symptoms:
- That person is moved to the isolated area prior to going home. In the case of children, their parents will be asked to come to the school, take them home and contact their GP for a free telephone consultation
- If the GP recommends that the person (child or adult) go for a COVID-19 test, that person is now considered a query case for COVID-19 and all of his/her household members are removed from the school and must restrict their movements until the results of the test come back
- In the case of a negative result (98% of cases), the GP will advise when the person should return to school – usually after 48 hours.
- In the case of a positive result (2% of cases), Public Health will, by law, be informed. This may take a matter of hours due to legal and volume of work issues. The risk has been removed from the school as the person who tested positive and his/her household are at home
- The person tested, or their parents, may well be informed before Public Health. In many cases a social media discussion ensues and anxiety levels are raised among the school community.
Public Health Intervention
The Public Health Department of the HSE is the agency responsible by law for dealing with positive cases of COVID-19:
- Once notified by the HSE testing regime, Public Health Doctors assume total control of the situation and will carry out a risk assessment. Based on questioning, the person with the positive result they will ascertain if they were within the school setting when they contracted the virus. If not, there is no need to contact the school
- If the person was within the school setting when they contracted the virus, Public Health will contact the principal to carry out a Public Health Risk Assessment. This is a set of questions to see who might have been exposed to the virus and who needs to be excluded or tested. This risk assessment will be unique to each school
- The principal and BoM have no function in the risk assessment other than to provide whatever information is required by the Public Health Medical Officer conducting the risk assessment
- The principal and BoM may be asked to assist the Medical Office by sending a message from them to the relevant families identified in the risk assessment. Public Health will not contact other members of the school community
- The principal and BoM are not permitted to inform members of the school community of the identity of the person or persons who have tested positive for COVID-19 for the following reasons:
- Doctor – Patient confidentiality
- GDPR legislation prevents the publication of personal data without consent
Geraldine Conlon (Chairperson)
Sarah Bradley (Principal/Secretary Board of Management)
You can now view the 2020-2021 School Holidays by clicking here.
Dear Parents/ Guardians,
My name is Sinead Maher and I will be your son’s teacher in First class. I am looking forward to working alongside you to ensure your son’s reintroduction to school is successful and that you feel fully supported.
I have been in our classroom over the Summer months preparing for the boys return to school. Please rest assured that every effort has been made by myself and the wider school community to ensure your child’s safety within the school environment, as best we can.
As you are aware school will be a very different place to the one the boys left back in March. We have many new and recommended procedures in place that will need to be followed in order to keep everyone as safe as possible in the school environment. Please find some useful information relating to these changes below and if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact myself through the school office.
- Your son’s classroom will be located in the Green Building (which can be seen inside the main school gates on the right.)
His classroom is called G2. This classroom is the middle room on the corridor, on the ground floor.
He will use the main school gates each day to enter and exit the school grounds.
- On Friday 28th of August myself and Ms Bradley will be present to greet your son and direct him to his new classroom. There are new toilets located right outside our classroom which I will show the boys upon our entry to our class. Boys will be asked to hang their coats (if needed) and bags on their coat hook outside of the classroom.
- From Monday, 31st of August onwards, your son should immediately walk to his new classroom on his arrival at school. He will enter through the brown door, located at the front of the Green Building. I will be waiting in the classroom to greet the students.
- Inside the classroom, the students will be organised into groups called pods of 6- 8 pupils . Each pod is at least 1 metre from other pupils and 2 metres from my teaching station; as recommended by the Department of Education.
- I will also be wearing a mask inside the classroom when interacting closely with pupils as I have asthma. I will be using a visor when teaching at the board so students can clearly hear me.
- Students will be asked to sanitise their hands as they enter and exit the classroom, and wash their hands before eating, when they cough or sneeze and after using the bathroom.
- Please ensure your son is familiar with and practices coughing and handwashing etiquette before returning to school. (cough into the elbow or a tissue to be discarded immediately.)
- Each class i.e. class bubble will mix only with their own individual class from arrival at school in the morning until departure at the end of the school day. The class will have their own designated area on the school yard.
- Your son will use his own stationary, including pencils, rubbers, sharpener, colours, glue etc. Please label all your son’s uniform, bag and other items. Please label these items clearly to avoid cross contamination. Any shared classroom resources such as scissors and toys will be unique to each pod and thoroughly cleaned and sanitised after each use.
- Talk positively about the return to school with your child. I understand that both you the parent, and your son will be anxious about returning to school and we hope to make this transition as smooth and as happy as possible. I will focus on wellbeing and friendship (SPHE), PE in the first few weeks as well as revision and catch up work in the areas of language development (Irish and English), Mathematics. It will be different but it will soon become normal.
I am looking forward to meeting all of the boys in First Class, I have heard they are a great class and I hope we will have a fun, happy and safe year ahead of us.
Click here to read “Re-opening of St Joseph’s – Information for Parents”.
Adjustments to the School Day to Facilitate Covid 19 Safety Measures
Due to Covid 19 Regulations changes are being made to the school day. These changes are being made in the interests of health and safety and may be subject to change in line with guidance from the Department of Education and Skills and the H.S.E.
Thursday 27th August school begins at 10.00 am and finishes 11.30am: Parents and children will enter through the main gate and assemble in the Green Yard in a socially distant manner. The teachers will bring pupils to their classes and parents should remain in the yard for a short meeting to outline Covid 19 Safety Procedures. Children are to wear the school tracksuit. They do not need to take anything to school with them on this day.
Friday 28th August: No school
Monday 31st of August to Friday 11th September school starts at 8.40am and finishes at 12.00pm:
Monday 14th of September and for the rest of the school year 8.40-1.20pm, Main School Gate (Green Yard)
Thursday 27th of August school starts at 12.00 and finishes at 1.30pm: Parents and children will enter through the main gate assemble in the Green Yard in a socially distant manner. Teachers will bring pupils to their classes and parents should remain in the yard for a short meeting to outline Covid 19 Safety Procedures. Pupils may wear school uniform or tracksuit.
Friday 28th August: No School
Monday 31st – August and for the rest of the school year school starts at 8.50am and finishes at 2.30pm
Friday 28th of August school starts at 9.45am and finishes 11.00am: Children will enter through the main gate and assemble in the Green Yard. Teachers will escort pupils to their classes. Socially distant meeting in the Green School Yard for parents to outline Covid 19 safety procedures 10.30am- 11.00am. Pupils may wear school uniform or tracksuit. Classes will be dismissed at intervals from 11.00am to ensure social distancing
Monday 31st – August and for the rest of the school year school starts at 8.50am and finishes at 1.20pm, Main School Gate (Green Yard)
1st Class and 4th Class
Friday 28th of August school starts at 9.30 and finishes at 11.00: Children will enter through the main gate and assemble in the Green Yard. Teachers will escort pupils to their classes. Socially distant meeting in the Green School Yard for parents to outline Covid 19 safety procedures 10.30am- 11.00am. Classes will be dismissed at intervals from 11.00am to ensure social distancing. Pupils may wear school uniform or tracksuit.
Monday 31st – August and for the rest of the school year school starts at 8.50am and finishes at 2.30pm, Main School Gate (Green Yard)
5th Class and 6th Class
Friday 28th of August school starts at 9.30am and finishes at 11.00am: Children will enter through the back gate and assemble in the Red Yard (entrance via King St.). Teachers will bring pupils to their classes. Socially distant meeting in the Red School Yard for parents to outline Covid 19 safety procedures 10.30am- 11.00am. Classes will be dismissed at intervals from 11.00am to ensure social distancing. Pupils may wear school uniform or tracksuit.
Monday 31st – August and for the rest of the school year school starts at 8.50am and finishes at 2.30pm, Red School Gate (entrance via King St).
*Arrangements for children travelling on the bus and for siblings will be outlined before school begins.