Return to School

New Measures to help prevent the  spread of Covid-19 in EETNS

Guide for Parents and Guardians

 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

All the staff here at Ennis Educate Together look forward to welcoming all the children back to school on Thursday 27th August. We also welcome our new Junior Infants and new pupils joining us in all the other classes too. 

Circumstances will be different to normal so we have put together this guide detailing the changes to school life as we deal with the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. Please read it carefully and prepare your child for any changes that will affect them.

This document focuses on the practical steps which can be taken in our school to minimise the risk of the introduction of infection into schools while recognising that no interpersonal activity is without risk of transmission of infection at any time. The steps outlined here may be subject to change and we will keep you informed of any such changes.

Changes

 

  • Our first and foremost priority with these changes is the health, safety and well-being of all the children and staff. We will be following all government guidelines which you can find at www.gov.ie/backtoschool  
  • All of these measures are subject to change and we ask for your cooperation to ensure the new arrangements work as smoothly as possible.

 

Morning time

 

  • In the morning time, children are to be dropped at the school gate between 9.00 and 9.10 am. They are then to walk directly to their classroom where the teacher will be waiting. Members of staff will be present on the yard from 9.00 to direct your child to their room. There will be no gathering on the yard or any lining up. Please do not arrive before 9.00 as there will be no supervision before this time.
  • Parents and guardians are not permitted to enter the school yard. You should drop your child off and go without any delay.
  • The children are to use the sanitiser inside the doors on their way to class. 
  • Parents and guardians are not permitted to enter the school building during the school day. If you wish to speak to a teacher, please make an appointment by phoning the office on 065-6820070 or by email to info@eetns.ie
  • You can also contact Mary, our Home-School Teacher on 085-8569152
  • Any visitors to the school will be required to fill out a contact tracing log form and wear face coverings.
  • During the school day, children will be directed by staff on proper hygiene procedures, washing their hands and use of sanitiser. Children will need to perform hand hygiene: on arrival at school, before eating or drinking, after using the toilet, after playing outdoors, when their hands are physically dirty, when they cough or sneeze.
  • Enhanced cleaning measures are in place to ensure that all areas of the school are disinfected. There will be sufficient supply of soap and sanitiser so that children do not need to bring in their own. Staff will wear PPE in all situations where it is needed.

 

Hometime: 

 

  • At hometime (2.50pm) children walking home by themselves are to exit promptly via the side pedestrian exit.
  • If you are collecting your child, you are to wait outside the school gates, in the car park. Maintain 2 metres physical distancing at all times. The children will line up on the yard, and the teacher will send your child out when they see you are there to collect.
  • Please ensure you are there on time to collect your child as there is no after school supervision. 
  • Senior infants: hometime is at 1.50pm, with the same procedure.
  • Junior infants: hometime for the first two weeks is at 12.00. After this, it will be the same as Senior Infants.
  • There will be no after-school club for Infants, or Homework Club for senior classes, for the time being. If these are allowed to run during the year, you will be let known.

 

In case of illness:

 

  • The 4 symptoms of Covid-19 are:
    • High temperature
    • Cough
    • Difficulty breathing/ shortness of breath
    • Loss of sense of smell or taste
  • If your child has ANY ONE of these symptoms, they are NOT to attend school. If the symptoms persist, please seek the advice of your GP.
  • If your child develops any of these symptoms during the school day, they will be brought to an isolation area and supervised appropriately. You will be contacted immediately and asked to collect your child promptly, after which you should contact your GP. 
  • You need to ensure that the school has up to date contact details for at least TWO people who will be immediately available to collect your child in case this happens. This is vital for the health and safety of everyone in the school. 
  • In the case of a positive diagnosis of Covid for any child or member of staff, the school will follow the advice of the HSE, and follow directions from them if any classes have to stay at home. 

 

Collection of Children during the School Day

  • If an adult has to collect a child during the course of the school day, for any reason, the following arrangements will apply:
  1. When the adult arrives at the school, they should phone 0656820070 to alert the office that they have arrived, please do not enter the building.
  2. The child will be brought from their class to the front door by a member of staff
  3. The member of staff will record the names, time and date.

 

Other items:

  • If your child is returning from a country not on the government’s green list, they should isolate for 2 weeks before coming to school.
  • There will be no homework sent home by teachers for the time being. We will be focusing on the wellbeing of our pupils as they transition back to school.
  • We will be staggering break times in school to ensure that classes can be kept separate.
  • Classes will be kept separate and not allowed to mix during the school day to reduce contact amongst pupils. 
  • There is no social distancing requirement in classrooms from Junior Infants to 2nd Class. Within each class from 3rd to 6th, children will be seated at 1m apart or in pods with a 1m distance between pods. Teacher will consider the best layout of tables in line with the needs of the pupils within their class and the space available.
  • At present children will not be required to wear masks but will be accommodated if they wish to do so.
  • Pupils in the very high risk category should contact the school immediately to discuss appropriate arrangements, see definition in the following link https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/people-at-higher-risk.html#very-high-risk 

 

Summary:

  • Make sure the school has your contact details.
  • Do not send your child to school if they have any of the 4 symptoms.
  • Come immediately to school if your child needs to be collected.
  • Drop and go in the morning.
  • Do not enter the school yard in the morning or at hometime.
  • Do not enter the school building without an appointment.
  • Teach your child good hygiene practices. 
  • Talk to your child about the changes and why they are important.
  • Show a good example by maintaining physical distancing and wearing face coverings at drop-off and hometime.