SCHOOL CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO COVID-19

Proposed Plans for returning to School

Posted on: July 20th, 2020 by Mr J White in Information for Parents

Dear parents

The staff and governors have been actively planning to reopen in September. We have completed risk assessments, explored many options, examined The New School Day (NSD) guidance from DENI and we believe that we can open fully in September. To protect our pupils and staff we will have to implement many changes and the school will not be the same one that closed in March.

A letter to principals from Peter Weir on 7th July includes:

In my recent evidence to the Assembly’s Education Committee, I said: “my overriding aim

remains a full return for every pupil to classroom learning full time. The restart

arrangements that I have outlined reflect the current position, but my hope remains

that, if the wider public health situation continues to improve, further decisions will

be able to be taken before the start of the new term to enable schools to resume

classroom teaching for all students full time, subject to protections to mitigate risk

and protect public health”.

Staff will return on Monday 17th August and we will finalise our planning then with the guidelines which apply in August. The situation is ever changing and we can’t be definite until closer to the time. A full list of conditions will be published at this time but our priority is to have all pupils in full time.

A successful reopening will depend on keeping the virus out of the school so we will implement strict control measures and we will depend on parents to be observant and ensure their child has no symptom of Covid 19 when they leave for school.

Important dates

17 AugustStaff return

24th​​P7 Pupils return

26th ​​P1    Induction morning. 9:30- 11am

27th​​P3-5 Induction morning 9:30 – 11am

28th​​Confirmation 2:30

1st SeptemberAll pupils return

School Trends have been in contact to inform us that they are fully open and can process orders. Please use the school website in August for the most up to date information.

Covid 19 has caused so much disruption to the children’s education. The teachers will plan a Recovery curriculum to target English and Maths so that the children catch up and by the end of the school year they should be back to where we expect them to be.

Confirmation is planned for the end of August and a date for Holy Communion is not yet set but provisionally late September early October. The missing out on the sacraments was a great disappointment to everyone and I hope that when the celebrations happen, we will enjoy them even more as an indication we are getting back to normal life.

We have been unable to welcome our new P1s into school in  June to introduce them to their class and parents to be informed about school life, thus the induction day in August. Similarly, we could not give the P7 pupils the end of year events and a send off that they deserve. I hope we can plan something before confirmation and get the group photo. The whole school missed out on sports day, school trips and the excitement of coming to the end of a school year and looking forward to moving up a class. Hopefully conditions will allow us to return to our routines as soon as possible

I thank you for your support during these uncertain times and together we will do our best for the children.

Keep safe over the Summer and we will get back school safely in September.

 

Thanks

Mr White

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