Back to School – September 2020

Letter to Parents/ Guardians

Dear Parents / Guardians,

The Board of Management and School Staff are looking forward to welcoming all our pupils and parents/guardians back to school for the 2020/2021 school year on Tuesday 1st September.

We are satisfied that we have control measures in place to ensure that this will be a safe re-opening. It will take some time for all of us to get used to the “new circumstances” as we become familiar with the new routines and procedures designed to keep everyone safe and to prevent the spread of the virus. There will, undoubtedly, be some unforeseen challenges and we will deal with these as they arise.

We have prepared a detailed Return to School Plan for Scoil Mhuire Loughegar. Please download the plan from the link below to make yourself aware of necessary change to our school practices and procedures in advance of reopening on 1st September.

We would like to thank you for your co-operation in making preparations to date and look forward to working with you as we assist the children adapt to the necessary changes. We are also conscious of the fact that our pupils have not been in school since March and that they are looking forward to coming back to school to meet their friends again. We are aware that our new pupils are beginning a school year at a challenging time and have made plans to ensure that their arrival will be as free from stress as possible.

Kind regards

Fr. Declan Smith, P.P and Niall Brennan,

Chairperson, Board of Management and School Principal.

Letter to School Children

Dear Children,

As the summer holidays come to an end it’s hard to believe that you haven’t been in the school building in five months. We have missed you all so much and are really looking forward to seeing you again in a few days time. We’re sure you’re excited to come back to Scoil Mhuire Loughegar to see your friends, teachers and other staff members but we also understand that you might be a little nervous about coming back and that is totally normal too.

Scoil Mhuire Loughegar will still be the school you know and love but there will be some changes that we have put in place to keep everybody safe. Your parents and teachers will talk to you about these changes. Some of these changes include:

-New routines for coming into school in the morning
-New routines for leaving the school in the evening
-Your class will be a”Bubble” and the table you sit at will be a “Pod” of 4, 5 or 6 children.
-Different areas on the school grounds for your Bubble to play in at breaktime.
-New doorways to your classroom. (The Fire Escape will be your new classroom door.)
-The staff may be wearing face coverings, masks or visors, like what you may have seen in other workplaces or shops, whenever they are working closer to you.
-In the first few days and weeks we will be going back over key work that you might have done last year to help you get used to being back in school again.

We will also be reminding you about catching coughs and sneezes safely in a tissue or your elbow, regular hand washing, use of hand sanitiser and social distancing which we’re sure you have become very familiar with over the last few months.

It has been a difficult few months for most people but we have been working hard to make sure that school will be a safe and fun place for you to learn and we look forward to seeing you all on the 1st September.

If you have any questions or concerns that you would like to ask us, please email the school (get your parent(s) to help) and we will do our very best to answer them as best we can!.

Enjoy the last few days of the summer holidays. See you all on Tuesday

Kind regards,

Mr. Brennan and Loughegar School Staff.