Welcome back to school everyone!
What will be different this year?
• Teachers and SNAs will be wearing visors or masks when a 2m distance cannot be maintained
• Parents are welcome to wear face coverings in the yard
• Children under 13 are not expected to wear face coverings
• Children will be sanitising their hands under adult supervision before and after using any learning equipment, before and after handling their books, before eating, and after coming indoors
• Children will be having lessons on hand hygiene, cough and sneeze etiquette, and distancing while walking in the line
• Children will be staying and playing with their OWN CLASS ONLY ( their “bubble”) all day
• A very limited group of adults (class teacher, SNA and support teacher) will be working with the children
• Staff will be working and taking breaks in small teams to reduce interactions and increase distancing
• We will be implementing strict cleaning procedures twice a day
• Children will not come into school if they are unwell in any way
• Staff members will not come to school if they are unwell
• Classrooms and corridors will be well ventilated
• Children will be playing outdoors every day whatever the weather and will be need to be dressed appropriately
• A one-way system will operate on the school grounds in the morning
• We request that parents and children remain in safely spaced family groups while waiting at the gates or in the yard
• Parents will not be allowed into the building except by appointment but we will stay in touch with brief outdoor chats, text message, email and phone calls.
• Meetings will take place only by appointment in safely spaced, well-ventilated environment.
• We expect all families to cooperate fully with all our safety procedures
• Any child who is not well will be minded by a member of staff in the parents’ room until they are collected by a parent
• All details on advice and procedures for schools are available on the website www.gov.ie/backtoschool.
What will be the same?
Like every other new school year, we all look forward to getting back to teaching, learning and reconnecting with friends.
As always, your children’s safety, health, wellbeing and learning are our priority.
Back to School Newsletter – St Brigid’s Infant School 21 Aug
Morning Routines for a Safe Return to School
We have been busy preparing for a safe return to school for children, staff, families and visitors.
Dublin City Council has asked all schools to promote walking, cycling or park ‘n’ stride to school. We are very happy to support and reward this initiative.
Please respect our lollipop people– they are here to help us cross the road safely.
- To reduce crowding at the school gates, and to accommodate families dropping children to more than one school, St Brigid’s Infant School, St Brigid’s Senior Girls and St Fergal’s have coordinated our drop-offs.
• Big brothers of our pupils can be dropped off at St Fergal’s for 8.50a.m. The staff in St Fergal’s will be ready to receive the big brothers-we are co-ordinating.
• Both St Brigid’s Schools will have a MORNING ONE-WAY SYSTEM through the grounds, which will be clearly signposted.
• All senior school girls, our pupils and parents walk IN by the INFANTS gate. Our children are too young to come in alone.
• Our children and parents wait in the socially distanced class lines until the teachers collect the lines at 9 am. Social distance spots will be marked on the ground. Each family group must respect social distance whatever the weather. Remember only children and staff will be entering the building.
• All parents and senior girls walk along the back of Infants yard by the edge of the shelter, through the corridor at the hall and out along by the edge of the shelter in the Girls Yard, down their path and OUT by the GIRLS gate. Keep moving.
• Bikes, scooters and buggies must be wheeled through both yards.
• No dogs are permitted on school grounds.
• No gathering in groups in the yard or at the gates.
• Access through the middle gate for staff and Senior School special class transport only.
• Early Start children and parents will enter through Infant Gate and then their own outside doors.
- Keep right on entering the school grounds.
• NO PARENTS inside the building without a prior appointment.
• Punctuality is essential for our system to work.
We will monitor and review this routine during September. Feedback welcome.
• Classes will exit by the upper, middle and lower doors. Parents will wait on the social distance spots in a safely distanced line. Thanks for your cooperation.
• Junior Infants exit at 1.30 p.m. Senior Infants and First Class at 1.40 p.m.
• Families will leave by the Infant gate, keeping right at all times on the path.
Before You Leave Home Checklist:
• Does your child look and feel well?
If children seem unwell in any way, they MUST stay at home!
Does any member of your household display Covid symptoms?
If so, your child must also stay at home.
• Visit to the toilet last thing before leaving?
• Hands washed with soap and water for 20 seconds? Nails short?
• Does your child have a tissue up sleeve?
• Velcro shoes?
- Uniform or school tracksuit to be worn. Vest, tights, hat, gloves and warm coat once the weather cools down?
• Empty lunchbox to bring home uneaten lunch?
• Are your three contact numbers on our list up-to-date?
• Is someone available to collect your child if they become unwell during the day. ( They cannot go home by public transport.)
Health and Safety Routines to keep us all safe this year
- Children’s hands will be sanitised as soon as they go indoors every morning, and then regularly throughout the day under adult supervision.
- Children may wear uniform or tracksuit, with warm coat, gloves and hat in winter. Classrooms will be ventilated regularly throughout the day and the children will have plenty of outdoor learning and fresh air breaks.
- Children will be staying and playing in their class bubbles all day. There will be no mixing of classes inside the building or in the yard. The same small group of staff (class teacher, learning support teacher and SNA) will be working with the class.
- Staff will be wearing visors or masks in situations where 2m distancing is not possible. Children under 13 are not required to wear face coverings.
- There will be no visitors, including parents, allowed into the building without an appointment.
- We expect all family groups to respect social distancing in the grounds and on the way to and from school.
- Children will be doing SPHE (Social Personal and Health Education) lessons on hand hygiene, cough etiquette, and social distancing.
- We will be paying great attention to wellbeing. We want all children and families to settle into a happy, calm, productive routine. We have a whole lot of learning, friendship and fun to catch up on!
- We will continue to follow public health advice faithfully and will keep our school community (staff, children and parents) informed and updated through our website, school newsletters and Aladdin text messages. We only listen to information from trusted sources.
- Children and staff will not come into school if they are unwell, and will be sent home immediately if they feel unwell during school. Please make sure we have your up-to-date numbers and that there is someone available to collect.
First Class and Senior Infants: 9 am – 1.40 pm, beginning Monday 31st August.
Junior Infants: 10 am – 11.15 am beginning Monday 31st August. The Junior Infants will work up to 9a.m. start and a 1.30 p.m. home time over a number of weeks. We will let you know by text message.
Early Start: begins Tuesday 1st September, beginning with a short visit with one parent.
Morning group Afternoon group
Room 8 Emer & Tara 9.00 a.m. – 11.20 a.m. 12.00 p.m. – 2.20 p.m.
Room 10 Barbara & Evelyn 9.00 a.m. – 11.20 a.m. 12.00 p.m. – 2.20 p.m.
Payment for Book Rental, Workbooks and Materials:
There will be a payment desk in the yard. Please have exact change in the envelope.
We look forward to welcoming everyone back for a new school year. If you have any concerns or questions, ask us.
Summer Newsletter 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians,
We have been preparing for the reopening of school on 31 August and we are pleased that we now have clarity from the Department of Education. The roadmap for the full reopening of schools is available to read on gov.ie/backtoschool. Our new Minister for Education Norma Foley has asked all schools to thank parents and families for their patience and co-operation during the school closures and commended them for their efforts to keep learning going at home.
Classes for the new year
We have tried to keep continuity for the children in the arrangement of classes for next year.
|School year 2019-2020||
School year 2020-2021
|R 3 Ms McDonald/Ms Doyle||R 14 Ms Doyle|
|R 4 Ms Cantwell||R 16 Ms Cantwell|
|R 7 Ms Crawley||R 15 Ms Crawley|
|R 26 Ms McMonagle||R 26 Mrs Healy||Welcome back to Mrs Healy|
|R1 Mrs Boyne||R1 Ms Tourish||Mrs Boyne will return from maternity leave later in the school year|
|R2 Ms MsSheffrey||R2 Ms McSheffrey|
|R 5 Ms Tourish||R17 Ms Downes|
|R A Ms McAteer||R A Ms McAteer|
|R 3 Ms Timmins|
|R 4 Ms A Kelly|
|R 5 Ms Murray||Welcome back to Ms Murray|
|R 7 Mrs Kildea|
A huge thank you and goodbye (for the moment) to Ms McDonald, Ms McMonagle, Ms Banks, Ms McIntyre, and Ms Kathy Kelly. We hope our paths will cross again.
SET team of teachers: Mrs Foley, Mrs Higgins, Mrs Stafford, Ms Pierce (standing in for Ms O Brien) will be working closely with the class teachers to support children’s needs with reading & writing, language, maths, fine motor skills, concentration and attention skills, social skills.
Early Start: Barbara and Evelyn in room 10, Emer and Tara in room 8.
Home School Community Liaison: Olwen will continue to link in with families during the year. We will be unable to have a Parents’ Room or gatherings of any kind in the school this year.
Special Needs Assistants: Aileen, Jackie, Fiona, Laragh, Mary will be working in various classrooms to support children with care needs, sensory needs and independence. As far as possible, they will be working with the same children as last year. As we have some new children who require SNA assistance, the SNAs will be working over a number of classrooms during the day.
Support for Schools We will be getting advice from NEPS and Special Education Support Service around planning for individual educational needs and wellbeing for all children. Both agencies have useful parent pages on their websites. The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment will be advising ALL schools about the curriculum in the new school year. All staff have been busy doing online and remote courses, meetings and preparation for the safe reopening of schools and return to education.
Reopening of School
Senior Infants and First Class: School reopens Monday 31 August, with slightly staggered opening and collection times, to prevent crowding. We will text you to let you know your times. Parents will NOT be allowed to accompany the children into the school building this year. There will be a team of familiar teachers in the yard to assist with directing/escorting the children into their rooms.
Children may wear their uniform or tracksuit. Crests and ties will be available to buy at the school from 19 August 10 – 12 daily.
New Junior Infants: Parents of incoming junior infants have been contacted to arrange a brief visit to their new classroom with ONE ADULT ONLY the week before school reopens. This is the only time that parents will be allowed into the building. A welcome pack and school lunch menus will be given out on the day. Parents may also like buy iron-on crests and school ties which are for sale in the school.
On Monday 31 August, Junior Infants will start school at 10 am. They will be greeted in the yard by a welcome team (familiar Early Start team from last year and the SET teachers) and escorted into the school. Parents will NOT be able to come into the school building this year.
As usual, the Junior Infants will begin with a shorter day, working their way up to the full day over a few weeks.
Early Start: All new Early Start pupils will start school on Tuesday 1 Sept. We will be in touch by phone to arrange an induction visit before school starts.
We are really looking forward to meeting all our pupils and families again!
Book rental, workbooks and stationery All materials are ordered by the school. The cost is €60 for Junior Infants and €50 for Senior Infants and First class. Payment can be made at the school any morning between 10 and 11 am from 19 August. If necessary, parents can arrange to pay in instalments.
Communication with families Under the new guidelines, we have to restrict visitors to the school building but we want to ensure that we keep a two-way channel of communication with parents. Principal Margaret O’Reilly, Acting Deputy Principal Helen Foley and HSCL teacher Olwen May will be in the yard every morning to deal with quick queries. We will be happy to arrange a longer conversation by phone or in a safely spaced arrangement. Our school email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Olwen’s HSCL mobile number for calls, texts or WhatsApp messages is 086 370 5773.
We will need three up-to-date contact numbers for every child as we will ring immediately if any child seems unwell. No child should come into school if they have any coronavirus symptoms.
If a child has to stay at home, we expect that you will follow up with assigned work so that they do not fall behind with their learning.
Urgent school messages will be sent through Aladdin text. Please make sure we have up-to-date numbers.
We will continue to communicate updates through our website, monthly printed newsletters, phone calls and email. Please let us know if there is anything on your mind, as we want to keep the communication two-way.
Health & Safety for Children, Staff, Parents and Essential Visitors
We will strictly observe the public health and Department of Education guidelines and we know we can rely on the full support and co-operation of all parents and families to keep our children, our staff, and our school and local community safe, happy and back in a normal routine. The only way this can happen if everyone takes personal responsibility to keep the virus suppressed.
Children will be staying and playing with their own class group only in the new school year, with no crossover between classes. There will be no breakfast club this year, but we will continue to provide milk, healthy snacks, fruit and lunches in the classrooms.
There will be a lot of time spent on practising and teaching health education- hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene and personal space. Please ensure that every child has a tissue and can blow their nose and catch a cough or sneeze in their elbow. Sing the alphabet while washing hands at home.
Children must be able to tie their own laces or else wear Velcro or pull-on shoes or runners – for the safety of children and staff.
Primary school children will not be required to wear face coverings. Staff may wear visors in certain situations.
Tights, leggings or tracksuit bottoms under pinafores will reduce the number of grazed knees.
We will be spending extra time in the fresh air this year, with as much outdoor learning as possible, so please make sure that all children are dressed warmly and have a hat, gloves and warm coat for the winter. (We have clean spare coats, hats and school bags. Just let us know if you need something.)
We will be observing the very strict guidelines on enhanced cleaning procedures and social distance throughout the school.
We request all family groups to maintain social spacing at drop-off and collection times. There may be staggered arrival and collection times to prevent crowds gathering. Siblings will be dropped and collected together. Keeping a safe distance from other family groups is the MOST IMPORTANT THING parents can do to keep our school safe.
We have been requested by the Department of Education to ask all families to walk to school wherever possible. Families living far away from the school may like to “park and stride”.
There may be a one-way movement system through the school grounds. Please follow the signs. While this may be inconvenient to a few parents, we will be expecting your full support. We will be working in cooperation with the Senior school.
The school carpark will be strictly for staff and Senior School Special Class transport only.
Our safety processes will only be as strong as the weakest link! We need your help to keep our school and local community safe.
The focus in September will be on reconnecting with friends, teachers, school routines and settling in smoothly to school. We will have the children’s wellbeing uppermost in our plans. If we all co-operate with a practical, sensible, calm approach to the arrangements for the new school year, the children will quickly adapt to the new normal and gladly get back to learning and playing in a safe and happy school.
Download the information leaflet for incoming junior infant parents below here
Junior Infants 2020/21 – Information for Parents
We would like to welcome you and your child to junior infants 2020/21 at St Brigid’s Infant School. We are really looking forward to meeting you and your child and welcoming them into our school! St Brigid’s is a Roman Catholic, mixed, infant school comprising of Early Start, junior infants, senior infants and first class. This year we will have 4 junior infant classes in our school. Here is some basic information you might need to know for your child’s first few days:
What does my child need to bring to school?
We will let you know when you can begin to purchase your child’s new school books from our office and the cost of these. This will begin in September this year; your child will not need any books for their first couple of weeks.
The school will provide your child with all the stationery they need whilst in school (pencils/crayons/glue etc). You will need basic pencil and crayons at home to help your child with their homework.
When choosing a school bag for your child, please ensure it is large enough to easily fit an A4-page sized folder inside (for homework), their lunch, lunchbox and a drinks bottle. They will carry these things daily so they need to be able to put them into and take them out of their bags with ease.
Our uniform is a navy-blue jumper/cardigan, trousers, white shirt and tie. The tracksuit, cardigan and trousers can be bought in any shop (e.g. Tesco, Dunnes, Marks and Spencers, Penneys etc.). The girls blue-checked pinafore dress can be purchased from McAloons in Finglas village. The school crest and ties are available from our school office to add to school jumpers/cardigans. Children will be asked to wear a navy-blue tracksuit and runners for their PE day. Teachers will inform you of this day during your child’s first few weeks at school.
Please help your child’s teacher by sending your child to school in shoes without laces. Please label all belongings – coats, jumpers, bags, water bottles.
At St Brigid’s, all pupils are provided with lunch free of charge. The lunches are funded by the Department of Social Protection and Employment Affairs. The lunches are prepared by Glanmore Foods under strict hygiene and Healthy Ireland nutrition guidelines. There are many options which cater for different tastes and dietary requirements. In September parents will be given a lunch form to fill out for their child. The menu can be changed as often as you want. Each child’s lunch is prepared and served in a sealed bag every day. Children are also offered milk and fruit every day. Please send in a full bottle or beaker of water every day. Water and milk are the only drinks allowed in our school. As part of our healthy eating policy, we ask that parents do not send in any additional food/snacks.
Your child will need to bring an empty lunch box each day in their bags. This is because they will bring home any uneaten food so you can see what they are eating at school. We also ask children to bring home their own rubbish for disposal at home. Please check/clean the lunch box daily.
The staff at St Brigid’s Infant School are really excited to welcome your child to our school and junior infants in September!!
We will be in touch with all families in the coming weeks and we will provide further information about opening times, the settling-in timetable, payment for workbooks and materials, and of course their new teachers and classrooms.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us in the meantime if you have any other questions.
School phone: 01-8348770 HSCL phone: 086-3705773 School email: email@example.com
If you missed it you can download the May Newsletter here