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Message to Parents 19/08/2020

Dear Parent,

We are looking forward to welcoming your child/children back to school on Thursday, 27th of August in line with current guidance and recommendations. The Board of Management and staff have been working hard over the past few weeks to prepare for a safe re-opening of the school. We have updated our procedures and routines to allow for as much physical distancing as is possible and practical.

Children may be dropped off at school between 9.00 and 9.20 with their school bags and coats. A sanitisation area will be set up outside the front door. All children will be supervised while they sanitise their hands before entry to the school. Only one family should enter the school at the same time. Others should wait in the car until this area is free. Parents should remain in cars when possible.

Once inside the school the children will be divided into two class “Bubbles” (as per government guidelines) one for the Junior Room and one for the Senior Room. These Bubbles will have different break times so as to minimise interaction between the “Bubbles”.

While social distancing is not required within the Junior Room under the Department of Education’s “Reopening Schools Roadmap”, a high level of cleaning and hygiene will be maintained in in their classroom and indeed throughout the school.

Within the Senior Room, the pupils will be divided into three “pods” (again per government guidelines) with a maximum of 5/6 pupils per pod. Each pod will be at least a metre away from other pods. While sharing of materials, books etc. will be allowed within pods, they will not be allowed to share with pupils in other pods.
Pod 1 = 4th Class = 5 pupils
Pod 2 = 5th Class = 6 pupils
Pod 3 = 6th Class = 5 pupils

The guidelines also state the many times that children will have to sanitise and wash their hands throughout the day. These include but are not limited to the following:

  • on arrival
  • before break time
  • after coming in from play time
  • before lunch time
  • after lunchtime
  • after using the toilet
  • after coughing/sneezing
  • if hands are visibly dirty
  • before going home

We are fortunate that warm water runs to the classrooms and to the sinks in the toilets which will facilitate regular hand washing. Antibacterial soaps and hand sanitiser dispensers have also been purchased. (If your child has any skin allergies, please contact me to discuss this).
As we have four toilets for the children, these will be designated as follows:
Toilet 1 – Junior Room Girls
Toilet 2 – Senior Room Girls
Toilet 3 – Junior Room Boys
Toilet 4 - Senior Room Boys
This will all be explained to the children when they return to school and all toilets and sinks will be cleaned regularly during the day.
 

Extra time will be given to the cleaner this year as we have received funding from the department specifically for this. Desks and chairs etc. will also be cleaned during the day while the children are outside on their breaks and classrooms will be ventilated as much as possible during this time. Extra antibacterial cleaning products have also been purchased. Desks and chairs in Ms. Long’s room will be wiped down after each group of children. Visors will be worn by all staff and in certain situations masks may also be worn for short periods of time.

School Uniforms: It is very important that uniforms are kept as clean as possible.
Children should change out of school uniforms immediately after school when possible.

We are changing P.E. day to Wednesday this year.  Students will be permitted to wear suitable, clean P.E. gear e.g. tracksuit to school on this day.
This will also give parents the opportunity to wash uniforms on Tuesday nights to have them ready again for Thursday mornings.
(Note: We will not be travelling to the C.P.I. for the first term and P.E. will be done in the school yard.)


Please try to keep to a minimum the sharing of materials between home and school. Pencil cases will be kept in school as mentioned in previous communication. We would also request that pupils do not bring in any toys/books etc. from home as they will not be permitted to show or share them in school.

To ensure that we keep everyone in our school community safe, it is of the utmost importance that children do not come to school if they are sick or are displaying any COVID symptoms.
These symptoms include but are not limited to:

  • cough (of any kind)
  • high temperature
  • loss of smell/taste
  • any cold/flu like symptoms

Temperatures will also be taken using a non-contact thermometer if a child feels unwell at any stage in school. If the child feels displays symptoms, they will be moved to an isolation area, their parents will be contacted immediately, asked to collect the child and all other parents will be notified. If at any stage a pupil or staff member tests positive for the virus, we will at that stage have to follow whatever guidelines are issued to us by the HSE.

At home time each class bubble will line up in the yard after being brought out through different exits. Families will be sent to their cars by the staff. We would ask that parents remain in their vehicles. Staff will ensure children are accompanied safely. We appreciate your patience while this is happening.

 It is also important that everyone follows all related public health guidelines, including self-isolation for 14 days after returning from a country not on the travel ‘green list’ at that time.

 

All teaching principals have now been instructed to take one office (admin) day per week. So as to alleviate any disruption to the education of pupils in the senior room, we managed to join a cluster with some other local schools. A sub will be employed by the cluster to teach one day per week in each of the five schools. While this sharing of a teacher with other schools is not ideal, the only othere alternative was to have a different sub every week. The Department advised all schools nationally to from clusters. Ms. Farry will be in the office every Wednesday and the same sub will teach the senior room pupils on this day. Interviews are being held shortly for this position so we will let you know the name of this teacher as soon as it has been confirmed.

We are looking forward to welcoming our new Junior Infants into the school from 2.00 – 3.00 on Wednesday, 26th of August. Parents will be allowed to accompany them at this time only. We would ask that parents wear masks and sanitise hands before entering the school.

We are still awaiting some more guidance from the Department of Education and we will relay this to you as soon as we get it. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions/concerns. You can fill in the form below on the website or email/phone the school.

We are doing everything in our power to safely reopen the school but we will also need your co-operation and assistance to do so.

Kind Regards,

Fiona Farry

 

 

 

Questions regarding the safe reopening of Cloughfin N.S.

Message to parents/guardians 13/08/2020

Dear Parents,
We hope that you are all well and enjoying the summer break.
We are looking forward to reopening our school and welcoming all of the children back. We are making the necessary changes following advice from the Department of Education and in line with Public Health advice. We are still awaiting some clarifaction from the Department and once this is received we will relay this information to you early next week along with the necessary safety measures that have been put in place.
 
Some information you may find useful is as follows:
 
Wednesday August 26th:
  • Staff Day 
  • Induction Hour for new Junior Infants from 2.00 - 3.00
 
Thursday August 27th:
  • Return to school for all pupils 
  • (Junior Infants will finish at 12.30 on Thursday & Friday)

A provisional timetable for the year will be posted on the website this weekend.

 

 School Booklists:
The school will purchase all books, copies, folders, hardbacks and homework diaries that your child will require.
As we have recived a grant for book rental books, you will not be charged for these and will only have to pay for the copies, folders, diaries and one textbook that they write into. This will be a maximum cost of €20 per child and will not be due until the 30th of September.
( A breakdown of these costs will be made available to you on return to school.)
 
Junior Room Requirements:
  • All Junior Room pupils require a pencil case, 3 pencils, a sharpener, eraser and twistables. (no markers)
  • A lunchbox and a reusable drink bottle
Senior Room Requirements:
  • A pencil case, 2 pencils, a sharpener, eraser, twistables/colouring pencils, ruler, 2 red pens, 2 blue/black pens and a highlighter.
  • A lunchbox and a reusable drink bottle

All children will be required to bring a rainjacket to school each day. Pencil cases will be kept in school so children will require extra pens/pencils at home.
 

School Uniforms:
 Children should change out of school uniforms immediately after school when possible.

We are changing P.E. day to Wednesday this year.  Students will be permitted to wear suitable P.E. gear e.g. tracksuit to school on this day.
This will also give parents the opportunity to wash uniforms on Tuesday nights to have them ready again for Thursday mornings.
(Note: We will not be travelling to the C.P.I. for the first term and P.E. will be done in the school yard.)

 

Free School Lunches:
Pupils will continue to receive free school lunches from Carambola this year. As this will not commence until Monday September 7th, children will need to bring their own lunches until then. (No crisps or fizzy/sports drinks)

As previously mentioned, further information will be issued to you by post early next week.

In the meantime if you have any specific queries/concerns regarding your son/daughter, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Kind Regards,

Fiona Farry

 

Suggested Activities for 15th - 19th of June

Junior & Senior Infants - Learning Activities Infants
 
1st and 2nd Classes - Learning Activities 1st/2nd

3rd Class - Learning Activities 3rd

Suggested Learning Activities for 8th - 12th of June

Junior & Senior Infants - Learning Activities Infants
 
1st and 2nd Classes - Learning Activities 1st/2nd

3rd Class - Learning Activities 3rd

Suggested Learning Activities for 2nd - 5th of June

Junior & Senior Infants - Learning Activities Infants
 
1st and 2nd Classes - Learning Activities 1st/2nd

3rd Class - Learning Activities 3rd

Message from the Principal - 2nd of June

Dear Parents,
I hope you are all well and enjoying the glorious weather. It's hard to believe that we are in June already.
 On advice form the Department of Education, we will be continuing to set work for our pupils for the next two weeks. After that we will begin to wind down and set easier, fun tasks for the last week and a half. We had been due to get our holidays on the the 24th of June. As usual, it is up to you, the parent, to decide how much or how little academic work your child does each week. 
We would encourage you to send a photo by email/facebook message of a sample of the work that your child does if possible.
 
School reports will be posted out in two weeks' time. These will be based on the time your child spent in school this year.
 
We are delighted to inform you that our school was chosen to participate in a pilot programme for schoolbooks. This means that we received extra funding towards the purchase of books for the next school year. You will not have to pay for book rental in September and will only have to pay for copies and workbooks, thus greatly reducing your book bill for September. Some good news at last!
 
I will be in conatct with all of you over the next week or two but in the meantime please do not hesitate to contact us if we can assist you in any way.
 
Kind Regards,
Fiona & Staff
 

Suggested Learning Activities for 25th - 29th of May (Junior Room)

Junior and Senior Infants: Learning Activities Infants
 
First and Second Classes: Learning Activities 1st/2nd
 

 

Message from the Principal - 25th of May

Dear Parents,

It’s hard to believe that we are almost at the end of May already. We hope that you and all of your family are keeping well.

Suggested learning activities for this week have been added to the website above and to Edmodo for the Senior Classes. Remember it is up to you, the parent, to decide how much work your child does each week. Circumstances may vary from week to week and sometimes your child (or yourself) may need a break from the work. You will know best.

Thanks to all who have responded to the online questionnaire. If you haven’t had a chance to fill it in yet, we would appreciate if you could do so before the end of the week.

Teachers will be in the school building this week and we will arrange pick up times for you to collect the resources requested by some of the children.

Fair play to you all and to all of the children for persevering with the school work at home. We realise it is difficult but we love seeing all the work the children are doing and their creativity – it really is a credit to you all so keep the photos coming if you can.

Once again, we would like to remind you to please get in touch if we can do anything at all to assist your child or family during these difficult times.

Kind Regards,

Fiona & Staff

 

 

Suggested Learning Activities for Junior Room Classes 
(18th - 22nd of May)

Junior and Senior Infants: Learning Activities Infants
 
First and Second Classes: Learning Activities 1st/2nd
 

A short video for all of our pupils.

 

Suggested Learning Activities for Junior Room Classes 
(11th - 15th of May)

Junior and Senior Infants: Learning Activities Infants
 
First and Second Classes: Learning Activities 1st/2nd
 

Message from the Principal - 5th of May

Dear Parents,
As we continue through these surreal times, we can only reiterate that we hope that you and all of your families are keeping safe and well.
You may have heard that it has now been offically announced that we will not return to school until September. We had no prior knowlege of this, we only hear it on the news when you do. We will continue to provide suggested learning activities for your child/children on a weekly basis and again, we remind you that it is up to you as parents that they do as much as is realistic for them to do at home. Senior room students should continue to work on Edmodo and keep up the great work that they have been doing. 
 
It is difficult for all of the children as they miss their friends, but it is especially difficult for 6th class pupils who have been deprived of many of the memories associated with their last year in Primary School. We will endeavour to continue to support them for the rest of the year and with their transition to secondary school.
We will also invite them to school for a graduation event, when it is deemed safe to do so, later in the year. 
 
We are inviting you all to send a photo of your child/children working at home (whether it be school work, baking, art, exercising, farming, chores etc.) We are hoping to put a little video together so that they can all see all of their friends. If some are camera shy, they could just send a photo of a card or a message they have written for all students or a photo of some work or of a drawing/project they have done. Some people have already sent photos and so do not need to send again unless they want to send others. Photos can be sent to the school email address or to the school facebook page by private message or Senior Room pupils can send them through Edmodo. (before Friday 8th)
 
We hope that all of our pupils are keeping well and ask you to please get in contact if we can be of any assistance at all. 

Kind Regards,
Fiona 
 
 

New Admissions Policy:

Under the Education (Admissions to Schools) Act 2018, the Board of Management was asked to draft a new Admissions Policy. This is now available for consultation with you, the parents of Cloughfin N.S.  The draft policy is available for viewing here Admissions Policy You may comment through the feedback form beneath the policy up until and including Wednesday 29th of April. Many thanks.

Message from the Principal - 19th of April 2020

Dear Parent,

We hope you and yours are keeping well in these strange times. Please tell the children we miss them and hope to see them in the not so distant future.

At the moment we do not have any idea when we will be given a return date and although there is a lot of false speculation, it is important that we take it on a week to week basis until we are given official confirmation. However, I cannot see a return before June at the earliest.

Junior Room:
Work for the Junior Room for this week will be put up on the school website shortly. Ms. McEleney has also posted some worksheets to all of her pupils and you should receive these from An Post on Monday or Tuesday. We will also be posting some workbooks to all Junior Room pupils but we are waiting for them to be delivered.

Senior Room:
Senior Room work will be added to the Online Learning Platform Edmodo before tomorrow. I have created some videos especially for Maths and Irish which may help explain the topics for this week. Quizzes/assessments will be added during the week. We have also ordered some workbooks for these pupils and they will be posted out in due course.

If your child finds any worksheet/activity too difficult – leave it and keep a note of this. We will go over this work with them when they return to school. There is no point in causing unnecessary stress for you or your child.

As mentioned before, these are only suggested activities for your child. We have to make some work available but it’s up to you how much or how little they do. However, we would strongly encourage that some reading should be done every day or read stories to younger children.

If you feel your circumstances have changed and would now like a food pack of non-perishable goods delivered to you under the Schools Meals Programme (Pasta, Cereal, Bread etc.) please email the school confidentially for more information or fill in the Contact Us form below.

The Board of Management has been asked to add a new Admissions Policy to the school website so that parents can view it before it is sent to the patron. This will be available for viewing before the end of the week. You are asked to contact the school before 28th of April should you have any concerns regarding this policy.

If you have any worries regarding your child/children, would like to seek advice or have any questions at all, please feel free to contact any of the teachers.

Ms. McEleney –  berniemceleney@outlook.com

Ms. Farry & Ms. Long – scoilcholmcille@hotmail.com

Finally, each child will catch up properly on school work when they return to school. Every child in the country is in the same boat. The priority is that your child/children and family circle are safe and healthy. This will eventually pass and normality will return. In the meantime, take care of yourselves and don’t be afraid to contact us.

Best wishes,

Fiona & staff.

 

Easter Holidays

No homework for the Easter Holidays. Please check back on Monday 20th of April for updates.

 

A message to all parents from the principal. (March 27th)

 

Dear Parent,

We hope that you and your family are keeping safe in these unprecedented, worrying times.

As you may be aware schools will now remain closed until the 20th of April at the earliest.

We do not want you to worry about school work during these times. The most important thing you can do for your child/children is to keep them safe and practise social distancing.

Whilst we have provided links for online learning and have the online learning platform Edmodo for the senior pupils, any work assigned is optional. We will also be posting some work for the Junior Room pupils on the school website from next Monday.  It is up to you what tasks you wish them to perform.

We are continuing to update the learning links for each class so please check them and the school website regularly.

They will not fall behind. We will do our very best to make up for lost time when we return to school. Keep in mind all of the activities that your child is doing at home from free play, to lego, to art, to helping around the house – these are all forms of learning. Reading stories together or reading books is one of the most valuable activities at this time.

If however, you do not have access to printing facilities, good internet or sufficient devices or books and would like some printed worksheets please email the school today or tomorrow (March 28th) at the latest and I can make up some for you. I can arrange to leave them in the shed where you can collect it whenever suits you. (following appropriate HSE guidelines)

Again do not stress about school work, just ensure that you and yours are safe.

Please feel free to email the school at any stage if you have any questions or want advice. If at all possible we will do whatever we can to assist you.

Kind Regards,

Fiona & the staff of Cloughfin N.S.

School Email: scoilcholmcille@hotmail.com or use the Contact Us form below.

 

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Cloughfin N.S. Cloughfin,
Ballindrait,
Lifford,
Co. Donegal.
(074) 9145705 scoilcholmcille@hotmail.com