Dear Parents / Guardians,
We are delighted to welcome the children from 3rd to 6th Class back to school on Monday. The children from Junior Infants to 2nd Class have settled back very well.
Coming back to school after an extended period of time working at home will be a period of adjustment for the children. School is a very busy place (both learning & socialising) and consequently the children will probably be quite tired after the school day. The class teachers have agreed to pause homework until after the Easter holidays to help with their adjustment back to school. The focus between now and the Easter holidays will be re-establishing routines, making the children feel safe and happy in school and assessing where their learning is at. This will put us all in a good position to hit the ground running after Easter which this year is a good long term.
I’d like to bring a few items to your attention:
- School will be closed on Wednesday the 17th for St Patrick’s Day.
- Communication with the school must take place by phone 051 871716 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- It is important not to congregate at or near school when dropping off and collecting your child.
- Please complete the Return to Education Parent Declaration Form on Aladdin Connect after 3:00pm on Sunday.
- As we will have all classroom doors and windows open for maximum ventilation you might want to put an extra layer on your son as the rooms might be cooler than usual!
- Children are not to attend school if
- they are displaying any symptoms of COVID 19
- they are awaiting a test
- they are a close contact of a person with COVID 19
- they have travelled outside of Ireland; in such instances parents are advised to consult and follow latest Government advice in relation to foreign travel.
The school operated very smoothly before Christmas and that was due to a large degree to the support parents gave us as well as the amazing children we have who took this in their stride. Parents can continue to help our school by continuing to abide by all social distancing guidelines and staying home apart from essential journeys. Adults are asked to please wear a mask at all times. Play-dates and home visits between your children and their friends are not recommended.
We are all looking forward to safely welcoming the boys back into school on Monday. It will be great to have everyone back together again! Please tell them all there will be extra playtime for everyone!
Thank you, as always, for your cooperation
Dear Parents / Guardians,
Under the direction of the Department of Education and Skills, the phased reopening of St. Stephen’s will begin on Monday, March 1st. The first phase sees our school open for Junior Infants to 2nd Class. In order for this to be a successful reopening, there are a number of important points of information for parents to be aware of.
The government has published advice for parents and families which you can access HERE.
Department of Education has provided Safe Schools Advice for parents and that is available HERE (opens in a new window as a PDF poster).
Department of Education advice for parents for the return to Primary School (Junior Infants to 2nd Class) HERE (opens in a new window as a PDF poster).
There are also some videos available below with advice for parents during COVID-19 advice for parents of boys in Junior Infants to 2nd Class:
LETTER FROM PRINCIPAL, MISS LOWE – January 7th, 2021:
Dear Parents / Guardians,
I hope you are all safe and well. I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and I wish you all a very Happy New Year.
Following confirmation from Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting, I am writing to inform you our school buildings will remain closed until the end of January. This is obviously very disappointing news but hopefully it will be a short term measure. A review will be made by the Government towards the end of January and hopefully it will be deemed safe for us all to return to school in February. Schools, including ours, have demonstrated that they are safe environments for children, but with the increased numbers in recent days the safest option is remote teaching and learning.
From Monday the 11th of January we will engage in remote teaching and learning. The children have made great progress this school year and have been so happy and safe in school and in so far as possible we hope that we can continue to support and facilitate their learning during these difficult times. I am very conscious of different pressures and constraints households are under during these turbulent times. Home-schooling is not easy, sometimes not possible and whatever you can do is ok. Varying WiFi speeds, work commitments, lack of devices, caring for family members can all contribute to making an already stressful situation even more challenging. Setting a time to spend with the children each day (ideally in the morning) works well. If you are at home with your child or if someone within your family support bubble is caring for your child do what you can to support the learning of your child. The school work that the class teachers will assign is optional. Nothing is compulsory. The most important thing is that everyone is safe, well and happy.
It is important that you check into Aladdin regularly for any updates. The school staff met remotely today and we finalised plans for distance learning. As was the successful practice last year, class teachers will be your primary contact. Class teachers issued See Saw codes to all pupils before the Mid Term Break. They will be reissued in the coming days. ,
Parents of children who were absent before Christmas can call to collect books on Friday 8/01/21 between 11am and 1pm. This is to facilitate parents of pupils that were absent before Christmas and didn’t get the opportunity to bring home books. If your son did bring home books before Christmas there is nothing extra that you need to collect. Please wear a mask and observe social distancing guidelines. The bags will be labelled and placed in class lines in the yard. Staff will be here to point you in the direction of your class line.
If you need assistance with anything please contact your son’s teacher via Aladdin or email email@example.com and we will do our very best to help.
We, like many of you, will be juggling childcare, work commitments and remote learning and so would ask for your understanding and patience with regard to home-school communication and responses outside of working hours.
Kindest regards to you all,
Dear Parents / Guardians,
We are complying with “The roadmap for the full return to school” in as much as is possible. Consequently the following changes are currently being implemented and will continue for the foreseeable future:
- Start and finish times will be staggered (see separate timetable for details). Please note different entrances.
- No children will be allowed in the yard before school to avoid crossover of classes.
- All classes will be brought to their exit gate by their teacher at finishing time.
- Uniforms – both old and new tracksuits and / or school uniforms are acceptable. These MUST be labelled as nothing can be stored in the school.
- All contact number and address MUST be updated immediately.
- Parents need to make an appointment by phone or email to visit the school. The contact email address for the school is firstname.lastname@example.org. Following health and safety guidelines face coverings must be worn and proper hand hygiene observed. Several hand sanitisers are available adjacent to all school entrances.
- No homework will be given for the month of September. All boys must have their own plastic pencil case clearly labelled with their name containing a pencil, pen, topper, rubber and colouring pencils as no sharing is allowed. These will remain in school.
- Sanitisers are available in every classroom and resource room for pupil and staff use. All classrooms will be cleaned and sanitised daily.
- If anyone in your household shows symptoms – high temperature, persistent cough, change in taste and smell etc, please keep your child and siblings at home. In the event of a child displaying symptoms in school, they will be isolated as per COVID-19 guidelines and you will be contacted immediately. Please ensure you are contactable at all times.
- The parking area on Patrick Street is for set down only . Please do not delay when dropping your son to school.
We will strive to keep our school experience as normal as possible in these extraordinary times.
Staggered opening and closing times:
- Please note the 3 different entrances/exits.
- Brothers to come in together at the later time given and whichever gate that later time is.
- No children allowed in the yard in the morning as they will go straight to classroom at stated time.
- Please drop and collect children at appointed gate. Teachers will be at these gates to help.