Dear Parents / Guardians,
Under the direction of the Department of Education and Skills, the Minister for Education, and NPHET, the buildings of St. Stephen’s will be closed until the end of January 2021 due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. However, school continues for our pupils from Monday, January 11th, via remote learning and using Aladdin and other online resources and tools. These are all covered in our REMOTE TEACHING PLAN. Click on the link to view the plan and the ways that our staff will continue your son’s learning during this uncertain time.
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.