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Welcome


 

 

Dear Parents

Applications for enrolment for the academic year 2020/21 are open from October 1st to October 23rd 2020. The Annual Admissions Notice and Application Form can be found attached below and are also available on our school webite www.beaumontgns.com.

It is the responsibility of every school from this year onward  to have a fixed application period and late applications can only be considered where spaces are available. Please be advised that siblings of children in the boys or girls school must apply as per the conditions stated on our annual Admissions Notice. We would be very grateful if you would spread the word in our school community and parish as we are unable to host an Open Night this year.

Is mise le meas,

Marge O'Brien

 

 

 September 21st

Dear Parents

We are delighted to share that all our pupils are well settled into their new school routines at this stage. We have high expectations of them to adhere to class bubbles and pods, to  regularly wash and sanitise their hands and to maintain distance from each other as much as possible.  They have, as always, exceeded our expectations and adapted to these new procedures almost seamlessly.

Our active schedule of Zumba, Irish Dancing, fundamental movement and yoga has made the transition back to school more enjoyable for all our pupils. The skipping workshop last week was a great success and it is wonderful to see the children in the yard working on their new skipping skills.

We are also acknowledging Cork Bike Week this week and many classes will be going for a cycle in Beaumont Park with older pupils venturing down to the now pedestrianised Marina. Please follow us on Twitter @beaumontoffice to see our wonderful pupils in action.

Thank you for supporting our recent Garden Sale, we are so lucky to have such a beautiful outdoor learning environment which all classes have been enjoying during the recent fine weather.

The Confirmation ceremony took place in St.Michael's Church on Saturday last, it was just lovely to see the girls reunited for their special day. We are looking forward now to our rescheduled Communion on Saturday October 3rd.

I would like to remind you again that our school is now a controlled environment with all visitors requested to fill out a detailed contact tracing form. If your child needs to be collected early or forgets something needed for school, please phone the office on 021-4364364. If the phone is unattended, do leave a message as it is checked very regularly. Thank you as always for your support in everything that we do.

Best wishes

Marge O’Brien

 

 

 

 


Message from Ms O Brien, Friday August 28th.

Dear Parents

We are delighted to inform you that our re-opening this morning was as successful as we could have wished. The atmosphere in our school today is overwhelmingly positive and it is fantastic to hear the sound of children again. Thank you to our Parents Association for the Welcome Back banner and balloons which made the return so special for our pupils. Keep an eye on Twitter later for some photos @beaumontoffice 

I would like to remind you again of the two access points from Beaumont Park as these were very quiet today and might suit older children who could be dropped on Beaumont Drive and  walk through the park,  or children in our infant classes as those gates are very close to their entry door.

Thank you for all your cooperation with our new procedures.
Have a wonderful weekend in the sunshine.

Kind regards
Marge O'Brien



Dear Pupils,

Please read the document FAQ, we are busy preparing your school and can't wait to see you all again on Friday.

 

Kind Regards,
Ms O Brien and all the staff in Beaumont Girls' School.


 

FAQ  Frequently Asked Questions

Return to School Aug/ Sept 2020

24th August 2020

Dear pupils,

 
This is an FAQ sheet (frequently asked questions) which aims to quickly address some questions
you might have.

How will I know where to go on the first day?

Decide where you will enter the school grounds for example at the main gate or through Beaumont Park.

 

Wherever you decide, there will be plenty familiar faces there to show you which door to go to.

The teachers and SNA team will be there to help you find your way to the door in to the school.

Will I be wearing my uniform?

Yes, as before we will wear our uniform and school tracksuit on the days our teacher sets out for us.

Summer uniform (shorts or skort) can be worn if weather permits.

Will my teacher be wearing a mask or visor?

Masks/visors are worn to protect those around us.

Staff will have to wear a face covering when they are less than 2m from other people.

Do pupils have to wear masks?

No, as per the current guidelines children under 13 do not have to wear mask.

 

Teachers will leave the classroom door and windows open as much as possible to ensure the room is

 

well ventilated.

Will I be able to mix with my friends?

Pupils will be in a pod or small group in their class, similar to groups you would have been in before.

The pods have been organised by the teacher and SNAs you had last year to ensure friendship and compatibility.
When we go out to the yard you will be able to responsibly mix with your classmates.

Will I have to sanitise and wash my hands?

Yes, to protect ourselves and each other we will make sure our hands are clean.

We will wash and sanitise them a number of times a day, such as, in the morning, before we eat, after we eat and before we go home.


Do we need to self-isolate if we are coming back from holidays in another country?

Yes, as per the guidelines, for two weeks.

Will there be one towel in the bathroom?

No, each child will is asked to bring a small wash-bag with a face cloth in it to dry your hands and some

 

tissues in case you sneeze. Soap will be provided.

I’m nervous because I have not been in school in a long time.

That’s perfectly ok. It will be great to be back with all your classmates.

 

Remember, you come to school to learn, so don’t worry if you have forgotten anything, your teachers

and SNAs are really excited about being back in the building and are bursting to help you.

 

You can tell them or your parents if anything is bothering you and together we will work to fix it.

What extra things are happening in school to keep us all safe?

  • Discrete lessons on hygiene and coughing etiquette to be taught
  • No visitors to the school without prior approval of the principal
  • Isolation room where someone sick can be minded until they are collected
  • Windows and doors open for fresh air as much as possible
  • Staff training
  • Classes are called Bubbles
  • Increased Cleaning of our school
  • Each class or bubble will be divided into pods ( small groups)
  • Signage installed
  • More spacing on the yard
  • Less interaction between classes
  • Staggered lunchbreaks
  • Return to work forms for all staff
  • Pedal bins in each class
  • No sharing,where possible.
  • Staff PPE
  • Procedures for suspected case
  • Regular handsanitising
  • Suspended after school classes
  • Regular review of procedures
  • Committee to ensure procedures maintained


What happens if someone in my school gets COVID19?

 
It is important to remember than any of us can get sick or unwell, and if we do, we need understanding and support from those around us. Do not come to school if you feel unwell.

It is essential that anyone who feels unwell at school makes that known to their teacher as soon as possible. Your teacher will demonstrate for you on the first days back how we will mind everyone in the school, including the person with symptoms or signs of COVID19. They will remind you of this regularly.

If anyone has symptoms they will have to go home until they are better or until it is shown that they do not have COVID 19. The test is a very quick one and the number of people who have the virus in Cork is low, but we still have to be very careful.

Will we still be able to do fun things at school?

Yes, absolutely!

Rosalia will be back to do Zumba with us in the yard. We have a skipping workshop organised for September and 4th to 6th classes will be practising yoga in the school garden. We are also hoping to continue set dancing outside.

There will also be science experiments, history projects, maths challenges, exploring great stories, finding out about different countries and planets, using the IPads to create and problem solve, working with you friends to expand your vocabulary in English and Irish, and bringing your ideas to the student council so everyone is involved in making our school a great place to be.

 


Response Plan Scoil Barra Cailíní, Beaumont  21st August 2020.

Underlying Principles

  • The school has a responsibility to make effort to ensure the safety, health and well-being of all members of our school community – children, parents and staff. This plan has been formulated to better ensure that the school can exercise that duty ofcare.
  • Assuming it is in keeping with public health advice and guidelines issued by the Department of Education and Skills, it is preferable for all children to return to school for all five days of the school week and for a full school day. This plan has been formulated to achieve that aim.
  • It is not possible to eliminate the risk of infection. However, with the co-operation of all members of our school community, it is possible to minimise the risk of the virus being introduced to school and the consequent risk of itsspread.
  • As well as co-operation, the flexibility and goodwill of all will be required to ensure the plan can be implemented.

Assumptions

  • All children return to school and classes operate within a bubble system
  • The school is split into 3 groups with each group having different entry/exit points, break times and yard playtime.
  • Groups 1 – junior infants x 2, Senior infants, RainbowRoom
  • Group 2 – first class, second class, fourthclass
  • Group 3 -, third class, fifth class, sixth class
  • The day will include 2  lunch breaks
    • Within each class from 3rd to 6th, the children will be further divided into pods, with a minimum distance of 1 metre being maintained between pods, maximum 8 children in apod.
  • Hand sanitiser will be available at all entry points and in all class and supportrooms
  • Each class bubble will have their own allocated bathrooms with liquid soap provided
  • Each child will be asked to bring their own wash bag containing face cloth (as towel), tissues, personal hand sanitiser from 3rd to 6thoptional.

Scoil Barra Naofa Cailíní, discrete measures to minimise risk

  • A deep clean of the school has takenplace
  • Installation of new wash hand basins in resourcerooms
  • Hand sanitizer dispensers installed in all classrooms and entry/exitpoints
  • Liquid soap dispensers installed in allbathrooms
  • Pedal bins in each class for safe tissuedisposal
  • Staff training prior to reopening provided byDES
  • Appointment of a Lead Worker Representative and Deputy of same, specific training provided byDES
  • Contact tracing procedures for all visitors to theschool
  • Visitors to be approved by theprincipal
  • New entry and exit points for all classes to avoidcongestion
  • Classes inBubbles
  • Pods withinbubbles
  • Reduced interaction between staff andpupils
  • No sharing, where possible of classroom resources outside ofpods
  • Discrete lessons on hand hygiene and coughing etiquette to betaught
  • Windows and doors to remain open where at all possible to aid aircirculation
  • Increased CleaningRegime
  • Training and checklists will be provided by DES to cleaningstaff
  • Signage installed
  • Return to work forms for all staff, specific training webinar provided byDES
  • Staff PPE
  • Isolation room identified
  • Procedures for suspectedcase
  • Staggered lunchbreaks
  • Regular handsanitising
  • Regular handwashing
  • Outdoor actvities where possible – Zumba, Irish dancing, skipping, yoga and actvities in BeaumontPark.


 

Timetables

Timetable for Group 1 Timetable for Group 2 Timetable for Group 3

9.00 – School start

10.40 – break time

10.50 – yard time

11.00 – Class resumes

12.40 – Lunch time

1.00 – Class resumes

1.30 – Infant classes finish

8.50– School start

10.40 – Break time

10.50 – Yard time

11.00 – Class resumes

12.40 – Lunch time

1.00 – Class resumes

1.30 – Infant classes finish

8.50– School start

10.40 –Yard time

10.50 – Break time

11.00 – Class resumes

12.40 – Lunch time

1.00 – Class resumes 1.30– Infant classes finish


See note below regarding junior infant times for first fortnight.

2.20 – 1st & 2nd class pupils finish

2.30 – 4th class

See note below regarding first class times for first fortnight.

2.20 – 3rd class finish

2.30 - 5th & 6th Classes finish

Classes in Group 1 Classes in Group 2 Classes in Group 3

Class Teachers

JI –Ms B Mc Daid

JI – Ms. Emma Teahan

SI – Ms. Siobhán O’Shea & Ms. Dara Ahern

Rainbow Room – Ms. Niamh Walsh

Class Teachers

1st – Ms. Lucy Kearns

2nd – Ms. Aoife MacCarthynd Ms. Arlene O’Neill

4th – Ms.Marie Fanning

Class Teachers

3rd – Ms. Ailbhe Kennedy

5th – Ms. AnneMarie O’Rourke

6th – Mr. Liam O’Keefee

Entrances & Exits

 

Entrance and Exit Points Classes

Main entrance

Supervised by Ms. Gillian Boland, Marion Lecane and Eric Hurley

Rainbow Room - Ms. Niamh Walsh 1st & 2nd Ms. Arlene O’Neill

5th – Ms. AnneMarie O’Rourke

PE Hall fire door 6th class – Mr. Liam O’Keefee

Infant Fire Door

First day Junior Infants 10.00am - 12.00am on Friday 28th

Supervised by Ms Caroline Callinan.

JI – Ms. Bríd McDaid JI – Ms. Emma Teahan

SI – Ms. Siobhán O’Shea & Ms. Dara Ahern

3rd – Ms. Aillbhe Kennedy

Basketball Yard – Fire door

Supervised by Ms Sharon O’Mahony

1st – Ms. Lucy Kearns

2nd – Ms. Aoife MacCarthy 4th – Ms.Marie Fanning

First Fortnight special arrangements Junior Infants 9.00am to 12.00 noon
First Fortnight special arrangements      Senior Infants 9.00am – 1.30pm
First Fortnight special arrangements First class      9.00am - 1.30pm

 

 

Arrival at school

  • Morning Assembly of pupils congregating in the yard cannot take place. Once pupils enter the school grounds, they will need to go directly to their classrooms. Health advice is that parents Drop & Go.
  • We would encourage as many children as possible to walk, walk ‘n stride or cycle to school to avoid congestion on Woodvale Road. There are two pedestrian access gates onto the girls’ yard area which we would also encourage our pupils to use.
  • It is requested that parents would not accompany children from 1st to 6th, there will be familiar faces to guide children to their correct entry points. This means that the numbers congregating on school grounds at any one time will be minimised.
  • School Gates will not be opened, each group should arrive at the school from 8.40am and proceed through their assigned supervised entry point going straight to their classrooms.
  • Children will follow one of three sets of coloured footprints to their designated entry/exitpoint.
  • No adults, other than staff members, should enter the building.
  • Messages for teachers can be sent by email, in your child’s school journal or by phoning the schooloffice.

End of School Day

  • Adults of infant children collecting their children from school at the end of the day, should wait at their child’s assigned entry/exit point and observe social distancing.
  • When the school day for that class is over the following arrangements will apply–
    • Jun Inf and Srn Inf Classes - the class teacher will bring the children to their designated entrance/exit point and will release the children into the care of the adult who is there to collect them
    • 1st – 6th Class – the class teacher will allow each pod to leave the classroom separately in order to minimise contact. Children will exit through their assigned door. Please make clear arrangements with your child for collection, considering all options namely: main gate, garden gate, Gate in Beaumont Park - pitch n putt side, gate in Beaumont Park - quarryside.
    • Classes first to third will exit the building at the slightly earlier time of 2.20pm
    • Fourth to sixth classes will exit the school building at2.30pm.

 

Collection of Children during the School Day

If an adult has to collect a child during the course of the school day, the following arrangements will apply

  • When the adult arrives at the school, they should either phone the office or use the intercom at the front door of the school to alert the office that they have arrived
  • The child will be brought from their class to the adult by a member of staff
  • The adult who is collecting will be asked to sign the child out
  • No adult should enter the school building, unless invited to enter. 


Dealing with a suspected case of Covid-19

 

Pupils should not attend school if displaying any symptoms of Covid-19. If a pupil displays symptoms of Covid-19 while in the building, the following procedures will be implemented:

  • Parents/guardians will be contactedimmediately
    • The child will be accompanied to the designated isolation area via the isolation route by a member of The staff member will remain at least 2 metres away from the symptomatic child and will also make sure that others maintain a distance of at least 2 metres from the symptomatic child at all times
    • A mask will be provided for the child presenting with symptoms, if one is available. He/she should wear the mask if in a common area with other people or while exiting the premises
    • An assessment will be made as to whether the child who is displaying symptoms can immediately be brought home by parents and call their doctor and continue self-isolation at home
    • The school will facilitate the child presenting with symptoms to remain in isolation,if they cannot immediately go home, and will assist them by calling their parents/ guardians.
    • The child presenting with symptoms should be advised to cover their mouth and nose with the disposable tissue provided when they cough or sneeze and to put the tissue in the waste bag provided
    • If the child is well enough to go home, the school will arrange for them to be transported home by a family member, as soon as possible, and advise them to inform their GP by phone of their symptoms. Public transport of any kind should not be used.
    • If they are too unwell to go home or advice is required, the school will contact 999 or 112 and inform them that the sick child is a Covid-19 suspect.
    • Arrangements will be made for appropriate cleaning of the isolation area and work areas involved.

The HSE will inform any staff/parents who have come into close contact with a diagnosed case via the contact

 

tracing process.

 

 

The HSE will contact all relevant persons where a diagnosis of COVID-19 is made. The instructions of the HSE

 

should be followed.

 


Children who should not attend school

If your child is in one of the following categories, they should not attend school –

  • Children who have been diagnosed withCovid-19
  • Children who have been in close contact with a person who has been diagnosed withCovid-19
  • Children who have a suspected case of Covid-19 and the outcome of the test is pending
  • Children who have been in contact with a person who has a suspected case of Covid-19 and the outcome of the test is pending
    • Children with underlying health conditions who have been directed by a medical professional not to attend school
    • Children who have returned home after travelling abroad and must self-isolate for a period of 14 days
  • Children who are generally unwell


Supporting the Learning of Children who cannot attend school

If a child is not able to attend school for an extended period of time, the class teacher (and/or the learning support teacher, where relevant) suggested activities to support the child’s learning at home will be shared with parents.

Impact of a Suspected or Confirmed Case of Covid-19 in a Class

If the school is notified that a person in your child’s class has a suspected or confirmed case of Covid- 19

  • Public health advice will be sought and followed

Personal Equipment

  • In so far as possible, it is requested that all children bring their own pens, pencils, colours, rubbers, etc., to school in their own pencil case to avoid the sharing of equipment.
  • It is further requested that all items have the child’s name on them for ease of identification.
  • All children should have a wash bag containing a facecloth as hand towel, a packet of tissues and personal hand sanitiser for those pupils from 3rd to 6th is optional.

Shared Equipment

By necessity, some classroom equipment needs to be shared including tablets, computers and the equipment used for structured activities and play in Infant classrooms. Cleaning of such shared equipment with wipes, aerosols or other cleaning products will take place at regular intervals to minimise the risk of the spread of infection.

Yards

Each group of classes will have access to the yards during their allotted break times as follows –

Basketball Court –             Group 1

Big Yard –                         Group 2

Big Yard –                         Group 3, alternately

Yards will be supervised by class teachers, learning support teachers and SNA’s working within those bubbles.

Learning Support

 

In keeping with our Special Education policy, learning support will be provided by a blended approach of in-class support, team teaching and withdrawal. The provision of support will be organised to ensure our support teachers will work within the confines of specific bubbles.


  • Where a support teacher is working alongside a class teacher in a classroom, both teachers will be mindful of maintaining social distance from one another.
  • Where children from 3rd to 6th Class receive support in one of the SET rooms, social distancing of 1 metre will be maintained between each child in thegroup.
  • The tables and chairs in SET rooms will be wiped clean in between different groups attending

Special Education Teachers will provide support, withdrawal and team teaching as required, as follows:

  • Caitriona Devine – sixth class, fifth class, firstclass.
  • Moira Hennessy – senior infants, first/second mixed, thirdclass.
  • Jill Powell & Fionnula Cooney –junior infants, second class, fourthclass.
  • Shared teacher from Sc. Ursula– mixed first & second class

PPE

Staff who are unable to maintain a 2m distance from their pupils should wear a mask/visor.

Staff who are attending to particular care needs or who are administering first aid will wear appropriate PPE including gloves and face masks/visors and apron.

Teacher Absence and Substitution

In the event that a teacher is unable to attend school, every effort will be made to secure a substitute teacher for the class. If a substitute teacher is not available, it is not appropriate for the class to be divided into groups and accommodated in other classes. In such circumstances, support teachers may have to be reallocated or it may not be possible for the class to attend on that day. If the latter is the case, as much notice as possible will be given to parents.

Any staff member with symptoms of the virus and those who have been told they were in contact with a confirmed case of Covid 19 are required to :

  1. Self isolate
  2. ContactGP
  3. Go for testing

Staff are advised to download the Covid 19 app to aid contact tracing.

Physical Education

Where possible, PE will take place outdoors and use of equipment will be confined to sets that have been distributed to class groupings which can be cleaned and rotated regularly. Our PE hall is being used by our 6th class grouping so we will not have access to it. We are arranging activities that can be enjoyed while socially distancing such as skipping workshops, Zumba, set dancing and yoga. We will furnish more details as we secure arrangements.

Uniforms/Tracksuits

There is no guidance or advice to say that school uniforms or tracksuits should be washed every day and this is probably not practical for most families.


We will follow our usual practice in relation to uniforms and tracksuits. Uniforms should be worn every day, except on P.E. days, or when otherwise requested by teachers.

Book Rental Scheme

Our successful book rental scheme will continue and has been prepared for each class since June. We will communicate with you regarding payment for this and other items such as pupil insurance in due course as our first priority is to get our pupils back to school safely.

Extra-curricular Activities

The possibility of facilitating extra-curricular activities will be explored. Further updates will be provided in September.

There will be no homework assigned for the first fortnight to allow children and parents a “settling in” period.

 

This is a working document and subject to change.


 

17th August 2020                                                                                                                                                 

Dear Parent / Guardian, Staff Member,

RE: Drop-off and Collection Routines

The BoM and the School Leadership Team have been working to ensure a safe return to school for all pupils and staff in two weeks’ time. We have now finalised our plans for drop-off and collection of the children every day. Scoil Barra Naofa Cailíni appreciates your support as we try to safely reopen the school building.

If at all possible we request you not to come onto the school grounds or into the school building unless it is essential. We appreciate that dropping off the Junior & Senior Infant pupils to their allocated entry point is essential, but for the older pupils a drop off at the school gate is desirable.

Working together we hope to be able to progress the reopening in as safe a manner as possible for all.

We would ask all parents to familiarise themselves with the following drop-off and collection routines for the safe delivery and collection of pupils from school. Please be patient as we endeavour to embed these necessary precautionary and protective practices at the beginning of the school year.

Entrance and Exit Points for all classes

Main entrance-Red channel 

Supervised by Ms. Caroline Callnan, Marion Lecane and Eric Hurley

Rainbow Room -Ms. Niamh Walsh  

1st& 2nd            Ms. Arlene O’Neill 

5th class            Ms. AnneMarie O’Rourke

PE Hall fire door

6th class         Mr. Liam O’Keeffe

Infant Fire DoorYellow channel 

Supervised by Gillian Boland & Angela Gunn

First day Friday 28th.      Junior Infants 10.00am -12.00am  

Junior Infants    –   Ms. Bríd McDaid   

Junior Infants   –     Ms. Emma Teahan   

Senior Infants –      Ms. Siobhán O’Shea & Ms. Dara Ahern     

3rd class        –       Ms. Ailbhe Kennedy

Basketball Yard Fire door– Blue channel    

Supervised by Sharon O’Mahony   

1st class    Ms. Lucy Kearns           

2nd class   Ms. Aoife Mc Carthy      

4th class    Ms.Marie Fanning

First Fortnight special arrangements

 

Friday 28thJunior Infants 10-12am     

               

First Fortnight special arrangements  Monday 31st August - Friday Sept 11th.              

Junior Infants 9.00am to 12.00 noon               

Senior Infants 9.00am –   1.30pm

                   

First class      9.00am -    1.30pm

 

It is imperative that

  • adults do not come within 2m of each other

  • parents do not try to have meetings with members of staff in the playground at drop-off and collection times meetings between parents and teachers can only take place by prior arrangement. (This may have to be more restrictive depending on guidance -it is quite possible that the recommendation will be for remote meetings/telephonic communications.)

It is important that all parents adhere to the drop-off and collection plans as outlined below

Morning Drop-off Plan

Morning  Assembly of pupils congregating in the yard, cannot take place. Once pupils enter the school grounds, they will need to go directly to their classrooms. Health advice is that parents  'Drop & Go'.

Parents of junior and senior infants  may accompany children to their entry point.Junior and senior infant children may arrive at the later time of 9am.

We would encourage as many children as possible to walk, walk ‘n stride or cycle to school to avoid congestion on Woodvale Road. 

We ask parents to consider all entry options namely: main gate, garden gate, top gate from Beaumont Park -pitch n putt side, side gate from Beaumont Park quarry side to reduce congestion.

School Gates will not be opened early, each group should arrive at the school from 8.40am and proceed through their assigned supervised entry point going straight to their classrooms.The only exception being those pupils attending Club Spraoi.

It is requested that parents would not accompany children from 1st class to 6thclass, there will be familiar faces to guide children to their correct entry points, each group following coloured coded channels to their allocated entry door.

 This means that the numbers congregating on school grounds at any one time will be minimised.

No adults, other than staff members,should enter the building.

Messages for teachers can be sent by email, in your child’s school journal or by phoning the school office.

Collection Plan

Parents/ guardians of infant children collecting their children from school at the end of the day should wait at their child’s assigned entry/exit point and observe social distancing.

When the school day is over the following arrangements will apply for these classes

Jun Inf and Srn Inf Classes -   the class teacher will bring the children to their designated entrance/exit point and will release the children into the care of the adult who is there to collect them.

1st– 6th Class –  the class teacher will allow each pod to leave the classroom separately in order to minimise contact. Children will exit the school through their assigned door of entry.

Please make clear arrangements with your child for collection, considering all options namely: main gate, garden gate, Gate in Beaumont Park pitch n putt side, gate in Beaumont Park quarry side.

 

Classes 1st  to 3rd will exit the building at the slightly earlier time of 2.20pm.

 

Classes 4th to 6th will exit the school building at 2.30pm.

There will be no homework assigned for the first fortnight to allow children a “settling in” period.

le meas,

Eleanor Crowley, Cathaoirleach, An Bórd Bainistíochta

Marge O' Brien    Príomhoide


 

10th August 2020

Dear Parent / Guardian, Staff Member,

RE: Physical Distancing and Safe School Attendance

We are currently working on upgrading our procedures and routines within the school to ensure that there is as much Physical Distancing as is possible in our building. We will apply physical distancing in a practical and sensible way, recognising that the learning environment cannot be dominated by a potentially counterproductive focus on this issue.

Physical Distancing will be achieved in two ways: -

Increasing Separation.  This will be achieved by re-configuring the classrooms to maximise physical distancing. Each class will be referred to as a bubble and we will ensure that there is as little contact as possible between children in different bubbles.  Within the bubbles, children will be organised into pods.  A pod is a group of children (normally 6) who will sit together and who will stay in their pod while in the bubble, or classroom. 

Decreasing Interaction. This will be achieved by decreasing the potential for children from different bubbles to interact.  There will be marked routes for various bubbles to enter and exit the school and to access their classrooms.  Bubbles will have different mid-morning and lunch-time access to the playground.  We will make these routines enjoyable activities for the children, emphasising safety at all times.

While all children will be welcome back to school, we would remind parents that, where children are displaying colds, coughs or flu like symptoms, they should not be sent to school.  Children who display such symptoms in school will be isolated and parents asked to collect them from the school.

Children who have travelled from countries not on the Green List should not attend school during the 14-day self-isolation period

Further information on COVID-19 symptoms in children is available at: -

https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/if-your-child-has-symptoms.html

Teachers will make children aware of the proper hygiene procedures regarding hand washing and etiquette related to sneezing, coughing or spitting.  We would be grateful if you could also emphasise safe behaviour in this regard to your children at home as part of the preparation for returning to school.

Our aim remains to re-open the school in an orderly safe manner, while reassuring the children and making them feel comfortable, safe and relaxed with their friends in the new school environment.  This will be achieved by all of us working towards this common goal.

Le meas

Eleanor Crowley                                                                                               Marge O’Brien

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  Cathaoirleach, An Bhóird Bainistíochta                                                        Príomhoide


 

 4th August 2020.

Dear Parent / Guardian, Staff Member,

RE: Re-opening of Scoil Barra Naofa,Cailíní.

I hope you and your families are keeping well.

As you are aware, our school has now been closed since 12th March due to the COVID-19 situation.  We are now hoping to re-open our school safely, in line with current guidance and recommendations.

Re-opening the school safely will require the co-operation of all members of our School Community – BoM, School Leadership, Staff, Parents and Pupils. We will all be called on to play our part in ensuring that re-opening of the school is done in a safe manner which prevents the spread of the virus and allows the vital work of Teaching and Learning to proceed with as little disruption as possible.

We have been working on our plan for the safe reopening of the school for some weeks and we are  preparing a DES COVID-19 Response Plan for the safe and sustainable reopening of Primary and Special Schools.  The Response Plan gives details of

  • Physical preparation, signage, hand sanitiser stations,
  • Advice, procedures and training for the safe return to working in the school for all school staff and pupils
  • General and specific advice on how all pupils, staff, parents and visitors will prevent the spread of the virus

Please see attached our COVID-19 Policy Statement . Our BoM will keep you informed as to the progress of our re-opening plans and provide you with the information required by you to play your part in safely re-opening the school.

We are really looking forward to welcoming our children back to school and will be doing all that we can to ensure that the return to school is a safe and enjoyable experience for the children. We will be in touch with you again before school re-opens.

Le meas

Eleanor Crowley                                                       Marge O’Brien

Cathaoirleach, An Bhóird Bainistíochta                       Príomhoide


 

COVID-19 Policy Statement.

 

Scoil Barra Naofa Cailíní is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for all our staff and a safe learning environment for all our pupils. To ensure that, we have developed the following COVID-19 Response Plan. The BOM and all school staff are responsible for the implementation of this plan and a combined effort will help contain the spread of the virus. We will:

  • continue to monitor our COVID-19 response and amend this plan in consultation with our staff
  • provide up to date information to our staff and pupils on the Public Health advice issued by the HSE and
  • display information on the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and correct handwashing techniques
  • agree with staff, a worker representative who is easily identifiable to carry out the role outlined in this plan
  • inform all staff and pupils of essential hygiene and respiratory etiquette and physical distancing requirements
  • adapt the school to facilitate physical distancing as appropriate in line with the guidance and direction of the Department of  Education
  • keep a contact log to help with contact tracing
  • ensure staff engage with the induction / familiarisation briefing provided by the Department of Education
  • implement the agreed procedures to be followed in the event of someone showing symptoms of COVID-19 while atschool
  • provide instructions for staff and pupils to follow if they develop signs and symptoms of COVID-19 during schooltime
  • implement cleaning in line with Department of Education advice

All school staff will be consulted on an ongoing basis and feedback is encouraged on any concerns, issues or suggestions.

This can be done through the Lead Worker Representative(s), who will be supported in line with the agreement between the Department and education partners.

Signed: Eleanor Crowley Date:  4/08/2020

Signed: Marge O’Brien    Date:  4/8/2020


To the Families, Friends and Visitors of our school.

Fáilte go dtí Scoil Barra Naofa, Cailíní Cathair Chorcaí!

It is my pleasure to welcome you to our website which will give you an insight into the joyful learning experiences undertaken by the pupils of Beaumont Girls National School. The role of Principal in this wonderful school community is both an honour and a privilege.

At the heart of every great school is a great staff and we are no exception. The teachers here have a passion for teaching and learning alongside the experience and confidence to lead the process in a productive and enjoyable way.

Our pupils receive a well rounded education where talents are recognised and nurtured, where self esteem and confidence are built and where potential is realised. All this takes place in a happy, relaxed atmosphere where the children love to learn and love to just be.

We look forward to facilitating the meaningful involvement of parents in their own child’s education through whole school projects and learning initiatives such as those mentioned above.

We will continue to collaborate with our dedicated Board of Management, our supportive Patron and our very active Parents Association who support us through fundraising and the organisation of events and festive activities. Thank you for visiting our site.

 Is mise le meas

Marge O'Brien

Principal.