Dear Parent / Guardian, Staff Member,
I hope you and your families are keeping well and that you have had an enjoyable Summer.
As you are aware, our school has been closed since 12th March due to the COVID-19 situation. We are now busy planning for the safe re-opening of our school, in line with current guidance and recommendations.
We are proceeding with our plan to open up the school for all of our pupils on Tuesday the 1st September.
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 now and have published the School 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
We have also prepared a COVID-19 Policy Statement. Our Board of Management 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.
Mr. McGorman has prepared a short video for parents and staff, which explains how this process will operate. Please take a moment to view this video, whenever possible.
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.
With best wishes and warmest regards,
Board fo Management,
Mary, Mother of Hope Senior National School
Link to Video Message On Re-Opening the School
The following websites provide further information on COVID-19 and on government advice and recommendations regarding the re-opening of schools:
Department of Education Covid-19 Advice Webpage
HSE Covid-19 Advice Webpage
Government 'Back to School Website'