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Added 31st March 2020 Message to Parents from Irish Primary Principal President - Pairic Clerkin.
Added 26/03/2020Please see NEPS resources developed to support children/young people when schools are closed during the Covid-19 pandemic here. We have also placed a banner on the NEPS Home Page to link schools/parents/students to these resources here.
Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s), 20th March 2020
We hope that you, your family and your loved ones are feeling well and are coping at this challenging time. I understand that the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak has resulted in changes to family life, disrupted working routines, given rise to feelings of insecurity, led to alterations in child minding arrangements and much more. This will have impacted on all of our students.
I also appreciate that there are many parents working in essential public services at the moment - the health services, as doctors, health care workers, in nursing, pharmacies, airports, grocery stores, in An Garda Siochána, the Defence Forces, the government and many other roles vital to our health, basic needs and wellbeing at this time. We know some of you are volunteers also. On behalf of our entire school community I wish to salute you for all you have done and continue to do for us.
During this time of uncertainty, having a set routine and structure to the day/week will be helpful to your child and will contribute to their wellbeing. Teachers have been preparing for the eventuality of the school closing and we are setting up separate pages with work on the website Click here for links to the pages.
Your child’s School Timetable can be used as a structured working/revision timetable while they are at home. We recommend that you try establish some structure if it is possible. If this is not possible, then I would respectfully recommend that a defined period of time for structured schoolwork be set for later in the day or evening.
Don’t fret or stress yourself with this. Reading – whether a timetable, menu, directions, instructions or Ulysses is probably the most important activity one could do together with conversation and discussion – forming opinions etc.
Be a creator of material not just a consumer.
Please remind your child that this school closure is not the equivalent of a school holiday. Its purpose is to minimise contact between people which will, in turn, hopefully prevent or reduce the spread of the Corona Virus and the disease Covid–19. We strongly urge parents to discourage students from meeting in groups either in local venues or family homes – the more we all heed the HSE advice about the importance of social and physical distancing, the sooner this might come to an end.
It is important to note that when the school is not open for pupils, it is out of bounds to the public. This means no access to the basketball court, All Weather Pitch or grounds in general. This applies to weekends and after school without specific permission of the Board of Management. It is trespassing to be on the premises without permission – with or without the current virus concerns.
Scoil Bhríde has a tradition of teaching our students to live as responsible members of society and to care for the common good, so now is the time for them to be role models. We talk about preparing pupils for Society. Remind them to be responsible members and this is the time. Children are mostly Vectors and not Victims of this virus.
It will be easier for students and parents if all parents adopt the same approach and all students hear the same advice from their parents. We would ask all parents to send out a united and collective message to our students, which is
! Stay distant !
! Stay learning !
! Stay well !
Please continue to read the messages posted on the School Website as this is the primary means by which we will keep you updated on developments and important information from the Department of Education and Skills.
We pray that everyone in our school community and all others will remain in good health, will feel supported during this situation and that everything will return to normality before long.
Kind regards & stay well,
Brendan Kelleher, Staff and Board.
It has been brought to our attention that parents are organising playdates. Please avoid meeting up which include play dates and playgrounds. Please heed government advice.
In case you’re not already aware of the full measures, you can find more info here.
We would also like to direct your attention to a child-friendly interview that Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn did with RTÉ’s new2day programme last week, that may also be a useful resource when talking about Covid-19 with children and students.