I wish to inform you that assessments of pupils started in school last week with year 7 pupils being assessed first and year 1 last.
Assessment, which normally occurs during the spring/summer terms but for obvious reasons didn’t happen this year until now. Much of the assessment takes place online and it is only now that we have opened up the ICT suit to let this happen.
Once results have been gathered and analysed we will be in a better position to give you an informed report on your child’s / children’s academic performance.
We hope to be in a position by the end of January 2021 to begin having parent teacher meetings.
From this point on your child can have school dinners on any day that is desired. You do not have to register for school dinners for the week but only for the days you want.
I wish to thank you for the vigilance you have shown in following the guidance in relation to returning your children to school. We have all faced great challenges during this period and have had to adapt our normal routines to ensure pupils attend school.
We have strived to dissolve points of congestion and promote the idea of social distancing.
We have instructed pupils and encouraged them to wash hands with soap and water often, for at least 20 seconds
To use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
To cover mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve (not hands) before a cough or sneeze
To put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash hands afterwards
We have sought to clean objects and surfaces touched often (such as: door handles, electrical appliances and Office phones) using regular cleaning products
Staff wear a face covering when in shared spaces
We have continued to promote ventilation in all areas of school keeping windows and doors open
Social distancing between various pupil bubbles has been maintained for break and lunch times
We have established routines and protocols that are now well established.
Enhanced daily cleaning and maintenance procedures have been introduced.
Visitors to the school have been prohibited except for educational support, medical and maintenance personnel.
It is very important that we continue to do all of the above as we attempt to move to a normal school day which we hope to take a step closer to from next week.
From Monday 16th November 2020 the following arrangements will prevail:
School staggered opening: 8.45 to 9.15 for all pupils, with class beginning at 9.15.
Nursery finishing at 1.30 pm
P1 to P3 finishing at 2 pm.
P4 to P7 finishing at 3 pm
The procedures for entering the school at the beginning of the day and for departing at home times will remain the same.
Points of entry and exiting being:
The Nursery car park
The Main Front Door entry point
The Rear School Yard
Ti Chulainn Car Park
We will continue with this until we are confident the traditional points of entry and exit can cope with an increased volume of pupils without congestion arising. I ask that you remind and encourage your child/children to be “traffic aware” at pick up and set down times. In particular, at the front of the school I ask that you come to the pavement to pick up pupils rather than beckoning them to you from the central reserve.
I wish to thank the management of Ti Chulainn for facilitating us during this past few months and making the management of this situation much more achievable.
Once again thank you for your vigilance and stay safe,
Please see our calendar of holidays for this school year 2020/21. Red, brown or blue indicate dates pupils are not in school, green indicates dates pupils are in attendance.
Next Monday, 5th of October pupils are not in attendance, this is an annual School Development Day.
I have attached the calendar below as a pdf for anyone wishing to print it off and keep. Can I remind those Parents who have not as yet given an email address to please do so, having current email addresses would allow us to complete email groups for distribution of this and similar information. If you don’t have an email address can you please let the Office Staff know.
We are attempting to move to a position of full, 5 day attendance for all pupils from Monday 14th September 2020. From 24th August we have been working to establish routines which enable us to manage the safe movement of children into school, during specific times of the school day and the exit procedure for home times. All of our actions are underpinned by recommended safe distancing and hygiene practices. The school will be able to receive people from 8:30 am to 9:30 am. The points of entry and exit established for your children remain in place. Children in the primary school who have younger siblings in Nursery can go home at 1.30 pm facilitating one Pick up time for parents.
For the week beginning Monday 14th, we aim to have all children picked up from school by 2 pm except for those who travel home by school bus at 3:10 pm and those booked into our After School Group up to 4 pm. We need to know how we can cope with full attendance for a full week with the staff that we have available before moving to a 3:10 pm in the weeks ahead. Many of our staff are contractually employed to 2 pm and this challenges our ability to have reduced class numbers after this time. However our ability to manage class numbers in the new context of full attendance will be achieved in the near future. I would like to stress that the accommodation of your children for the full school day, if that is what you need for work, will be gladly facilitated.
Finally, I wish to sincerely thank you for your support, patience and understanding during this time when we have had to be extra cautious in making preparations to best keep us all safe.
A reminder that at this time, no Parents/Visitors are allowed to enter the school grounds this is to maintain the integrity of the measures we have put in place to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. If you need to relay a message, please make contact via phone with the Office Staff and if needed they will arrange a mutually suitable time for myself or the Class teacher to return your call.
Due to the uncertainity of the current situation, the Education Authority has made arrangements to prepare and issue notification of placement letters for P1 and Nursery, to Parents/Guardians receipt of which will be on Wednesday, 29th April 2020.
The letter will outline the application outcome, provide information on the appeals process and links to the EA website for more information.
As it is possible due to the Covid 19 that some post may take longer to deliever than usual, the “Citizien Portal” will be opened on Wednesday, 29th April and Parents/Guardians who have applied online can log in to view, their child’s pre-school/Nursery or Primary 1 placement. Guidance on how to log in and access placement offers will be accessible on the EA website the link is given below.