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Dear Parents,

We wish to inform you that Athea N.S. is ready for opening on Thursday (27/08) at 9:10 following consultation with B.O.M. approval. All children will be met by a member of staff and will be hand sanitized on entering the school. Arrival of children will be in an orderly  manner with each child  entering the school immediately on arrival. Children will be escorted to the classroom where they will be met and placed at their desk. All parents are asked to remain outside the school gate with the exception of Junior Infants parents and parents of children for ASD classes and Early Intervention Room. Junior Infants will enter by Room 1 door. Junior Infants should be accompanied to the door initially by 1 parent. Children of the ASD class/Early Intervention Class will enter by the side door accompanied by a parent.

Pre-school children will enter by the lower gate and go to the entrance gate on the preschool side. There they will be met by a member of staff. Pre-school will be one session (morning) initially and will only take children due to begin Junior Infants in September ’21. There is an issue with the afternoon session due to the deep clean directive and the ability of staff to cover same. It is imperative that our school opens with as little risk as possible. The afternoon session is questionable until clarified is secured. We will issue further directive once the information is available to us.

If the event of a child feeling unwell during the school day we have a sick bay room and parents will be contacted immediately. Break times will be segregated, and teachers will comply with the designated time. There will be  little movement of children on the corridor and in the classroom. Children will follow the directives form their teachers. On leaving the school, parents are asked to sanitize their children’s belongings before items are returned to school on the following day.  The uniform is grey/maroon slacks, tracksuit, skirt or pinafore (no crest to cut down on cost). We ask that clothing be washed every evening.

Each child should have a lunch sized box of essential items i.e. sanitizer, face cloth, and antiseptic wipes. Clearly marked and replaced when necessary.

Needless to say, children should  not be send to school if they show any sign or symptoms related to COVID.  Together we can return our children to school in a safe manner as long as everyone plays their part and cooperates with the department directive on COVID safety.

This is the framework for returning to school thus far from Athea National School B.O.M and staff.

Any changes over the coming weeks will be updated as soon as become necessary.