School closure regarding Covid-19

An announcement was made this morning by the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD of the school closure from Friday 13 March, for a period until 29 March 2020, to support efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19. This will take effect from 6pm this evening, Thursday 12 March. Please follow the instructions from the class teacher regards the revision work (see pupils homwork journal). There are also numerals educational websites with excellent resources e.g. www.twinkl.ie (Password IRLTWINKLHELPS) should you wish to avail of this website. Stay safe and please God we will back to school on March 30.

Child Protection Procedures

Dear Parents,

The “ Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools 2017 “ is a most important document and can be found at www.education.ie website.

Here in Athea National School our aim is to ensure that your child feels safe and well looked after. We hope all are treated with respect and are listened to by all school personnel.

Our school’s Anti Bullying Policy is continually being updated and available to read online.

Incidents of bullying are dealt with as a matter of urgency.

Our Child Safeguarding statement is displayed on the school corridor for everyone to see and read and also online. The Designated Liasion Person, Mrs. Margaret Watters, is the mandated person to report all child protection concerns, and ensure that the concerns are dealt with promptly and effectively.  Should the DLP be absent from school the Deputy Designated Liasion Person is Maura Mulvihill.

Our policies of Stay Safe, ( Social and Personal Care) , RSE ( Relationship and Sexuality Education), SPHE ( Social, Personal and Health Education) and Internet Safety Programme all play huge emphasis on safety and awareness and are actively participated in by all children in our school. Should you wish to become more familiar with the content of any of these programmes please feel free to contact the class teacher.

All school personnel and Board of Management members are very aware of the need to continually recognise areas of possible risk to your child. In an effort to gain insight from you as parents, we are asking you to inform us of any area you feel may expose your child to harm within the school environment.

The school personnel have identified a huge concern around parking outside the school, in particular before and after school. We ask you to please engage with us in an effort to reduce this risk..

Please note that all teachers are now mandated by law to report areas of concern of abuse :physical, emotional, sexual and neglect. A new area is exposure to inappropriate images/content on social media.  We are obliged to observe changes in childrens’ behaviour which may result in contacting Tusla.

Our aim, like you as parents, is to ensure the overall protection of our children and, with your co-operation we will endeavour to do so.

Coronavirus/COVID-19

Latest News – March 2020 – Coronavirus/COVID-19 Outbreak

As you may be aware, the Coronavirus has reached the island of Ireland. On behalf of all in the school we would remind people to be vigilant but do not panic. To view the statement from the HSE on the matter, please click here:

https://www.gov.ie/en/news/9771d5-statement-from-the-national-public-health-emergency-team/

On a local level, the school will be adhering to DES and HSE procedures and advice as it arrives. Children will urged and advised to take all precautions around washing of hands, coughing, physical contact, etc in the coming days.

If you or any member of the family has been on a visit to any of the infected areas in the last number of weeks or, been in contact with someone who has, please advise the Principal immediately and without delay. The regions affected are: China, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea, Iran and four regions in Northern Italy (Lombardy, Veneto, Piedmont and Emilia Ramagna).

Below is some advice on measures one can take to combat the spread of this virus:

It can take up to 14 days for symptoms of Covid-19 (Coronavirus) to show.

Symptoms may include:

  • a cough
  • shortness of breath
  • breathing difficulties
  • fever (high temperature)

 Covid-19 (Coronavirus) can also cause more severe illness, including:

  • pneumonia
  • shortness of breath
  • breathing difficulties
  • fever (high temperature)

Things you can do to protect yourself from getting Covid-19 (Coronavirus) include:

  • wash your hand properly and regularly
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough and sneeze

Wash your hands properly and regularly with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub:

  • after coughing and sneezing
  • after toilet use
  • before eating
  • before and after preparing food

 

”Every School Day Counts” competition.

As part of TUSLA’s (The Child and Family Agency) ‘Every School Day Counts’ national attendance campaign our school organised a competition for the best poster to promote attendance at school. There was lots of great ideas on how to promote the attendance at school but we can have only one winner which will be announced soon. Good look to all and thank you for participating in this campaign. You need to be at school to know who is the winner 🙂

Green Flag

We are in the process of getting our second green flag. The theme for this year is WATER, therefore our pupils took part in an official opening of the water treatment plan in Athea. Irish Water in partnership with Limerick City and County Council, has recently completed an upgrade of the Athea Wastewater Treatment Plant. This 2 million investment will improve the performance of the plant, protect the local environment and support ongoing growth and development in the Athea area.
Pictured at the opening are 6th class students from Athea NS, from left to right, Anna A., Emma S., Jamie C. and Tomas A., along with Patrick O’Donovan TD, councillors from Limerick City and County Council, representatives from Irish Water, TES Group staff, and members of Athea Community Council.

14/10/2019                                                                                                                   Photo by Diarmuid Greene

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winning team :)

 

Congratulation to our winning team who won the West Limerick Schools   9-a-side football final on Thursday 24th October in Rathkeal.              Missing from photo are: Jamie O’M. and Michael K.

Every School Day Counts

Dear Parents, please support our ”Every School Day Counts” campaign in an effort to have the attendance of our pupils as high as possible. Bear in mind 20 days absent from school must be reported to TUSLA.

How Parents Can Help Make Every School Day Count:

  • Establish a good routine in the mornings and evenings so your child is prepared for the school day ahead.
  • Make sure your child goes to school regularly and follows the school rules.
  • Ensure your child arrives at school on time – not late.
  • Arrange dental and medical appointments outside school hours when possible.
  • Always inform the school if your child is absent due to illness – this should be followed up with a written note when your child returns to school.
  • Take truancy seriously – if your child is not attending school as you expect they may be putting themselves at risk – Who are they with? What are they doing?
  • Take family holidays outside term time.
  • Talk to your child about school and take an interest in their school work (including homework).
  • Attend parent evenings and school events.
  • Praise and reward your child’s achievements at school.
  • Always support school staff in their efforts to control difficult or challenging behaviour.
  • Discuss any problems or difficulties with the school – staff are there to help and will be supportive.

More information on: https://www.tusla.ie/services/educational-welfare-services/information-for-parents-and-guardians/school-attendance-what-every-parent-needs-to-know/