Whilst it is great news that P1 – P3 pupils can return to school from next week, it is also disappointing that P4 -P7 pupils are unable to return at present. We all hope that a start date will be issued soon and things can return to some form of normality.
As the staggered drop off and collection was working well before lockdown, we will aim to return to that. As you know these times are for guidance and help to reduce the number of people in the school grounds at any one time. If you have a concern about any of the times, please contact me. (See below for drop off and collection times).
P1 and P2 pupils are asked to enter the school building through their own entrance, as was the case before Christmas.
For the next 2 weeks, I would request that all P3 pupils enter the building through the main front door and are collected from outside this door at home time.
Pupils in P4 – P7 who wish to avail of ‘supervised learning’ need to complete the online booking form (link below) and will be seated in the assembly hall. So far we have been able to accommodate all requests for this provision, but this may change in the next few weeks if the numbers grow too high and we cannot safely meet the demand. You will only be contacted if we cannot offer you a place.
School dinners will be available for pupils in P1-3, but ‘supervised’ pupils in P4-7 still need to bring their packed lunch, drink and mid-morning snack.
Remote learning will, therefore, pause for pupils in P1-3 from Monday 8th March 2021 as teachers will be back to face to face teaching. DE have stated this will be in place for 2 weeks until Friday 19th March. Remote learning will be re-introduced for the week beginning Monday 22nd March 2021 until the start of the Easter Holidays. Remote learning will continue for P4-7.
(Please note – work packs will be available for P4 -7 pupils on Friday 5th March 2021 between 10am – 12 noon).
There has not been any formal indication that the wearing of face coverings for parents in the school grounds is mandatory, but it is recommended by the PHA and DE as good practice. I would please ask that you avoid congregating in and around the school unnecessarily. If you are waiting to collect other siblings, please wait in your car or at least ensure a safe social distance between yourself and other parents.
The staff and I cannot express enough our gratitude for your perseverance with home schooling throughout the past few weeks. It has been a very challenging and stressful time for everyone. Please be assured that easing the children back into school is our top priority. Re-establishing routines, and socialising is very important for our pupils and our school community as a whole. Please try to be positive as you begin to prepare your children to return to school. We will do our very best to make the transition back into the classroom as seamless as possible.
Please do keep checking in with your Class DoJo as well as keeping an eye on our Facebook Page for little updates in the coming days and weeks.
In the meantime, stay safe and thank you again for your continued support of our school.