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Return to School Update1 July 30

Return to School
30-July-20

Dear Parents and Students

I hope this message finds you all safe and well. The past few months have been extremely challenging for us all as we have had to come to terms with life under COVID-19.

I would firstly like to sympathise with all students and their families who have lost family members over the past few months. Please know that the school community is here to support you here through this difficult time in your live and know that upon return to school we will do everything possible to support you.

The long awaited Roadmap has just been published and it is a welcome set of documents which will offer us guidance and direction over the coming weeks to safely re-open the school buildings for students and staff. Over the coming weeks there will be regular updates posted on this page as more guidance comes from the Dept and as we progress through the Roadmap documents. ( for those that want to read a few hundred pages see here https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/a128d-back-to-school/

As a starting point in order to develop routines, practices and complete training for all school staff will be in training on the 28th , 31st Aug. and 1st of Sept.

  • 1st Years will return on 2nd Sept only and back on the 7th
  • 3rd & 6th years on the 3rd Sept and back on the 7th
  • 2nd & 5th years on the 4th Sept and back on the 7th
  • TY & All Year groups on the 7th Sept

http://colaistebhailechlair.com/page/Key-Dates/53430/Index.html

This is to allow the development and working through with students of return to school COVID protocols for all students.

There will be many changed practices and routines in the school moving forward and it will only be possible to implement them fully to keep school a COVID free zone with the help and support of school staff, teachers and students.

School timetables will be delayed this year until late August as we split classes where it is required, recruit and assign new teachers. We are developing additional classroom spaces internally within our buildings, additional gym room and Science/Maths space (some of this work we had started already).

We are looking at covering outside spaces for lunchtimes during wet weather and additional inside and outside seating for lunchbreaks.

As new routines and practices are developed over the coming weeks we will start to compile these here and publish them.

For incoming first year students we will be sending you and your parents short information videos along with an induction booklet in the coming weeks to assist with the transition to school.

This week can I ask that any parent who has concerns for their son/daughter and feel they may fall into a high risk categoryand feel that a return to school may not be possible to contact me at amongey@cbcg.ie so as we can start to plan for supporting them.

I know many will have fears and worries but please rest assured that we will do everything possible to make the return to school safe for all. We are looking forward to seeing all students and staff return, our halls have been quite long enough.

Finally, some may have heard but I would like to congratulate Mr O'Ceallaigh who has been appointed Príomhoide in Coláiste na Coiribe. Mr O'Ceallaigh has been an outstanding teacher, Year Head and deputy principal in CBC over the past 6yrs, we as a school wish Mr O'Ceallaigh every success in his new journey. We are also delighted to welcome John Cooke as our new Deputy Principal, John brings a wealth of experience having served as Principal in a number of schools most recently in Colaiste na Coiribe.

So please keep a close eye to the website and this post in particular as updates will issue regularly here.

Mr Mongey

Ms Ryan

Ms Kilroy

Mr Cooke

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