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Update 4 Return to School 25/8/2020

25-August-20

Dear Parent/Guardian

All schools this evening have been asked to pass on additional resources and guidance to parents.

Please Read Update 3 Also the school Plan for Return to School

The Government website has been updated www.gov.ie/backtoschool with new materials for parents and for students.

These are designed to be age-appropriate and have been developed in consultation with children and young people and parents.

The Minister has asked the important information from the Department and the HSE with regard to returning to school is shared with all parents. Links to each of these are below:

  • Video for parents with key information on supporting children to return to school available here and here
  • Fliers for parents –are also available for download here. The HSE has prepared material on recognising symptoms, which complements the material from the Department on returning to school. This is available here Much of this is summarised in the parent and student presentation but should be read also,
  • Age-appropriate videos for children and young people at different stages. Videos for post-primary students are available here
  • Resources in a wide range of languages. Many schools will enjoy a huge diversity among their student and parent community. To support these parents, we have translated guidance for parents at gov.ie/backtoschool

The Covid-19 World Service project has also consulted with the Department and has used our key messages to produce a range of videos in a variety of languageswhich your school community may find helpful – please see more at

https://nascireland.org/covid-19-world-service

It is also envisaged that further guidance will be issued later this week on the protocols that will underpin the arrangements for dealing with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19.

And we will post these when they arrive to the school.

Ultimately, the key message is that where there is a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 amongst school staff or pupils, schools will be required to follow the public health instruction of the HSE Public Health.

The re-opening of schools will require everyone to adjust and get used to new arrangements and routines. This change of culture won’t happen overnight and will take a bit of time in the initial re-opening period to get fully established and embedded into the daily operation of our school.

If you have concerns with regard to your re-opening plans, I encourage you to contactamongey@cbcg.ie

We look forward to welcoming our students and staff back later this week and next week.

Mr Mongey

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