The return to school starts soon…

Hello there everybody! We are delighted to confirm that City Quay National School will be reopening for pupils from Junior Infants to second class on Monday 1st March 2021. The 3rd to 6th classes will hopefully be allowed to return on Monday March 15th.

How to prevent the spread of Covid-19

The advice for all of us remains largely the same since the beginning, whether we are in school or at home. Handwashing, respiratory hygiene (covering our mouths when coughing or sneezing, disposing of any tissues in a bin), avoiding touching our face, regular cleaning and physical distancing will all help.

Knowing the symptoms is also as important as ever as nobody should come to school if displaying any symptoms of Coronavirus, or if a member of their household is, or if a member of their household is getting tested (or awaiting results of a test) Those returning from abroad should consult the latest governmental advice.

Common symptoms include:

Do not send you child to school if unwell.

If a child shows any symptoms of coronavirus during school hours then the principal or deputy principal will bring the child to a room away from other children and give them a mask to wear while their parents/guardians are called. Parents/guardians are advised to ring their gp promptly.

Entrances and exits

There are three entrances to the school. The children know the correct entrances to use now. The first one is the main entrance, the second is the Moss Street end of school entrance (beside the school stairs) and the final (new this year) entrance is at the Grant Thornton end of school. Pupils will continue to enter and exit the school at these specific points. Hopefully this will help keep Covid-19 from spreading by avoiding groups congregating at these drop-off and collection times. Please wear a mask and do your best to leave plenty of room between you and others when waiting for your child.

Entrance and Exit Points Number 
Grant Thornton end of school 1 
Main Entrance to School 2 
Moss Street end of school 3 

Entrance & Exit Points for Specific Classes 

Class Entrance & Exit Point 
Jun Inf 2 
Sen Inf 2 
1st  Class 1 
2nd Class 1 
3rd Class 1 
4th Class 3 
5th Class 3 
6th Class 3 

It is extremely important that, at drop-off and collection times. there is no congregating outside the school. At drop-off, please drop your child and go. At collection time, please be very mindful that the teachers and the students need to exit the building safely and at a 2-metre distance from everyone waiting.

At drop-off and collection times, please wear a mask and step back to give the teachers and pupils room to exit.

Inside the school building

Inside school, children are temperature tested first thing. Please do not send your child in to school if he or she is in anyway sick at all or if you have used calpol or nurofen to relieve a temperature in the previous 48 hours.

Children and staff use the elbow-operated hand-sanitiser units all around the school and there is warm water in all classrooms to help make handwashing even easier. Everyone in school is encouraged to wash / sanitise their hands regularly.

warm water to aid regular handwashing
Our child-friendly hand sanitising stations

Helpful Reminders

Many things will remain the same as always this term.

Uniform

Our school uniform will be worn by pupils on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of every week. Our PE uniform will be worn on PE days (Thursday and Friday).

Golden Rules

Our Golden Rules will be as important as ever and we are often commended by outside adults and agencies on the good manners and kindness of our pupils in City Quay.

Keeping in touch

Visitors

Our school secretary’s hours are 9:00-12:30 every day. Should you require to communicate with the staff or principal, please phone the school at 01-6713754 to make an appointment. Our email also remains the same at cityquayns@hotmail.com.

Communication

We always love to hear from you and good communication is especially important during these times. Visitors, however, will be kept strictly to a minimum as per the Department’s guidelines and must sign in and out for contact tracing purposes. Please contact us by phone or email anytime we can help.

Distancing in the classrooms.

A class is called a bubble

The children will continue to remain with their classmates all day. Each class is called a bubble. There will be no mixing of classes during the school day and this includes yard.

Each class will have groups called pods.

Within each classroom bubble there will continue to be groups called pods. Children remain with their pods when in class and do not share materials or resources with children from other pods. Those in younger classes are not expected to be able to keep distance from other pods at all times. However, children in 3rd to 6th class are expected to physically distance from children in other pods in their class.

Physical distancing will also take place when moving around the school as well as in the classroom. This is to limit the spread and aid in contact tracing should the COVID virus enter the school. The aim is to have each class grouping mixing only with their own class from arrival at school to departure every day. There will continue to be staggered yard times which will mean there will be a designated space for a class to stay in during their yard times. No whole school events such as assemblies will be taking place, except by zoom. It is not possible to completely eliminate the risk of infection but with cooperation from all members of our school community we can minimise the risk.

Stationery and supplies

We hope to provide every child with most of what they will need in school – pencil, sharpener, rubber, twistable colours, copies etc. These are used by the individual child. We ask that you bring back your school boxes containing your necessary school items and books when you return to school.

Staff wearing of PPE

The staff will be maintaining a safe distance from each other and from the children as much as possible. When the teacher is teaching at 2m distance from the pupils (s)he will not be wearing a mask. However, teaching is frequently very hands-on and should a staff member not be able to keep a safe distance , then (s)he will wear a face mask and visor while teaching or helping a child up close. Staff looking after an upset or hurt child and staff dealing with any intimate care needs will use PPE too. Primary school children are not required to wear a face covering in indoor settings.

Sanitisation and good hygiene practice.

A clean environment includes frequent handwashing by everyone. All children and staff will be encouraged to wash their hands regularly throughout the school day. Informative posters have been placed by the sinks showing good handwashing technique and the teachers will all be revising and teaching good hygiene practice as a priority upon return.

Children are encouraged to use the new hand sanitisers located all around the school and to wash their hands before eating food, after using the toilet, after sneezing, coughing or blowing their nose and after coming in from the yard.

It is a good idea to practice handwashing with your child at home before school recommences. Below you’ll see the correct technique explained very well.

Ventilation

Given the need for good ventilation it may be cold and children should have their coats with them every day. When they arrive to school they will put their coats on the backs of their chairs and not in the cloakroom. (This is to avoid children being too close to one another in the cloakroom .)

Teachers will keep windows open as fully as possible when classrooms are not in use (during breaks and at end of school day) and partially open when the classrooms are in use.