Dear Parents and Guardians,
RE: Physical Distancing and Safe School Attendance
In Kilglass National School we are currently upgrading our procedures and routines within the school to ensure that there is as much Physical Distancing as is possible in our building. We will apply physical distancing in a practical and sensible way, recognising that the learning environment cannot be dominated by a potentially counterproductive focus on this issue.
Physical Distancing will be achieved in two ways: –
Increasing Separation: This will be achieved by re-configuring the classrooms to maximise physical distancing. Each class will be referred to as a “bubble” and we will ensure that there is as little contact as possible between children in different bubbles. Within the bubbles, children will be organised into pods from Junior Infants to Second Class. A pod is a group of children (normally 4 to 6) who will sit together and who will stay in their pod while in the bubble, or classroom. All classrooms will be laid out in accordance with the layouts recommended by the Department of Education.
Decreasing Interaction: This will be achieved by decreasing the potential for children from different bubbles to interact. We will no longer be able to supervise children on school grounds before 9.20a.m. Instead children will enter their classrooms at their fire exit classroom door from 9.20a.m. to 9.30a.m. where they will be received by their classroom teacher. We will be making use of the several fire exit doors around the school to keep class bubbles separate.
Each of the 5 class bubbles on the playgrounds will have a defined space in which to play. We will make these routines enjoyable activities for the children, emphasising safety at all times.
While all children will be welcome back to school, we would remind parents that, where children are displaying Covid-19 symptoms (Temperature, Cough, Shortness of Breath or Loss of taste or smell) they should not be sent to school.
In keeping with government guidelines, children who display such symptoms in school will be isolated and parents asked to collect them from the school. We will not be taking children’s temperatures. However should any child feel unwell and have a temperature reading over 38C they should not attend school.
Children who have travelled from countries not on the Green List should not attend school during the 14-day self-isolation period.
Further information on COVID-19 symptoms in children is available at: –
Teachers will make children aware of the proper hygiene procedures regarding hand washing and etiquette related to sneezing, coughing or spitting. We would be grateful if you could also emphasise safe behaviour in this regard to your children at home as part of the preparation for returning to school.
Our aim remains to re-open the school in an orderly safe manner, while reassuring the children and making them feel comfortable, safe and relaxed with their friends in the new school environment. This will be achieved by all of us working towards this common goal.
Cathaoirleach, An Bhóird Bainistíochta
Jarlath Brennan, Príomhoide