Dear Parents and Guardians,

The staff and I are really looking forward to welcoming all our current and new pupils to school.

A special welcome to our new Junior Infants and to other new pupils from Ravel Grange and other areas in Dunleer who will be joining us in other classes. 

The staff and the Board of Management of Scoil Bhríde continue to be committed to providing a safe, healthy and happy environment for every child in our care – this was our focus as we worked together to plan for our reopening and to draw up our Return to School Policy which can be viewed by clicking on this link Scoil-Bhride-Covid-19-RTS-Policy

We understand that this is a very detailed and at times repetitive document and we will only know how effective it will be when it is put into action on reopening.  What is important is that we all work together to keep everyone safe. We all have a part to play and a common-sense approach by all will help enormously. 

You might still have questions or concerns and you may not agree with some of the measures we are planning to implement. However, this is a “work in progress” that will be reviewed depending on any issues that arise but needs time and patience so it can be tried and tested. While we received a certain amount of guidance from the DES we have had to work as a team to “put the meat on the bones” and to produce a policy that we feel is the right fit for our school.  Your feedback is of course valued and will be noted and you will be kept informed of any issues/changes.

We are very aware that this will be a difficult and challenging time for many children as they (a) start school or (b) are returning to school after six months, as well as having to cope with the new measures being put in place to try to maintain a Covid-free environment.

And understandably, this may also be a worrying time for many parents/guardians as everyone tries to adjust and make the best of what is now commonly known as “the new normal” in schools. 

To help everyone during this strange and challenging time and to make the start of/return to school as smooth as possible, it is extremely important that all children respect the classroom rules, the school rules and new measures being implemented. Any misconduct that causes upset to others or puts their health and wellbeing at risk or interferes with teaching and learning will not be tolerated.

It is recommended that all parents and guardians read our Code of Behaviour and our Anti-Bullying policy along with all the others on our website – they outline our practices, procedures and expectations. Once parents enrol their child(ren) in Scoil Bhríde they are considered to be supportive and in agreement of all our policies which have been devised with the best interests of our pupils at heart. 

The health and well being of everyone in the school is our priority and I would like to thank you all for your kindness and support as we work together to navigate this unknown territory.  

We are looking forward to seeing all the children next week. 

With best wishes and kind regards,

Ms. Moran, all the staff and the Board of Management of Scoil Bhríde.