Social Distancing in School

Social Distancing in School

We are currently working on upgrading our procedures and routines within the school to ensure that there is as much Physical Distancing as is possible in our building and on our grounds. We will apply physical distancing in a practical, child centred way and positive way, with your child’s well-being our main priority.

 

Physical Distancing will be achieved in two ways: –

Class Bubbles (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. 

 

 

Class Pods Within the bubbles, children will be organised into pods.  A pod is a group of children (normally 4 – 6) who will sit together and who will stay in their pod while in the bubble, or classroom. 

 

 

Separate Assembly points and entrance/exit doors: (Decreasing Interaction). This will be achieved by decreasing the potential for children from different bubbles to interact.  There will be marked routes for various bubbles to enter and exit the school and to access their classrooms.  Bubbles will have different mid-morning and lunch-time access to the playground.  We will make these routines enjoyable activities for the children, emphasising safety at all times.

 

 

Children feeling poorly: While all children will be welcome back to school, we would remind parents that, where children are displaying colds, coughs or flu like symptoms, they should not be sent to school.  Children who display such symptoms in school will be isolated and parents asked to collect them from the school.

Further information on COVID-19 symptoms in children is available at: –

https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/if-your-child-has-symptoms.html

 

 

“Green List” & returning from abroad

Children who have travelled from countries not on the Green List should not attend school during the 14-day self-isolation period

Please note that this list is updated fortnightly. The current “Green List” countries are: Finland, Norway, Italy, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovak Republic (Slovakia), Greece, Greenland

 

 

Hygiene Procedures: 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 a 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 together towards this common goal.

Kind regards & stay safe

Helena Trench

Príomhoide

 

 

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Powerstown Educate Together Web Administrator

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