I wish to take this opportunity to thank you for your co-operation in relation to all the guidelines put in place by the school to date.
We endeavour to make the school as safe a place as possible for your children and the staff. As well as the building being cleaned every day as it normally is, each afternoon after school all door handles and desks are wiped with surface disinfectant and rooms and corridors are sprayed with an aerosol spray fogger each morning before school starts. All classrooms are ventilated either with doors or windows open. As we move into the colder weather we also need the heating on so we aim to find the correct balance to keep the children comfortable – with this in mind it may be worth discussing with your child if they need to wear warmer layers to school.
The children have settled to the new routines and are following all the new timetables. We have hand-sanitising stations inside all our external doors and in all our classrooms. The children are so good at using them, without hesitation.
As you know, from Junior Infants to 2nd class the pupils are divided into pods/groups within their classrooms. Children from 3rd to 6th class sit one metre apart in their classrooms.
We have three separate small breaks in the morning and three separate lunch breaks in the early afternoon. Each class group play with the children from their class and subsequently they have much more space in the yard to move around.
We have perspex screens in place for all our support teachers and their pupils, which enables the children to continue working away as before. Perspex is also in place in the school office and on the teachers desks. Our acknowledgement and thanks go to the school’s Board of Management who purchase PPE for the staff.
We will celebrate Halloween as we always do in Kilrane, except for our walk to Roche Freight and back. We will parade around the yard in our different groups and thoroughly enjoy the day as usual. The KNS Parents Council has purchased a large pumpkin for each classroom this year.
If the school has to close, home schooling should be much more manageable as the children will be able to bring home all their books and belongings in their boxes.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.
In the meantime I would like to remind everyone that KNS is a nut-free zone. In order to protect children with severe allergies within the school, no nuts, chocolate spreads or other foods containing nuts should be included in your child’s lunch bag.