Carnalbanagh Primary School
21st August 2020
I hope you and your family have had a lovely summer break.
As Northern Ireland prepares for the re-opening of schools, I wish to inform you with some information regarding this. We in Carnalbanagh, having considered the guidelines published on 13th August, wish to inform you of some changes which will be necessary to comply with these guidelines and to do our best to keep all those in the school and wider community as safe as possible.
Please realise that this is a fluid situation and may be alterations if government recommendations change.
Start dates have not changed from the letter in June:
Primary 7 Pupils will return to school on Monday 24th August. Their school day will be from 9:15am-12:30pm. Alan Reid’s bus will collect and return the children daily. Please bring a water bottle filled from home and a break. Uniform should be worn. School bags are permitted. There is no school on Monday 31st August.
Primary 1 – Primary 6 Pupils will begin school on Tuesday 1st September.
Length of School Day:
Primary 1: 9:15am -11.30am daily (week 1)
Primary 2: 9:15am-2:00pm daily (ongoing)
Primary 3: 9:15am-2:00pm (Mondays and Tuesdays)
Primary 4-Primary 7: 9:15am-3:00pm
Primary 1 parents are invited to an induction meeting on Wednesday 2nd September, at 9:15am.
The school bus: Children travelling to school by bus are will sit in family groups, socially distancing from others. It is strongly recommended for all children, regardless of age, to wear face coverings while journeying to and from school by bus, where it is appropriate for them to do so and they are able to handle them as directed.
Pupils should go directly to their own classrooms on arrival. Parents of Primary 2-7 pupils are asked to remain in their cars and not enter school unless necessary. Correspondence should be by phone or email. Hand sanitiser will be available at all entrance points. Parents are asked to reinforce good hand washing and hygiene practice at home prior to school re-opening- sneezing/coughing into tissues, using inner elbow to cough or sneeze into, trying not to touch faces, noses, fingers out if mouths etc. Surfaces will be regularly wiped throughout the school day.
Pupils will have their own desk, practical materials, books, etc. Each child will be given their own labelled pencil case, which will be kept in school, under his/her desk for their OWN personal use. Personal belongings including stationery, pencil cases, toy items, should not be brought to school. Hand sanitiser may be sent with your child if you feel this is appropriate. Homework will be restricted initially with greater use of on-line resources.
The P1-3 class and the P4-7 class will operate as “bubbles” as far as is feasible.
At lunchtime, children will stay in their own classrooms to have their lunch/dinner. Dinners will be delivered to the school in foil containers, with disposable cutlery. These will be eaten in the classroom, at the children’s own desk.
In order to keep all of the school community as safe as possible, we will continue to adhere to Government guidelines. While this is an uncertain time, we want to do our best to make Carnalbanagh Primary School a welcoming and happy environment for everyone.
Please feel free to contact the school if you have any enquiries regarding the new school year.
It will be wonderful to see everyone in the days ahead.
Looking forward to seeing you all,
Tel: 028 2884 1322
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