Dear Parent/Guardian,

                                       The following is the new entering and exiting strategy for this school.

The times below are staggered times for entry as you will see and these staggered entry times will take place for Tuesday September 1st and Wednesday September 2nd.

From Thursday September 4th all students (except Junior Infants) will be able to enter the school grounds at 8.45.


Children will enter and exit by one of 3 gates that will be in use.

The three gates are as follows:

* Gate 1: This is at the end of the ramp

* Gate 2: This is the gate in the middle of the exterior wall

*Gate 3: This gate is at the Cois Chuain side of the school

8.45: Children from the following classes walk up to Gate 3 which is opened for them by the Principal.

2 x 6th classes

2 x 5th classes

2 x 3rd classes

Maintaining social distance, the children walk up through the playground while being supervised and assisted by a large number of staff members present. The children arrive at the middle of the playground and are shown a line of coloured circles specific to their class. These circles are 1 metre apart. Staff show children the specific line of circles for their class and the children line up on the circles to socially distance themselves form others. Once lined up the children are then welcomed into the classroom by their teacher using several different external doors to manage this. 

8.45: Children from the following classes walk up to Gate 1 which is opened for them by the Deputy Principal. 

2 x Senior Infants 

2 x 1st classes

Maintaining social distance with the help of the red circles which have been painted on the ground and with the help and assistance of several staff present the children walk up the ramp and makes the short journey (12 -15 metres)  to the side door of their classroom where the teacher welcomes them into their class.  

9.20: Children from the following classes walk up to Gate 3 which is opened for them by the Principal.

2 x 4th classes

2 x 2nd classes

See above for a description of the walk through the playground.

Note 1: It is essential to note that parents may not enter through either gate with their children at either 8.45 or at 9.20 as social distancing has to be maintained at all times meaning that only staff and students are allowed past the gate in the morning. A large number of staff as mentioned including Special Ed teachers and SNAs will be present on the ramp and playground to assist and support children and ensure that their needs are met. Schools, as you know, are required to keep the volume of people down to as low as possible in order to stop the spread of Covid -19. Your co-operation and understanding in this is greatly appreciated. If a child has a special need which is characterised by extremely high levels of anxiety then additional support will be given to these children.

Note 2: To maintain social distance before 8.45 please keep your child in the car if they are travelling by car.

Note 3: In order to avoid crowding children should not be lining up outside of any gate before it is opened. 

EXIT (for senior Infants and 1st classes inclusive)  -all at Gate 1

1.35: Senior Infants (Ms. O’ Sullivan)  at Gate 1

1.40: Senior Infants (Ms. McCarthy) at Gate 1

2.35: 1st class (Mr. Cronin) at Gate 1

2.40: 1st class (Mr. Murphy) at Gate 1

Exit (for 2nd classes-6th classes inclusive) at Gates 2 and 3 as indicated below

2.15: Ms. Murphy at Gate 3

2.18: Mr. O’ Keeffe at Gate 2

2.21: Mr. Comer at Gate 3

2.24: Mr. Kenny at Gate 2

2.27: Ms. Foley at Gate 3

2.30: Mr. Brosnan at Gate 2

2.33: Ms. Burke at Gate 3

2.36: Mr. Brophy at Gate 2

2.39: Mr. Walsh at Gate 3

2.42: Ms. O’ Carroll at Gate 2

      Note 2: The staggered exit times will remain until further notice 

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