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Reopening of Schools in the Autumn

Dear parents,

We are very aware that there is a lot of uncertainty, discussion and confusion in the media currently about the reopening of schools after the summer holidays. At this stage, I would like to reassure all of you that we are hoping for a full return after the summer holidays. However, we take our direction from the Department of Education and Skills (DES). Initial guidance was issued to schools last Friday and can be located at https://www.education.ie/en/covid-19/planning-for-reopening-schools.pdf for your information.

We are awaiting more detailed guidelines in the coming weeks, and further advice will no doubt issue over the summer, as the start of the new school year approaches. We are very optimistic that we will all be back at the end of August, and are very much looking forward to the return of some normality in school. However, if there are any changes, we will alert you during the holidays via the school App. In recent weeks we have learned to block out the negative media coverage and anxiety raising media reports. I want to reassure you that is the DES who will determine how school re-open, and their decisions will be based on the current public health guidance and will be in the best interest of the children, the staff and the whole school community.

I know it is frustrating for you but it is equally frustrating for us too. Let’s hope the next few months continue on the right path and we will be fully back after the summer holidays.

Le Gach Dea Ghuí

Mrs. Colleran

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