Return to school

11th August 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We hope that this letter finds you all well. We are writing to update you on school reopening for the start of the new term and the preparations we are making.

Planning

We are currently in the process of preparing for the safe return of all members of the school community to McEgan College. We are preparing our COVID Response Plan, in line with the Government Roadmap for the safe opening of our schools. We would urge you all to read the comprehensive Roadmap, provided by the Department of Education. It can be accessed at https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/b264b-roadmap-for-the-full-return-to-school/ . We are also preparing classrooms and the school building with appropriate signage and protective measures including:

1. A one-way system around the school – everyone keep to the left

2. Staggered break and lunch-times (1st to 3rd yr small break is 11.05-11-20 – no change)

(TY to 6th yr small break is 11.45 -12.00 – one extra class)

3. Having more double-classes to reduce movement

4. Assigning base classrooms for all years

5. Practical rooms will operate as normal

6. Ensuring students are a minimum of 1 metre away from each other in classrooms

7. Complementary starter COVID-19 packs – all students will receive the follow in the pack, 2 face masks, a visor, small hand gel and pack of anti-bacterial/ anti-viral wipes. As this is only a starter pack, parents must provide face coverings going forward.

8. The Minister has now recommended that teachers and students wear face coverings, similar to those worn in shops or in public transport, when a physical distance of 2 metre cannot be maintained.

Return Dates

The return dates for each of the year groups are listed below. Please note the new changes. The earlier closing times in the first week are required to facilitate staff meetings and training.

· 1st Year Induction: Thursday 27th August, 9.00 am – 11.00 am

· 3rd, 6th Years & LCA 6: Friday 28th August, 9.00 am – 1.20 pm

· 1st, 2nd, 5th & LCA 5 Years: Monday 31st August, 9.00 am – 1.20 pm

· 1st, R.22, 3rd, TY, 6th & LCA 6: Tuesday 1st September, 9.00 am – 1.20 pm

· All Students: Wednesday 2nd September, 9.00 am – 1.20 pm

Finally, as we move into the new academic year we will be counting on your support to implement the plans and protocols that are necessary to ensure our school environment is safe for all. There is no doubt that school will be a much different place from what we left on March 12th, however, please be assured that we will continue to provide an excellent learning environment for your son/daughter, as well as the pastoral care they require to grow and develop into mature young adults. If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

We look forward to welcoming your son/daughter back to McEgan College.

Yours sincerely,

_________________________ ___________________________

Patricia Lynam Margaret Corkery

Principal Deputy Principal

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Phone: 026 41076
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