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Covid Update

As part of the gradual phased return to schools, Kilmacrennan NS will open for pupils in Junior Infants, Senior Infants, First and Second classes only on Monday, 1 March 2020.

The target return date of pupils in Third to Sixth Classes is Monday, 15 March 2021. Online teaching will continue as normal for these pupils until they return.

A Return to Education Form will be required for each pupil returning. Class teachers will issue this information to their pupils.

Parental communication with the school should continue via phone or by email only.

Parents/siblings etc are to adhere to public health guidelines and not to congregate at the school gate.

Teachers will greet the pupils on the return to school and re-establish our Covid protocols – such as sanitising at entry and exit, segregated yard areas, class lining up areas, classroom pods and bubbles etc.

Know the Sympoms of Covid-19

In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 it is important to know and recognise the symptoms. They are:

 High temperature

 Cough

 Shortness of breath or breathing difficulties

 Loss of smell, of taste or distortion of taste

Infection with the virus that causes COVID-19 can cause illness, ranging from mild to severe, and, in some cases, can be fatal. It can take up to 14 days for symptoms to show. They can be similar to symptoms of cold and flu. Common symptoms of coronavirus include:

 a fever (high temperature – 38 degrees Celsius or above).

 a new cough – this can be any kind of cough, not just dry.

 shortness of breath or breathing difficulties.

 loss or change in your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

If you have any common symptoms of COVID-19 (coronavirus), self-isolate (stay in your room) and phone your family doctor straight away to see if you need a COVID-19 test.

Other people in your household will need to restrict their movements (stay at home).

Getting an early diagnosis means, you can get the help you need and take steps to avoid spreading the virus, if you have it. For the complete list of symptoms, please refer to the HSE Website.

Return to Education Form

Please note that it is necessary to complete a Return to Education Form for each pupil upon returning to school

Return to Educational Facility Parental Declaration Form

Child’s Name:
Parents/Guardian’s Name:
Name of Setting: Kilmacrennan NS
This form is to be used when children are returning to the school
after any absence.
I have no reason to believe that my child has infectious disease and I have followed all medical and public health guidance with respect to exclusion of my child from educational facilities.      

Signed                                                                                              Date:                                                   

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December Newsletter

Christmas is upon us and it is the season to be merry. The children have been practicing some Christmas tunes and songs recently and we hope to record these in a ‘socially-distanced’ manner over the coming week. Teachers will inform each class individually of the arrangements.

All pupils are presently taking part in a ‘Leg it to Lapland’ challenge where we collectively walk/run the 4,070 km distance to Lapland. The challenge is going well; we have 3,052 km covered to date, and we hope to finish the challenge before the holidays.

We will hold a Christmas Draw in the school on Friday, 18th December. Tickets are €2 each or three for €5. Prizes include a Christmas Hamper, a Christmas Cake etc. You may send the money in on any day during the week, if you so wish.

Christmas Annuals for the pupils are available to purchase from the class teacher, if you so wish. They are €2 each.

We are scheduled to close at 12 noon on Tuesday, 22nd December and to re-open on Wednesday, 6th January 2021.

I wish to inform you that Master O Donnell has recently been appointed as Deputy Principal and we wish him well in the post. Every Principal needs a good carer!

Finally, I wish to thank you all for your co-operation in relation to Covid issues over the term. It has been greatly appreciated and has contributed greatly to the wellbeing of all.

Take care,

Yours sincerely,

John Devenney.

Kilmacrennan School launches Columban celebrations

Kilmacrennan NS launched their celebrations to mark the 1500 year of Colmcille’s birth on 7 December 521AD. Fifth and Sixth Classes took part in an online virtual workshop with Cary Meehan of the Heritage Council. They also visited Kilmacrennan Abbey for a history talk while the pupils admired Redmond Herrity’s sculpture of Colmcille’s boat in the school grounds. The pupils also admired the Oak tree growing in the School Garden. This tree was planted in 1997 during the 1400 celebrations of Colmcille’s death and has made great progress since then. The pupils are taking a particular interest in Colmcille’s story due the fact that it was in Kilmacrennan that he received his early education.

November Newsletter

Dear Parent/ Guardian,

I would like to update you on a few school related issues. The pupils appear well settled and, despite Covid restrictions, are working well at school. We normally hold face-to-face Parent-Teacher meetings at this time of year. You will appreciate that we are unable to meet as before but we propose to host telephone calls with parents over the coming weeks. Your child’s class teacher will be in contact to arrange this over the coming weeks. We remain available to chat to you if you have any concerns or queries at any time. The best way to do this is to phone the School Office in advance and, to avoid disruption to teaching time, the class teacher or Principal Teacher will return a call at a later stage.

We also request that the School Office is contacted if you are to collect your child early for an appointment and we will bring your child to the gate. We are unfortunately not accepting unplanned School Visitors at this stage. We also ask that you contact us at the earliest opportunity if you have any Covid concerns that may impact on our school community.

We have a pupil with a nut allergy in our school. Parents and pupils in the individual class have been notified but, in order to minimise the health risk, we respectfully request a whole school approach in this regard. Therefore, we request that nuts and all associated products do not part of your child’s lunch. We have also been informed that there has been a recent case of head lice in the school community and we ask that you monitor your child/children’s hair for unwelcome visitors regularly over the coming months and, if necessary, to treat accordingly.

Our Christmas Show will be quite different this year. Unfortunately, there will be no in-school concert but Christmas preparations are certainly going ahead. Carols, tin whistles, fiddles and accordions were heard in the school corridors earlier this week and we will be in touch in December regarding our Christmas arrangements.

Yours sincerely,

John Devenney.

Halloween Newsletter

Dear Parent/ Guardian,

The first term is drawing to a close. We’ve become somewhat adjusted to the ‘new normal’ at school and the pupils seem to have settled into routine quite quickly. The school wishes to acknowledge your continued support of all the new measures that have been introduced and we thank you for this.

Mrs Boyle, Vice – Principal and teacher of the Senior Infants Class, is retiring from teaching at Halloween. Her last day with us will be on Friday of this week. Mrs Boyle has been a valued member of our staff for the past twenty-one years and we wish her all the best in retirement. Representatives of the Board of Management, the Parent’s Association and school staff will make a ‘socially distanced’ presentation to Mrs Boyle on Friday afternoon.

The pupils are free to dress in Halloween costume on Friday of this week, if they so wish. Otherwise, pupils are to dress in school uniform.

The staff and pupils are looking forward to our Halloween break. The school will close on Friday 23rd October (normal school hours) and will re-open on Monday, 2nd November 2020. Trick or Treat is being replaced – for one year only – by Track and Trace!

Stay Safe,

Kind regards,

John Devenney.

September/October School Newsletter

September/ October Newsletter

We’ve reached the last day of September and our pupils and staff are adapting well to the new norms. The pupils have settled quickly into a school routine and even seem to be enjoying the return to school! We were fortunate to host our First Communion Day before the Level 3 restrictions came into place and we felt that both ceremonies were lovely events. Many thanks to everyone who helped organise the event and a special word of thanks to the Communicants who seemed to have a great day.

We appreciate your support and co-operation to date in these challenging times. Fortunately, we have had no confirmed cases thus far of Covid among pupils or staff. However, in preparation for such an eventuality, I have posted a note on how the school proposes to deal with such instances (see separate post on School News below) and it is in everybody’s interests to alert us at the earliest opportunity of any Covid concerns you may have. I also appreciate that many of you are keeping your children off school if they have minor coughs, head colds etc and we are grateful to you for this. This is leading to an increase in staff sending homework via email and we would be grateful if you could forward an e-mail to us that could be used for home-school communication or future Learning from Home communications in the event of an unexpected School Closure . We would appreciate if you sent this info to us at by Tuesday, 6th October. Please let us know if you have updated your mobile contact numbers.

We kindly request that any outstanding fees owed for the School Book Rental are paid as soon as possible. We provide all School Books for Junior and Senior Infants at a cost of €60 per child and we operate a School Book Rental system for Third to Sixth Classes at a cost of €35 per child (family maximum of €60). This fee includes art and photocopying expenses etc.

We request that names are refreshed regularly on all school items
such as lunchboxes, school jumpers, coats and stationery and, in fairness to
all, that pupils maintain Healthy Lunches. We request that you do not provide
sweets, crisps, chocolate, fizzy drinks, glass bottles etc. Please check our
School Lunch Policy for further details.

We wish to remind you that the School Car-Park is for Staff and School Buses only. The car-park is somewhat busier as we now have a second school bus on the school
grounds each day and we request your co-operation in this regard.

We hope that you appreciate that we are unable to meet with parents
in face-to-face meetings as before but we remain available to chat to you if
you have any concerns or queries. The best way to do this is to phone the
School Office in advance and, to avoid disruption to teaching time, the class
teacher or Principal Teacher will return a call at a later stage. We also
request that the School Office is contacted if you are to collect your child
early for an appointment and we will bring your child to the gate. We are
unfortunately not accepting unplanned School Visitors at this stage.

Please feel to contact me if you have any queries,

Yours sincerely,

John Devenney.