Back to school Information for Parents 25th August 2021

Dear parent

Everyone has been working very hard to ensure a safe reopening of schools for staff, students and their families.

There will be a continuation of our new rules and routines, put in place last year, that are there to keep everyone safe.

Most students will be looking forward to going back to school and will feel happy and excited. Some may feel a little anxious about returning. That’s a normal response at a time of change. Most will settle back in soon once they get used to re- engaging with the new rules and routines. Remind them of the positive aspects of returning – like re-connecting with friends and re-engaging with school activities.

Good hand washing will be important for all students. Make sure your child knows to use a tissue to cover coughs or sneezes or to cough or sneeze into their elbow.

At primary level, schools put in place ,last year, physical distancing procedures.

In primary school, younger children (Jun Infants to 2nd class) may not be required to practice physical distancing, but they are organised into pods. There will also also be a continuation of our staggered drop off and pick up times.

Staff in all schools are required to wear a face covering where a physical distance of 2 metres cannot be maintained.

Encourage your child to walk or cycle to school if possible and safe to do so.


Talk together at home about what to expect when going back to school. 

Having healthy routines in place will help with the adjustment of returning to school. Encourage your child to gradually introduce bedtime routines that are closer to those used during school term.

Also, help your child to eat healthily, take exercise and re-connect with friends.

Teachers understand that it hasn’t been easy to learn at home during last year's school closures and they will support students to be ready to learn.

Anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms, including a fever, a cough, shortness of breath or breathing difficulties, or loss or change to their sense of smell or taste should not attend school. Please follow guidance from the HSE on self-isolation and phone your doctor. Make sure students know that if they feel unwell in school they should tell their teacher straight away.

Remember we all have a role to play in getting everyone back to school safely


Kind Regards


Mary Cleary


Back to school advice for parents and children

Below are guidance and videos with some back to school advice for parents and children attending primary school. You are encouraged to watch these videos with your child before they return to school.


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