Laytown, Co. Meath A92E273 - Telephone 041 9828091 - Email secretary@ssnlaytown.ie

LETTER FROM PRINCIPAL

                                      Scoil an Spioraid Naoimh

On Monday this week Government announced the details of a Roadmap to Reopening Schools in late August/early September. The roadmap sets out clear plans and practical guidance on the measures schools will need to take to ensure that they can reopen in a safe and orderly way ensuring the security and wellbeing of everyone in the education community – Pupils, Parents, Staff, everyone working in the school community collaboratively and collectively to ensure all necessary protocols, plans and policies are in place.

A funding package of €375 million to help schools prepare for reopening was also announced. This funding is being made available in recognition that COVID-19 poses significant challenges to schools in regard to staffing, supervision, safety and wellbeing.

Additional provisions are also being made for special schools and special classes, recognising the additional measures that schools may be required to take to support them.

It has been a very challenging time for everyone. And the implementation of the Education roadmap is also going to require intensive work and collaboration over the coming weeks.

We know the impact on children, young people and their families in the absence of the social life, structure and support of school. Staying on track in terms of the disease to ensure that schools can reopen safely is our top priority. We will take all the necessary steps recommended to reduce the likelihood of the spread of the virus within the school.

There are many aspects to this COVID-19 response plan to be considered by the Board, Staff and Parents. We have begun this journey with all the relevant stakeholders ensuring the implementation of effective protocols and procedures which will continue right throughout the month of August. We are looking forward to being back in our school and meeting you the Parents and all our pupils.

We will continue to post updates on our school website www.ssnlaytown.ie and communicate via school story and via emails.

 

Confirmation 4th March 2020

Our 6th class children were fortunate to have the opportunity to celebrate a special day of Confirmation on March 4th, in two confirmation ceremonies.

As you can see the photographs, our boys and girls were resplendent in their Confirmation Robes, as was our school choir. Bishop Tom Deenihan complimented the lovely readings, the artwork in the church, the choir singing and the beautifully behaved children as they took their Confirmation vows. We had beautiful weather on the day and we celebrated with parents, families and teachers after each ceremony, in our school. We are grateful to our Parents Association who provided the excellent refreshments on both occasions. A big thank you to Bishop Deenihan and Fr Denis for the beautiful ceremonies, to all of our staff who worked behind the scenes - particularly our 6th Class teachers who worked hard preparing the children for their big day. Thank you to everyone involved in making it a truly memorable day for our pupils and their families.

Please note that the school will be in touch, via Class Dojo, regarding orders that were placed for Confirmation photos and DVDs just before school closed, and arrangements for obtaining same, in due course.