We hope you and your family are keeping well and safe during these challenging times. Please be reassured that our priority is to welcome the children back to a safe and happy environment, where the focus will be on managing the transition period of returning to school from home. Your child’s well being will be at the forefront of all that we do, allowing time for pupils to settle in, feel safe and relaxed and to be ready to participate in a meaningful way with their learning. Thank you so much for your patience.

Re-opening the school safely will require the co-operation of all members of our School Community – BoM, School Leadership, Staff, Parents and Pupils. We will all be called on to play our part in ensuring that re-opening of the school is done in a safe manner which prevents the spread of the virus and allows the vital work of Teaching and Learning to proceed with as little disruption as possible.

Please find below some information that will hopefully explain how school will be different this year. We hope that this will help clear up some of the questions that you might have regarding the return to school this year.

Letter A – Reopening of St. Josephs GNS

Letter B – Starting date, drop off and collection routines.

Key Facts for Parents

COVID-19 Policy Statement

Click here to read our COVID-19 Policy Statement.

Risk Assessment for St. Josephs GNS

Click here to read our Risk Assessment for St. Josephs GNS.

DES COVID-10 Response Plan.

The DES COVID-19 Response Plan for the safe and sustainable reopening of Primary and Special Schools was published by the government at the end of July.

The Response Plan gives details of
 Physical preparation, signage, hand sanitiser stations,
 Advice, procedures and training for the safe return to working in the school for all school
staff and pupils
 General and specific advice on how all pupils, staff, parents and visitors will prevent the
spread of the virus

Click here to read the DES COVID-19 Response Plan.