Covid-19 School Closure Update 11/08/20 1.00pm
We are currently working on upgrading our procedures and routines within the school to ensure that there is as much physical distancing as is possible in our building. We will apply physical distancing in a practical and sensible way, recognising that the learning environment cannot be dominated by a potentially counterproductive focus on this issue.
Physical Distancing will be achieved in two ways: -
Increasing Separation. This will be achieved by re-configuring the classrooms to maximise physical distancing. Each class will be referred to as a bubble and we will ensure that there is as little contact as possible between children in different bubbles. Within the bubbles, as per the guidance, children from 3rd Class upwards will be organised into pods. A pod is a small group of children who will sit together and who will stay in their pod while in the bubble, or classroom. Classes from Junior Infants to Second Class will be seated in groups, as usual.
Decreasing Interaction. This will be achieved by decreasing the potential for children from different bubbles to interact. There will be marked routes for various bubbles to enter and exit the school and to access their classrooms. Bubbles will have different mid-morning and lunch-time access to the playground. We will make these routines enjoyable activities for the children, emphasising safety at all times.
We are also working on installing measures to assist with hand hygiene.
While all children will be welcome back to school, we would remind parents that, where children are displaying colds, coughs or flu like symptoms, they should not be sent to school. Children who display such symptoms in school will be isolated and parents asked to collect them from the school.
Children who have travelled from countries not on the Green List should not attend school during the 14-day self-isolation period.
Further information on COVID-19 symptoms in children is available at: -
Teachers will make children aware of the proper hygiene procedures regarding hand washing and etiquette related to sneezing, coughing or spitting. We would be grateful if you could also emphasise safe behaviour in this regard to your children at home as part of the preparation for returning to school.
Our aim remains to re-open the school in an orderly safe manner, while reassuring the children and making them feel comfortable, safe and relaxed with their friends in the new school environment. This will be achieved by all of us working towards this common goal.
Covid-19 School Closure Update 07/08/20 10.15am
I hope you and your families are keeping well.
We are hoping to re-open our school safely on 27th August, as planned, in line with current guidance and recommendations.
Re-opening the school safely will require the co-operation of all members of our School Community – Board of Management, 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.
We have been working on our plan for the safe reopening of the school and have published the link to the DES COVID-19 Response Plan for the safe and sustainable reopening of Primary and Special Schools on our website. 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
We have also published our COVID-19 Policy Statement on the school website. Our Board of Management will keep you informed as to the progress of our re-opening plans and provide you with the information required by you to play your part in safely re-opening the school. The link to the Response Plan and the Policy Statement can be found under the 'About' tab.
We are really looking forward to welcoming our children back to school under new routines to promote health and safety and to prevent the introduction/spread of COVID-19. We will be doing all that we can to ensure that the return to school is a safe and enjoyable experience for the children. We will be in touch with you again next week with details of drop-off and collection routines.
Covid-19 School Closure Update 29/07/20 12.30pm
We hope that you have been keeping well and have been enjoying the summer holidays.
Please read the letter from Education Minister Norma Foley below. Now that guidance has been published, we will be developing a plan to re-open the school which will be shared with you in due course. Once again, we appreciate your patience and understanding.
Dear Parents/ Guardians,
Since I was appointed Minister for Education on 27 June, my first priority has been the full re-opening of schools. Today the Government approved a Roadmap for Reopeningof Schools, and a funding package of €376 million to support this. I am confident that the supports and additional resources we have provided will enable our schools toopen safely.
An enormous amount of work has been done to prepare detailed guidance based onthe interim public health advice for schools, which we received in late June.
The plan has been developed by consulting with those who know best how schools run: representatives of students, parents, principals, teachers, SNAs, support staff andschool management bodies, and their expertise has been crucial in putting this together and I am very grateful to all involved for their hard work over many weeks.
I know that school communities have a big job ahead of them to prepare for the returnto school. We have put in place some practical supports and a significant financialpackage to help. This includes funding to make physical changes that schools may need, funding to employ an aide to move furniture, help re-organise rooms and getthings ready before schools reopen, and funding for substitution and replacement ofteachers. We will also be providing funding for hand sanitiser and for personalprotective equipment, where appropriate.
Every school building and circumstance is different, and I’ve asked each school to communicate directly with parents and students about the changes that you can expect when term begins.
Before the return to school, the Department will provide schools with some communications materials that are age-appropriate, to help you to support your child’s return to school. They will also be available on Gov.ie/backtoschool. I hope you will findthese useful.
I know that your children and you have experienced severe disruption as a result of Covid-19. Pupils, parents, teachers and schools have made enormous efforts to keep teaching and learning. But school is a special place, and some of the best parts of learning are being in a classroom with other children, and everyone has missed out on that.
I know some children and young people may be nervous about returning, and we will all be working to support them to settle in, to feel safe and to be happy in their schoolwork, when schools return.
I hope you and your families have a lovely summer and get to enjoy some time together.Throughout this pandemic, we’ve all been in this together. This will be a time of change, and there will be new routines for the students and for us all to learn. We will learn this together, because we all have a role to play in keeping the whole school community safe.
With every good wish,
Norma Foley TD
Minister for Education
Covid-19 School Closure Update 26/06/20 11.15am
It is hard to believe that over 3 months have passed since we shut our doors on 12th March. Since then, it seems the time has just flown by and we find ourselves on the day of the summer holidays.
The closure meant that we had to change how we worked and we quickly had to adapt to and upskill in all things ICT!
We hosted our virtual Graduation on Monday which was a huge success. Thanks to everyone who contributed to it and helped to make it special. We also hosted a webinar for our incoming Junior Infant parents.
Myself and Mr D'Arcy have a video message for the school community to close off the 2019/20 school year. You can watch it at this link (It may take a few minutes to load).
Rest assured, we will pick up from where we left off last March and will catch up on missed work.
We will be in contact with you prior to school re-opening with more information once we get further details from the Department of Education and Skills.
We wish you a relaxing and enjoyable summer.
Covid-19 School Closure Update 22/06/20 2.20pm
The Final Assembly/Graduation for our 6th classes will premiere on You Tube at 3.00 pm today https://youtu.be/ybMVyGVhQ4E. It will be 30 mins approx.
Covid-19 School Closure Update 19/06/20 3.45pm
Book lists for Junior Infants to 6th class were emailed to parents. They can also be accessed on this website by clicking the 'Parent Info' tab and scrolling down to 'Book Lists'.
The pupil contribution for the 2020/21 school year has been reduced.
A webinar was hosted for the parents of incoming Junior Infants last evening. The presentation can be accessed here https://spark.adobe.com/video/2SFgWvziIhNDo
Information regarding your child starting school will be sent to you in due course.
Covid-19 School Closure Update 17/06/20 11.45am
School reports are available for viewing through the Aladdin portal. Standardised testing was not completed this year due to the school closure.
Covid-19 School Closure Update 12/06/20 4.00pm
The Government has just this afternoon published a document on returning to school in the new school year. We will be using the information in this document in line with further guidance from the Catholic Primary Schools Management Association (CPSMA), the Irish Primary Principals Network (IPPN) the Irish National Schools Organisation (INTO) and other relevant bodies to start creating a plan for the safe return to school and to catch up on missed school work.
This will take time to prepare and we ask for your patience whilst we work on this.
As usual, we will keep you updated through this website, the Aladdin text system and emails.
Have a lovely weekend.
Covid-19 School Closure Update 05/06/20 10.15am
We hope that you enjoyed the long weekend and the good weather.
For the last number of weeks we have been working on setting up video conferencing with pupils. Our 6th classes trialled these and now other classes will be using it as a way of communicating with pupils. This process has taken much time with regards to upskilling, getting access to a specific Education Licence and the development of policies, procedures and guidelines to safeguard against risk. There is a possibility that an element of distance learning may continue into the new school year and we wish to be prepared for that eventuality. In advance of your child being involved in a video conference, you will first need to read the information notice and fill out the consent form. This will be sent to you via email.
Zoom Guidelines for Pupils and Parents
Pupils must be in a common area when on a call-not in a bedroom
Pupils should be in an area where people cannot be passing behind them
Food/Drink should not be consumed during the video call
Please dress appropriately
Usual classroom rules apply
All participants will be muted on entry
All cameras will be activated on entry
Pupil’s name must be displayed or they will not be allowed to enter the call
For the remaining three weeks of the school year, teachers will be assigning work in English, Irish and Maths and we will also be working on a theme per week across the school. The themes are as follows:
8th-12th June The Great Outdoors
15th-19th June STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Maths)
22nd-26th June Physical Activity and Wellbeing
There will be a gradual reduction in the volume of work being set each week.
We hope to celebrate the Graduation of our 6th Class pupils virtually. We will be in contact with parents of these pupils with further details in due course.
The Minister for Education, Joe McHugh, stated last week that a Roadmap for the Reopening of Schools would be published shortly. Hopefully, this will provide us with more information on the commencement of the 2020/21 school year.
We will be in touch when we know more.
Thank you once again for your patience and co-operation throughout the school closure.
Covid-19 School Closure Update 01/06/20 12.00pm
Letter from Bishop Leahy regarding First Holy Communion and Confirmation
The past number of weeks has seen a huge change in our lives. We have had to make many adjustments and sacrifices to help stem the spread of Covid 19. I know that this has not been easy.
I am very much aware that children have been disappointed when Confirmation and First Communion ceremonies were postponed as a consequence of the current regulations. No doubt you were too. I know that many of you have been preparing and looking forward to your child receiving Confirmation or First Communion for some time and had plans made to celebrate these momentous occasions in the life of your child and family.
Regrettably, we are not yet in a position to reschedule these ceremonies as gatherings in large numbers are still restricted. When restrictions finally ease to a point where public ceremonies in churches become a possibility, and we have clear guidelines around such gatherings, we will be begin the process of rescheduling. Most likely the ceremonies will take place in the Autumn and the celebration of the ceremonies may be different from what you expect e.g. the numbers allowed into churches may be restricted, sacraments may have to be offered in parishes over a number of days, people may have to wear masks etc. We will at all times adhere to government regulations to ensure as far as possible the health of all involved.
Schools traditionally have played a key role in the scheduling of, and preparation of children for, the celebration of the sacraments. I am very grateful to all the teachers who have done tremendous work in this regard. But now circumstances demand we do things a little differently. Hopefully the new experience will be no less sacred or special for your child.
To assist parishes with the rescheduling of ceremonies I am asking parents of children who are eligible to receive Confirmation and First Communion in 2020 to register their child with the Diocese for the appropriate sacrament by Friday June 12th 2020. You can do this online by visiting www.limerickdiocese.org. I would encourage you to do this online, but if for some reason this is not possible you can supply the relevant details to the Diocesan office (061 350000) on the 8/9th/10th of June between 10am and 2pm.
In circumstances where two or more children from the same family are eligible and wish to receive the sacraments, I ask that you complete a separate Registration Form for each child.
The information supplied to us will then be distributed to the relevant parishes who will make plans to ensure that your child receives his/her Confirmation/First Communion following the easing of restrictions. Your chosen parish will make contact with information re. preparation and suitable dates for the celebration of the sacraments. This may happen when schools are closed for the holidays or in terms of Confirmation, when your child has moved on the secondary school. Hence registration and providing contact details is essential to ensure no one misses out.
Please be assured that ensuring your child receives his/her Confirmation or First Communion in a sacred, meaningful and safe way is a priority for us. Keeping you in my thought and prayers.
Bishop of Limerick
Covid-19 School Closure Update 24/05/20 5.15pm
Thank you for your cooperation with the book collection. It was lovely to get the opportunity to speak with so many of you. Thanks to all the staff for their help with the organisation of the packing of belongings, setting up the hall, distributing the books and stewarding on the day.
The 2020/21 school calendar which was previously published is now subject to change as a result the COVID-19 pandemic. We will keep you up to date with these changes. Unfortunately at this time we do not know when the school will open or under what restrictions.
The remainder of the 2019/20 calendar is as follows:
Closed Friday, 29th May and Monday, 1st June 2020-Public Holiday.
Closing Friday, 26th June 2020 at 12.15 p.m.
Book lists will be published on the website when they are complete. School reports will be shared with you through Aladdin, as usual.
We will continue to keep you up to date with any new information through the usual channels.
As we are still working remotely, the contact number for the office is 089 4022227. If you have any queries, do not hesitate to call.
Covid-19 School Closure Update 19/05/20 12.00pm
You can book your day and time slot to collect pupil belongings at this link: https://scoilide.youcanbook.me
Covid-19 School Closure Update 17/05/20 6.00pm
We now know that Phase 1 of the Roadmap for reopening Society and Business will commence from tomorrow as planned. This means that the school buildings will open for access by teachers for the organisation and distribution of remote learning.
The school will open for parents to collect pupil books on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at specified times. You will be sent details of how to book your time slot via the Aladdin text system. There will be a limited number of spaces per time slot. Only adults should present to the school.
It is imperative that you observe social distancing rules and practise hand and respiratory hygiene. Hand sanitizer will be available at the entry and exit. Please follow signage and the guidance of stewards. You are reminded to refrain from touching anything other than the bag of books. You may wish to bring a larger bag with you if you have more than one child in the school.
Access will be via the Mill Road side of the school only. A one way system will be in place. You will enter through one set of blue doors at the back of the main school building and into the hall, following the one way system. Books will be placed in bags labelled with each child's name and left out on tables which will be labelled by room number/name. Exit will be via the other blue doors at the back of the school.
We have been made aware that some emails from the school have been going into people's spam folder. Please check this if you have not been receiving email correspondence from us.
If device access is an issue for your child, please inform his/her teacher if you have not already done so.
Covid-19 School Closure Update 10/05/20 7.00pm
We hope that you and your families are keeping safe and well and have had an opportunity to enjoy the fine weather.
Based on the roadmap provided by the Government, we are hoping to be able to access the school from 18th May. We are currently planning for the collection of school books by parents. We will be in contact with you when we have a structured plan in place which will need to take social distancing measures into consideration.
Teachers have been sending emails to parents as a means of checking in with you and also for the submission of school work for those not engaging in Google Classroom. Under the current circumstances, this is our main form of communication with families. We would ask that you please make contact with the teacher if you have not already done so. If you have any school related queries or if you need to update your contact details, you can call us on 089 4022227.
School tour money will be refunded in the coming weeks to those who paid. This process has to be carried out individually so it will take some time to get through refunding the money to all families and for the money to be returned to your account.
We will be emailing links to parent surveys on distance learning in the morning. We are trying to plan for finishing the school term remotely and want to cater for the various needs and abilities of pupils as best we can. If you could fill out at least one of these for your child(ren) we would greatly appreciate it.
New work continues to be uploaded to Google Sites weekly. Previous work will remain on the Sites for your reference.
Covid-19 School Closure Update 05/05/20 10.00am
Based on the announcement by An Taoiseach on Friday, schools will remain closed for the rest of the 2019/2020 school year. We are in the process of creating a plan to move forward with remote learning. We will be in contact with you when we know more.
Covid-19 School Closure Update 26/04/20 4.45pm
We hope that you have been able to navigate Google Sites. The links were sent to you via text and email last week and can also be accessed below. New work will be uploaded to the Google Site weekly. Each week's work can be viewed under the relevant dates in the top right hand corner of the Google Site homepage. Fourth, Fifth and Sixth classes also have access to Google Classroom.
Here are the links:
We continue to receive queries about accessing the school to collect books. Under Government guidelines, access to the school is strictly prohibited. If this is to change, we will let you know.
There have been queries also about vaccinations for Junior Infant pupils. We have been informed that they have been put on hold in light of current restrictions but will be scheduled when restrictions change.
Barnardos have set up a parent helpline to support parents through the Covid-19 crisis. The helpline is open Monday-Friday from 9am-2pm. You can call 1800 910 123 or you can request a callback at www.barnardos.ie/supportline.
Below is a link to a short video message for the pupils of our school community.
The contact number for the school office is currently 089 4022227.
Wishing you all well,
Covid-19 School Closure Update 19/04/20 6.00pm
We hope that you had an enjoyable Easter break and had the opportunity to enjoy the good weather. It is hard to believe that we are now in Term 3, the final term of the school year. The last announcement by Government officials stated that schools are closed indefinitely. For that reason, all First Holy Communion masses for Scoil Íde have been postponed.
As has been done previously, work will be assigned each week. This will be done a little bit differently from now on as we have set up a Google Site for each standard (which is like its own website) through which the work can be accessed. We have sent a text with the relevant links. Fourth, fifth and sixth classes have been set up on Google classroom and the teachers of these classes will be setting work and communicating with pupils through this forum. A general list of work has been set for pupils to complete throughout the week however, if you wish to request a sample schedule the class teacher can make this available to you.
Here are the links:
Links to online school books and relevant log in details can be found here https://scoilide.ie/parent-portal/useful-links
Teachers will be sending an email weekly as a means of communicating with you and your children. If you have any questions or require any clarifications, you may email the teacher. If you/your child wishes to send photos or comments on work completed throughout the week, he/she can do so on a Friday.
If you have any queries, you can contact the office at 089 4022227.
Once again, we reiterate our understanding that every household is working under very different circumstances and we do not wish to put pressure on anyone. We will be here as a support to you and your child.
Covid-19 School Closure Update 03/04/20 1.30pm
We hope that you are all doing well. We appreciate your patience while we have been trying to figure out the best way to move forward with distance learning. Initially, we were only to be closed for two weeks and we set work for this time period. We wanted to give time and space to families to adjust to their new lifestyles and we hope that we have succeeded in doing so.
As you are aware, Scoil Íde is a large school with almost 800 pupils, 44 teaching staff and nine special needs assistants and communication under the current circumstances is much more difficult and requires more time. We appreciate your understanding in this regard. The staff have been working together to plan a whole school approach to a longer term school closure. We are assuming that the school closure will be extended after the Easter holidays and have planned for this eventuality. We have received feedback from teachers and also sent a parent and pupil survey to random households in order to listen to the opinions of all stakeholders and take a balanced approach moving forward.
There have been queries about collecting books from school. At present, access to the school is not permitted under Government guidelines. If these guidelines change, we will let you know. We would ask that for after Easter, all children have a copybook and/or paper on which to write if they do not already have so.
As communication with parents/pupils is taking place online and some activities for pupils will be online (e.g suggested websites/apps, Google classroom activities etc.), I ask you to draw your attention to our ICT and Social Media Expected Use Policy https://scoilide.ie/about/school-policies/information-a-communications-technology
If the school closure extends beyond the Easter holidays, work will be posted on the homepage of the school website on Sunday 19th April. We will set out a structured plan for communication between parents/pupils and teachers. Once again, we want to take a balanced, whole-school approach as much as possible.
We have updated the website links and phone numbers for a variety of services which may be of use to families at this time which can be found here: https://scoilide.ie/parent-portal/useful-links
We have sent out our online only March Newsletter to our mailing list. You can access it here: https://scoilide.ie/images/2020_March_Special_Ed.pdf
Work will not be sent home during the Easter holidays, a message which is supported by the Irish National Teachers Organisation and other educational bodies. We realise that you may be concerned about your child's progress but we urge you not to be. We will catch up on material that was not covered when we do return to school.
Once again, we thank you for your patience and understanding and for the positive feedback which has come through the surveys. We appreciate that parents, pupils and teachers alike are all doing their best at this difficult time.
Covid-19 School Closure Update 27/03/20 3.15pm
We hope that you and your families continue to stay safe and keep well. We wish to say a big hello to all of our pupils. We look forward to seeing them again in the near future.
Pupils received work from their teachers on the day of the school closure. This was to be for two weeks duration. We have since been informed that school will close for one more week, therefore teachers have been working together remotely to create a list of suggested activities for each standard. These have been made accessible at the links above.
Staff are working on a contingency plan for a possible further school closure. We will keep you updated on this should the need arise. This situation is far from ideal and we are striving to do our best under the circumstances.
We hope that the activities provided are helpful to you. We are conscious that every household is different and we aim to have a balanced approach to 'distance learning'. The most important thing at this time is the safety and wellbeing of the school community. We are aware that there are members of our school community working on the frontline at this time and we wish to thank them for all that they are doing.
Due to social distancing guidelines and the request from the Government for people to remain at home where possible, the school is not accessible to parents. If you need to contact the school urgently you may call 089 4022227 during school hours. If you have not subscribed to our e-newsletter, I would ask that you do so today.
I wish to take this opportunity to thank staff and parents for their cooperation, patience and support during what is a challenging time for all. We look forward to our doors re-opening and welcoming you back.
Slán go fóill,
Covid-19 School Closure Update 24/03/20 6.45pm
The school closure has been extended by one week. We will be in contact with you in the coming days regarding suggested pupil activities for this time.
Covid-19 School Closure Update 19/03/20 3.00pm
I hope that you and your families are keeping safe and well during what is a very surreal time for all.
Following the address by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on St. Patrick's Day, it is very likely that there will be an extended school closure. The school awaits notification of this from the Department of Education and will keep you up to date. Staff will work together to put a system in place should this arise, however, social distancing restrictions make this more challenging so please bear with us.
For now, your child has been provided with suggested school work. It is recommended that children do a selection of these activities daily but it is important to realise that children cannot be expected to do the same volume of work at home as they would do in school. We would suggest that your child reads, engages in some number/maths work and some writing daily. Other recommended activities include project work, revising spellings/tables and some form of physical activity.
Technology is a very welcome and useful resource at this time, however, we must bear in mind that not every family has sufficient access, particularly when there are a number of school-going pupils in a household. We understand that this is a very stressful time for many and we do not want to burden you with copious amounts of work. Schools have a team of staff from class teachers to special education teachers and special needs assistants working together to support the children's learning and this level of support simply cannot be replicated in the home.
We will do our utmost to support your child's learning during this time.
We would recommend that you check our website regularly for updates.
Follow @ScoilIde on Twitter and the Scoil Ide Parents' Association Facebook page for some ideas and suggestions for further pupil activities.
Thank you for your support at this time.
Covid-19 Update 16/03/20 11.00am
The school is closed due to the Covid-19 outbreak and is currently due to and reopen on the 30th March.
Suggested activities have been sent home with your child and can be found here:
Follow us on Twitter @ScoilIde for more ideas and information
The Confirmation has been postponed until further notice.
Latest update from the HSE
All pupils and students, from pre-school to third level are urged to practice social distancing, and to minimise physical contact with each other, to help avoid the spread of Covid-19. This should include minimising social contact, avoiding meeting up and keeping physical space between them. Parents and guardians are urged to support their children to maintain this approach.
Below is a link to a guide on talking to children about Covid-19:
Welcome to Scoil Íde
Welcome to the website of Scoil Íde which is the primary school for the Parish of St. Nicholas and the surrounding areas. It opened in September 1964 with three classrooms and was run by the Mercy Order for the then Parish of St. Mary's. As Limerick developed and Corbally experienced a growth in housing developments the school grew to accommodate the local population. At the present Scoil Íde has a student population of almost eight hundred pupils and 44 full time teaching staff including principal Grace Burke, deputy principal Ray D'Arcy, class teachers, special education teachers and special needs assistants. Scoil Íde plays a central role in the community and our past pupils have gone on to excel in academics, sports and the arts. As the Sixth Classes leave us each June we remind them that no matter which institution claims them in later years, they were ours first!
Growth and learning are the summation of all we try to do with the children who are entrusted to our care. We aim to do the very best we can for every child who comes into our school, to maximise their talents and potential, to give them a solid grounding in basic academic work and to open their eyes and minds to the world that awaits them.
In recent years we have increased the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) emphasis in our teaching and learning. Through parental support we have invested in a Science Room, Outdoor Classroom and technology kits. Scratch programming is taught from 1st to 6th class. We are committed to improving teaching and learning through the support of the parents and the Board of Management.
Fás agus Foghlaim