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St John the Baptist Boys National School, Old Road, Cashel, County Tipperary, Ireland

Initial Letter to Parents re: re-opening of St John the Baptist BNS 31 July 2020

31st Jul 2020

RE: Re-opening of St John the Baptist BNS

Dear Parent/Guardian,

I hope you and your families are keeping well.

As you are aware, our school has now been closed since 12 March due to the COVID-19 situation.  We are now hoping to re-open our school safely, in line with current guidance and recommendations.

Re-opening the school safely will require the co-operation of all members of our school community – BOM, school leadership, staff, parents and our boys. 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 for some weeks now, but preparations have intensified since the publication earlier this week of the Department of Education’s COVID-19 Response Plan for the safe and sustainable reopening of Primary and Special Schools.  

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

I 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 staff and I are really looking forward to welcoming our boys back to school (and to school for the first time for our new Infants) and will be doing all that we can to ensure that the return to school is a safe and enjoyable experience for the boys. 

I will be in regular contact with you to keep you updated on everything, including times and dates for our return. 

 Le meas,

Will Ryan