RE: Drop-off and Collection Routines

We would ask all parents to familiarise themselves with the following drop-off and collection routines for the safe delivery and collection of pupils from school.  Please be patient as we endeavour to embed these necessary precautionary and protective practices at the beginning of the school year.

 

It is imperative that

  • adults do not come within 2m of each other or other children

  • parents do not try to have meetings with members of staff in the yard at drop-off and collection times – meetings between parents and teachers can only take place by prior arrangement. (This may have to be more restrictive depending on guidance - it is quite possible that the recommendation will be for remote meetings/telephonic communications.)

  • all parents adhere to the drop-off and collection plans as outlined below

Drop-off Plan:  

 

We have now finalised our plans for drop-off and collection of the children every day.   

Junior Infants, Senior Infants and 1st class 8:30am start

  • Ms Nolan’s class will line up at the entrance to the Infant section, near the prefab.

  • Ms Collins’s class will line up at the entrance to the Infant section, near the prefab.

  • Ms Mc Gee’s class will line up at the entrance to the Infant section, near the prefab.

  • Ms O’ Riordan’s class will line up at the entrance to the Infant section,  near the prefab.

  • Ms Murphy’s class will line up in the front yard opposite the side door.

  • Ms Mc Hugh’s class will line up in the front yard opposite the side door.

The Principal or a member of Senior Management will be there to supervise the pupils.

2nd, 3rd and 4th class 8:40am start

  • Ms Moroney’s class will line up in the front yard opposite the side door.

  • Mr Flanagan’s class will line up in the front yard opposite the side door.

  • Ms Gildea’s class will line up in the back yard   at the entrance to the hall.

  • Ms Melvin’s class will line up in the back yard at the entrance to the hall

  • Ms Byrne’s class will line up at the entrance to the Infant section, near the pre fab.

All classes from 3rd to 6th need to socially distance while lining up. With this in mind we ask parents to drop off their children as near to their start time as possible.

The Principal or a member of Senior Management will be there to supervise the pupils.

5th and 6th class pupils 8:50 am start

  • Mr Desmond’s class will line up in the front yard opposite the side door.

  • Ms Barrett’s class will line up in the front yard opposite the side door.

  • Ms Gallagher’s class will line up in the back yard opposite the first door.

  • Ms Cheasty’s class will line up the back yard in front of the grass.

The Principal or a member of Senior Management will be there to supervise the pupils.

Collection Plan

Junior Infants and Senior Infants 1:10pm collection

Teachers will escort their classes to the morning lines and parents will wait at a social distance  in the Church grounds. Teachers will dismiss their classes and pupils will walk to their parents or guardian. Pupils will wait with their teacher until they are collected.

1st class pupils 2:10pm collection

Teachers will escort their classes to the side gate and parents will wait in the area in front of this entrance. Teachers will dismiss their classes and pupils will walk to their parents or guardian. Pupils will wait with their teacher until they are collected.

2nd, 3rd and 4th class pupils 2:20pm collection

Ms Moroney, Mr Flanagan and Ms Byrne  will escort their classes to the side gate and parents will wait in the Church Grounds at a social distance. Teachers will dismiss their classes and pupils will walk to their parents or guardian. Pupils will wait with their teacher until they are collected.

Ms Melvin and Ms Gildea will escort their classes to the main gate and parents will wait in the area in front of this entrance. Teachers will dismiss their classes and pupils will walk to their parents or guardian. Pupils will wait with their teacher until they are collected.

5th and 6th class 2:30 pm collection

Mr Desmond and Ms Barrett will escort their classes to the main gate.  Teachers will dismiss their classes and pupils will walk  home or meet  their parents or guardian at a prearranged location.

Ms Gallagher and Ms Cheasty will escort their classes to the side gate near the Church.  Teachers will dismiss their classes and pupils will walk  home or meet  their parents or guardian at a prearranged location.

 

We at St. Columba’s appreciate your support as we try to safely reopen the school building. If at all possible we request you not to come onto the school grounds or into the school building unless it is essential. We appreciate that dropping off the Junior & Senior Infant pupils to their line  is essential, but for the older pupils a drop off at the school gate is desirable. Working together we hope to be able to progress the reopening in as safe a manner as possible for all.

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.