Bishop Shanahan National School

Principal's message to Parents

You will have heard by now that schools will not be reopening until September. This is sad news indeed as we were looking forward to an action packed Term Three. There are now many questions and practicalities to be addressed as we find a way forward for the next two months.
We intend to continue using Seesaw in its current format up to 18th May while I consult with the Board of Management, staff and Parents Association to see what adjustments are needed. Access to the school building is not permitted until 18th May, after which teachers may enter to prepare schoolwork and collect resources. We hope to make the childrens' schoolbooks available to you for collection sometime after that. A timetable will be drawn up, in collaboration with Bishop Galvin NS for the safe collection of books as long as the collection is in accordance with the recommended safety measures at that point. Seesaw assignments will be adjusted accordingly. You and the children are to be commended for your involvement on Seesaw to date. We acknowledge that this may be challenging for you, IT wise, work wise, patience wise, etc., so please remember that this work is optional and we advise that you engage with it in whatever way your circumstances allow.
Planning is under way for the 2020/2021 school year. Details about classes, teachers and book lists are being compiled currently and will be sent to you in early June.
I will be in contact with the children from Second Class next Saturday, 9th May, our original date for First Holy Communion. The backup dates of 20th and 21st June are no longer feasible and we await further guidelines from Archbishop's House with regard to this. Preparation for the sacraments of First Penance and First Holy Communion will take place through Seesaw to ensure we are all ready at the earliest opportunity.
Thank you for the tremendous support and the many kind words you have offered us over the past eight weeks. We will continue to diversify and work tirelessly to assist you in any way possible.
Take care and mind yourselves.
Kind regards
Ann Nolan, Principal
5th May 2020

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