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Ratheniska National School

Partnering Children on their Developmental Journey

Return to School – Junior Infants-2nd Class


The BoM and School Staff are prepared to welcome pupils from Junior Infants to Second Class and parents / guardians back to school on Monday March 1st for the remainder of Term 2 2021 . We are satisfied that we have control measures in place to ensure that this will be a safe re-opening. The BoM have run a risk assessment and prepared same. It will take some time for all of us to get used to the “latest new circumstances” as we become familiar with the new routines, new PPE and new procedures designed to keep everyone safe and to prevent the spread of the virus. We would like to thank you for your co-operation and patience over the last number of weeks and we look forward to working with you as we assist the children adapt to the return. We are also conscious of the fact that our pupils have not been in school since December and that they are looking forward to coming back to school to meet and play with their friends again. We aim to make the return to school as free from stress as possible. An e-mail detailing the protocol for return to school has been sent to all families of children returning. As previously. the Board of Management is happy for children to wear whatever is manageable, practical, appropriate and comfortable for parents/guardians for the return to school.

You will find links to the following by clicking on each one

Covid 19 Response Plan Return to School.

2020 Ratheniska School Policy Statement

Risk Assessment Covid 19

2021 Pupil Return to School Form

Minister Foley’s Letter to parents and guardians 24 Feb

Remember that all children must submit a 2021 Pupil Return to School Form on Monday March 1st and on their return following any absence from school . Please be advised by your GP if you are in any way unsure about your child’s health . Under no circumstance should a child who presents as feeling unwell be sent to school.

The school can only remain functioning if staff are available and well enough to work .