At that meeting, the Board ratified the Response Plan for Summer Provision and discussed the documents that have been published by the Department of Education over the last month in relation to reopening the full school. The Board of Management will meet again on 17th August with a view to ratifying a Response Plan for reopening the full school.
The Board is encouraged by the work done by school staff, in conjunction with the Chairperson of the Parents Association, to date. The Board is aware that the various reopening planning groups are meeting over the coming 7 weekdays - Friday 7th to Monday 17th - once Summer Provision has finished for the day. The Board commends our staff and leadership team for their commitment and looks forward to publishing a thorough plan following the next meeting of the Board.
The Board is aware of anxiety felt by parents and by school staff, as well as by some children. To that end, we hope to email one full plan rather than drip-feeding pieces of information to families. However, the Board is encouraged by the engagement on social media and encouraged the school leadership team to continue to post updates there, as has been happening this week. In this way, parents and staff members can choose whether to receive the information or not. We hope that this helps everyone to build up positively to returning to school without adding to anyone's stress or anxiety.