Storm Barra Emergency Closure

Dear Parent/Guardian,

The Department of Education have issued the following statement instructing all schools affected by red and orange weather warnings to close tomorrow:

“Met Éireann has advised that there is a strong possibility that the status of parts of these counties currently in status orange are likely to change and escalate to status red.

Due to the significant nature of Storm Barra, as forecast by Met Éireann and to give sufficient notice to schools and parents/guardians, the Department is advising that all schools covered by the Red Alert and Orange warning from Met Éireann should not open tomorrow, 7 December.”

Therefore Ballindaggin NS will not be open tomorrow.

Please stay safe.

Update re Face Coverings

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We were delighted to see so many of our 3rd – 6th class pupils wearing their masks in school over the past three days. 

Thank you to our pupils and to you, their parents, for your cooperation and support with the recent recommendation.

We are awaiting further clarification from the Department of Education regarding the recommendation of mask wearing for children in 3rd to 6th Class. And as soon as any more information comes we will inform you.

We have spoken to 3rd to 6th Class pupils regarding face masks, why they have been asked to wear them and have taught them some mask etiquette over the past three days. If your child is wearing a mask in school we would ask that you also send in a small zip lock bag or small lunch box for them to store their mask in during play time and eating time. It may also be useful to send in a spare mask or two just incase one becomes damp, soiled or the straps break.

Attached is a poster that the Department of Education have sent us. You may find it useful in talking to your child about the correct way way to wear and handle their face mask while in school.

Kind regards,

Conor Mc Donald 

Face Covering for Primary Pupils

Mask Wearing in Third – Sixth Class

Late yesterday evening (5.30pm) we received a set of guidelines from the Department of Education, informing us that it is now a requirement for Third to Sixth Class children to wear masks to school. As this was very short notice for parents, children and staff, we will be seeking further details on the attached letter in the coming days and have been advised by the IPPN (Irish Primary Principals Network) to await clarity and consult with our Board of Management before we implement these guidelines.

We also received a letter at (8.15pm) from the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan which we have been instructed to send to all parents. This letter is also attached to this message so that you can read it in your own time. It is also available on our school website.

I want to reassure all parents and children that everyone is welcome to our school today as normal (with our without masks). We will make further contact with you when we have received more information and have a clear plan of action.

Thank you for your understanding,

Conor Mc Donald

Principal

CMO Letter to schools FINAL_

Guidance on the use of face coverings in Primary schools

Antigen Testing

Letter from the Dept of Education outlining new measures for schools which will be implemented from today Monday November 29th 2021.

It is important that you read this letter and are familiar with the new procedures and protocols regarding antigen testing.

Antigen tests should not be used if children are displaying symptoms. Symptomatic children still require a PCR test.

DoE letter to Parents re Antigen Testing

Confirmation

The date for our Confirmation has been set as Saturday June 4th 2022.

World Diabetes Day

We are going blue this Friday November 12th to raise awareness around diabetes for World Diabetes Day. All children are invited to wear blue to school (face paint encouraged) and to bring in €1 to donate to

#DiabetesAwareness

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