School Times & Other Details
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Infant Classes: 8.50am – 1.45pm
First to Sixth Classes: 8.50am – 2.45pm
Children are requested to arrive at school by 8.50 am. School doors are open from 8.30am. The Board of Management accept no responsibility for pupils arriving before that time. There are staggered staggered drop off times in place due to COVID 19. School Car Park is reserved for drop off and pick up of Junior Infants, Senior Infants, Sunshine Classes, 1st and 2nd class children only. Parents/Guardians of older children are requested to drop off and pick up at a meeting point away from the school car park. Older children are strongly recommended to avail of Walking
Bus and Cycling Bus.
As it stands, school will start for all classes at 8:50am. If it is possible for families to adhere to the following, we ask for co-operation on it. These are the suggested staggered drop off times in the car park:
8:30am – 1st and 2nd class
8:40am – Junior and Senior Infants.
On arrival to school, all children should enter the school and go immediately to their classroom. Parents/Guardians of Junior and Senior Infant children will be the only parents permitted to accompany their child to their yard at morning time. This is the usual Infant yard for Junior
and Senior Infants. Infants will enter the school immediately. Parents/Guardians will not be allowed to accompany them into the school. Infants will be met at the yellow door by a staff member on arrival.
Parents/Guardians of children in 1st and 2nd class who are using the car park are asked to drop and go in the car park. Parents of 1st and 2nd class children may not accompany children beyond the car park. All children should enter the school and go immediately to their classroom. We strongly recommend that you encourage your child/children to use the Walking Bus and Cycling Bus.
As it stands, infants are collected at 1:45pm and the rest of the school at 2:45pm. This will be adjusted as outlined below. If it is possible for families to adhere to the following, we ask for cooperation on it.
Junior and Senior Infants: 1:45pm as normal
Junior Infant collection point will be on the Infant Yard and Senior Infant collection point will be on the Senior yard (beside the school field).
On the yards there will be a specific queuing area for the parents of each Junior and Senior Infant class. We would ask parents/guardians to wait until their child is called by the teacher to ensure a safe handover of the child. On wet days for collection of Infants, teachers will not bring the children outside. They will complete the handover at the yellow door for Junior Infants on the infant yard (Ms. Murphy’s Junior Infant class will use the back door) and the red door for Senior Infants on the Senior Yard. Parents will queue in their designated queuing area and wait until they are called to the respective doors. We would appreciate your patience and co-operation in relation to this as teachers will only be able to complete the handover one class at a time. We would encourage parents/guardians to dress for the wet weather.
Children from 1st class to 6th class will have a staggered collection time. This is to ensure the least amount of interaction between children as they exit the school. If it is possible for families to adhere to the following, we ask for co-operation on it:
Term 1 (Start of school year until Christmas)
1st and 2nd class: 2:40pm
3rd and 4th class: 2:45pm
5th and 6th class: 2:50pm
Term 2 (After Christmas until Easter)
1st and 2nd class: 2:45pm
3rd and 4th class: 2:50pm
5th and 6th class: 2:40pm
Term 3 (After Easter until End of School Year)
1st and 2nd class: 2:50pm
3rd and 4th class: 2:40pm
5th and 6th class: 2:45pm
Children from 1st class to 6th class will exit through their allocated doors. Children from 1st and 2nd class can be collected in the school car park only. Children from 3rd class to 6th class can be collected at a meeting point away from the car park. Parents/Guardians are asked to wait in their cars and not to congregate on the school grounds.
Pupils will not be allowed to leave the school during the school day. If a child has to be collected early, the parent should let the clas teacher know through email: firstname.lastname@example.org and wait in the front foyer while the child makes their way down from the classroom.
There is a fifteen minute break at 10.45am and a forty minute break at 12.30pm. Pupils are given time to eat their lunches at their desks before being allowed out to play. In general pupils are not allowed to remain indoors during playtime.
We are very conscious in the school of collecting money for various items. For convenience, we have included a number of items with the Parents’ Contribution which covers payment for Personal Accident Insurance, Homework Journal, Art and Craft materials, Photocopying, School resources and Text a Parent service.
The sum of the contribution is €50 per pupil as indicated on school booklists, with a maximum of €150 per family.
We would appreciate it if Parent Contributions were paid annually before the Halloween Break. If paying by cheque, please make payable to ‘Ennis National School’.