Information for Parents and Pupils – School Re-opening September 2020
Dear Parent / Carer,
Please find below final information regarding the return of pupils to Saint Fanchea’s College at the start of the new academic year.
The college staff will strive to ensure that Saint Fanchea’s College is a safe environment in which all of our school community remain safe and where learning and teaching as we are accustomed to, will resume. Starting school or starting a new school year can be stressful at the best of times, let alone during a global pandemic. Many pupils will undoubtedly be anxious in returning into the school environment and our staff will strive to be compassionate to their needs. We are aware that many of our pupils may feel like they have lost time in their learning and we aim to address these gaps across all subject areas in the early weeks of the new college year. Our teachers will also implement a pastoral recovery curriculum over the coming term, starting with a focused induction day for each year group, in order to provide mental health support while encouraging them also to address any concerns they feel as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and their return to school.
Following the publication of ‘New School Day’ guidance that was issued from Department of Education on 13 th August 2020, the Senior Leadership Team have been working with staff to develop plans to enable all of our pupils to safely to return to school in September 2020. The response to COVID-19 is taking place in a fluid and changing environment and the guidance in this booklet is subject to adaption and change at any time. We will follow the scientific, medical and public health advice as is issued by the relevant authorities. If you have any queries about any of the details in this guidance booklet, please contact the college. The working partnership between home and school will be essential in assuring the safety of everyone in the school community over the coming year.
On the day your daughter returns to school, and every day your daughter comes to school, she will be greeted by a member of staff who are there to reassure them and support them.
Thank you for your continued support.
Maurice Collins (Principal)