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  • Practical Steps for return to school, August 2021

    Please click on the image below to access the Practical Steps document

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  • Videos

    • Back to school advice for post primary students: Department of Education and Skills August 2021

    https://youtu.be/69fIzlMXrMM

    • Back to school advice for parents: Department of Education and Skills August 2021

    https://youtu.be/03RXGM1hMMI

    • School Induction Video for all years August 2021

    https://youtu.be/QffjKAOor3Y

    • How to safely wear a face covering: HSE

    https://youtu.be/OBR0udoIaiY

    • Hand washing Video: HSE

    https://youtu.be/apV7iYRqfxo

  • The 2021 Plan and Statement have been ratified by the Board of Management 24.08.2021

    Please click here for our COVID – 19 Policy Statement 2021 – 2022

    Please click here for Covid 19 Response Plan 2021 – 2022 Mercy Mounthawk Ratified by the Board of Management 24th August 2021.

  • Please Click on either map  for Full Size…can be printed

    Year Group Zones                                                                                                                                                                                                                        One way Map

    Lunch Year Group Zones + Outside Spaces August 2021

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  •  School App: Please download today!…the App Links are below.

    Version 5 of the app went online on the week of 23rd August, we ask all parents and students to update.

    If you have problems downloading the app, you need to email:  support@uniqueschools.ie.

    I have spoken to the people developing the app and they have assured me they will deal with you within 24 hours.

    The main means of communication with parents will be through our School App so we ask all parents and students to download the Mercy Mounthawk App.

    School App links:

    App logo CroppedApple App Store

    https://itunes.apple.com/ie/app/mercy-school-mounthawk/id1430776436?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

    Google PlayStore

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.uniquepublishing.mercysecondaryschool

    Some App details:

    • You will be able to download the App today.
    • Forms accessed through the App must be completed and returned digitally through the App.
    • You will  get access to VS ware later , after your daughter or son has started in Mercy Mounthawk.
    • We ask all parents and students to download the App, this is vital for seamless and paperless communication with all members of the school community.
  • Return to School March 2021

    All previous instructions, on these tabs,  regarding COVID – 19 apply

    1: Letter to parents and guardians from Minister for Education

    Link: Minister’s Letter to parents and guardians 24 Feb

    2: Our Covid Response Plan has been updated

    Link: Updated Covid Response Plan February 2021

    3: Summary document for return to school

    The Summary Document below contains recent Health and Safety information for 6th years returning to school on March 1st, we ask that you read it . At the end of the form you will read information about two Google forms that will need to be completed and submitted before sixth years return to school on Monday 1st March. These forms will be sent out, to 6th years,  via our school app on Friday 26th February and must be completed before students return to school.

    The Summary Document contains lots of links to relevant Department of Education and HSE Videos. Some of those links are below:

    Excellent videos on returning to school March 2021:
    Video 1: Dr Abigail Collins on the Return of Leaving Certificate Students to In-Person Learning: https://youtu.be/x17KwzS69GU
    Video 2: If your child is a close contact of COVID-19 in school: https://youtu.be/x2Vur9Dx4dk
    Video 3: Back to school advice for Parents Updated January 2021: https://youtu.be/hg2wRiXXSpc
    Video 4: Back to school advice for Students: https://youtu.be/69fIzlMXrMM

    Video 4: Hand washing Videos from HSE: here

     

    Link: Summary document for return to school

     

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  •  RETURN TO SCHOOL SAFELY INDUCTION FORM

    Each student is asked to read the Return to School Safely Induction document and sign it with their Parent/Guardian before return to school.

    We will send, to  each student(years 2,3,4,5 and 6), a google form version of the Induction document. This google form version of the induction document will be sent via google classroom(each student is part of a year group google classroom). We ask that students read the document on google classroom , complete the questions and submit it by clicking submit at the end. This process allows us to collect the completed forms electronically and safely.

    Incoming first years have been sent , in the post, a paper version of the form as they are not yet on google classroom. This will arrive to homes on Monday 31st August. We ask all incoming first years and their parents to read and sign the form and bring it to school with them on Tuesday 1st September.

    A PDF version of the form has been attached here.

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    Please click on form to open FULL PDF version

     

  • COVID-19  Update on 12.10.2020 

    As cases of COVID-19 are rising in our community, and the possibility of close contact with a case increases, we all need to take renewed care and remind ourselves of the rules for handling situations that might arise.   Can I remind you of the simple core rule in the COVID-19 Response Plan for the school that we must all follow to protect each other.

    STAY AT HOME IF UNWELL POLICY’.

    This means that if any student displays any of the common symptoms of Covid-19 (see below) they must stay at home. Should a student display these symptoms in class, they will be immediately isolated on the school premises and the parent/guardian will be contacted to collect the student. Children with a blocked or runny nose, but no fever can attend school or childcare, but if they require paracetamol or ibuprofen for their symptoms, they must not attend school for 48 hours and GP assessment for testing is indicated.      (from the Schools Pathway for Covid-19, the Public Health approach, Paper prepared by the Office of the Clinical Director, Health Protection, HSE. 24 Aug 2020)

     COMMON SYMPTOMS  

    Common symptoms of coronavirus include: a fever (high temperature – 38 degrees Celsius or above). A cough – this can be any kind of cough, not just dry, shortness of breath or breathing difficulties,

    loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.     

    (https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/symptoms.html updated 21st August 2020 @ 5.20 pm).

     A QUICK GUIDE  

    I am attaching links to a quick guide which summarises the advice and rules that we should all follow on restricting movement and isolation:  bit.ly/isolationguide     Please look carefully at no 8 in the table.

    RESPONDING TO A CLOSE CONTACT

    Here is a link to advice on responding to the situation of a close contact:   bit.ly/closecontactsguide

    MASKS and HYGIENE

    Students are doing great with regard to wearing masks in the school –  a big THANK YOU.  

    Can I remind you that students should have 3 MASKS  with them in school in order to allow for a change of mask during the day. Also please remind your son/daughter of the importance of WASHING HANDS.


     

    Practical information for Students and Parents August 24th 2020, please click on picture.

    First Page Practical Steps to Students august 24th 2020

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    1. Information for first years on Student Induction Form will arrive at home on Monday 31st August.
      • We require all students to view the videos on the Video tab
      • We require all students to familiarise themselves with the one way map
        • You may take a screenshot of the map and use it on your phone to help navigate your way in school
      • When you receive the Induction Form(1st years will get this on Monday 31st by post),
        • We will ask all parents with their students in first year to read and sign before returning to school with the form on Tuesday 1st.
        • 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Year students will get the Induction Form through their google classroom account  on Monday 31st August.
        • We will ask all parents and students to read and submit this form via google classroom after Monday 31st and before students return to school.
    2. We require students to be aware of the different entry points for each Year Group for mornings and after lunch.
      • 1st and 6th Years will enter by the Main door of the school
      • 2nd Years will enter by the big side door near the staffroom
      • 3rd Years will enter into the outside court yard near centenary hall…this court yard entrance will bring you into the canteen area
      • TY’s will enter the prefabs but will sanitise first at special stations outside the gym
      • 5th years will enter through the glass doors into centenary hall.
  • This form must be completed by the parent/guardian of any student

    1.  who have been collected from school under the Covid-19 Protocol covering a suspected case or a student who is self-reporting symptoms.

     

    1.  who have been contacted through Contact Tracing either through the school or through the App as a close contact. 

    This form must be completed before the student will be allowed to attend class.

    Covid 19 Return to School Form