We hope everyone is keeping safe and well during this very stressful and worrying time. Pupil (and parent) wellbeing is very important during this time. Teachers have sent home activities and work for pupils to complete but we do realise that this does not replace school. The daily routine of school provides security as pupils will know what comes next. Then there is the social aspect of school and the various interactions. We must all continue to practice social distancing and follow the new government guidelines.
We are all very aware that family circumstances may have changed recently. While some parents continue to work to provide essential services (health care workers, gardai, supermarket staff, postal workers and others [Thank you]) other families may find one or both parents working from home or even unemployed. Child care is an issue for many and people are worried about the effects on pupils education and development.
During this extended school closure try to keep some sort of routine. Perhaps children could learn a new activity or skill. Perhaps keep a journal of positive thoughts, quotes or songs. Practice gratitude by creating a list of all the good things about today. A healthy diet and exercise is very important as is getting plenty of fresh air and keeping hydrated. Communicate with friends and family by telephone or video calls.
Below are some additional activities which pupils may like to engage in this week.
Bus Eireann School Bus Transport: Applications for School Transport for the new school year are currently open and can be accessed online at www.buseireann.ie/schooltransport. Details of the scheme are also available on our website, Facebook page and https://www.education.ie/en/Parents/Services/School-Transport/. The closing date for applications is Friday 24th April 2020.
RTE in conjunction with the DES will air a new TV programme designed to cover aspects of school and education from Monday 30th March at 11 a.m. each weekday on RTE 2. We encourage children to engage with this.
During the two week Easter closure it is important that children take a break.