6th September 2018

6th September 2018

Dear Parents,

We hope you have settled back in to the routine of the school year. We would like to especially welcome our new Junior Infants and their families and we look forward to an exciting and prosperous journey in Scoil Naomh Micheál.

We have outlined below some of the important details going forward throughout the school year.


1. Important Dates


All closures are detailed on the school’s website www.upperglanmirens.ie


2. Morning & Evening


Classes start at 9.20am.


Supervision begins in the school yard at 9.00am. No responsibility can be accepted for children who arrive before this time.

Between 9.00am-9.10am, only one staff member is present to supervise. Full school supervision begins at 9.10am.


The children will be collected by their teacher at 9.20am and taken to their classroom.


On wet mornings, the school door will open at 9.00am and children will gather in the school hall. At 9.10am, when full supervision commences, the children will be accompanied to their classrooms.


Children arriving late to school will be asked to report to the school office. A record of children arriving late will be kept in the office.


Parents/Guardians should note that the car park at Upper Glanmire Community Hall has been reserved exclusively for school staff on school days.  Please do not use this car park for parking/turning/set-down in the morning or evening.


The centre lane at the front of the school is for the continuous flow of traffic, while parking is available on both sides. The system works well when cars park on either side to allow passengers enter/exit their vehicles and there is a continuous flow through the centre lane. Congestion of the centre lane leads to further congestion on the main road and is easily avoided.


The school bus will park at the blue double gates at the top yard before and after school. Please do not park in front of these gates and please allow adequate space for the bus to park. Children will be supervised to and from the bus by a teacher.


We encourage parents and children to walk to school where possible. It is imperative that parents/guardians collect children at the school gates thus avoiding the possibility of any child crossing the road. Children will only be allowed to leave the school grounds unsupervised, if parents have signed the consent form to do so. Children leaving the school grounds unsupervised must wear a high-vis jacket. Teachers will be designated to supervise children inside the school gates until 3.10pm.  No responsibility can be taken for children once they leave the school premises. No responsibility can be taken for children after 3.10pm.


Children walking from school will exit via the gates at the bottom of the school. Children in 3rd & 6th classes will also be collected at these gates. Children in 1st/2nd classes will exit via the middle gates. Children in 4th & 5th classes will exit via the gate at the main entrance to the school.


Children who remain on for school activities should go straight to the relevant room or hall etc. at 3pm.


We seek the co-operation of all parents/guardians in supporting these safety guidelines and in explaining them to their children.   As you are aware, the safety of the children is our primary concern and we appreciate your support in helping us achieve this.


3. Attendance


A child’s attendance at school is essential in order to ensure that he/she progresses to the best of his/her ability.  Therefore absences should be kept to a minimum. Details of school closures are circulated to enable parents to organise holidays outside of school times. 


All absences should always be communicated in writing to the class teacher when the child returns to school.   Absences are recorded on the schools data system and teachers will have to have notes explaining absences as soon as a child returns.  Otherwise the reason for an absence will be recorded as “Unknown”. The form at the back of the school journal should be used to report school absences (1st-6th Classes).  Schools are required to report absences (and the reasons for them) in excess of 19 days to TUSLA.  Although attendance is important, children who are ill should be cared for at home (in their own interest and in the interest of other children in the school). Please do not ring the secretary re. absences unless in the case of contagious illnesses  such as  chicken pox, measles etc.


If a child will be late coming to school (e.g. in the case of a dental appointment), please notify the school in advance so that we will be able to mark the child “present” if and when he/she comes in.


In exceptional circumstances where children are required to be collected from the school during the school day, it is important that the school is informed in advance.  These children must then be collected at the secretary’s office and will not be allowed out of the school to wait for parents/guardians.  Parents who collect children during the school day will sign at the secretary’s office.


The school should be notified of any change of address, contact number, relevant legal matter, collection detail, etc. as soon as possible.



 4. Lunches


We would like to remind parents/guardians that the school has a Whole School Food Policy which supports parents in providing healthy and nutritious lunches. This can be viewed on our website at http://www.upperglanmirens.ie.  As there are a number of children with nut allergies in the school, Nutella and nuts are specifically banned from school lunches. Also lunches must not be shared. We seek the co-operation of all parents/guardians in helping us to promote healthy eating.



5. School Website

We will use our school website as an up to date diary of our school life.  Children’s photos and pupil’s written work are uploaded to the school website.  These are generally group photos and children’s names are not included.  Please sign the attached consent form and return to the school to allow your child’s photograph to be taken and uploaded to the school website if necessary.

The school website will be used to communicate with parents as much as possible. This will significantly reduce printing costs in the school and ensure that information is available for all to see. We will also use our Facebook and Twitter pages to update the wider community about our school.



 6. Appointments


As you are aware, the school day of our teachers is an extremely busy one. If you wish to meet with your child’s teacher, please make an appointment through the school secretary and we will be happy to meet you outside class time.






We would like to thank you for your support as we begin the school year. We look forward to an exciting and busy year ahead, and we look forward to working closely with you to achieve the best for your children.


Le gach dea-ghuí,


Patrick O’Connell