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Updated Rathmore N.S. COVID-19 Response Plan

Please find below the Rathmore NS updated COVID-19 Response Plan. Also available in the ‘Return to school (Covid-19)’ menu on the Home page.

New Online Classroom Rules

Scoil Chéile Chríost Rathmore N.S.

Online Classroom Rules and Etiquette for Pupils

  1. Remember our school rules – they are still in place.
  2. Set up your device in a quiet space with no distractions.
  3. Join the video with your microphone muted and sit on a chair.
  4. Raise your (virtual) hand to speak.
  5. Speak in your normal voice. Use kind and friendly words.
  6. Listen to others while they are speaking.
  7. Ensure you are appropriately dressed.
  8. Be on time.
  9. Photographs or recordings of the meeting/video call are not allowed.
  10. The ‘chat’ function is not allowed.
  11. Enjoy! Don’t forget to wave ‘hello’ when you join.

Remote Teaching and Learning

Dear Parents/Guardians

As we continue with remote teaching and learning, I would like to thank you for your engagement with our Rathmore N.S. Remote Teaching and Learning Plan to date. The teachers are working very hard to facilitate the continuity of education and provide lessons and learning experiences for the children in their classes that are as engaging as possible.

The Board of Management recently carried out a Survey of Parents in the school to gather opinions and feedback in relation to their experiences of remote teaching and learning to inform their review of the current school policy.  The results from this parental survey were very positive overall in relation to the methods of communication being used by the school. The majority of parents also favoured facilitating increased opportunities to maintain the connection between school and home and indicated that they would welcome some form of live interaction with their child’s teacher in addition to the current online platforms.  It is evident that the children miss seeing each other and their class teachers and that live interactions would further support pupil wellbeing and social interaction. 

Therefore, the Board of Management have now updated our current Remote Teaching and Learning Policy to facilitate the teachers in Rathmore N.S. to organise a regular check-in with the pupils in their class using the Zoom platform. As part of this change, there is also a need to ensure safety online for teachers and pupils and additional online safety protocols have been developed by the Board. These protocols are outlined below and will also be uploaded to the school website.  The protocols should be read in conjunction with the Rathmore N.S. Acceptable Use Policy.

It is very important to note that any breach of the above guidelines will result in a discontinuation of this method of communication. A breach may also result in a person being immediately removed from a meeting or a meeting being immediately terminated.

Thank you for your co-operation.

Take Care and Stay Safe

Lucy Travers

Principal Teacher

Rathmore N.S. Extended School Closure

Dear Parents/Guardians

The Department of Education and Skills (DES) announced on Monday, 1st February,  that a plan had been agreed with the relevant education stakeholders to initiate a phased return to in-person learning for children in special schools and children in special classes in mainstream schools. Special Schools will reopen on 11th February followed by Mainstream Schools with Special Classes on 22nd February.  

Talks will continue now with stakeholders on further phases of return so that a wider reopening can be delivered for children as soon as possible and I will be in contact with you as soon as I receive further clarity on a reopening date for Rathmore N.S. The teachers and I are looking forward to returning to Rathmore N.S. and to in-person teaching and learning as soon as it is safe to do so and in the meantime, remote learning provision will continue to be made available to all pupils in line with our school’s Remote Teaching and Learning Policy. 

Please continue to adhere to the public health advice which has been issued during this Level 5 restriction to combat the spread of COVID-19 by reducing your social contacts and staying at home. You can contact the school by emailing the school office at the following email address office@rathmorens.ie

Thank you for your patience and co-operation during this challenging time.

Take Care and Stay Safe

Lucy Travers

Principal Teacher

School Admissions 2021/2022 School Year

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We will be accepting Applications for Admission to Junior Infant Classes for the School Year 2021/2022 from the 6th January 2021 according to our School Admission Policy which can be read on the school website.

Please note the applicable dates as outlined on our Annual Admission Notice for Admission to Junior Infants Classes for the 2021/2022 School Year.  

Applicants are asked to complete the Application Form for Admissions and return to the school office before 5th February 2021.

Application Forms for Admissions can be downloaded here

All admission information is available in the ‘ABOUT US’ menu on the “HOME’ page. 

If you have any questions regarding the Admissions process please contact Martina @ 045 862145 or email: office@rathmorens.ie

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Enrolment 2020/2021 Open

The Enrolment process for the following school year 2020/2021 is now open. Forms of Enquiry are available from the school office or can be DOWNLOADED HERE

Closing date for applications is Friday 21st February 2020.


If you require any further information regarding the above please contact Lucy Travers (Principal) or Martina on 045 862145

Bus Routes 2017

Details of bus routes and contact numbers for the companies and drivers can be found HERE or from the TRANSPORT menu.