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Principal: Miss O O'Dowd

Extended Halloween Mid-Term Break - Department of Education approved

14th October 2020


Dear Parents and Carers

All in St. Francis’ Primary School were so pleased to “nearly” get through the half term without having to close our classes or bubbles. Unfortunately things are not going so well everywhere and the cases of Covid illnesses are on the rise. We are accutely aware of this as we have growing numbers of families directly affected by Covid-19 – we wish you all a speedy recovery.


School closed from Monday 19th October – Friday 30th October.

Children return on Monday 2nd November.

Two week holiday.


The restrictions released by The Executive team this morning have indicated that the spread of Covid is so severe that they have granted schools an additional week’s holiday.  This breaks down into 2 optional holiday days with 3 exceptional closures that DE is gifting to the schools.  There may be some change to our holiday list going forward but once I have that worked out I will keep you all updated.

As this Halloween Mid-Term Break is an extended holiday period there will be no learning material or online engagement over the period of these two weeks. Your children have been working hard so allow a little time for fun and decompression, within the boundaries of the Covid restrictions.   If the Executive are forced to review restrictions after this period I will be in touch again with updates – but at this moment in time you know exactly as much as me – God Bless Radio Ulster!


Changes to Friday finishing times from Friday 6th November.

In this school year we have changed our morning routines and school is open to children from 8:45am.  This has implications for all staff in their workload agreement.

Going forward the P/R4-P/R7 children will finish school every Friday at 2:30pm.  The buses are also able to accommodate this early finishing time.

All the younger children will continue to finish at 2pm with P4-7 finishing at 2:30pm (Friday’s only)


If there are any further updates from DE or the Exceutive over the course of the next couple of weeks I will continue to commincate the implications for school and the children.  I hope this break helps the overall situation and we can get back to normal soon.

Stay safe and healthy!

Miss O’Dowd