09 February 2021

Autism Class extension project at Skerries Educate Together NS

In response to a number of queries on this subject, and as part of our wish to keep the school community informed of the latest developments, I wanted to give you an update on the situation regarding our Autism Class extension project.

As many of you will know, the Department of Education (DE) has approved funding for 4 primary school  Autism Classes in our school.  It is worth noting that the school is being supported through this project by Louth/Meath Education and Training Board (LMETB), which has extensive experience of managing these types of developments.  Plans have been drawn up by the project architects for this extension, and these have been approved by the DE.  I have attached these drawings to the message for your information.

The original timeline was due to result in an opening date for the new extension of September 2021.  However, this was the estimate before the Covid-19 pandemic arrived in Ireland in March 2020, and unfortunately this is having an extremely negative effect on the work schedule.  The estimate we have recently been given is that it will be September 2022, or later, before the unit will be completed.  This is very disheartening for everyone, and none more so than the families of the children who need these school places the most.  We will continue to engage with all parties to work towards the delivery of these classrooms in as safe and as timely a manner as possible.  We will also keep the school community informed of any new developments when they arise.

Conor D’Arcy, Principal and Board of Management, Skerries Educate Together National School.


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