I hope you are doing well during these unprecedented times. Further to the Government’s decision to close schools to support efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, I am writing to advise you of school continuity measures taken to date by your school
• Wednesday 11-03-2020
We advised all students to empty all of their personal belongings from the school.
• Thursday 12-03-2020
Students were given codes for google classroom. Teachers issued revision guidelines to support students’ continued engagement with the curriculum during the closure. The school closed following a directive issued by the Department of Education and Skills (DoES).
• Monday 29-03-2020:
Provisional return date to school. In the interim, the school will continue with actions to prepare for our return to the campus. The following guidance is to support students as they prepare for their summer/state examinations.
• The State Examinations Commission (SEC) will circulate guidance on contingency arrangements if they are required. The school will communicate any such arrangements through normal channels such as SMS, student emails, VSware, and social media.
If the practicals and orals are postponed for our students, it is essential to note they will be delayed for all students across the country.
Please check for accurate updates on the SEC website. In the interim, Leaving Cert students must prepare for the orals/practicals as if they are going to proceed as planned.
• Examination Years: :
Our teachers will endeavour to support you as a matter of priority through blended learning (online support & work assigned to you before closure). Generally speaking, online classes will be created via whatever platform you are currently using on existing class structures within the school.
Your current school timetable provides you with an excellent structure to organise your day.
If parents could encourage their daughter(s)/son(s) to submit assigned work, we would be most grateful.
Please urge them to do so within agreed timeframes.
Other online supports available:
https://irevise.com/ie (Additional notes and tutorials)
www.studyclix.ie (Exam builders)
www.examinations.ie (Past exam papers and marking schemes)
www.education.ie – (Education related news)
• Non-Examination Years:
Over time as teachers build their capacity for online engagement, they will issue guidance to students in non-exam years to support their ongoing engagement with the curriculum in due course. Parents are encouraged to get their son(s) or daughter(s) to organise and create a bank of flashcards, mind maps and other suitable study aids.
• Wellbeing: We would encourage you to stay in contact with your friends. Peer learning is one of the most effective methods to support curriculum engagement. Use technology sensibly to connect and learn together. Breaks, exercise and healthy diets are crucial to staying healthy.
This is an unprecedented situation, and the school community is conscious that in these difficult times, we will come together to find solutions.
We always work in the best interest of our students.
It is an unusual time for us all, and we need to work together to delay and limit the transmission of the COVID-19 virus.
We encourage parents to emphasise the importance of social distancing to all in their care, so we as a nation can protect the most vulnerable in our communities.
I also want to acknowledge that many of our students might find the uncertainty of the forthcoming weeks quite unsettling. I want to take this opportunity to reassure parents and students alike that the SEC and DES have always made decisions which are student-centred and mindful of the immediate environment.
We have no control over what decisions the state agencies make; we do, however, have control over what actions we can take. So please remain focused on your study schedules and your preparations for the state examinations.
Finally, I would like to thank our staff for their assistance and proactive actions to support your daughter(s) and son(s). The staff and your daughter(s)/son(s) are a credit to our school community.
If you wish to contact me, I am available at 063 83121.
We will make every effort to respond to your query promptly and support you in any way we can.
Brendan Burke, Principal