Coronavirus Update 7 – Schools to remain closed to students until 19 April 2020
FAO of all school stakeholders. There was a statement from the Department of Education and Skills on COVID-19 published on 24 March 2020 which confirmed that schools are to remain closed to students until 19 April 2020. Please see full text of statement below and link to statement on the department’s website. Students are to continue to engage with work sent to them remotely by their teachers. Remember we must all connect socially but disconnect physically. Regards, Mr Corcoran. Principal.
All schools, pre-schools and further and higher education settings will remain closed to students until 19 April 2020.
The decision has been taken following advice from the NPHET (National Public Health Emergency Team) as part of efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.
All young people and children are urged to practice social distancing, and to minimise physical contact to keep themselves and others healthy and to limit the spread of infection. This should include minimising social contact, avoiding meeting up and keeping physical space of two metres between each other. Parents and guardians are urged to support young people and children to follow those simple guidelines.
Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD said:
"This is an extremely difficult time for everyone, not least students and their parents.
"The decision to keep schools closed until after the Easter break is based on public health advice. It is a hugely important aspect of our continued effort to limit the spread of COVID-19.
"My message to students facing exams is that they should keep focused, keep working and try, as much as possible, to prepare as normal for the state exams. We are doing everything in our power to make sure those exams happen.
"Teachers and students have answered the call to remote learning with exceptional flexibility and adaptability. You are all a credit to the education system.
"I am also deeply conscious of significant work being done to ensure continuity of learning across our higher and further education institutions. The impact of emergency measures has not stopped education, it has inspired innovation and we are indebted to all those continuing to provide education in these trying times.”
Coronavirus Update 6
Today, Thursday 19th March 2020, Minister McHugh announced the Cancellation of Leaving Certificate and Junior Cycle Oral and Practical Performance Tests. Extension to the deadlines for completion of project work and coursework in a number of subjects. Please click on link below for full information.
Coronavirus Update 5
To all Parents, Guardians, Students and Staff
I sincerely hope this communication finds you in good health.
It goes without saying that at this moment in time, we find ourselves in unchartered waters. As an educational institution we will do our best to deal with the challenges that face us. While our contingency plan has been shared extensively (please see earlier update on our website), I would like to re-iterate some key points and to introduce some new information.
· As per government instruction the school will remain closed to students and learners until Monday 30th March 2020. On this day we are due to re-open for a full school day. This will only change if we are instructed to do so by the relevant Government departments.
· We will keep in touch via text and email as information comes to our attention. We will also communicate via our school website. Please check it regularly for updates.
· Teachers have commenced sharing work with pupils by email, and will continue to do so at consistent; regular intervals over the coming fortnight.
· We would ask students to be respectful of the times they contact our teaching staff i.e. between 9.00am and 4.00pm, and to be please be mindful that as the virus spreads, teachers may also be sick or have sick family members.
· For examination classes it is essential that study, revision and learning work takes place and that students continually practice their exam techniques. Most of the courses are now completed so students are at a point where they can learn independently.
· LMETB are working hard to fast-track the introduction of Microsoft Teams for our 6th and 3rd year pupils, in order to give more options to the scope of the remote teaching that our staff can engage in. I will share further information regarding Microsoft Teams when I have it. Click on this link to get an idea of what it is all about - https://support.office.com/en-us/article/distance-learning-with-office-365-guidance-for-parents-and-guardians-89d514f9-bf5e-4374-a731-a75d38ddd588?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US.
· In the meantime, I advise that students follow their timetable from home and work at each subject as per their school timetable. It is important that they maintain a structure to their day. I also advise that while students are working that they do not have distractions such as mobile phones and TVs at hand.
· At this time the State Examinations Commission has not provided us with any information about how these events will impact of scheduled examinations. As soon as I have definite information, I will pass this on.
All educational stakeholders are responding to this evolving situation. Below are a list of initiatives being promoted on various social media platforms that may be of interest to you. Please practice due diligence if accessing any of these resources.
· With the recent news of the closure of schools until the 29th of March due to COVID-19, we at iRevise.com are giving premium memberships to all students for one month for free. Tap below for more information.
· Great news! It's now possible to join the library online & use @BorrowBox straight away!
Just go to www.librariesireland.ie/join, complete the registration, set a PIN and you'll be able to log in to Borrowbox with those details to download eBooks and audiobooks #TakeACloserLook
Scoilnet Post Primary
· To support the learning process for Irish schools, World Book Online just made available a collection of all their eBooks. There are about 700 proprietary World Book titles for ages 4-18 and over 2,500 Project Gutenberg titles. @worldbookinc #FREE #HOMEaccess PDST https://www.scoilnet.ie/scoilnet-services/world-book/
· Revising from home? Check out the FREE 'Pocket Papers' app which contains all past JC and LC exam papers. As well as log tables, points calculator and state exam timetables.
Having said all of the above, the primary concern for all the members of our school community, and the citizens of our country is to play our part in stopping the spread of the virus. It is certainly true to say that ‘Doctors treat the sick, People stop the spread’. ‘Social Distancing’ is an absolute must for all at this time – I urge all parents and students to follow the HSE guidelines (https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/protect-yourself.html) in order to protect yourself and others. Equally, it is imperative that we all remember the importance of minding our mental health during the coronavirus outbreak -
I wish you and your family good health over the coming days and weeks.
Corona Virus Update 4 - School Closure
Re: St Oliver Post Primary School COVID-19 Contingency Plan
To all Parents, Guardians, Students and Staff
In line with the Government announcement today, Thursday 12th March 2020, St Oliver Post Primary School will be closed from Friday 13th March to Friday 27th March 2020. In line with Government instruction, we are due to re-open on Monday 30th March 2020 for a full school day. This will only change if we are instructed to do so by the relevant Government departments.
Obviously, the health and safety of our school community is our priority. Having said that, we want to assure you that we have a solid contingency plan in place to support students’ Teaching and Learning.
· All students and staff have a school email. This will be used for communication purposes. All students should be prepared to receive and return work for correction via their school email account.
· All teachers have been issued with suggested guidelines for sharing work with their pupils.
· We advise that students prepare by bringing home study materials, especially those in exam years.
· We would ask students to be respectful of the times they contact the teaching staff i.e. between 9.00am and 4.00pm.
· The State Examinations Commission will direct us on the timing of the State Exam Projects and Orals. We will communicate this information to you as we receive it.
This is an unprecedented situation that will certainly raise questions for our students. I would like to direct your attention to updated guidance issued recently on talking to children and young people about Covid-19. You can access and download this guidance in both Irish and English from the Department of Education and Skills website below under the heading ‘Talking to children and young people about Covid-19’ www.education.ie/covid19
Corona Virus Update 3
Please click on the link below to access the latest information for schools from the Department of Health.
Corona Virus Update 2
Letter from Dept of Health re Covid-19 Virus
Click here to see the latest communication from the Department of Health’s Chief Medical Officer in relation to the Covid-19 virus.
Corona Virus Update 1
Schools and Guidance on the Corona Virus
You will be aware that a case has been confirmed in northern Ireland. Notwithstanding same the guidance to protect yourself remains as has been outlined by the HSE https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/coronavirus.html
That advice recommends that you:
· Wash your hands properly and regularly
· Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough and sneeze.
· Put used tissues into a bin and wash your hands.
· Follow the travel advice from the Department of Foreign Affairs https://www.dfa.ie/travel/travel-advice/
The HSE currently lists the Covid-19 affected regions as mainland China, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Iran and the following regions of northern Italy - Lombardy, Veneto Emilia-Romagna and Piedmont.