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
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· 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.