30th March 2020: A Guide for Parents supporting children and young people
26th March 2020: Message from Mr. Whelan
Dear Students and Parents, I hope that this message finds you and your families well.
First and foremost well done to all of you who are continuing to engage with education and looking after your well-being during these challenging times, It has been so heartening to see the commitment of so many of our students and their parents to ensure that during this time of school closure there is a determination among so many people to ensure their future prospects are not jeopardised with continued studies and engagement with teachers who are adapting and working very hard to ensure their students don’t miss out.
Please find attached a pdf with all staff email addresses included.
We are also very conscious that this can be a very stressful time for all and supports that are usually available to help students may be forgotten. We would like to remind you of the following staff who are available to support students during this time.
Guidance – Ms Clifford is available at email@example.com to answer all guidance related matters and to assist students who experiencing stress and mental health issues.
Learning support – Mr Howard is available at firstname.lastname@example.org to support parents and students who might be struggling in making sense of work that has been set by teachers and advising as to how to make materials more accessible to students. Don’t hesitate to contact him if you require this support.
IT support – Mr Wall – email@example.com
Home School Community Liason Teacher – Ms Dillon firstname.lastname@example.org
1st – email@example.com
2nd – firstname.lastname@example.org
3rd – email@example.com
TY – firstname.lastname@example.org
LCA – email@example.com
5th – firstname.lastname@example.org
6th – email@example.com
Principal -Ms Murphy firstname.lastname@example.org
Best wishes to you all,
Matthew Whelan, Deputy Principal – email@example.com
25th March 2020: Statement from Department of Education & Skills
Covid-19 Statement from the Department of Education and Skills
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.”
23rd March 2020: Letter from Ms. Murphy
Dear Parent/Guardian and Student,
I hope that this message finds you and your family well. Staff and students of the school have worked really hard over the last week to adapt to a new way of working. We got very little notice that the schools were closing and no preparation time. Yet in the space of 6 working days, e-mails have been set up for all students and staff have embraced technology using Microsoft teams, e-mail, and Google Classroom to ensure that distance learning can take place. Everyone is trying their best to make sure that your daughter continues learning while the school is closed. The Department of Education has asked that priority be given to 6th years, as they face into the Leaving Certificate in June.
To this end, we need your support. Please make sure that your daughter is checking in with her teachers. Many teachers have reported that some of the students have not made contact. Please remind your daughter to check in with her teachers. If there are problems with e-mail addresses or access to technology let us know. Likewise, if there is anything else that you may need support with, let us know and we will do our best to support you and your family at this time.
Some useful contact details:
Ms. Dillon – Home School Community Liaison Teacher – Phone: O87 1624105
Mr. Howard- Learning Support Teacherfirstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Clifford- Guidance Counsellor- email@example.com
Mr Wall- IT coordinator- any problems with e-mail addresses, contact him- firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Hayes- English as an Additional Language Teacher – email@example.com
Ms Murphy- Principal – firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Whelan- Deputy Principal- email@example.com
Access your textbook online
Some publishers have allowed students access digital versions of their textbooks online during the current school closures. We will place any links that publishers send us here.
If you download the Educate.ie app to your computer, all of their ebooks are available free to access. If we receive more information about login details or codes to use, we will post them here.
To help support you at home you can access all our digital resources & eBooks on
Register as a teacher & use the special code below for Roll Number
Primary school resources: Prim20
Secondary school resources: Sec20
In support of students, teachers & parents during this challenging time, simply log in to http://edcolearning.ie with any of the following username & password combinations to gain FREE access to our e-books & digital resources. #remotelearning #edchatie
Update: 19th March 2020
Dear Parent/Guardian and Student,
We are working very hard behind the scenes to make sure that students and their families are supported during these difficult times.
To facilitate on-line learning, all students have been issued with a school e-mail. We are running into problems because many students have forgotten their passwords. Mr. Wall is re-issuing links to reset the passwords. We ask that students take down their password in notebook or somewhere safe, so it does not have to be issued again.
Students must log into OFFICE 365 to access their e-mail account. Some students are running into difficulties because they are trying to log into Microsoft.
While some teachers are using Google and others Edmodo to communicate with their students, many staff members are moving towards Microsoft Teams. Please see below support links for parents and students.
Students should contact their teachers during normal school hours.
If there is any student family out there who needs support during this time, Ms. Elaine Dillon, our Home School Community Liaison teacher is available at the end of the phone. Her number is 087 1624105. My e- mail is: firstname.lastname@example.org and Mr Whelan’s email address is email@example.com
It has come to my attention that some parents may need to get Children’s Allowance Forms stamped.
Please e-mail me and post the form to the following address:
I will return the forms by post.
Take care of yourselves and your family at this time. To the sixth years, try not to worry. The Department of Education and the State Examinations Commission will be working behind the scenes on a contingency plan. It is out of our hands now and all you can do is stay well, keep up the study, support each other and stay in contact with your teachers.
Useful IT Links:
Announcement from State Examinations Commission re: Oral and Practical Exams.
School Closed from 13th March 2020
Following a directive from the Department of Education and Skills our school is now closed for an unconfirmed period of time.
Please see the letter below and follow this link https://www.education.ie/en/Press-Events/Press-Releases/2020-press-releases/12-march-2020-statement-from-the-department-of-education-and-skills.html