I hope this post finds all our students and parents well and coping with the school closure.
As announced on Tuesday, the government has extended the school closure to 19th April.
We are all doing our best to support our pupils, parents and staff at this challenging and stressful time.
We have been asked to convey to students , the absolute need to practice social and physical distancing, and to minimise physical contact with each other, to help avoid the spread of Covid-19. This includes advice to avoid meeting up and in all circumstances to adhere to HSE guidelines. As part of our school community, parents and guardians are also urged to support their children to maintain the restrictions on congregating for the safety of all in their community.
Information notices (in 17 different languages) are available here: www.hse.ie/eng/services/news/newsfeatures/covid19-updates/partner-resources/covid-19-translated-resources/
As instructed by the Dept of Education CBS are providing continuity of learning for students in a number of ways.
Some teachers are using class dojo(Ms Sheridan, Mr Casey, Mr Dunlevy, Mr T o’Connor) and the other classes are using the school website to post suggested work for the children. (Check NEWS AND EVENTS on the website to find your class).
I want to stress that this work is suggested and not prescriptive. The work is up to Friday 3rd April. Easter holidays from 4th April to 19th April. Work will be updated if the school closure is extended beyond 19th April.
All school events due to take place during the school closure will be rearranged (eg 1st Confession).
RTE launches RTE HOME SCHOOL daily starting next Monday (weekdays from 11am) geared for children from 1st to 6th class.
David Walliams has released the audio story (free of charge)‘’The World’s Worst Children’’ at https://bit.ly/AudioElevenses.
NCSE have a list of resources for Learning Support children on https//ncse.ie/online-resources.
Check out Louth County Libraries Facebook page, where they read stories every day.
Scoilnet has a number of home usage supports for students to benefit from and Scoilnet will be updating the material available on its website regularly.
This is a very challenging time for schools, teachers, students and parents. It is critical that during these challenging times we continue to work together and that the focus of all is on the best possible outcomes for our students. The support of everyone is vital, as we all strive to ensure that this public health threat is dealt with as effectively as possible. The guidance provided by the National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) of this Department for parents, for young people and for teachers is also being updated on an ongoing basis, and is available at www.education.ie/covid19
Happy Easter to all and we are looking forward to seeing you all back in school.
Patricia Mc Keever