School Closure – Covid-19

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School Closure – Covid-19

12th March 2020

Dear Parent/Guardian,

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has announced that all schools will close this evening at 6pm until 29th March 2020.

We advise all students to bring home all books, notes etc thus enabling study and school work to be done from home.

School will be open tomorrow (Friday morning from 9.00 -11.00) for students to collect books/materials.

Our teachers have been preparing for the possibility of a school closure. Students and teachers have a school email address and the school, by using Microsoft Office 365, has the means to communicate with pupils remotely. We would ask that school hours be respected in these communications and that you understand that priority will be given to students in exam years.

Internet access varies from home to home (whether you are a student or a teacher) so you might need to be patient and encourage communication with classmates using methods other than Office 365 to keep up to date with work, etc.

Parents/Guardians will be informed by text message and through our website of further information as it arises.

We will keep those affected by Covid-19 and healthcare workers who are managing the illness in our thoughts and prayers.

Yours faithfully,

___________________

Michael O’Loughlin

Principal

 

How to study from home:

· Bring home everything from school.

· Set up a dedicated workspace – not on your bed. Ideally you need a desk and chair and lamp in a quiet room.

· Set your alarm

· Get up, shower and get dressed. Always get dressed.

· Eat a good breakfast.

· Start by doing any work set for you by teachers.

· Then study. Use www.examinations.ie or betterexaminations.ie for past exam papers and marking schemes.

· Take regular breaks

· Get exercise.

· Eat well, drink water

· Get 8 hours of sleep a night.

· Turn off social media notifications so you are not distracted by then. You can then check them on your break.

· Set specific times for your breaks and stick to them.

· Don’t work late into the night.

· Teachers will be in contact, so follow their guidance.

· If you are contacting teachers, please do so with in the normal school day.

· Studyclix.ie is maybe worth purchasing for your student.

· Don’t panic.

A page of curated content has been developed to support schools and teachers engaged in distance learning in order to provide continuity to pupils/students. Using some of the online platforms and/or tools that are detailed on this page, schools will be enabled to limit the impact of enforced school closures by giving learners access to materials, support, classwork and feedback.

https://www.pdst.ie/DistanceLearning