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Important Information for Parents/Guardians and Students

 

We hope this letter finds you well in these unprecedented times. This is an unprecedented situation, and the school community is conscious that in these difficult times we will work together to support our students and the whole school community. It is an unusual time for us all and we need to work together to limit the transmission of the Coronavirus 19. We encourage parents/guardians to emphasise the importance of the measures outlined by the HSE to all in their care so we can as a nation protect the most vulnerable in our school communities.

 
Important Updates:
 
The Department of Education announced that all schools, pre-schools and higher education centres will remain closed until 19th April 2020. Please find the full announcement here. The Minister's message to students facing exams is, to quote from yesterday's statement, 'to keep focused, keep working, and to try as much as possible to prepare as normal for the State Exams. We are doing everything in our power to make sure these exams happen'. 
The Minister also said in his statement, 'Teachers and students have answered the call to remote learning with exceptional flexibility and adaptability. You are all a credit to the Education system'.
 
State Examinations Commission Announcement:
 
There is important information from the State Examinations Commission posted on our website with regard to State Examinations.
It is a very helpful Questions and Answers style document and is essential reading for our examination students and their parents/guardians.
 
Working from Home:
 
You are receiving and will continue to receive information regarding assignments and homework from your teachers.
The school website has a very helpful guide on using google classroom.
Our support desk This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. can be contacted if you have need of any help with regard to google classroom.
Your current school timetable provides an excellent structure to organise your day. We would urge all parents/guardians to encourage their son/daughter to complete and submit assignment work within agreed timeframes where possible. We strongly advise getting up early, and maintaining the school timetable as much as possible for our students.  
 
Student Wellbeing:
 
We also want to acknowledge that many of our students may find the current situation quite unsettling. We want to take this opportunity to reassure parents and students alike that the State Examinations Commission and the Department of Education and Skills have always made decisions which are student centred and mindful of the immediate environment. We have no control over what decisions the state agencies make. We do however, have control over what actions we take. So please remain focused on your study schedules, and third and sixth year students, on your preparations for the State Examinations. The school will continue to have its student support team meet via a technology platform every week. If you need any support around Wellbeing, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
 
Update Contact Details:
 
Should your contact details have changed, please update them by contacting our  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. address.
 
I would like to conclude by thanking our school teaching and SNA staff for their assistance, support and commitment as we support our students and school community at this time.
I would like to thank the school secretaries for all their work at this and all other times.
I would like to thank all the parents for the support they give to their children and to the school.
I would like to thank the Parents Association for all their work over the years, and for being a great support at this time.
I would like to thank Sodexo and all their staff for all the great work they do in the school in keeping the building in such great condition.
I would like to thank our students who are a credit to their school community and their families.
 
I would like to sign off by once again advising good routine, and that a good consistent effort with your studies will be of great benefit to you at this time.
If a student cannot access their google account or on-line learning, please let us know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
If you wish to contact me, I am also available at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
We will make every effort to respond to your query promptly and support you in any way we can.
 
Yours faithfully,
 
Liam Murphy

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School:   Coláiste Ide agus Iosef
Principal: Liam Murphy
Address:
Convent St., Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick
Phone: (00353) 68 30631
E-mail: colaisteideagusiosef@lcetb.ie
   

 

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