COVID_19 Parent Letters

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Letter to Parents 12 March 2020

Griffeen CC Lucan

Thomas Omar Way

Lucan Co Dublin.

Info@griffeencc.ie

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As you are aware the COVID-19 virus is a fast-moving situation and the Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan has advised that any decision to close schools and Colleges will only be made on public health grounds. The decision to close schools has now been made at Government level. We have prepared a plan to keep teaching and learning going throughout the period of closure.

Please note the following:

  1. Following receipt of this letter GCC will communicate with parents/guardians through SMS-Text and with students via their school email account and Edmodo. Please ask students to check their email daily (Monday – Fri).
  2. Our teachers have been working on plans to continue delivering teaching during a period of closure.
  3. Students will be asked to make themselves available during the day to interact with learning content throughout the closure period. We ask students to structure their day and continue generally in line with their timetable.
  4. Teachers will deliver content and be accessible online via Edmodo during normal school hours, 8.30am-3.30pm, Mon- Fri.
  5. As per the schools Code of Behaviour and AUP (Acceptable user Policy) inappropriate behaviour/ interaction/ language or mis use of or on the learning platform will result in students being removed from this. A text will be sent to notify you of this action. Please ensure therefore that they are using this in an appropriate manner.
  6. Delivery methods will include use of student iPads. Access to Apps that are required are all available and have been checked on student devices.
  7. With regard students who may not have access to appropriate devices/wifi from home we will advise schoolwork based on texts.
  8. Students with additional needs will be issued differentiated work via Edmodo/email.
  9. The administrative team in the office will also be working remotely so the school phone number will not be answered.
  10. Emails will continue to be dealt with at info@griffeencc.ie
  11. Tutors will also be available during working hours (8.30-3.30pm) , Mon to Fri. Please be cognisant that emails will not be immediately answered but will be checked daily.

1st Year Esker – Maria O’Hara - mariaohara@griffeencc.ie

1st Year Sarsfield – Adam O’Faolain - adamofaolain@griffeencc.ie

1st Shakelton – Sean Harpur - seanharpur@griffeencc.ie

1st Year Head - Colleen Fitzgerald – colleenfitzgeraldaherne@griffeencc.ie

2nd Year Elm – Fionnuala Quirke - fionnualaquirke@griffeencc.ie

2nd Year Ash – Charlotte Kinsella – charlottekinsella@griffeencc.ie

3rd Year Griffeen – Jennifer Browne – jenbrowne@griffeencc.ie

SNA support Amanda Pollard – amandapollard@griffeencc.ie

  1. Once plans are in place to reopen the school, you will receive a text message a few days beforehand.
  2. I would advise all families to view the videos available on the HSE and WHO websites which outline good etiquette around hygiene and keeping you and your loved ones safe. It is advised that if you are immuno-compromised or are worried about your health being compromised that you contact your GP or the HSE. We have an opportunity to come together to limit the impact of this disease, both on our physical health and mental well-being.

See the following links to HSE and WHO videos:

Regardless of the disruption that this is bringing, we look forward to continuing with you on your learning journey.

Thank you for your co-operation.

Letter Sent to Parents 11th March 2020

11th March 2020

Dear Parent/Guardian,

We are sharing information with you as we put plans in place should school closure be advised in the coming weeks from the HSE. Please keep checking the website for updates. As per previous correspondence good hand hygiene is essential and needs to be encouraged at all times.

In the event of school closure, we have put the following measures in place.

Notification:

Directions will be taken from the Chief Medical Officer from the Dept of Health, Dr Tony Holohan regarding any school closures, partial or otherwise.

You should continue to follow the HSE.ie and gov.ie/health for accurate and informative information regarding Covid19, its symptoms and the steps you can take to protect yourself and your family.

Both the Dept of Health & the Dept of Education and Skills will continue to collaborate in Irelands response to Covid-19.

If school closure is a decision made by the Dept of Health, you will be notified by text message from the school. Therefore, please ensure your details are up to date on the school text platform. A test message will be sent this evening. If you do not receive this message please email the school tomorrow at info@griffeencc.ie or call the office between 9.30am-12.30pm at 01 6212392 and update your contact details. All information will also be shared on the school website www.griffeencc.ie/Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Class work:

All students have had their email accounts checked today and details such as usernames/ passwords are noted in school journals and in the Notes app on their iPads. Please take the time to log in with your son/daughter on their iPad and if there is a problem email info@griffeencc.ie.

They may access their email via the school website using the red square in the top right of the website.

To continue engagement with subject content/ lessons etc. work will be facilitated online via the Edmodo platform.

To log onto Edmodo

  1. Using any internet browser log into edmodo.com.
  2. Login in the top right corner using their school email address and password.
  3. This app will also be pushed to all devices in the coming days so it will also appear as an icon on their iPad.
  4. To access apps successfully please make sure your son/daughter is updating their iPads daily.
  5. Once logged in they will be able to communicate with the teachers, completing and submitting work as requested. This system should be logged onto daily as all work will be shared from here.If any major difficulties arise the school email account can be used as a back-up.

Kind regards,

__________________

Rachel McGrath

Principal

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Talking to Children and Young People about COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
Advice for Parents and Schools

 Children and young people need factual, age appropriate information about the virus and concrete instruction about how to avoid spreading of the virus. Without the facts, they often imagine situations far worse than reality. See https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/coronavirus.html

 Let the child/young person’s questions and their age guide as to how much information to provide:

o Very young children need brief, simple information and reassurance that they are safe and that the people they care about are safe. They may ask Will I get sick? Will granny/grandad die?

o Reassure them that the Government is working hard to ensure that people throughout the country stay healthy.

o Explain that at the present moment very few people in this country are sick with the virus.

o Tell them that not everyone will get the virus and that the vast majority who get it recover fully.

o Older children may need help to separate reality from rumour and fantasy. Either provide or direct them to where they can find accurate, and factual information about the current status of COVID-19. Having such knowledge can help them feel a sense of control.

 Children can feel less anxious and more in control when given guidance on what they can do to prevent infection. Give them this information. Further information is available here.

 The posters below are available at the link https://www.education.ie/covid19/. There is also a link to a video the Deputy Chief Medical Officer answered some common questions for RTÉ Junior’s News 2Day programme here https://www.rte.ie/news/coronavirus/2020/0306/1120692-news2day-coronavirus/:

o Children and young people look to the adults in their lives to guide them on how to react to worrying and stressful events. If the adults in their lives seem overly worried, their own anxiety may rise.

o If they are anxious, let them talk about their feelings and guide them in reframing their thoughts and concerns to a more helpful way of thinking.

o Give them extra attention and time, to talk about their concerns, fears, and questions.

o Remember they do not always talk about their concerns readily. Watch for clues that they may want to talk, such as hovering around while you do the dishes etc.

o It is very typical for younger children to ask a few questions, return to playing and then come back with further questions.

 Reassure children and young people that many stories about COVID-19 on the internet may be based on rumours and inaccurate information.

o Remember factual information about the virus can help reduce anxiety.
o Avoid constantly monitoring or discussing updates on the status of COVID -19, as

this can increase anxiety.

o Try to limit their access to information on the internet/television/social media that might be upsetting to them.

o Remind children/young people that no individual or group is ‘responsible’ for the virus.

o Remind them that they should not make negative comments about others in relation to the virus.

o Challenge any negative comments they make or any stereotyping. Explain what negative comments mean if they are different to your values.

 Encourage children/young people to continue with their schoolwork and extracurricular activities, but don’t push them if they seem upset or overwhelmed.

 Maintain a normal routine as much as possible, keeping to a regular schedule can be reassuring.

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