President Higgins – Message for our young people
The JMB and the other management bodies representing all of the second-level schools in the State are communicating with their schools asking them to forward the message delivered by President Higgins on the importance of social distancing to the parents of students in their schools.
President Higgins is urging young people to respond in a generous way to the Health Service Executive’s advice on measures to alleviate the spread of Covid19. The management bodies are working together to ensure that appropriate messaging is delivered to all second-level students. This further reinforces the pronouncements of An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, other government ministers and health officials on the responsibility of all to adhere to social distance guidelines and to respond to HSE advice at this time of national emergency.
SchoolWise: Survival Kit for School Closures
The following is an extract from a letter from SchoolWise.
Following the news that schools across the country will be closed until March 29th and possibly longer, we want to help you as much as we can and ensure that teaching and learning can still continue successfully through SchoolWise.
We have put together our Survival Kit for School Closures. It contains everything you need in the event of a school closure to keep your classes up and running when you are not in the school.
The survival kit contains a guide which will show you the fundamental functions of SchoolWise that will assist you during this event. Along with the short and easy-to-follow guide, there are links to articles with a step-by-step instructions on how to use these features.
We hope that you find this helpful and we want to reassure you that we will be here to answer any questions or queries you may have. We have already assisted hundreds of parents, students and teachers in the last few days to get access to the platform and on-boarded thousands of new students. Whatever it takes - we are here to help.
You have direct access to our live chat feature in the platform by clicking the help icon. You can get in contact with a member of staff here by calling 01 9060987, email email@example.com or through our website https://schoolwiselearning.com/myschoolwise.
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Stay safe and know that we are here to support you and your school during this time in whatever capacity we can.
Covid-19 guidance for schools
We are very aware that there are many students and parents in Ireland for whom English/Irish is not their first language.
With this in mind, the Department of Health and the HSE have produced Covid-19 resources in a range of languages other than Irish and English which you can access below:
The languages currently available include: Chinese, Italian, Spanish, French, Arabic, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Latvian and Lithuanian.
The Department of Education and Skills has received a letter from the Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health, Dr Tony Holohan, with advice to parents of school children travelling from regions affected by Covid-19.
The letter is available by clicking on the above link.
There is a link on the above page to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) website which contains specific guidance for educational settings.