School Closure Announced

12/03/2020

 

Re: Update for PARENTS regarding the Coronavirus- Covid-19

 

Dear Parent/Guardian,

 

The HSE has just announced that Ireland now moves from Phase one – the Containment phase into Phase two- the Delay phase. This means that the time has come for all schools to be closed. Presentation Secondary School will close today at 3:40pm and will not reopen before 29 March 2020.

Despite the closure, these two weeks are counted as learning time, in particular for Leaving Certificate and Junior Cycle students. The staff of Presentation Secondary School have given careful consideration to how we can continue to engage with students and help them learn via digital learning, irrespective of these external factors. All  students will be using Office 365 as a remote learning and teaching tool with the help of their teachers during the period of school closure.

Please ensure your daughter carries out assignments as directed by their teachers so that they remain focused on their work. Our advice is that your daughter should follow her school timetable on a daily basis during this period. To allay fears around oral examinations and project work, we want to assure you that these are under review and that we will communicate any changes to you in due course. We want to assure that your daughter’s best interests are at the forefront of all of us at Presentation Secondary School, the State Examinations Commission and the Department of Education.

Before your daughter leaves this evening please ensure that students carry out the following;

·        Empty their locker and bring home books and copies needed for assignments

·        Leave their locker open for deep cleaning

·        Bring home their lock + key

·        Place unused food into rubbish bins or bring home

·        Bring home all sports wear + jackets etc

In the event that any students are feeling unwell on or just before the return date, you are requested to seek advice from your GP by telephone before presenting to the school in person. Please contact the principal on principal@prestralee.ie before your her return to school.

Should there be any changes to any information in this notice, you will receive a text from the school. Please remember that this is a protection measure to slow down cross contamination and infection of citizens within the larger community. This does not mean that any of our students, their family or staff have been diagnosed with the virus and there is no need for undue concern.

We wish you all continued good health and look forward to seeing you back when the school re-opens.

Kind Regards,

Mary Kennelly & Chrissie Kelly

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