Distant Learning


24th February 2021

Below is a letter from Norma Foley, T.D., Minster for Education, to all parents/guardians of students.

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12th January 2021

Below is a letter from Norma Foley, T.D., Minster for Education, to all parents/guardians of students receiving remote learning.

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Link in above letter – latest public health advice received by Government on 5th January 2021

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7th January 2021

The Government agreed on 6th January 2021 that additional public health restrictions will apply under Level 5 of the Plan for Living with COVID.  

  • Schools will remain closed until 1st  February.
  • Teaching will now take place on-line through remote teaching.


Monday 11th January –  will be a planning day for staff to organise and set up remote teaching on-line.  Teachers, SNA’s and other school staff will also be gathering school books and resources on the day, getting them ready to send home later in the week.

Tuesday 12th January – remote teaching begins on-line with all classes.

Wednesday 13th January – remote teaching continues on-line with all classes.

Thursday 14th JanuaryNO remote teaching on-line – instead school staff will be distributing school books and resources to parents in the school.

Friday 15th January –  remote teaching on-line continues with all classes from this day onwards.


It can be accessed here http://www.showbie.com


Here are the codes to access each class


In one of the 3rd classes –

  • Ms. S. McHugh is the class teacher………………….her Showbie code is PJTCB
  • Ms. D. Dunne is the Resource SET teacher……..her Showbie code is MPAZN
  • Nora is the Special Needs Assistant…………………her Showbie code is 5TN3J




We have also  build  up a great selection of suitable resources on the Symbaloo website, created by the school, to provide on-line access to resources and lessons.

It can be accessed here




More resources have been uploaded on our school Padlet which can be accessed here

Some very good resources available here.




If you have any difficulty accessing the resources you can contact the class teacher, SET resource teacher or your child’s Special Needs Assistant (if they have access to one) by e-mail which they have provided to all pupils.

The school can be contacted by email

Liz, the secretary, by email:



Jim Ryan, the principal, by email:



Gill Books has published an Irish-Specific version of a book for children (UK)

“Coronavirus – a Book for Children”.


It’s free to download in PDF format and illustrated by Axel Sheffler (famous for the Gruffalo among others





Every day from 11 o’ clock to 12 o’ clock.

Here is the timetable of lessons for this week


We hope everyone remains safe and well and we will see you all again soon.





Covid-19 Wellbeing for Children and Young People CYPSC March 2020


Hello I am a virus






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25 March 2020

Dear Principal and Teachers
I refer to my letter to you all of the 13 March, following the decision to close schools to
students announced by the Taoiseach on 12 March. In my letter I asked you all, as
school staff, to work to put in place arrangements to continue the delivery of education
to our students in these extraordinary times. As teachers and principals you play an
important role in young people’s lives and ongoing support from you during the current
public health crisis is vital.
I want to acknowledge and thank you for the huge work that you have undertaken
since then to provide continuity of learning for students through online platforms, email
and other resources, particularly where access to digital resources is more limited. I
also want to acknowledge the work undertaken by other staff to support this effort
through, for example, making school buildings available to teachers to access material
and IT resources. This work is critical to supporting students and their ongoing learning
and is very much appreciated.
As you will have heard there has been a further announcement by the Taoiseach that,
in line with public health advice, schools will remain closed until 19 April.
In addition to maintaining ongoing engagement with students, one really important
message you can assist with, is to convey to students, the absolute need to practice
social and physical distancing, and to minimise physical contact with each other, to
help avoid the spread of Covid-19. This should include advice to avoid meeting up and
in all circumstances to adhere to HSE guidelines. As part of your school community,
parents and guardians should also be urged to support their children to maintain the
restrictions on congregating for the safety of all in their community.
In order to support you in getting this important public health message across to your
school communities information notices (in 17 different languages) are available here:
The Department is working to put in place more guidance and support for teaching and
learning in the context of the current school closures. It is important to ensure that all
students are supported in a planned and consistent way to continue their learning.
However we appreciate that you are best placed to know your own students and to use
the suite of resources available to you, both digital and any other means, to actively
engage with your own students in a tailored manner.
A collaborative effort, involving the Department, management bodies and other
partners is underway to develop further support and advice and this will be made
available on an ongoing basis.
This is an evolving situation and it is vital that as the education system continues to be
in a position to respond to the latest public health advice as it emerges. Education
continuity is critical, in this crisis, for students at all levels of the education sector. In
that respect, all schools are expected to proactively ensure that all of their staff
contribute to the continuation of educational provision for their students during this
period. In this regard although schools are closed to students, teachers who need
access to their classrooms, ICT equipment or other teaching resources can attend the
school building, once HSE advice is correctly observed.
As outlined previously Scoilnet has a number of home usage supports for teachers and
students to benefit from and Scoilnet will be updating the material available on its
website regularly.
In addition the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) Digital
Technology team has developed a new dedicated webpage of curated content to
support schools and teachers engaged in distance learning in order to provide
continuity to pupils/students. The page can be accessed at:
This is a very challenging time for schools, teachers, students and parents. It is critical
that during these challenging times we continue to work together and that the focus of
all is on the best possible outcomes for our students. The support of everyone across
the sector is vital, as we all strive to ensure that this public health threat is dealt with as
effectively as possible. The guidance provided by the National Educational
Psychological Service (NEPS) of this Department for parents, for young people and for
teachers is also being updated on an ongoing basis, and is available at
The Department of Education and Skills, its agencies and support services, will remain
available providing advice and supports to the education sector at this time.

Yours sincerely

Seán Ó Foghlú
Secretary General



24 March, 2020 – Covid-19 Statement from the Department of Education and Skills

All schools, pre-schools and further and higher education settings will remain closed to students until 19 April 2020.

The decision has been taken following advice from the NPHET (National Public Health Emergency Team) as part of efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19.

All young people and children are urged to practice social distancing, and to minimise physical contact to keep themselves and others healthy and to limit the spread of infection. This should include minimising social contact, avoiding meeting up and keeping physical space of two metres between each other. Parents and guardians are urged to support young people and children to follow those simple guidelines.

Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD said: “This is an extremely difficult time for everyone, not least students and their parents.

“The decision to keep schools closed until after the Easter break is based on public health advice. It is a hugely important aspect of our continued effort to limit the spread of Covid-19.

“My message to students facing exams is that they should keep focused, keep working and try, as much as possible, to prepare as normal for the state exams. We are doing everything in our power to make sure those exams happen.

“Teachers and students have answered the call to remote learning with exceptional flexibility and adaptability. You are all a credit to the education system.

“I am also deeply conscious of significant work being done to ensure continuity of learning across our higher and further education institutions. The impact of emergency measures has not stopped education, it has inspired innovation and we are indebted to all those continuing to provide education in these trying times.”




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