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Clifden Community School UPDATE

March 18th, 2020
Clifden Community School UPDATE

Dear all,

I hope this email finds you well during these unprecedented times. Further to the Government’s decision to close schools to support efforts to contain the spread of COVID19, I write by way of up-date on what the school is doing and advising.

1. All students have been allocated school domain email addresses so that they can access
remote learning and teaching and maintain contact with their teachers. Microsoft Teams
have been created for all classes in each subject. Please monitor your child’s on-line
activity and ensure that there is appropriate engagement with the process. Students,
especially in first and second year are likely to need your support and supervision.
Passwords should not be shared except with parents who should get them from their
child for monitoring purposes.

2. The State Examinations Commission: Any guidance from the SEC will be shared via SMS,
email or on the school website. National Broadcasters are likely to issue same when the
time comes. Accurate updates will be on www.examinations.ie In the meantime,
Leaving Certificate students are advised to prepare for the orals/practicals with their
teachers and using their own resources, books, copies etc or resources which may be
accessed from scoilnet or other such sites.

3. Examination Years: Our teachers are supporting examination classes as a matter of
priority via online support & work assigned before closure. Generally speaking, the
school timetable provides a structure to organise the day. Please encourage students to
submit assigned work, within agreed timeframes. Outstanding results of JC & LC Mock
Examinations will be entered on VS Ware.

4. Online Resources which may be of interest:

www.examinations.ie (Past exam papers and marking schemes)

5. Edco are offering free online access to Revisewise using Codes 9878 (JC) and 6456 (LC)

Step 1: Go to www.edcolearning.ie/trial Step 2: Login or Register Step 3: Enter Code
Edco are also giving free online access to their textbooks
Account Details - Username: jcedcobooks or lcedcobooks, Password: edco2020

6. Non-Examination Years: teachers are engaging with their classes and assigning work
using Microsoft Teams. Again, this engagement by students needs to be monitored to
ensure that it is being used properly.

7. ICT Support: Please continue to contact the school by phone 095 21184 or email
[email protected] if there are issues with access or passwords. Teachers have indicated
that some students, including students in LC and JC, have not signed in, and are
concerned that there may be a technical difficulty. Be assured that all queries will be
addressed to the best of our ability.

8.Subject Choice for 2020/21: An update will issue to 2020/21 Fifth Years in due course.
This process has not been completed yet.
It is an unusual time for us all, and we need to work together, and do what we can, to delay
and limit the transmission of the COVID-19 virus. The school will be open for anyone
remaining who wishes to get books, copies, clothing etc, that were not taken home,
between 10 am & 12 noon tomorrow Thursday March 19th
Finally, I thank Mr O Toole, our teachers, SNAs, maintenance staff and office staff, for their
assistance and proactive actions to support students. And I acknowledge the efforts of our
school community to engage with distance learning and teaching, and respect the
government guidelines in what are difficult times.

Yours sincerely,

Mary Kelly
Principal Clifden CS

Clifden Community School
Co Galway
HZ1 W673

095 21184

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