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COVID-19

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It is caused by a virus called coronavirus. The school closure is a result of the Covid-19 virus. More information about the symptoms and how to protect yourself and others can be found on the HSE website.

Useful websites
The following websites might be helpful to keep your children occupied and also learning during this time. Many of these websites are currently being made available to parents and pupils for free.

https://www.twinkl.ie/offer Enter the code IRLTWINKLHELPS
Twinkl have many powerpoints, games, songs, rhymes, stories, worksheets and much more in all curricular areas.
https://www.folensonline.ie Click register > Select Teacher > Fill in a username, email and password. For Roll Number use the code: Prim20
https://readingeggs.com You have to pay a subscription fee to use but an excellent site for teaching reading.
https://www.topmarks.co.uk Excellent for English, Maths and tables and plenty of games
https://ie.ixl.com Excellent for Maths revision in particular.
https://login.mathletics.com Packed with maths games where children can play against each other and work on all the skills that they have already covered this year.
https://scratch.mit.edu A coding website for the older children with plenty of tutorials.
https://www.scoilnet.ie All aspects of the curriculum can be found here.
https://www.studyladder.com Again all subject areas.
https://www.gonoodle.com For physical and fun moving activities.
https://fluencyandfitness.com Free for 21 day trial. Reading, Maths, Activities and Fitness

30 March 2020: A word from Principal Mary Gallagher
A Chairde go Léir, I am writing to contact you all since we closed due to the COVID 19 public health emergency. I hope that you are all keeping safe, washing hands, sanitising, maintaining your two metres distance and remaining within 2km from home. Firstly I would like to thank the teachers who prepared work for the children to complete during the initial closure. Secondly I would like to thank you parents for completing it with them where possible.

I know at this time many children are very scared. Our children cannot only hear everything that is going on around them, but they feel our tension and anxiety too. They have never experienced anything like this before.

Over the coming weeks you will probably see more meltdowns, tantrums and oppositional behaviour. This is normal and expected during these circumstances. What children need is to feel comforted and loved. I would advise children to go for walks, play outside bake, watch movies, play board games, complete Science experiments and to READ. One of the most powerful things you can do for a child is to read to them.

Please don’t worry about them regressing in school. When we are back in the classroom, we will endeavour to help them catch up. Please don’t force children to follow rigid schedules. Moreover, please don’t be overwhelmed by social media, which is awash with sites and apps offering all sorts of home-schooling activities.

I have spoken to all staff members since our closure. While we promote the above ways to utilise your child’s time our plan is to send a small amount of work home weekly via email. Fifth and sixth class will have work emailed today for this week. The other classes will be given work if we are closed after the Easter holidays starting Monday 20th April, 2020. Parents from all classes can supervise this and collect it once completed. This work can be brought back into school once we re-open.

Your children’s mental health is more important than their academic skills. Please keep this in mind daily. RTE are broadcasting a show specifically for primary school children every day starting today. We could fill pages with links to worthwhile sites but the reality is that these are no substitute for the classroom and school environment. May I reiterate that your children do not have to spend hours writing; an hour kicking/pucking/throwing a ball or playing with lego is learning.

We will be back in a formal education setting before too long and our children will return to familiar modes of learning, in the meantime the priority is everyone’s health and well-being. In the meantime keep your children reading, talking and moving as much as possible. If you need any help with anything please contact the school email address clonegalns@gmail.com. I will be checking this regularly.

Slán agus Beannacht Dhaoibh go Léir,

Mary Gallagher

24 March 2020: School closed until 19 April
The school is to remain closed until 19 April. The decision to keep schools closed until after the Easter Break has been taken following advice from the NPHET (National Public Health Emergency Team) as part of efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19.
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12 March 2020: School work
Some suggested work/ activities has been sent home with your child for him/her to complete during this period. We would ask parents/ guardians to pick some or all of the activities for completion with their child. The work is based on a variety of subject areas. Please encourage him/her to read their own books and those from the library. We thank you for your patience at this time.

12 March 2020: School closed until 29 March
An announcement was made this morning by the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD of the closure from Friday 13th March, of schools until 29th March 2020, to support efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19. This will take effect from 6pm this evening, Thursday 12th March. There is no school tomorrow. This is in line with the advice of the National Public Health Emergency Team.

All pupils and students, from pre-school to third level are urged to practice social distancing, and to minimise physical contact with each other, to help avoid the spread of Covid-19. This should include minimising social contact, avoiding meeting up and keeping physical space between them. Parents and guardians are urged to support their children to maintain this approach. The Government, in conjunction with the public health authorities, will keep the situation under ongoing review. Any change to that date will be communicated widely.
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