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Students and Parents/Guardians please note:
The Board of Management have approved the following additional policy provided by the Department of Education relating to students following all arrangements in place for the health and safety of our students. It can be read in full here: Lucan CC Covid-19 Health and Safety Policy
Parents and Guardians Supporting Students with Additional Needs during the COVID-19 Closure Period
Students with additional needs are just like any other students; this period of school closure and uncertainty will raise issues in terms of anxiety, routine and learning.
It is very important that students develop a good routine and make a plan for the day. This plan should include defined start and finish times for each activity and consist of physical activities, rest, food and fun. Try to spend a small portion of every day monitoring your child’s work and praising their effort.
Some Useful Resources:
Making a plan: Some great examples of schedules across the age range here from Khan Academy: https://docs.google.com/document/u/1/d/e/2PACX1vSZhOdEPAWjUQpqDkVAlJrFwxxZ9Sa6zGOq0CNRms6Z7DZNq-tQWS3OhuVCUbh_- P-WmksHAzbsrk9d/pub
And here is one from the DES: https://www.education.ie/en/TheDepartment/Announcements/plan-your-day.pdf The length of the day/ time slots should be adjusted based on what you know about individual children. Some will do more, and many will need to do less!
The National Council for Special Education (ncse.ie) have compiled fantastic resources for teachers and parents during these changed times:
Parents: https://ncse.ie/online-resources-for-parents https://www.middletownautism.com/files/shares/Sara/STAYING_SAFE_A_BOOKLET_FOR_POST_PRIMARY_PUPILS_0.pdf?fbclid=IwAR3dCnNLJ-tWc-M0ovX-4L2JaLOiKwLhkvt2SFhhfhZOi3AARKEdeWNCQoU
Physical Activity: Joe Wicks (The Body Coach) is doing great kids & adults workouts each morning live on YouTube ( or can be played back at a different time). It is only 30 minutes and it can be done in front of the television or computer very easily: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ.
Touch Typing: this might be a good opportunity for kids with Assistive Technology to improve their touch typing and IT skills. • https://www.typing.com/ This is a popular and accessible free site for developing touch typing. We could probably all do with spending some time developing this skill!
Literacy • Use audio versions of books for revision purposes (audible.com; borrowbox.ie): Reading is so important for our academic development. Listening is a good substitute if some children’s reading skills are not where they might like them to be.
Numeracy: https://www.mathsisfun.com/: Free, easy-to-use and detailed Maths site.
Aontas Project May 2020
During these uncertain and uneasy times of remote teaching, learning and living, we would like you, our school community, to reach out to each other virtually.
To support our school ethos of Aontas and each other, we are asking you to send a picture or short video to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 18th May 2020. Please see the YouTube video below as an example of what we could do.
We think we can do bigger and better! Looking for positivity and creativity.
During these uncertain and uneasy times of remote learning during school closure Covid-19, the staff of Scoil Mhuire made this short video to remind their students to stay positive. Music credit …
We hope everyone and their family is doing well and had a relaxing Easter holidays.
As always, we want to remind you about the importance of being active during this time to not only help your physical well-being but your mental well-being also.
We are here to set you all a new CHALLENGE! This challenge is keeping within our daily 2km radius of our home and again remembering to practice social distancing when outside.
- We want you to send us evidence of your steps/the distance you have walked/run/crawled!
- We will then add all of these steps together to see how far in Ireland/The World we have travelled.
- We will run a little competition between tutor classes, year groups and staff vs students (staff have been training 😉).
So, every time you go for your walk or run, screen shot your fitness app, fitbit, health app on phone or whatever device you have counting your steps/distance and email the picture to:
1st Years email@example.com
2nd Years firstname.lastname@example.org
3rd Years email@example.com
4TH Years firstname.lastname@example.org
5th Years email@example.com
6th Years firstname.lastname@example.org
We will be sending out updates at the end of each week to see who is traveling the furthest and how far as a school we will go.
Remember, 30 minutes of physical activity each day will help you to focus, study better and remain healthy. Please keep sending in your pictures of any physical activity you are doing and they will go on the website.
Thanks, and we look forward to seeing how far LucanCC can travel in the world without getting in a car or on a plane.
The PE Dept 😁
Parent/Guardian Support Numbers
- Samaritans Call 116 123, email email@example.com,
- Women’s Aid 1800 341 900, womensaid.ie
- Aware https://www.aware.ie/support/, 1800 80 48 48, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Parentline 1890927277 or 01 8733500, parentline.ie
ADVICE FOR PARENTS AND CARERS
- Schools have not ‘shut down’ – Although most children will not be physically attending school you will still be able to communicate with senior leaders or, in some instances, teachers.
- Don’t try to replicate a full school timetable – It won’t be possible to replicate a full school timetable for a variety of reasons. Giving yourself and your children permission to accept this can be a big weight lifted.
- Expect stress – This is an uncertain and unpredictable situation, stress and anxiety are normal.
- Reassure children – Children can sometimes believe they are responsible for things that are clearly beyond their control. Reassure children that it is the adult’s job to make sure things are OK and to keep them safe.
- Help children stay connected to their friends – Friendships are a key resiliency factor for children and young people. Most children see their friends nearly every day of the week and so not being in contact with them for some time might be upsetting. Is it possible for children to talk to their friends on the phone? Perhaps establish a group Skype or WhatsApp call? Perhaps they could write letters to each other.
- Normalise the experience – Normalising the experience is likely to reduce anxiety for many children. Reassure children that lots of adults and other children are in the same situation.
- Have a routine and structure – Having a plan and a predictable routine for the day can be very reassuring. As adults we like to know what is going to happen, and children like this too. A consistent routine lets everyone be secure about the plans for the day. It is often useful to involve children in creating this routine, so that they feel part of the plan, rather than the plan being imposed on them. You could display the routine using a timeline, or maybe pictures and visuals. Encourage children to develop independence by referring to their own routine/plan themselves.
- Don’t worry if the routine isn’t perfect – Remember, this isn’t a normal situation. If you find that planning and sticking to the routine is causing more stress, friction or conflict, then it’s OK to be more ‘free-flow’. Perhaps be guided by the activities that children want to do.
- Avoid putting too much pressure on academic work – Most parents and carers aren’t teachers and so it’s OK not to be doing ‘school work’ for six hours a day. It might be more important to be spending time together, building relationships, enjoying shared activities and reassuring children, as opposed to replicating the school timetable.
- Try to keep work in one place – If children are doing school work or project work at home, try to keep it all in one place so that it doesn’t spread out over the house. This can help to maintain a work/home boundary. We know that people live in different circumstances that might mean this isn’t always possible, so perhaps there might be other ways to ‘signal’ the end of working e.g. putting away the work and then enjoying a favourite song or shared dance!
- Reduce access to rolling news – It is important to keep up to date with new developments and announcements, but it can be hard to switch off from the constant stream of news from media outlets and social media. Reduce the time spent hearing, reading or watching news – at the moment it might be overwhelming for adults and children. Try to protect children from distressing media coverage.
- Supervise children with screens – It is likely that children and young people will be using screens more often over the coming weeks e.g. phones, tablets, gaming consoles and the internet. If this is the case make sure they are supervised. Ensure appropriate content filters are active and try to ensure all children have a balanced range of activities each day. Involve children and young people in these discussions so that they feel part of the plan.
- Provide reassurance about exams being cancelled – Young people may now be concerned that the exams later this year may not be going ahead as planned. They may feel like all their hard work has been for nothing. Acknowledge that is a bit uncertain right now and reassure young people that the government and Department for Education are working on a plan.
- Play – Play is fundamental to children’s wellbeing and development – children of all ages! It’s also a great way to reduce stress in adults.
Adapted from document published by the Division of Educational and Child Psychology (DECP) British Psychological Society (BPS)
To all second-year students and their parents/guardians
I hope you are all well and coping with these changed circumstances. I want to thank you for your positive engagement with this new learning environment. Please take note of the following:
Organize your schoolwork day/week with a timetable that suits you and your family. It’s important to include some physical exercise.
If you are worried that you may be missing out on work for any subject, I encourage you to email the relevant teacher at email@example.com or to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and it can be forwarded on.
All 2nd years should have their Office 365 Microsoft Account username and password
For Example: Joe Bloggs 2nd year – email address is J.Bloggs18@lucancc.ie (18 being the year you entered Lucan CC) and VSware log in is J.Bloggs
All students should have access to Teams. If you have any issue with Teams please email: email@example.com.
Office 365 Microsoft Teams Help for students/parents/guardians is available at:
I have included a link to a long list of remote learning resources on our lucancc.ie website (Quicklinks section) that will help any student who is seeking additional work to support their learning. I have also attached a reading list from PDST that might be useful for reading for pleasure.
Emergency school mobile number (0874546577) Please use in case of an absolute emergency only. Please email the admin email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Happy Easter from all the second-year team
UPDATE: Lucan Community College are delighted to announce one important event for your calendar. Please support our Bingo Night in the Lord Lucan 13th Feb 7.30pm.
The Self-care Workshop for Parents/Guardians Supporting Young People due to be presented by Jigsaw as part of our involvement in the One Good School may need to be postponed from Tues 25th Feb 7pm to another date. We will keep you updated.