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Updated HSE advice for the school community

Dear parents/guardians

Please do not send your child to school if they are displaying symptoms. Any school tests or assessments missed can be repeated at a later stage once a parent contacts the school to explain why they are absent. Students can keep up to date with any work missed by contacting a friend in the class and monitoring any work the teacher has uploaded on Teams.

The HSE has asked us to circulate the following information in the light of increasing cases of Covid-19 in Ireland. This document can also be downloaded here: HSE advice 22 Nov 2021.

We are asking you to please:

  1. Remind all parents and staff to keep an eye on their health and to check for symptoms of COVID-19. Symptoms of Covid-19 can include some or all of the following –  fever (temperature of 38C or higher), cough, shortness of breath, any loss or change to the senses of smell or taste, headache, sore throat, or a runny nose. If any pupil or member of staff develops these symptoms they must self-isolate and contact their GP for advice regarding a COVID-19 test.
  2. Even with high population uptake of COVID-19 vaccination, it is important that you continue to support the pupils and staff of your school community during the COVID-19 pandemic in the effective manner you have been. It is important to reinforce to your school community that all public health guidelines still need to be followed to protect the health of pupils and staff, these include:
  • Wearing face coverings
  • Cleaning hands regularly
  • Maintaining physical distance from others
  • Being mindful of the ventilation of classrooms by opening windows and doors as appropriate
  1. Encourage all those who are eligible for vaccination within your school community to access appropriate information around this (available at https://www2.hse.ie/screening-and-vaccinations/covid-19-vaccine/) For those wishing to arrange vaccination, they can do so at either:
  2. Register using the HSE Vaccine portal (https://vaccine.hse.ie/#register)
  3. OR phone the HSE at 1800 700 700

What is the advice for close contacts who are fully-vaccinated against COVID-19?

Close contacts who are fully vaccinated and have no symptoms are not required to restrict their movements. Close contacts will receive a text message with a link to a website where they provide their relevant details. When this has been done they will receive a text message with information about their antigen tests. Instructions of when and how to undertake the antigen tests are provided to those close contacts.  If a fully vaccinated close contact has symptoms then they will be advised to self-isolate and booked for PCR testing.

When is a person considered to be fully-vaccinated?

a.7 days after receipt of the second Pfizer-BioNTech dose (two dose vaccination course)

b.15 days after receipt of the second AstraZeneca dose (two dose vaccination course)

c.14 days after receipt of the second Moderna dose (two dose vaccination course)

d. 14 days after receipt of the first Johnson & Johnson vaccine (one dose vaccination course)

What is the advice for close contacts who are not fully-vaccinated against COVID-19?

  • Close contacts who are not fully-vaccinated will need to go for two PCR tests for COVID-19, one as soon as possible and one on Day 10 after their last exposure to the COVID-19 case.
  • They will need to restrict their movements (stay at home) until the Day 10 test has been done. This includes not attending work or school.
  • If the Day 10 test result is “not detected” or negative, the pupil or staff member can return to school provided they do not have symptoms of COVID-19.

What about the families of those who are close contacts?

Other people who live at home with the close contact do not need to restrict their movements, provided the close contact has no Covid symptoms. This means they can continue to attend school. If the close contact tests positive for COVID-19, the household will then need to restrict their movements.

What if a close contact declines the COVID-19 test?

Testing is not mandatory. But if a close contact does not have a Day 10 test done, this means they need to continue to restrict their movements for 14 days after their last contact with the person with COVID-19.

More information

Up to date information and advice on COVID-19 is available on hse.ie.

We thank you for your help and support as we continue to live with COVID-19.

 

Best wishes,

The HSE COVID-19 Health Protection Schools Response

(Part of HSE’s National COVID-19 Contact Management Programme)

Well-Being week is taking place this week 19th-23rd April

    • Well-Being week timetable 21
    • Timetable for you to have a look at – lots of staff competitions and activities to get involved in next week.
    • 50 ideas of Self-care- For tutors this can be used during tutorial or SPHE class.
    • Amber Flag Lucan CC are looking to achieve this flag this year. This is run through Pieta House and looks at how your school promotes positive mental health. All students will participate in a Skipathon Disco during their PE classes for the week. TY classes, this can be done during your tutorial class. Staff can participate Friday 23rd during lunchtime.
    • Lucan CC Heroes– https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=9cjWPhZMrUSe7WD4UYNKhHz_kZ1P8VJFqmMhMJeuJB1UNlUxWllGRFVaTDFGV1JGUjNMWlY1V1QwOC4u
      Please fill in this form and encourage your tutor class to do so also. You are nominating someone who has done something nice for someone or their community during these difficult times
  • Non-Uniform Day- This will take place Friday 23rd April. Collecting of the 2euro will take place during tutorial time. The charity we are fundraising for is Pieta House as part of our Amber Flag application.
  • Walk in SPHE- If you would like to take your class on a walk for their SPHE class you are welcome to do so.
  • Activities- There are lots of activities for staff and students in the mornings and lunchtimes please encourage all to get involved 🙂

Video message from Ms Clarke to 1st year students, parents/guardians

Ms Clarke has made a short video message to support and motivate 1st years students and to advise parents/guardians about keeping up good learning habits at home while making space for wellbeing:
Click here to watch the message.

Recommended reading list by Ruby Crocker-Dunne 3rd year.

“Drop Everything and Read”
Congratulations to Ruby Crocker-Dunne of 3rd year who has updated and recategorised a list of recommended reading materials for second level students. Why not download some new books onto an e-reader or order some books online. If we were in schools we would be running some Drop Everything and Read sessions during the year. You can have some DEAR time at home also. DEAR time with a paper book/magazine will provide a welcome relief from the screens that we are all spending more time looking at these days and you might find a new author that you enjoy or a new interest to read about. You can find the recommended reading list here:” reading_material

 

Lucan Community College Remote Learning Plan is published

We are delighted to publish the first draft of our Remote Learning Plan for students, parents and guardians.
Please read it carefully. We will seek feedback from students and parents shortly and update it as needed.

LucanCC Remote Learning Plan

Please click on the Remote Learning tab on the website to access all information. We have also included the previous resources uploaded during our previous period of Remote Learning for Students and for Teachers in sub-menus.

Stand Up Awareness Week at LCC -Nov. 16th-20th

STAND UP AWARENESS WEEK

it’s important that every child feels safe and happy in school and as teachers that’s what matters to us all. Research has shown that 6-10% of any group of young people may be LGBT+  so it’s likely some of our students will benefit from having this week in school! LCC is a warm, inclusive, support environment, this really matters so much for our young people. No one should ever feel alone.

   

 

LucanCC presents “Supporting your child in school during Covid-19” with Psychologist Evan Costigan.

6th/5th/3rd Year Parents/Guardians! LucanCC presents “Supporting your child’s in school during Covid-19” with Psychologist Evan Costigan.

When: Tomorrow Wednesday 18th December @7pm
Details of how to join the online Zoom event will be sent via SMS/email.
Places limited so join at 7pm to access
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Retirement wishes for Ms. Ryan

RETIREMENT WISHES

 

 

Friday 23rd October marked the last day for Ms Margaret Ryan as a teacher in our school as she is retiring from teaching to start a new exciting journey. Ms Ryan started working in our school in 1985/6 before the school moved from its former home in Lucan Vocational School to its current home as Lucan Community College.

 

She has worked with many Home Economics colleagues during her 35 years of professional service in our school community including Ann McHugh, Johanna Williams and current Home Ec team Martin Feeney and Nicola Walsh and this week she introduced our newest staff member Ms Hackett to all of her students.

 

Ms Ryan is first and foremost a teacher of Home Economics and those students who have been lucky enough to have her as a teacher know the high standards and expectations she has had for each and every one of you as well as the individual feedback and support she has offered to help you to reach those standards. She has sought ways to expand the influence of the Home Ec department beyond the JC and LC subject classroom through TY cookery modules, classes on nutrition and healthy eating and with the LCA Hotel Catering and Tourism module and has been an important part of building home economics up to being one of our most popular option subjects.

 

Ms Ryan has taken on many other roles and responsibilities during her time in LucanCC including working on the important change of focus from vocational school to community college in 1987, planning for and contributing to many important school events including retirements for others staff members and our school’s 25th anniversary, leading a year Management team as Year Head, planning and writing the school timetable for many years and more recently leading our whole school Wellbeing programme with an excellent team of volunteers.

 

Throughout her time in Lucan CC Ms Ryan has worked hard to achieve positive outcomes for our students, to provide friendship and support for her colleagues and to seek ways to maintain and improve the ethos of Aontas/Unity within our school community.

 

We wish Ms Ryan  every happiness in her new adventure and hope that she continues to bring ideas and energy to whatever new endeavours she takes on in the future.

By D. Birnie

 

 

World Teachers’ Day 2020


Monday 5th October 2020 was World Teachers’ Day. As Principal, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our teachers and other education personnel for rising to the challenge even in the most adverse circumstances to ensure that our students can continue their learning. Teachers, SNAs, Office staff, Caretaking and housekeeping staff, the Deputy Principal Team and the many people who have taken on leadership roles in helping us to prepare for and adapt to the new protocols in place, all play essential roles in our school community and we owe them our recognition and respect for their daily work, perseverance and professionalism during these exceptional times.

In a recent letter to the Chairperson of the Board of Management of Lucan Community College, the Chief Executive of Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board, Caitriona Murphy, acknowledged the outstanding work of the Senior Management team of Lucan Community College and of the staff in reopening the school. Ms Murphy said “I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for this and their commitment, motivation and drive to ensure that our learners returned to a safe school environment”.

Let us take this opportunity to celebrate the wonderful team of staff who are keeping Lucan Community College a working learning safe school environment.

Addition to Code of Behaviour for Covid-19 protocols

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

This policy coupled with our newly adopted additional rule from our last Board meeting:
should act as a clear deterrent to any student who is not taking the special arrangements seriously.
We are delighted by the respect shown by most of our students for our rules and usually a gentle reminder by staff is all that is needed to correct something. However, having the strength of wording of this policy behind the school in case of a serious infringement offers reassurance to the school community that such matters will be taken seriously and that the health, safety, physical and mental wellbeing of all school staff and students and their families are of absolute importance.
While classroom compliance with the rules and regulations is at a very high level, we have some ongoing concerns about the physical distancing of students outside of classrooms and on the journey to and from school. We ask all parents/guardians and students to discuss this seriously and return next week with a determination to follow physical distancing rules more strictly. Remember we are doing this not only for our own safety but also for that of the most vulnerable in our wider school community.
Please ensure that parents/guardians and students discuss this new policy and its implications over the days ahead as it is now officially part of our code of behaviour even though it is not published in the student journal.