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Homework Hive

To support our first and second year students as they approach exams, we offer a Homework Hive Study to these year groups. The goal is to help students get organised, better manage their homework and to improve their study skills.

The Homework Hive runs on Wednesday afternoons from 1:15 pm until 2.00 pm. There is a rota of experienced teachers on hand to offer advice and support.

For further information please see the following Homework Hive Letter from Mr Foley.

Halloween Dress Up Day: Friday 28th October

Our annual Lucan Community College Dress Up day is back for 2022!

So, this is your chance to express your inner Goth. We would love to see a great gathering of ghosts, ghouls, witches and other strange beings!

At the very least we would ask everyone to wear red – the dark and dangerous colour of Halloween in some shape or form. There will be photographs and prizes awarded to those who are their scariest best.

Any students who do not wish to participate should wear their school uniform as usual.

Let’s try to make it a fun and scary day for everyone!

First Year Team Works Day!

The First Year students had a great opportunity last Thursday to bond with their new classes and learn the importance of teamwork.

Team Works focused on the development of communication, trust and collaboration within groups. The activities were designed to:

  • Improve Trust
  • Energise the Group
  • Encourage Collaboration and Communication
  • Increase Productivity and Creative Thinking
  • Introduce Positive Thinking
  • Highlight the Importance of Engagement and Goal Setting.

The price of the session for your son/daughter was covered from your School Voluntary Contribution – many thanks to those of you who have already paid in full.

If you have not yet had an opportunity to complete payment, please log onto the Lucan Community College Payment System: https://lucancc.ie/connections/lcc-school-app/

Parenting Teens Workshop for Parents March 24th

All 5th year parents/guardians are cordially invited to join an online presentation on the March 24th. Called: Parenting teens: A road map for well-being. The presentation will be given by Psychologist Evan Costigan (link will be text to parents on Wednesday 23rd and displayed on our website).

School: Lucan Community College.

Programme: Parenting Teens: A Road-Map for Well-Being.

Audience: 5th year parents and guardians.

Date: Thursday 24th March 2022.

Delivery: Online via Zoom.

Timing: 7pm – 8:15pm.

Agenda

1. Communication: talking to teenagers.

2. Building emotional resilience in teens.

3. Establishing a healthy routine for school.

4. A game plan for exam well-being.

5. Q & A.

Well-Being Week Plan of Events

Click HERE to see the full list of events in Lucan CC for Well-Being Week.

Update for students/parents re lifting of restrictions 28 Feb 2022

Dear students/parents

We have made a short video and a powerpoint slide to update you on how the lifting of restrictions will work in our school setting. Please familarise yourself with these before you return to school on Tuesday 29th Feb.

Download this slide here for a clearer picture
A short video explaining the new school procedures is available here: https://vimeo.com/682846564

Lucan Community College Update for Parents/Guardians/Students January 2022

Wishing you all a happy new year and hoping that 2022 will be a good year for our whole school community. We would also like to send a message of support to those of you who have faced loss, illness and disappointment over the holidays.

We are still facing many challenges due to the pandemic but the Christmas spirit was alive and well in Lucan CC as we approached the holidays and we have every confidence that the respectful, supportive and caring atmosphere that we value so much, will continue to blossom in our school in the year ahead.

Our school will re-open on Thursday 6th January 2022 from 8.50am. Please arrive on time and ready for all of your classes.

Students displaying any Covid-19 related symptoms should not attend school. Parents should communicate absences through the front office as usual. Email: admin@lucancc.ie Phone: 016282077

Students are advised to gradually return books to their lockers, rather than try to bring in everything tomorrow – teachers are aware of this. The canteen will be open as usual. Individual teachers will advise about the running of extra-curricular activities but it is unlikely that any will restart until next week at the earliest. Our house-keeping team have been busy this week getting the school ready for reopening.

A reminder of our Covid protocols:

  • Wear a mask covering mouth and nose – students MUST have their own supply of suitable masks.
  • Despite the heat being on, with doors and windows open, it is cold in many rooms – we advise students to dress warmly in full uniform, with layers and school coats;
  • Supplies of hand sanitiser and wipes are available in classrooms – please use appropriately;
  • Remember to practice distancing in classrooms and all indoor areas, especially if eating during break-times;
  • If you are absent from school but feeling well enough to engage with your learning, please check with a classmate and on your Teams class page for work assigned. This will help you to keep up with the coursework as much as possible.

As we anticipate a large number of staff and student absences this month we advise the following:

  • Students – keep a book, past exam papers or other independent work in your school bag in case a teacher is absent due to illness and not able to assign work;
  • Parents/guardians – we will be doing our utmost to continue with the full timetable for all students and will contact parents if this is no longer possible. Please monitor school messages for ongoing updates. We will follow the guidance from the Department and DDLETB when making any decisions of this nature.

In challenging times such as these, it is most importance that we can operate our school in a safe manner while keeping the wellbeing of our students and staff a priority. We will try to communicate with you as early and as often as possible regarding this continually evolving situation. Thank you for your help and support.

Diane Birnie

Principal

Additional information

In a Memo to all Principals received on 5th January 2022, the Acting HSE National Clinical Director of Health Protection issued the following Return to school guidance from HSE Public Health:

Infection prevention and Control Measures:
1) Before attending school:
Symptoms – Please make sure all staff and families are aware not to attend school if they have any symptoms of Covid-19 infection.
Symptom profiles are available here [symptoms] and we advise parents to take a precautionary approach, particularly for children less able to articulate their symptoms, that if a child appears unwell, observe them at home and contact their GP as appropriate.
Close contacts – Please remind all staff and children that if they have been told by the HSE services that they are a close contact of a case of Covid-19, they need to adhere to the advice on the HSE website in relation to restricted movements and testing. Children under 13 years who are household close contacts must restrict their movements for 14 days and they are offered PCR testing at day 0 and day 10. On receipt of a day 10 not-detected PCR test result, they may exit restricted movements.
It is important that anyone who has been identified as a close contact, is very aware of COVID-19 symptoms, and isolate and undergo testing should they develop any symptoms.
2) Re-enforcing general public health messages
In addition to ensuring that staff and children do not attend school if they have any symptoms of Covid-19 infection, please ensure all staff and children are reminded of the importance of abiding by the national public health measures currently in place at all times e.g. vaccination (including boosters), social distancing, use of face masks, hand hygiene, ventilation and minimising social contacts.

School Closure – Storm Barra

The Department of Education has instructed us to close Lucan Community College tomorrow, Tuesday 7th December 2021. All planned student work and tests and other school activities will be rescheduled. For safety reasons the building will remain closed.
Text messages have also been sent to staff and parents. TEAMS messages have been sent to students.
Please stay safe.
Full statement from Department of Education: https://t.co/kk7odRTi0X

Reminder:Anti-Bullying and Online Safety Webinar for parents

Dublin City University Anti-Bullying Centre FUSE team will be hosting a FREE parents webinar for all FUSE participating schools.
This will take place on Tuesday, December 14th from 7 pm to 8 pm. 
 You can register  by clicking here

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)