Virtual Sports Week 2020

This week we will be running our first Virtual Sports Week. So keep an eye on our school’s website (https://sjss.ie/2020/06/21/virtual-sports-week-2020/), Facebook page or ClassDojo to see some of our staff demonstrate a fun sporting exercise to try at home! Every day will have an activity theme and we will post video demonstrating how to do the activities. You can choose one or more of the activities each day, or make uo some of your own. When you try the activities let us know through ClassDojo or Facebook and you can even post photos or video of you taking part to ClassDojo or Facebook.

Monday’s Activity

Tuesday’s Activity

Wednesday’s Activity

Thursday’s Activity

Friday’s Activity

Summer Provision

Dear Parent/Guardian,

It is with great regret that we inform our school community that we will be unable to offer a school-based July Provision this year. Planning for July Provision would, in normal times, take several months, and organising and running a programme at this late stage of the year and recruiting an appropriate number of familiar staff in such difficult and unclear circumstances would likely take even longer.

Further to this the Board of Management feels that without clear Government public health guidelines on safe operation, we are not in a position to provide a safe environment for our pupils and staff. Current H.S.E. guidelines on returning to the workplace safely recommend the provision of appropriate hygiene facilities, proper ventilation, maintaining physical distancing of at least 2 metres, and installation of physical barriers, such as clear plastic sneeze guards. This would also have severely reduced the time in school available to those children who took part.

The health and safety of our pupils and staff are of paramount importance to us and unfortunately, St. Joseph’s Special School is currently not in a position to adhere to the recommended guidelines.

You may, however, access information on home-based July Provision through this link:

https://www.education.ie/summerprovision

We wish you a safe and happy summer and look forward to resuming some form of normality at the end of August.

Kind regards,

Graeme Crombie

Principal, Secretary to the Board of Management

Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA) Examinations 2020

Dear parents/guardians and students. As you will be aware the Minister for Education announced on Friday that the exams for the Leaving Certificate Applied have been postponed.

Students in their final year of LCA will be offered the option of receiving Calculated grades in 2020. LCA students will be provided with calculated grades for subjects, tasks and vocational specialisms due to be completed in 2020. The Certificate of Calculated Grade will have the same status as Leaving Certificate Applied awarded to students in previous years.They will also have the opportunity to choose to sit the exams at a later stage when it is safer to do so.

You can read the full guide to calculated grades for Leaving Certificate students 2020 here.

In order to help answer some of your questions the Department of Education have provided a guide to help explain why we have reached this decision, what it means for students, parents and teachers and how it will happen. You can access that guide by clicking here.

Students in all other classes, including year one LCA, should continue to engage with their teacher and their school work at this time.

School Closure

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update

We have just been informed by the Department of Education that from 6 pm today, schools will close. The restrictions will stay in place until 29th March. Children will travel home today at 2:40 pm as usual.

We will update this site with any new information and will also post updates on our school Facebook group.