Friday, March 20, 2020

Covid-19 School Closure Update 20th March 2020


Dear parents,

I hope that you and your families are all keeping well at this very surreal time.

It is very likely that schools will remain closed for an extended period. We will keep you up to date on any notifications from the Department of Education. However, as you are aware, we are now putting a system in place to support distance learning. From Monday, parents will be able to download the Aladdin Connect App and get logged in on laptops and computers. I will be in touch with regards to setting it up next week.

For now, your children have been provided with suggested school work. It is important to realise that children cannot be expected to do the same volume of work at home as they would do in school. Technology is a very useful resource at this time but I am very aware that not every family has sufficient access, particularly when there are a number of school going children in a household. I understand that this is a very stressful time for many and we do not want to burden you with copious amounts of work. We have a team of staff including class teachers, Special Education Teachers and a Special Needs Assistant working together to support the children’s learning and this level of support cannot be replicated at home. However, a little goes a long way- it is important to do a little reading every day, engage in Maths/number work and do some writing, if possible. Teachers will be putting up further school work suggestions on the Aladdin Connect App from Monday 30th March.

We are aware too, that there is a lot of learning going on in homes around Rathgormack at the moment, be it from school books, baking, walking, cycling, board games, project work, etc. Feel free to share photos of your activities at home by emailing them in to info@rathgormackns.com and I will post them here on our website! 

We will do our best to support your child’s learning during this time.

Thank you for your support during this time,

Take care,

Cathy Power
Principal