Press Release on Covid-19 from second-level school management bodies
ACCS ETBI JMB
The management bodies representing all of the second-level schools in the State have communicated with their schools asking them to forward the message delivered by President Higgins on the importance of social distancing to the parents of students in their schools. President Higgins is urging young people to respond in a generous way to the Health Service Executive’s advice on measures to alleviate the spread of Covid19. The Association of Community and Comprehensive Schools (ACCS), the Education and Training Boards of Ireland (ETBI) and the Joint Managerial Body (JMB) are working together to ensure that appropriate messaging is delivered to all second-level students. This further reinforces the pronouncements of An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, other government ministers and health officials on the responsibility of all to adhere to social distance guidelines and to respond to HSE advice at this time of national emergency.
Students are reminded that they can play their part in the national effort to curb the spread and the worse effects of the Covid-19 virus. Schools are closed to students at present to prevent the spread of this highly contagious and potentially lethal virus. By avoiding assembling and socialising in groups, students will be playing their part in supporting the national health campaign.
The management bodies have also acknowledged the work and innovative methodologies that have been undertaken in schools by management and teachers promoting continuity of contact with their students through distance learning and other means. They have thanked students and parents for their engagement with this process in the face of the challenges that it can entail, and have encouraged all in their school communities to do everything they can to maintain the learning and social and pastoral connection between the student and the school.
COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus. It can take up to 14 days for symptoms of coronavirus to appear.
The main symptoms to look out for are:
a cough – this can be any kind of cough, not just dry
shortness of breath
fever (high temperature – 38 degrees Celsius or above) or chills
If you develop symptoms you will need to self-isolate and phone your GP. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. The GP will assess you over the phone. If they think you need to be tested for coronavirus, they will arrange a test.
Social distancing and self-isolation
Social distancing is important to help slow the spread of coronavirus. It does this by minimising contact between potentially infected individuals and healthy individuals.
Self-isolation means staying indoors and completely avoiding contact with other people. You will need to do this if you have symptoms of coronavirus.
Together we can slow this virus down, the guidelines are clear – keep your distance. We must stay apart to pull together and protect each other. You as an individual can flatten the curve.
Great work from our 5 students who have qualified to participate in the Maths Olympiad training in Maynooth University every Saturday. The Mathematical Olympiad is a national maths contest for secondary school students. Our students will participate in a further competition towards the end of the maths enrichment programme with the chance of selection to represent Ireland at the International Mathematical Olympiad.
TY trip to Dublin
TY students are looking forward to an upcoming visit to Croke Park and Butler’s Chocolate Factory next week.
TY Day of reflection
Facilitated by An Tobar Nua on Tuesday Feb 11
Good luck to all of our Junior Cycle and Leaving Cert students who begin their mock exams this week.