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UPDATE & Remote Learning Plan & Digital Learning Resources including student information

 

Holy Family Secondary School                                                                             12th March 2020

Update on COVID-19; School Closure announced

SCHOOL CLOSURE with effect from

6pm, Thursday, 12th March 2020 until Monday, 30th March 2020

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has made an announcement today on RTE news that the country’s schools, colleges and childcare facilities are to close in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. We did not have advance notice of this decision. However, HFSS have been working to a contingency plan for such a potential outcome and have a remote teaching and learning plan and school emergency closure protocols in place. From 6pm today (12th March 2020), schools, colleges and childcare facilities will close.

In relation to cultural institutions, indoor gatherings of more than 100 people will not be permitted and a maximum outdoor gathering of 500 people will be allowed. The restrictions will stay in place until 29 March (HFSS therefore, re-opening Monday, 30th March)  

We consider the health and wellbeing of all in our school community to be our highest priority. Now is the time to channel our many strengths and work together, to remain sensible, measured and calm.

Staying safe and well

  • Social distancing and personal hygiene personal responsibility remains the consistent advice in our response to tackling the spread of Covid-19.
  • We ask all in our school community to be proactive and responsible at this time of school closure and to lean in to support each other, we can all be active citizens and play our part.
  • Practice everyday preventive actions that can help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses:
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily (e.g., tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles) using a regular household detergent and water.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.

HSE helpline  1850 24 1850

 

Communication

  • Please be advised that we have information on all of our news mediums for the school community to date. We disseminate all updates from the Chief Medical Officer and the HSE.

 

Teaching & Learning

  • Our teaching staff have remote digital learning strategies in place for this event. Our students will follow their regular school timetable as home school. The procedures for this will be outlined to all parent(s)/guardian(s) by letter today.

 

Your cooperation and understanding at this time is much appreciated.

S. Allen, Principal

 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This March we have 3 events:

1. Tuesday March 10th 6.30- 7pm   Parents Association Meeting

2. Tuesday March 10th 7pm – 8pm   Online Education Talk (Internet Safety), For Parents only
3. Bag Pack Marks & Spencers    Volunteers needed 1 or 2 people per hour
Saturday 14th 12 – 6pm
Sunday 15th 12 – 6 pm
More details to follow.
Best regards
Ciaran O’Driscoll
Chairperson HFSS PA

 

Coronavirus
Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Last updated: 26 February 2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new respiratory illness. It has not previously been seen in humans.
This type of coronavirus is also known as SARS-CoV-2. It was previously known as 2019-nCov or novel coronavirus.

Symptoms
It can take up to 14 days for the symptoms of coronavirus to appear.
These symptoms may include:
• a cough
• shortness of breath
• breathing difficulties
• fever (high temperature)
Coronavirus can also cause more severe illness including:
• pneumonia
• severe acute respiratory syndrome
• kidney failure

Risk of catching coronavirus in Ireland
There has been no confirmed case of coronavirus in Ireland.
There is an increased risk of catching coronavirus in Europe. This is according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Their advice follows the increase in coronavirus cases in Italy.

If there is a case here, health professionals will try to contact anyone who has been in contact with the infected person.
You do not need to follow any advice in relation to coronavirus if you have:
• not been to a country or region with a spread of coronavirus
• not been in contact with a person who has coronavirus
• not been to a healthcare facility where patients with coronavirus were treated

When you may need to be tested for coronavirus
You will only need to be tested for coronavirus if you have symptoms and have in the last 14 days been:
• in close contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus
• to a country or region with a spread of coronavirus
• in a healthcare centre or hospital where patients with coronavirus were being treated
If your doctor thinks that you need a test for coronavirus, they will tell you where the test will be done. They will also tell you when to expect your results.
Read advice on what you need to do if you have been to a country or region with a current spread of coronavirus.

Self-isolate – when you may need to
You only need to isolate yourself from other people if you have symptoms of coronavirus and have in the last 14 days been:
• to a country or region with a current spread of coronavirus
• in close contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus
• in a healthcare centre or hospital where patients with coronavirus were being treated

How coronavirus is spread
Coronavirus is spread in sneeze or cough droplets.
You could get the virus if you:
• come into close contact with someone who has the virus and is coughing or sneezing
• touch surfaces that someone who has the virus has coughed or sneezed on
Because it’s a new illness, we do not know how easily the virus spreads from person to person. We do not know if someone can spread the virus before they show symptoms.
The virus may only survive a few hours if someone who has it coughs or sneezes on a surface. Simple household disinfectants can kill the virus on surfaces. Clean the surface first and then use a disinfectant.
Packages from affected countries
You cannot get coronavirus from packages or food that has come from China or elsewhere.
There is no evidence that animals or animal products legally imported into the EU are a health risk due to coronavirus.

Protect yourself
Do
• wash your hands properly and regularly with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub
• cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough and sneeze
• put used tissues into a bin and wash your hands
• follow the travel advice from the Department of Foreign Affairs if travelling to a country or region with a spread of coronavirus
Don’t
• do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
The flu vaccine does not protect against coronavirus.

Wash your hands:
• after coughing or sneezing
• after toilet use
• before eating
• before and after preparing food
• if you are in contact with a sick person, especially those with respiratory symptoms
• if your hands are dirty
• if you have handled animals or animal waste
Read a step-by-step guide on how to properly wash your hands and avoid infection
Face masks

Don’t:
• do not use a face mask if you feel well and do not have symptoms – there’s no evidence that using masks is of any benefit if you are not sick

Do:
• wash your hands properly and regularly
• cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough and sneeze
You should use a face mask if you:
• have or may have coronavirus
• are in close contact with someone who has or may have coronavirus
• are a healthcare worker in close contact with people who may have or have coronavirus

Treatment
There is no specific treatment for coronavirus. But many of the symptoms of the virus can be treated.
If you get the virus, your healthcare professional will advise treatment based on your symptoms.
Antibiotics do not work against coronavirus or any viruses. They only work against bacterial infections.

Vaccine
There is currently no vaccine to treat or protect against coronavirus.
At-risk groups
We do not know for sure which groups are most at risk of complications if they catch coronavirus.
But it is likely you are more at risk if you catch coronavirus and:
• are 65 years of age and over
• have a long-term medical condition – for example, heart disease, lung disease, diabetes or liver disease

Children and coronavirus
If your child has recently travelled to a country or region with a spread of coronavirus, follow the guidance above.
Encourage your child to wash their hands regularly and properly.
Read more advice on how to prevent your child from catching or spreading viral infections.

Pets
There is no evidence that pets such as cats and dogs can catch or spread coronavirus.
Avoid all non-essential travel to China
Follow the up-to-date travel information from the Department of Foreign Affairs for travel advice on countries and regions affected by coronavirus.
The Department of Foreign Affairs has advised people to avoid all non-essential travel to China.

If you have to travel to China
Don’t:
• do not visit animal or bird markets in China
• do not go to places in China where live or dead animals are handled
• do not visit anyone in China who is ill with cold or flu-like symptoms such as sneezing or coughing
• do not touch animals and their poo (droppings) in China
Wash your hands properly and regularly with soap and water.

More information
Department of Foreign Affairs – updated travel information and advice
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre – information for health professionals

Changes to Admissions Policy 2020

Holy Family Secondary School Parents Association News Letter

 

                                                                                                                                January 2020

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

We hope that you all had a very happy Christmas and New Year.

We are fortunate to have a great parents association here at Holy Family Secondary School and to have the full support of the staff in all our activities.  The aims of our association are as follows:

  • To promote active involvement of parents within the association
  • To keep parents in touch with what is going on within the school and to offer opinions and ideas where needed
  • To work on fundraising events. This year all money raised by the PA will go toward the school courtyard garden fund.

New parents are always welcome to come along to our meetings.  Our next meeting is on Monday 3rd February at 7.30pm in the music room in school.

So far this year we have helped out at the night of music and song in September.  We ran our annual Christmas raffle in December which is always a great success.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank every one that supported us in any way at all.  We had a stand at the open night for next Septembers incoming first years. Finally, we hosted a coffee morning for the teachers in December as a thank you gesture for all that they do for our girls.

In the next few months we will be doing a bag pack in Marks and Spencer and would appreciate as much support as possible.

Finally, could I remind you to go onto the school website and complete the survey on the Junior Cycle, it only takes a couple of minutes to do.

If you would like to get in touch with us you can email us at hfssparentsassociation@gmail.com.

 

Wishing you all the very best for 2020,

Ciaran, Caoimhe, Karen and Angeline

 

 

Leaving and Junior Certificate Timetables – June 2020

 

HFSS Parents Association

 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

It’s the start of a new school year, therefore we would like to invite you to the AGM of the Parents Association of the Holy Family Secondary school.  The AGM will be followed by a short Parents Association meeting.

As parents and guardians of the students attending the Holy Family Secondary School, you automatically belong to the Parents Association.  The Association meets on the second Monday of each month at 7.30pm in the school. 

Our role in the school

  • Review and advice, as required, with the principal and staff on school policies.
  • Fundraising for the benefit of the school, e.g. Christmas raffle and bag pack.
  • Build effective partnership between school and the home.
  • Maintain communication with the school and keep up to date with school news.
  • We seek to support and promote the wellbeing of the school, the students and each other.

We are always looking for fresh ideas to bring to our school community and parents are one of our greatest resources.  With that in mind we are always looking for new members to join our association.  We would encourage you to come and get involved.

We look forward to seeing you.

 

Ciaran O’Driscoll- Chairperson, Karen Lynch – Secretary, Phil Sheehan – Treasurer

Easypayments guide

easy-payments-letter-to-parents

 

 

 

 

 

HFSS Used Uniform and Book Sale

Limited stock. First come first served.

9.30am-12.30pm

Thursday, 20th June in the HFSS Front Hall

Uniform items average €5 per item

Cash sale only

 

HFSS SCHOOL OFFICES will be CLOSED for the SUMMER HOLIDAYS

Closing Friday, 28th June at 12 noon.

Re-opening Wednesday, 7th August at 8am

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School Uniforms

  1. Kidstuff

http://www.kidstuffcollection.com/

Back to School Store

Back to School: Unit 4, Cutlery Rd, Kilbelin, Newbridge, Co. Kildare, W12 YA38  Phone(045) 449 100

Catering at HFSS

We have a new catering company in Holy Family. More information can be found on their website: www.schoolfoodcompany.ie

Please find attached the PowerPoint from the presentation, made on Tuesday 2nd October, to junior school parents on the fundamentals and rationale of the new Junior Cycle.

 

 

Allianz Pupil Personal Accident Insurance

The Parents Association can be contacted at: 
 
hfssparentsassociation@gmail.com
 
Chairperson: Ciaran O’Driscoll
Secretary: Karen Lynch
Treasurer: Phil Sheehan
 
Next PA meeting: Monday, 8th October at 8pm in HFSS