DES Advice for Parents

Advice during COVID-19: Back to school 

From Department of Education and Skills 

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Everyone has been working very hard to ensure a safe reopening of schools for staff, students and their families.

There will be new rules and routines to follow, that are there to keep everyone safe.

Most students will be looking forward to going back to school and will feel happy and excited. Some may feel a little anxious about returning.

That’s a normal response at a time of change. Most will settle back in soon once they get used to the new rules and routines.

Remind them of the positive aspects of returning – like re-connecting with friends and re-engaging with school activities.

Good hand washing will be important for all students. Make sure your child knows to use a tissue to cover coughs or sneezes

or to cough or sneeze into their elbow.

At primary and post-primary levels, schools will put in place physical distancing procedures.

In primary school, younger children may not be required to practice physical distancing, but they may be organised into pods.

There may also be new rules about drop off and pick up.

Staff in all schools, and post-primary students, are required to wear a face covering where a physical distance of 2 metres cannot

be maintained.

Encourage your child to walk or cycle to school if possible and safe to do so.

Post-primary students will be required to wear a face covering when waiting for and when onboard the bus.

Schools will communicate directly with families about reopening. Talk together at home about what to expect when going back to school.

You should let the school know of any concerns you have about your child’s learning experience during the school closure period.

Having healthy routines in place will help with the adjustment of returning to school. Encourage your child to gradually introduce bedtime

routines that are closer to those used during school term. Also, help your child to eat healthily, take exercise and re-connect with friends.

Teachers understand that it hasn’t been easy to learn at home during school closures and they will support students to be ready to learn.

Anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms, including a fever, a cough, shortness of breath or breathing difficulties, or loss or change to their

sense of smell or taste should not attend school. Please follow guidance from the HSE on self-isolation and phone your doctor.

Make sure students know that if they feel unwell in school they should tell their teacher straight away.

Remember we all have a role to play in getting everyone back to school safely.

For more see gov.ie/backtoschool.

Information for students and their families about returning to school

From Department of Education and Skills 

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HSE Advice for parents

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Symptoms to look out for and when to contact your GP

Schools are back and the winter season is ahead of us. Every year, schoolchildren get colds, flu and other infections. This time, coronavirus (COVID-19) is with us.

Here is a guide on what symptoms to look out for and what to do if your child is unwell.

When to keep your child at home and phone your GP

Do not send your child to school or childcare if any of the following is true.

Your child has:

  • a temperature of 38 degrees Celsius or more

  • any other common symptoms of coronavirus such as a new cough, loss or changed sense of taste

    or smell, or shortness of breath

  • been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus

  • been living with someone who is unwell and may have coronavirus

    You will need to:

    1. Isolate your child. This means keeping them at home and completely avoiding contact with other

      people, as much as possible. Your child should only leave your home to have a test or to see your GP.

    2. Phone your GP. They will advise you if your child needs a coronavirus test.

    3. Everyone that your child lives with should also restrict their movements, at least until your child

      gets a diagnosis from their GP or a coronavirus test result. This means not going to school,

      childcare or work.

    4. Treat your child at home for their symptoms.


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Revised Return Dates


The school calendar has been adjusted as follows and the revised opening dates are:


First Year Induction               Tuesday 1st September 2020              9 am – 3.00 pm

                                                 Wednesday 2nd September 2020       9 am – 3.30 pm

1st 2nd & 3rd Years only         Thursday 3rd September 2020            9 am – 3.30 pm

Senior Students only             Friday 4th September 2020                9am – 3.30 pm

All Students Return               Monday 7th September 2020             9 am – 4.00 pm

Calculated Grades


28 May 2020

The Calculated Grades Student Portal for Leaving Certificate 2020 Calculated Grades closes at 10pm tonight, Thursday 28 May.

25th May 2020



Dear Leaving Cert Class of 2020,

As you all know by now the Calculated Grade Process for Leaving Cert 2020 has commenced and teachers are busy planning and preparing for their important role in the process.

You have a major role also. Please find attached two very important documents to explain what you MUST DO when the student portal opens tomorrow (Tuesday, May 26th) from 10am. You will need your exam number and PIN number (the first 4 digits of your PPS number) in order to register.

The two documents are as follows.

1. Letter for students 


2.  ‘Before you Start’ student guide. 


Extract of letter received from the Dept Education is below:

As you are aware, a decision has been made to offer all Leaving Certificate students due to take examinations this summer a Calculated Grade in each of their subjects.

All students are required to register in order that they have the opportunity to receive Calculated Grades at a later stage. Following registration students following the established Leaving Certificate or Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme are required to confirm the level at which they intended to sit each of their subjects. Students will have the option of confirming the level shown, which reflects what they personally selected in February, or to change to a lower level. It is essential that students confirm their levels at this time so that their schools can complete their task of providing an estimated percentage mark and rank order for each student.

Later on, students will use the portal to opt to receive calculated grades, to access their calculated grades, and to access later stages of the process such as the appeals.

Registration and confirmation of levels on the portal opens at 10 am on Tuesday 26 May and will close at 10 pm on Thursday 28 May. This is a tight timeframe, so you should gather the following information before attempting the registration process:

  • ?your Leaving Certificate examination number
  • your Personal Public Service Number (PPS number) as you will need this to create a Personal Identification Number ? your email address
  • ?your telephone number.
  • an email address to which they will have regular access over the coming months


There is helpdesk support available at 1800-111135 or 1800-111136. Due to COVID19 restrictions the helpdesk phonelines will be available from 12 pm to 5 pm on Tuesday 26th and between 9 am and 5 pm on Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th. Outside of these hours you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Class of 2020 Year Book



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