We hope this letter finds you well in this difficult time. On behalf of the school management and teaching staff we acknowledge and thank you for encouraging your child to embrace and adapt to a new way of learning for us all.
Please see below a section of a directive given to all secondary schools in relation to Junior Certificate assessment by the Department of Education and Skills today.
“In 2020, the Junior Cycle learning achievement of students will be recognised through a specific form of certification designed to meet the current, exceptional circumstances presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.
For each student, certification will involve two elements:
- A State Certification of completion of Junior Cycle from the Department of Education & Skills. Students should receive a State Certification that they have completed three years of Junior Cycle education in a number of subjects/priority learning units. This certification will be provided by the Department of Education & Skills.
- A School Report setting out the learning achievements of students in Junior Cycle. Students should receive a written report on the broad range of learning that they have achieved in each subject, short course and/or priority learning unit at the end of Junior Cycle. This assessment of their learning will be provided by their teachers. Schools will have autonomy in how this assessment is to be arrived at and the format in which the report is to be provided. ”
Subject teachers will be in touch to set out assessment tasks for their students as part of their school report setting out the learning achievements in Junior Cycle
If your child is experiencing any difficulty engaging or accessing the online curriculum please contact myself at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ms O Brien Home school teacher at email@example.com. We draw your attention to our school website www.newcross.ie for communication pertaining to information from school and on Covid -19.
We ask that you continue to encourage your child to engage with the school work that is been sent to their school emails as per their out of school timetable issued to them a number of weeks ago by their year heads. This is extremely important as it will form part of their school report.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all and especially those affected by the Coronavirus and we urge all our students to play their part – to maintain social and physical distancing as instructed by the HSE in order to curb the spread of Covid-19, and to stay safe and well.
Mr D Lynch