Students & Parents

Remote Teaching & Learning – January 2021
Dear Parents/Guardians,
I hope that you and your families are keeping safe and well in these uncertain times. As you are
aware, schools will move to a remote teaching & learning model for the remainder of the month
of January. Although not ideal, we accept that it is a necessary measure to assist in reducing the
level of infections nationwide which is a cause of huge concern.
On Monday, January 11th, we will hold a staff meeting remotely to finalise plans for the coming
weeks. Consequently, your son/daughter will not have any contact with their teachers on that
day.
As part of the delivery of remote learning, teachers and students will only interact using the
school approved platform, Microsoft Teams. Please note that students will not have online
classes throughout each school day – a blend of face-to-face teaching; setting of learning
activities & tasks; pre-recorded sessions; PowerPoint presentations and student independent
work (e.g. project work) will be used. This will vary from year to year and from subject to subject.
Furthermore, a temporary Remote Learning Timetable (available on the school website from
Monday evening) has been compiled for each year group so that students can structure each day
accordingly. We are acutely aware that the availability of broadband and devices in each
household will impact on each students’ ability to engage, as such, it is very important that
students email their Year Head if they encounter such difficulties or if they cannot log in to their
school account.
Year Head email addresses:
1st Year – keithbailey@wwetb.ie
2nd Year – sandrahennessy@wwetb.ie
3rd Year – tinawoods@wwetb.ie
4th Year – michellebrowne@wwetb.ie
5th Year (LC & LCA) – maiokeeffe@wwetb.ie
6th Year (LC) – lindacusack@wwetb.ie
6th Year (LCA) – annbarron@wwetb.ie
Students are reminded that all school policies, notably the Code of Behaviour and the Acceptable
Use Policy, apply during these online lessons. As the virtual classroom provides an opportunity
for face-to-face interaction and participation, students are reminded of best practice i.e. a quiet
location, appropriate dress; no personal information visible in the background etc. Students are
asked to follow teacher guidance in relation to submitting homework and assignments and
should contact the subject teacher directly on Teams before 5pm if they run into difficulty.
All students are reminded that no recording or screenshots of the virtual lesson should be made
by any means. This is to respect the privacy and personal data of all – students and teachers. The
recording and onward sharing of personal data is unlawful. All online communication should be
respectful to everyone.
We in school appreciate your support to ensure that the best learning outcomes are achieved for
our students. Please encourage your son/daughter to avoid the negative influence of social
media – unhelpful speculation about infections, exams etc. We will continue to provide Learning
Support and Guidance support to all students and will communicate directly with students on
their Teams platform in relation to this.
If you need to contact the school by phone, our admin staff are currently working from home and
can be contacted on 0873616270. We will update you as more information becomes available
over the coming weeks. In the meantime, take care and stay safe.
Yours sincerely,
Fiona McDonnell