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Now Enrolling – Youtube Live Stream

Reminder: Youtube Live Stream tomorrow morning at 10.30am. We have invited all the local National Schools to join us for a short presentation followed by the big reveal of our new school promotional video. There will be a Q&A session at the end also. Looking forward to it. Hopefully everything goes smoothly!!!!

We have also provided a link to our school admissions page and a Microsoft forms page where parents/guardians can fill in the short questionnaire that we can then use to provide updates to you and your child. We hope that you avail of the opportunity to see our school community in action and we look  forward to seeing you Friday 27th November. If this date or time does not suit you, please feel free to contact the school by e-mail: info.elphin@gretb.ie or by calling the school at 0719635031

Link to application form – https://elphincollege.ie/admission-no…

Elphin Community College Admission Database https://forms.office.com/Pages/Respon…

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Admission Notice / Application Form

Admission Notice

Printable Version – Admission Notice ECC

Application Form for Admission

Printable Version – Application Form For Admission – PDF

Printable Version – Application Form For Admission – Word Document

Microsoft Forms – Admission Database – If you wish to be updated on activities in the school, please open this link and fill in the relevant information.

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Generating Electricity from Wastewater – 2020 SciFest Competition

Congratulations to Karl Gilmartin (TY 2019-2020) who was awarded the Technology Award for his project ‘Generating Electricity from Wastewater’ in the 2020 SciFest Competition. The award, sponsored by Intel, was awarded for the most innovative use of technology in a project. His innovative use of a Pelton turbine was created using the Engineering Department’s 3D printer.

Karl was also awarded the Maths in Science Award by SciFest, which was held virtually in IT Sligo in July for the north-west region. SciFest is the largest second-level Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fair in Ireland, with over 10,000 students participating annually.

Traditionally, the competition gives students the opportunity to showcase their projects at a series of one-day science fairs held at 16 regional venues across the island of Ireland. The winners from regional STEM go on to compete at a national final in November 2020. The national winner(s) will represent Ireland at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) 2021 in the USA.

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Covid-19 update – Confirmed case

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Date 29/09/2020

Re: Confirmed case of COVID-19 in fifth year at Elphin Community College, Roscommon

A confirmed case of COVID-19 in the fifth year of your child’s school has been notified to the Department of Public Health HSE West. A public health risk assessment has been undertaken and all close contacts have been identified.

Your child has NOT been identified as a close contact in the school setting. In line with public health advice, your child does not need to be tested for COVID-19 at this time and does not have to stay home from school or self-isolate.

If your child develops symptoms (such as a cough, a fever, shortness of breath or breathing difficulties, loss or change in sense of taste or smell) – they should be isolated immediately and you should phone your GP for further advice, and any siblings and any other individuals sharing your accommodation should restrict their movements, as per current public health advice.

Outside of the school setting, if you are not sure if you/your child could be a close contact of a case, please review the advice at https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/close-contact-and-casual- contact.html and contact HSELive if you have any additional questions or would like someone to talk you through it.

Further information on COVID-19 is available at: www.hse.ie www.hpsc.ie and www.gov.ie Yours sincerely,

Dr. Emer O’Connell FFPHMI MPH MRCGP

Consultant in Public Health Medicine

MCRN 016424

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Covid-19 update – Confirmed case

Elphin Community College letter for casual contacts – Printable Version

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Re: Confirmed case of COVID-19 in sixth year at Elphin Community College, Roscommon

A confirmed case of COVID-19 in the sixth year of your child’s school has been notified to the Department of Public Health HSE West.

The Department of Public Health HSE West is also aware of cases of COVID-19 infection in the North Roscommon area.

A public health risk assessment has been undertaken and the parents of any children deemed to be close contacts of the confirmed case have been contacted and advised accordingly. If your child has not been identified as a close contact at this time, your child does not need a test for Covid-19, they can continue to attend school, and no further actions are required at this time. For more information on determining contact level please review the advice at https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/close-contact-and-casual-contact.html and contact us if you have a concern.

If your child develops symptoms (such as a cough, a fever, shortness of breath or breathing difficulties, loss or change in sense of taste or smell) – they should be isolated immediately and you should phone your GP for further advice, and any siblings and any other individuals sharing your accommodation should restrict their movements, as per current public health advice.

Further information on COVID-19 is available at: www.hse.ie www.hpsc.ie and www.gov.ie Yours sincerely,

 

Dr. Emer O’Connell FFPHMI MPH MRCGP

Consultant in Public Health Medicine

MCRN 016424

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Clarification on the use of face coverings in Post Primary schools

Clarification on the use of face coverings in Post Primary schools

Wearing a face covering or mask does not negate the need to stay at home if symptomatic.

Wearing of face coverings – a requirement

Staff and students, at post-primary level, are required to wear a face covering. The exemptions to this are set out below.

Cloth face coverings

Cloth face coverings are recommended for staff and students. Cloth face coverings act as a barrier to help prevent respiratory droplets from travelling into the air and onto other people when the person wearing the face covering coughs, sneezes, talks or raises their voice. Cloth face coverings are therefore intended to prevent transmission of the virus from the wearer (who may not know that they are infected) to those with whom they come into close contact.

Face coverings must not contain any slogans/logos/images that may cause upset or be deemed offensive to any member of the school community.

Visors

Cloth face coverings are more effective than visors. In the limited circumstances where a cloth face covering cannot be worn clear visors must be considered. The alternate use of a clear visor can also be considered when a staff member is interacting with students with hearing difficulties or learning difficulties.

Exemptions

A medical certificate to certify that a person falls into a category listed below must be provided to the school by, or on behalf of, any person (staff or student) who claims that they are covered by the exemptions below:

  • any person with difficulty breathing who cannot wear a cloth face covering or a visor
  • any person who is unable to remove the cloth face-covering or visor without assistance
  • any person who has special needs and who may feel upset or very uncomfortable wearing

    the cloth face covering or visor, for example persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities, mental health conditions, sensory concerns or tactile sensitivity.

    In circumstances where a medical certificate is not provided that person (staff or student) will be refused entry to the school.

    Directions for effective use of face coverings

  • Information should be provided by schools on the proper use, removal, and washing of face coverings. Advice on how to use face coverings properly can be found here.
  • All staff and students should be reminded not to touch the face covering and to wash or sanitise their hands (using hand sanitiser) before putting on and after taking off the face covering.
  • All staff (and students, where applicable), should be aware that they should wash or sanitise hands (using a hand sanitiser) before and after helping a student put on or adjust a face covering.
  • Face coverings should be stored in a designated space, for example, in an individually labelled container or bag.
  • Cloth face coverings should be washed after every day of use and/or before being used again, or if visibly soiled.
  • Face coverings should not be worn if they are wet. A wet cloth face covering may make it difficult to breathe.

    Whilst staff and students may wish to utilise their own face covering on a day-to-day basis, schools should have a stock of additional disposable or multi-use face coverings (or if appropriate, visors) for staff and students in case a back-up face covering is needed during the day or where required on an ongoing basis.

    Use of medical grade face coverings

    Schools should consider the specific circumstances where the use of medical face masks (to EU Standard EN 14683) may be more appropriate for staff as part of their risk assessment for employees returning to work (for example where staff by necessity need to be in close and continued proximity with students with intimate care needs such as SNAs.

    Students using school transport

    All students on the post primary transport scheme should are required to wear face coverings subject to the exemptions above.

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Leaving Certificate Results 2020

The very best of luck to all our students receiving their Leaving cert results this morning.

The State Examinations Commission will publish the results of the Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme and Leaving Certificate Applied Calculated Grades process on Monday, 7th September 2020 at 9am.

Key Dates

The following grid outlines the key dates associated with the 2020 Calculated Grades process.

7th September at 9.00 am Results of the Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme and Leaving Certificate Applied Calculated Grades will issue.
7th September UCAS offers received by students
11th September Deadline for return of Forms A, B, C and D, reconciliation sheet (where applicable) and school sign-off form to the Calculated Grades Executive Office.
11th September CAO first round offers
14th September Students can access their estimated percentage mark and calculated mark through the student portal.
14th September Appeals application process open to students through the student portal from 9.00 a.m.
16th September Appeals application process closes at 5.00 p.m.
23rd September CAO round 2 offers

Students will be able to access their grades online through the Student Portal which they used to opt-in to the calculated grades process.

On Monday 14th September, students will have access (via student portal) to the calculated grade awarded by their school. At that time students will have not have access to their ranking position within their class. At a later date, the D.E.S will publish the mechanism for students to follow as to how they can access their class ranking. Students should check their student portal on Monday 14th to view instructions as to how to access their ranking.

Appeals Process
Students who are unhappy with their Calculated Grades results will have access to an appeals process. The appeals process will be an administrative process and students may not appeal against the information provided on their behalf by the school as these have already been subjected to a school alignment process and oversight by the school principal.

Students may lodge an appeal through the student portal from 9.00 a.m. on Monday 14th September to 5.00 p.m. on Wednesday 16th September.

Stage1: Checks will be undertaken to ensure that the intended information was recorded correctly by the school and that the information was transferred correctly into the data collection system.

Stage 2: There will also be a review to ensure that the data was correctly received and processed in the national standardisation process conducted by the Department.

Data checks will include a check to ensure that the rank order of the class group for the subject and level taken has been preserved in the standardisation process and that students placed on the same school-estimated mark in the same subject and at the same level taken by the school are conferred with the same calculated mark conferred by the Department.

Stage 3: Students unhappy with the outcome of this process can seek a review by Independent Appeal Scrutineers.

All students will have the opportunity to sit the postponed Leaving Certificate Examinations which are scheduled to begin on 16th November subject to public health advice.

Student Supports

Where students would like to speak to our Guidance Counsellor, they should phone or email the school and an appointment will be arranged for advice by phone later in the day or later in the week.

The Leaving Certificate student helpline, at 1800 265 165, which is provided by the National Parents Council post-primary will be available from 11.00 am on 7 September for students to reach a guidance counsellor with any queries that they may have.

This helpline will operate until after the CAO first round offers and is staffed by qualified guidance counsellors. Further details can be found at https://www.npcpp.ie/leaving-cert-helpline/
HSE/HSE-funded service providers will be available to support students through the provision of e-mental health services. https://www2.hse.ie/wellbeing/mental-health/covid-19/minding-your-mental-health-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak.html
Wellbeing resources developed by the National Educational Psychological Service are available at www.gov.ie/leavingcert
CGEO helpline will be available at 1800 111135 or 1800 111136 from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm from Monday 7 September to Wednesday 16 September. Outside of these hours queries may be e-mailed to lcsupport2020@education.gov.ie. Please note this helpline is provided for queries relating to the Calculated Grades results only and cannot provide advice on any other matters.
Information available from the Central Applications Office (CAO) at www.cao.ie

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