A Message from the Chief Executive
Tipperary Education and Training Board is very aware of the personal turmoil the COVID-19 pandemic may have caused to our students as well as learners, staff and stakeholders. We will consciously make every effort to conform with guidelines being issued by the Government.
In light of the most recent Government advice all TETB schools/centres and administration offices have now reopened.
This has been an extraordinary year for all of us and I would like to acknowledge and thank you, my staff, for the huge effort and commitment to our students and learners which has enabled us to re-open our schools and centres. Your dedication over the past few unprecedented months has ensured we were able to continue to provide teaching, learning and essential services throughout the lockdown and I congratulate you on this achievement.
These past few months have been difficult on you and your families, your engagement and efforts in the continuity of learning is commendable.
Each school/centre/administration office has developed a site specific COVID Response Plan for reopening their location. These plans have been developed in line with the guidance received from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HSPC) and in compliance with the “Return to Work Safely Protocols” developed by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation and the Department of Health with guidance documents provided by the Health and Safety Authority (HSA). The purpose of this document is to provide clear and helpful guidance for the safe operation of our schools/centres/offices through the prevention, early detection and control of COVID-19. It provides key messages to minimise the risk of COVID-19 for staff, students, families and the wider community while recognising the importance of education for the health and wellbeing of students and society as a whole. Schools and centres are actively engaged in planning to ensure continuity of teaching learning and assessment in these challenging times. Each school and centre will be communicating directly with students and learners regarding these plans.
Stay safe and well.
Minister Norma Foley has also advised of the following important information from the Department of Education and Skills and the HSE with regard to returning to school.
- Video for parents with key information on supporting children to return to school available here and here
- Fliers for parents – available for download here. The HSE has prepared material on recognising symptoms, which complements the material from the Department on returning to school. This is available here
- Age-appropriate videos for children and young people at different stages. Videos for primary (both junior and senior level) and post-primary students are available here
- Resources in a wide range of languages. Many schools have a diversity among their student and parent community. To support these parents, we have translated guidance for parents at gov.ie/backtoschool
The COVID-19 World Service project has also consulted with the Department and has used our key messages to produce a range of videos in a variety of languages which your school community may find helpful – please see more at https://nascireland.org/covid-19-world-service
Returning to Schools / Work –
Recent Announcements from TETB:
|September 2020: Tipperary ETB Covid Response Corporate Plan|
|07 April 2020: Statement from Chief Executive: Teaching and Learning Continues in TETB|
|07 April 2020: TETB Contingency Arrangements – Quality Assuring Assessment|
Recent Announcements from the DES:
|03 October, 2020 – Statement from the Minister for Education Norma Foley TD and the Department of Education and Skills regarding Leaving Certificate 2020 Calculated Grades Process|
|01 September, 2020 – Minister Foley announces details of Calculated Grades model for Leaving Certificate 2020 and Minister Harris confirms the provision of 1,250 additional places in certain high-demand programmes in higher education institutions|
|26 August, 2020 – Minister Foley announces postponed 2020 Leaving Certificate examinations to commence on 16 November 2020|
|21 August, 2020 – Minister Foley provides further update ahead of the reopening of schools|
|14 August, 2020 – Minister Foley provides update on Reopening Our Schools: The Roadmap for the Full Return to School|
Websites providing updates in relation to COVID-19
Support Services and Helplines
|Minding your Mental Health (HSE)||Advice on how to mind your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak.|
|Mental Health Support Services (HSE)||Search for online resources and information about mental health and support services. Search by ‘Issues’, ‘Age Group’ and ‘Location’|
|Support Service updates Covid-19 (HSE)||Some services provided by mental health and support services could be disrupted during COVID-19. The link will bring you to a summary of key nationally-available supports.|
|Talking to Children and Young People about Covid-19 (DES)||Advice note for Schools and Parents published by the Department of Education and Skills (DES)|
|Restricted Movements and Self Isolation (HSE)||If you are well, but you have been in close contact with a case of coronavirus you will need to restrict your movements.|
|Spectrum Life EAS (TETB Staff Only)||Employee Assistance Service|
|Inspire Workplaces Looking after your Mental Health during Covid-19||Inspire Workplaces – Looking after your Mental Health during Covid-19|
|Your Mental Health.ie (HSE)||This service is to assist you in finding the relevant supports and services near you.||1800 111 888|
|Pieta House||Free therapy to those engaging in self-harm, with suicidal ideation, or bereaved by suicide.||1800 247 247 or text HELP to 51444|
|Childline||Childline is open every day and is for all children and young people up to the age of 18.||1800 66 66 66 or free text 50101|
|Jigsaw||Jigsaw is a free, non-judgemental and confidential mental health support service for young people aged 12 – 25||Limerick: 061 974 510|
|Shine||Support for people with mental ill health. Shine services remain available for phone and e-mail support Monday to
Friday, 9am to 5pm.
|Limerick/North Tipperary: 087 7878222
South Tipperary: 086 852 5747
|Aware||Information and support to anyone over 18 about issues relating to their own mood or the mood of a friend or family member, or who experiences depression or bipolar.||1800 80 48 48|
|Samaritans||Support and information if you are having a difficult time or are worried about your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak||116 123|
|Calm.com||Resources for mindfulness|
|Policy and Information for TETB Staff on returning from travel abroad|
Latest Circulars relating to COVID-19:
|TETB Covid-19 Privacy Notice|
|DPC Guidance: Protecting Personal Data When Working Remotely|
|Administrative Office, Nenagh (Head Office)||email@example.com||067 31250|
|Administrative Office, Clonmel (Sub Office)||firstname.lastname@example.org||052 612 1067|