Letter from Secretary General of Department of Education and Skills

A letter to principals and teachers from the Secretary-General following the announcement that schools will remain closed until 19 April.


Letter from Secretary General of the DES 25-03-2020

Remote Teaching

Remote Learning Documents from Microsoft

We have also attached two documents supplied by Microsoft. Schools Leader’s Guide to Remote Learning and School Teacher’s Guide to Remote Learning.

These documents are very useful, please take a moment to review

School Leaders Guide

Teachers Guide

Distance Learning – Studyclix

My name is Luke Saunders. I am a teacher and founder of Studyclix.ie

Lots of schools have been in touch with us as part of their distance learning planning to facilitate student learning remotely during the current school closures. I thought it would be worth passing on some details that might be helpful to principals and deputy principals out there.

Free teacher access
All the teaching staff at all schools in Ireland can set up a free account using your school’s teacher access code. Just get in touch if you don’t know this code and we can send it on along with instructions for your staff.

I have also created this 2 minute video that talks through how teachers can use our Exam Builder to set their students worksheets remotely and our Quiz Builder that allows your staff to set their students quizzes that can be shared with their students. Once students have taken the quiz the teacher gets a full report showing individual student’s performance in that quiz.

Student access
Your students can of course continue to use our services to manage their own learning online. Aside from our usual features such as questions by topic, videos, notes and quizzes we have also increased the levels of live support we are offering via our live chat tool on the site. We hope to be able to give as much support as possible to students during this time. The content and learning tools on Studyclix are structured such that they are specific and targeted to the year that student is in (1st – 6th) as well as their chosen subjects.

Many schools have been in touch to set up their school with a short term school license to give all students full access to Studyclix. Obviously, we are doing this at a hugely discounted rate per student.  A license can be set up within an hour and just involves us issuing you a single upgrade code that you can pass on to the students. We also issue you with:
– letter to parents indicating what Studyclix is and how to get the best out of it as well as set up instructions.
– Teacher instructions along with guidance on how to use our service for remote teaching.
– Suggested text of web text to circulate to parents.

If you would like to have a chat about getting set up then email me at luke@studyclix.ie with an idea of the number of students in your school or, if you prefer, send on your number and I will follow up with a call to discuss your needs.

Feel free to forward this email to anyone else who you feel would benefit.

Many thanks,


Luke Saunders
Studyclix Founder
(087) 280 1840

Allianz Insurance School Support Teams – COVID-19 Update

In light of the recent Government announcement on COVID-19 and ongoing guidance from the Department of Health, Allianz Ireland is putting measures into place to protect its employees and to help minimise the spread of the virus.
Notwithstanding this, our School Support Teams will continue to be available by phone and email to assist your School and we outline our relevant contact details below:

Your Local School Representatives contact details can be found at https://www.allianz.ie/schools-insurance/local-representatives/

School Support Team    Phone 01 6133966
Email education@allianz.ie 

Property Damage Claim Team   Phone 01 6133377
Email propertydamage@allianz.ie

Liability Claims Team  Phone 01 6133992
Email personalinjury9@allianz.ie

If your School is insured through an insurance broker, please contact them for any assistance.

In the event we are required to close our head office, please be assured your Local School Representative will continue to be available by phone and email. In that eventuality, we will outline the full details of our contingency arrangements.

Yours Sincerely

Your Allianz School Support Teams
Allianz School Support Teams
Allianz l Allianz House | Elmpark | Merrion Road | Dublin 4 | Ireland

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Briefing

Please see  resources which were presented at a meeting in Roinn an Taoisigh yesterday

You may find them useful in any communications you have with parents or students.

The graphic is particularly powerful. The thrust of the closure is to slow down the spread of the disease to enable our health service to work.

Feel free to share these resources.

PresentationCOVID19 stakeholders 12 Mar 2020



School Closure for Students

  • An announcement was made this morning by the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD of the closure of schools, pre-schools and further and higher education settings, for a period until 29 March 2020, to support efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19. This will take effect from 6pm this evening, Thursday 12 March. This is in line with the advice of the National Public Health Emergency Team.
  • The context of this decision is to try to minimise social contact.
  • Schools are closed to students during the period of closure.
  • In order to minimise the impact on teaching and learning, all schools are asked to continue to plan lessons and, where possible, provide online resources for students or online lessons where schools are equipped to do so. Schools are asked to be conscious of students that may not have access to online facilities and to consider this actively in their response.
  • Teaching staff and non-teaching staff should be facilitated in working from home during normal school hours where this is possible, though staff may need to be in school and attend to work and other issues as necessary.
  • Caretaking, secretarial, cleaning and other staff should only be in the school as necessary.
  • Where facilities are available in a school for online delivery of support for students, teachers who wish to avail of this should be facilitated, once this is in line with HSE advice on social distancing and gatherings.
  • It is important, in particular, that absences such as maternity leave etc. are keyed into the OLCS payroll system to facilitate continued payment of salary.
  • All Board of Management employees should be paid during this particular period of school closure.
  • Schools are asked to prioritise supporting exam classes to continue to prepare for State examinations.
  • The State Examinations Commission will issue updates regarding the impact of school closure on the oral and practical examinations.
  • The State Examinations Commission has asked us to advise schools that project work relating to the State exams should remain in the school as normal and not be taken home by students.
  • It is advised that all school facilities such as sports halls, swimming pools and playing pitches should be closed during the period of school closure.