College Statement - COVID-19 - March 23rd 2020

To all students,

As we enter Week 2 of remote learning, I want to thank you for your flexibility, willingness to adapt and continued support through these very challenging circumstances. Our staff team are working to the best of their ability to support you in these times and we ask that you follow the guidelines and direction of programme coordinators and teachers through the coming weeks.

 

As communicated previously,  the college has devised a contingency plan to ensure that teaching and learning can operate as normally as possible using e-learning and digital platforms, which has been rolled out and is working very effectively in most cases. If you as a learner, are not accessing and actively engaging with both these platforms and your teachers; you will find it difficult to complete outstanding course material and assessment and this may be detrimental to your success on your chosen programme. 

 

It is very important that you actively engage with learning resources, online lectures and staff contact as per your timetable over this time. Please note staff are continuing to take attendance on the programme based on your engagement with online learning. As ever attendance thresholds apply and you should be aware that a minimum of 80% attendance is seen acceptable and really in these circumstances, you need to to ensure that this is as close to full attendance as possible. 

 

As a reminder please note that:

  • Classes to operate as per normal timetable remotely. Teachers timetabled at a specific time will deliver material using online platforms. Students can communicate via Moodle/email with any queries during these times. 
  • Assignments and course work should be accessed on Moodle and completed work be submitted for correction and feedback through these digital platforms.
  • Your programme coordinator will act as a link in all cases and any concerns, queries or required guidance should be channeled to them in the first instance.
  • It is imperative that you are aware that all remaining assignments/coursework is completed as normal and any relevant queries are raised with cooperating teacher online. 
  • All deadlines and submission dates will remain the same and it is important that all work is forwarded to relevant teacher as per submission dates. 
  • Failure to complete assessment may impact on your ability to pass all relevant modules. This may result in you not gaining full certification which could effect progression to employment and/or Higher Education. 
  • Information relating to End of Year Exams will issue to PLC students shortly and you should follow instruction regarding preparation for final examinations as advised by teachers.
  • For learners that are currently in receipt of learning support, this provision will continue through email and it is important that you actively use this resource as normal.
  • Guidance and Counselling support is available to all learners and please email Karen Cawley to set up an online or telephone meeting
  • Please find below link to the Student Area where you can access relevant digital platforms:
    https://ofi.ie/index.php/student-life/current-students/student-area

 

I want to encourage you at this time to look after your mental health; take regular breaks, switch off from social media and get some fresh air (please follow HSE guidelines around social distancing) and importantly; be positive. Engage with your class colleagues and keep in touch with both family and friends using video calling etc. 

Finally, we all have to take responsibility for implementing health guidelines issued around Covid-19, and we as a college, are asking that you follow instruction over the coming days and weeks to assist those in our society that need protecting. What you do today and over the coming weeks can save the lives of your loved ones and others. 

If you have any queries or need any support please contact us (communicate through your programme coordinator) and we will endeavour to support you in any way we can.

Kind Regards,

Shane Williams
Deputy Principal
Ó Fiaich Institute 

 

 

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