Return of Setanta and Google Classroom

Hi everyone,

I hope this email finds you well as we continue to work through the challenges of the children not being in school.

As you may be aware, yesterday the Department of Education announced that it has a plan in place for the return to school for children in ASD classes which will mean a return for the children in our Setanta classes from Monday 22nd February.

This is the third attempt at a return for these children and we are hoping that it will be the last and there will be no hiccups this time around. Although it is still a few weeks away, we cannot wait to have the children in these classes back and I’m sure their parents are thrilled as well. We are awaiting further information about this return from the Department and the teachers of these classes will be in contact with those parents soon after that.

For the remainder of the children, we are hoping that there will be a plan for a return to school soon and once we have any update at all we will let you know.

In terms of remote learning, I know it has been very challenging for most families as it is very difficult to juggle work, education and running a household however, I would like to thank you all for the efforts being put in by yourselves and the children. The level and quality of engagement has been brilliant and it is lovely to see so many children logging in, completing and uploading work and videos etc.

Getting to grips with Google Classroom has been an adjustment and I’m sure a lot of you feel the same too. As some parents and guardians may be unfamiliar with the workings of the program we wanted to give you a few tips on how to review the work uploaded. The work allocated will result in the following outcomes based on how the children return their work such as:

Assigned: Work has been assigned and has not yet reached the due by date. This may include assignments that do not require a response e.g. ‘Show and Tell’.

Returned: (Tick mark): Pupil’s work has been returned as complete or as a good attempt having been made according to the child’s ability.

Handed in: Work that has been recently handed in before its due date. Work that has not been returned as it has been left blank or only partially completed.Missing: Work that has not been handed in by a pupil.

As a parent or guardian, it is very difficult to check all of the work being done everyday but the video below is useful if you would like to get a summary every so often.

I hope this information will be helpful to those of you who wish to get more out of the program and if you ever have any issues you can contact through

Kind regards