8th May 2020 Letter to students, parents and guardians re Leaving Certificate 2020

8th May 2020
Dear Students, Parents and Guardians,
The decision has now been taken to postpone the Leaving Certificate examinations scheduled to commence on 29 July 2020 and to offer students a system of Calculated Grades.
All students will be given the option to receive a State Certificate of Calculated Grades in each subject. It will have the same status as Leaving Certificates awarded to students in previous years.
Students will also have the opportunity to sit the conventional Leaving Certificate examination if they wish at the earliest safe and practical time to be advised by the Department of Eduction & Skills.
We are asking all students and parents/guardians to refrain from contacting teachers to discuss, query or suggest any reference to subject percentages. We appreciate your cooperation with this request. The school needs time to appraise itself fully with the arrangements that have been announced and further clarifications are required.
Leaving Certificate students will not have any classes from Monday 11th May. They can use the next two weeks to continue to study, if they are choosing to take the Leaving Certificate examinations which will be organised at a future date (there are no details on any dates for these examinations and they will not take place in time for students to start in Third Level this year).
Our staff are looking at end of year arrangements with a view to marking the end of post-primary for you/or your son/daughter and we look forward to sharing these details with you in due course.
We will contact you soon again with additional information and further clarification as we receive it.
Please feel free to contact me with any queries or questions at info@desmondcollege.ie

Yours sincerely,
Vourneen Gavin Barry
Principal