IMPORTANT – Letter to Leaving Cert students – 5th September 2020 MCS
5th September 2020
Dear Leaving Cert Students, Parents and Guardians,
We no longer have the facility of emailing you through the School’s Admin system. Hence the posting of this letter on the Website.
The Leaving Certificate results will issue on Monday the 7th September 2020. We wish you all the best with the results and hope that despite the trauma and upset of the last 6 months that you will be on your way to your chosen career paths.
Just a few pointers.
- Results: The Department of Education will issue the results of this year’s Leaving Certificate Calculated Grades process on Monday 7th September 2020. Students can access their results via the online portal from 9.00am that day.
- Communicating with the School: As we are in very unprecedented times we would ask that students do not come to the school on Monday. This is contrary to the normal practice of Mountrath Community School of course but the times, we are in, dictate otherwise unfortunately. In line with the School`s Covid-19 Response Plan and the restrictions on visitor access to the school, we would ask that students to please contact the school or career guidance teacher by email or phone in the first instance if they need to make contact rather than presenting at the school in person about such matters as college offers for example.
- Estimated Marking: LC 2020 students will be provided with access to their estimated mark via the online portal on Monday 14th September. Teachers will not be in a position to share any information or data on the estimated marking or ranking process or outcomes with any person or under any circumstances.
- Appeals: Details of the appeals process are to be communicated by the DES to both students and schools. The appeals system will open on September 14th and all students will have access to their estimated grades and class ranking submitted by their school on this date. Access to estimated marks and class ranking will be via the student’s portal and will not involve the school.
- Written Examinations: The 2020 postponed Leaving Certificate examinations (written only) will commence on Monday, 16th November, subject to public health advice and engagement with stakeholders. The examinations will be scheduled for evenings and at weekends. Further details are being finalised and will be communicated by DES.
- CAO offers and students seeking advice: The CAO first round offers will be communicated electronically to candidates on Friday, 11th September at 2.00pm.
You can contact the career guidance teachers to arrange an appointment or online engagement. The deadline for the acceptance of first round of CAO offers is Wednesday, 16th September at 5.00pm
We would ask that all students please email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know what offers you got, are accepting and your plans otherwise for the year ahead. The Higher Education Institutes will contact you regarding registration dates once you have accepted your offer. Please note failure to accept an offer could eliminate you from college entry this year.
The following grid outlines the key dates associated with the 2020 Calculated Grades process.
|7th September at 9.00 am||Results of the Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme and Leaving Certificate Applied Calculated Grades will issue.|
|7th September||UCAS offers received by students|
|Deadline for return of Forms A, B, C and D, reconciliation sheet (where applicable) and school sign-off form to the Calculated Grades Executive Office.|
|11th September||CAO first round offers|
|14th September||Students can access their estimated percentage mark and calculated mark through the student portal.|
|14th September||Appeals application process open to students through the student portal from 9.00 a.m.|
|16th September||Appeals application process closes at 5.00 p.m.|
|23rd September||CAO round 2 offers|
Access to Data.
The Calculated Grades Student Portal will reopen on 14th September at 9.00 am and will provide students with the percentage marks they were awarded by the Calculated Grades process. They will also be able to access the estimated percentage marks provided by their schools. Students may wish to have access to and consider this data if they are considering an appeal of their Calculated Grade.
It was also intended to provide students with the class rank order provided by the school on 14 September. However, an issue has arisen regarding the provision to students on 14 September of their class rank order in subjects, provided by their school as part of the Calculated Grades process. The issue relates to the General Data Protection Regulation and the personal data of candidates. The Department is seeking legal advice on this matter
Students unhappy with their Calculated Grades results will have access to an appeals process. The appeals process will be an administrative process and students may not appeal against the information provided on their behalf by the school as these have already been subjected to a school alignment process and oversight by the school principal.
Students may lodge an appeal through the student portal from 9.00 a.m. on Monday 14th September to 5.00 p.m. on Wednesday 16th September.
Stage1: Checks will be undertaken to ensure that the intended information was recorded correctly by the school and that the information was transferred correctly into the data collection system.
Stage 2: There will also be a review to ensure that the data was correctly received and processed in the national standardisation process conducted by the Department.
Data checks will include a check to ensure that the rank order of the class group for the subject and level taken has been preserved in the standardisation process and that students placed on the same school-estimated mark in the same subject and at the same level taken by the school are conferred with the same calculated mark conferred by the Department.
Stage 3: Students unhappy with the outcome of this process can seek a review by Independent Appeal Scrutineers.
All students will have the opportunity to sit the postponed Leaving Certificate Examinations which are scheduled to begin on 16th November subject to public health advice.
Again we wish you all the best on Monday. We all wish that this could have gone the normal route – that you all could have done your LC normally and that you at this stage would already know where your next steps were taking you. You have been brilliant at every step of the way. Please know that we are all here for you and hope that Monday will bring what you have worked so hard for. Please do not hesitate to call us if you need any assistance.
Siobhán McCarthy Monica White Denis Boland All at MCS