Dear Parents and Caregivers
As the COVID-19 situation continues to develop, our school has been planning for a variety of scenarios — the main scenario being that children and students may need to learn at home during Term 2. I am writing to confirm the
arrangement for our school for Term 2.
Term 2 arrangements — Weeks 1–5
The Queensland Government has decided that, in order to reinforce social distancing across the community and slow the spread of COVID-19, students will move to a home-based learning model from 20 April 2020 until at least 22 May 2020 (Weeks 1 to 5 of Term 2). A decision about the remainder of Term 2 will be made by mid-May. During this period, all students who are able to be supervised at home and learn from home are to stay home.
As was the case for the student-free days prior to school break, there will be exceptions for some students who will continue to be able to attend school. These students include those whose parents or carers work in essential roles and must attend their workplace and cannot access alternative care, students identified as vulnerable, and students in designated Indigenous communities.
Students who will attend school
Students of essential workers should start school as normal for the first day (eg sit under B block until 8:25am bell and then go to their normal classrooms at the 8:45am bell. Once we have established numbers we will then collapse classes so that the supervision of the students can be sorted. All students will be supported by a familiar teachers in year levels where possible.
Marking the roll
Students will be marked off the class roll as normal each day. Students who are not at school will be identified and a text message will be sent home. The text will ask for a response of if your child is ‘sick’ or ‘learning at home’. Please respond with the appropriate reason. If we do not receive a message then your child may be recorded as an unauthorised absence.
Preparing for home learning
I acknowledge this is a challenging time for you and your child as you prepare to help them to learn from home. Our teachers and school staff have been working hard to plan for this approach and have developed learning programs that best suit the students at our school.
DAY 1 - 20/4/2020
Step 1: Confirm that your child knows their MIS id and password. If they do not know this information please email firstname.lastname@example.org . In the subject bar of the email please write ‘Student login details’ to assist us in sorting the requests.
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Step 2: Parents will be sent an email on Monday at 9:00am which will have instructions about the steps students will need to take to ‘join’ the platform we have established for the learning at home.
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Step 3: Students will need to logon to their school email account from 11am. An email will invite them to join the ‘OneNote Class Notebook’ platform. The instructions from Step 2 will assist parents with this process.
Step 4: Check that your children can access the ‘OneNote Class Notebook’ for their year level. Students should be able to see some welcome messages and the first lesson for English. At this point we are just asking students to check that they can access the materials.
We are unsure of how the technical ‘overload’ may play out across the State. To compensate for this we are allowing for the checking of access to take 2 days. If parents continue to have problems accessing the ‘OneNote Class Notebook’ platform they should email email@example.com .
You may also wish to explore the Department of Education’s range of learning@home parent resources online at https://education.qld.gov.au/curriculum/learning-at-home.
The department has also just negotiated to deliver and air educational TV programs that are aligned with the Australian Curriculum. You can find more information about these shows at the learning@home site.
Please know that we are here to support you and your children. With our preparation and guidance and your support, I am confident that students will continue to learn and grow in Term 2.
To support parents and carers, some tips have been put together to make the transition easier:
- Treat the first week as a ‘starting school’ or orientation type of week. Not everything will go to plan, and it might take a while to work out how to find and use the right resources and understand what’s best for you and your
child. The ‘how to’ will come first, and then the learning.
- Remember that your child's teacher usually divides their attention between up to 28 students who all work at different paces and need different levels of support. At home, two to three hours of learning each day will
usually be plenty. Try using a range of other activities to keep children engaged and stimulated without becoming overwhelmed.
- Routines and consistency can be a source of comfort for parents and children alike, but keep in mind that your routine doesn’t have to be the same as a school routine. If you use a timetable at home, make sure it’s
manageable for everyone and flexible enough that you can adapt it as you learn what works.
- This situation presents an opportunity for students to find out more about themselves as learners and to become more confident in self-directing their learning. Encourage your child to take responsibility for not only learning
but also for staying in touch with their teacher, their class and their friends and community.
- If your child is finding a task difficult, make suggestions and answer questions, but try to let them figure things out for themselves as much as possible. Give them opportunities, where appropriate, to take control of their
- Remember this is new for us, too. You can help us succeed by letting us know if you’re unsure about something and using the preferred contact time and method that your teacher will advise you of.
Further information on supporting your child, maintaining healthy learning routines and setting up a learning space at home can be found at https://education.qld.gov.au/curriculum/learning-at-home/wellbeing-of-students
While there will be some adjustments along the way as we learn together, our teachers are here to support your child’s learning. Please stay connected with your teacher, to our school and to one another.
Outside School Hours Care (OSHC)
OSHC services will continue to operate before and after school care where there is demand for services and particularly for vulnerable or children of essential workers. This will include on-site OSHC or other services off site that cater for school age children, such as long day care or family day care.
Thank you for the support you are providing both your child and the school during these difficult times. You would have seen that all over Australia and the world, schooling systems are experiencing the same challenges with many countries also moving to home-based learning in response to COVID-19. Our dedicated teachers and support staff continue to be here to teach and support your child. Together we will be learning and doing all we can to support you in this new mode of home-based learning. I assure you we will continue to maintain close contact with you over the next few weeks to provide learning for your child and together we will support each other and see all of our students continue to grow.
Please remember our Facebook page and Website are great places to stay in touch.