Dear parents and carers,
This message will provide important information ahead of tomorrow’s start of term. It is lengthy, but please take the time to read it in full.
Thank you to everyone who responded to the Operoo Learning From Home survey, enabling us to plan supervision on the school site for those who need to attend. The survey has closed now, but we understand that circumstances may change. If at any time your child needs to attend school onsite and you haven’t notified us, please email the school office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learning From Home Plans
On Monday afternoon, team leaders will send out Learning From Home Plans (LFHPs) via Operoo. If you have difficulty accessing the LFHP, contact your child’s teacher, or the school office and we will ensure you receive it.
If students or parents need support or guidance with set tasks, or anything aspect of home learning, contact your class teacher via email or Seesaw and they will respond when possible. Class teachers will be monitoring online platforms, responding to messages and providing feedback, guidance and support between 9:00am – 1:30pm each day, with breaks for morning tea and lunch. Teachers may be experiencing a high volume of communication, so please be patient when awaiting a response.
Teachers will be collaboratively planning with colleagues to prepare future Learning From Home Plans and activities after 1:30pm each day. Messages sent after 1:30pm will be responded to the following day.
We understand that everyone’s circumstances are unique, and that students and families have varied capacity to complete all set tasks. We only ask that your child does what they can manage, that you provide whatever support you can manage around your own work and other commitments. It is important to balance your child’s engagement and learning progress with their (and your) mental health and wellbeing at this time. No matter how long the learning from home period lasts, it will not make or break your child’s educational outcomes in the long term.
Kindergarten and Stage 1
We are currently in the process of setting up QR codes for families to set up the Seesaw Class app, which allows students to submit completed work to teachers with the help of their parents. We anticipate that the Seesaw Class QR codes will be sent out on Thursday. In the meantime, download the Seesaw Class app onto iOS and Android devices or bookmark app.seesaw.me on your computer’s browser. Students are asked to complete as many activities as possible, but families are not expected to submit them to teachers.
Daily roll call for Kindergarten and Stage 1 will take place through the Seesaw Family app (the current app that families use to view learning journals and communicate with teachers). Every morning, class teachers will post a message on Seesaw requesting a response indicating whether each child is learning from home, attending school on site, or absent due to illness/leave. Parents need to respond to this message in order for children to be recorded as present on the roll.
While it can get a little confusing, try to remember that students use Seesaw Class with their QR Codes to upload work and families use Seesaw Family with their existing accounts to communicate with class teachers, respond to daily rolls and view students’ journals.
Stage 2 and Stage 3
Students in Stage 2 and 3 will engage with their learning and submit their work through their class’ Google Classroom. All students in Stages 2 and 3 will be members of their class Google Classroom and can access it by logging into the DoE Student Portal with their username and password. If your child doesn’t know their username and password, please contact their class teacher and they can send you the details. If your child needs support with accessing their Google Classroom, please contact their class teacher.
Daily roll call will take place on Google Classroom each morning, with a question which students are required to answer to register their attendance and be marked present on the roll.
Class teachers will be scheduling regular, brief Zoom meetings at least twice per week. The purpose of the Zoom check-in is to allow students to see each other and their teacher and have some social interactions. It is intended to keep students and teachers socially connected and maintain a sense of class and school community. It is not intended to be an opportunity for teaching instruction, and teachers will not be teaching live to camera as students complete their tasks. Zoom check-ins are estimated to last for 10-20 minutes.
Students and parents should have read and understood the school’s Video Conferencing Guidelines prior to participating in Zoom check-ins:
To minimise clashes between Zoom commitments within households, Zoom check-ins will be scheduled during the following time windows:Early Stage 1: 9:00 – 9:30
Stage 1: 9:30 – 10:00
Stage 2: 10:00 – 10:30
Stage 3: 10:30 – 11:00
The school has a limited supply of iPads which we are able to loan out to families who are in genuine need. If you need to loan a device, please email the office to arrange a time to come onsite, complete a loan form and pick it up. Please note that when coming onto school grounds, the QR code must be scanned and a mask worn indoors at all times.
Onsite drop-offs and pick-ups
For families whose children need to attend school, we request that you do not enter the school site at this time, but drop your child off at the gate. A staff member will be at the Library gate in the mornings to greet children and welcome them to the school site. In the afternoon, Year K-2 students should be picked up from outside the Heritage Gate, and Year 3-6 students should be collected from the Library gate. Students who walk home can leave via any gate. The Heritage and Library gates will be supervised by staff members in the afternoons.
The Kiss and Go pick up will not operate during the Learning From Home period. TASK will continue to operate during the Learning From Home period.
Cyber Safety links
During Learning From Home, children are using technology and may have minimal supervision while parents are working. Please remind children to behave safely and appropriately when learning online. Families are recommended to access the following resources to support their children in being responsible online users:
- Cyber safe families – an overview of cyber safety
- Technology and wellbeing – useful tips and tools
- Digital citizenship – a collection of articles and resources to maximise students’ use of technology
Thank you for your support of the stay at home order. It is frustrating to be back here again, and challenging not to know how long it will last. All we can do is take things one day at a time, and do the best we can. Thank you for your support, and huge thanks to all our staff members, who are working hard today to pivot to remote learning once again, in a short space of time.
Please reach out to your child’s teacher, or to myself and our executive team through the school office, at any time if you need support or guidance.
Until next time,