Term 2 arrangements — Weeks 1–5
The Queensland Government has decided that, due to COVID-19, students are to engage in 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.
There are a few exceptions for some students who continue to attend school: those whose parents or carers work in essential roles and must attend their workplace and cannot access alternative care and/or students identified by the school as vulnerable.
Learning from home
We acknowledge this is a challenging time for you and your child as you help them to learn from home. Our teachers and school staff continue to work hard to support this approach and have developed learning programs that best suit the students at our school and the requirements of the Australian Curriculum. The online classes that our teachers have created are fully accessible on I-phones/ I-Pads and Android phones and tablets, enabling access to the majority of students.
We understand that a small number of families may not have access to IT resources. Students in this situation have been provided with hard copy learning resources. However, if possible, we encourage these families to investigate ways to access the online classroom which is far more engaging and provides opportunities for students to interact with their teacher. Again, if a parent has a phone, then online learning is possible.
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.
- 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.
- Keep in mind that your routine doesn't have to be the same as a school routine. Make it manageable and flexible.
- Encourage your child to take responsibility for learning and for staying in touch with their teacher.
- If your child is finding a task difficult, try to let them figure things out for themselves as much as possible.
- Remember this is new for us, too. You can help us succeed by letting us know if you're unsure about something our teachers are available 8:30am – 9:30am by phone each day.
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.
Thank you for the support you are providing both your child and the school during these difficult times. All schooling systems are experiencing the same challenges moving to home-based learning in response to COVID-19.