Dear Parent/ Caregiver
Firstly I would like to thank everyone within our community for the support shown to the school during the current Student Free Days. Whilst the school has remained open for students of essential workers or vulnerable students we have a had a significant drop in attendance which has allowed our teaching and support staff access to valuable time and professional development in preparation for our move to ‘Learning from Home’. The staff and I really appreciate the decision of parents to keep their children at home where they can and I hope that this e-mail finds you all well.
I would also like to thank those parents who have completed our online survey. We received a significant number of responses and this has helped us consolidate some of our plans for both ‘Learning from Home’ and ‘Face to Face’ learning options for our students to commence Term 2.
Our School Structure for Term 2
After the Easter break our school will effectively be running two educational methods of delivery.
I will refer to these methods as Learning from Home and Face to Face.
For families who are not essential workers and/or have children who will be ‘Learning from Home’ after Easter I would ask that you take note of the following:
Online Delivery Method
OneNote Class Notebook will be our primary platform for the delivery of education to those students not attending school. Please keep an eye out for a forthcoming email from our admin team which will include instructions for accessing our online learning resources in OneNote. These online lessons will be delivered by your child’s current classroom teacher and teacher contact details and methods of communication will be supplied to you on each teachers Welcome Page.
Parent/caregivers can provide support for their child at home by:
- establishing routines and expectations
- providing a space for your child to work in
- providing a level of supervision appropriate to your child’s stage of development
- monitoring communications from teachers
- checking in with your child often to help them manage and pace their work
Establishing routines and expectations
- Start and end each day with a check-in or out.
- Encourage regular exercise and/or brain breaks.
- Encourage healthy eating habits and drinking enough water.
- Keep normal bedtime routines for younger children. Expect the same from your older primary aged children too.
It’s important that you set these kinds of expectations as soon as learning from home begins, rather than several days later if you notice a child is struggling without a routine.
Communicating with your child
We encourage you to start and finish each day with a simple check-in. These check-ins can be a regular part of each day.
In the morning, you can ask:
- What are you learning today?
- How will you be spending your time?
- What resources do you need? What support do you need?
In the afternoon, ask:
- What did you learn today?
- What was challenging? You could come up with a strategy to deal with the same problem if it comes up again.
- Consider three things that went well today. Why were they good?
- Are you ok? Do you need to ask your teacher for something? Do you need help with something to make tomorrow more successful?
Regular check-ins throughout the day may also be appropriate. This depends on your child’s needs.
These questions allow your child to:
- process the instructions they get from their teachers
- help them organise themselves and set priorities.
Face to Face Delivery Method
For those children of essential workers who are attending school the delivery method will essentially look like a smaller version of our school with children being placed into small composite class groups to complete a combination of both teacher directed and online learning depending on their age group. Students attending the school will also be exposed to specialist lessons in music and physical education at this stage. Normal school times and routines will be in place however all students will be asked to assemble in the Prep play area at the commencement of each school day for a brief parade where we can provide students will key messages and ascertain the numbers of students to be instructed. Parents dropping children off to school are asked to use the Napier Road entrance to reduce the general flow and distribution of people across the school. At the completion of parade students will attend classes as normal.
We understand that as an essential worker you may not be working full time. As such your child/ children are free to attend the school on days that are necessary for you.
I appreciate that parents may have a range of questions in relation to these two delivery types and would ask that if you have any questions or concerns to please contact the office using the firstname.lastname@example.org mail box.
Depending on the number of students who regularly attend the school these methods of delivery may need to be changed or modified so I would ask everyone to remember the following at the commencement of Term 2.
· This is new for everyone. It’s a big change that will take some adjustment
· Be patient with yourself as you find your way
· Be patient with your child’s school as they work hard to get it right
· Be patient with your child who is coping with change and uncertainty
A separate e-mail will be sent Thursday April 2 to enable parents and students to access the OneNote Class NoteBook online. If your child is unable to access the curriculum materials digitally, please contact the office via e-mail or phone 54726333. Parents are asked to please log into your child’s Notebook after receiving this e-mail as an initial step to working online. Here you will have access to the general structure of our school curriculum. Parents will be able to see lesson plans and content once logged in BUT I would ask all parents to ensure that they take time over the Easter break to familiarise themselves with this platform and leave the lesson delivery until we get online Monday of Week 1. Please resist the urge to get into this work over the holidays as the teachers are planning to deliver this content when online.
If you would like to be considered for a loan of one of our school devices, please email our email@example.com with your request. We have a very limited number of laptops that can be loaned to families. We will only be able to loan one device per family. One of your family members (adult) will need to come to the school Library at the beginning of next term to sign a loan agreement and collect the device. We will reply to your email to confirm whether we have the capacity to loan a device to you.
There are a variety of ways for each to complete the set activities. Should parents require physical copies of the online materials (that is, you do not have the capacity to print the materials at home, or have access to appropriate internet devices) you will be able to collect printed packs from the library at the beginning of next term. One adult member of your family will need to come to the school to collect the pack. Please phone ahead to our office informing of your intention to come and collect a pack.
To support parents on this journey we have established a ‘one stop shop’ for technical difficulties related to the OneNote Class Notebook via an email address. Parents with any online issues should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org . I anticipate that this space might be quite popular early in the term so please be patient in terms of replies.
Happy Easter and Stay safe
As a staff we wish all our students and families a safe Easter holiday. During this time of change you and your families may be in a position that you have never been in before. These changes which are not in our control can put a lot of pressure on families and home life. The Chaplain at Eumundi State School – Chappy Sam – is available for any social and emotional wellbeing needs you or your family are experiencing. Often just having someone to chat to, an encouraging word or giving information regarding other support places can make all the difference. Please contact Chappy Sam on chappysam@email@example.com .
Eumundi staff are fully committed to working collaboratively with you in Term 2 as we embark on remote ways of learning. At this stage schools will continue to provide supervision of children only for essential workers and vulnerable children. The large majority of work will however occur via remote learning. Eumundi staff have been wonderful in the planning and preparing for various scenarios whilst providing continuity of learning opportunities for your child. Big thanks to all teachers for their dedication and commitment to the school.
From all of us at the school we are wishing you all a Happy Easter and look forward to working with you all again in Term 2.
Eumundi State School