How is everyone doing? Please bear with the long post but I think it is good to share what is going on behind the scenes at the moment.
This week’s message from the government that we are all, unless it is absolutely necessary, to stay at home has meant yet further adjustments to all our lives. Yesterday, unsurprisingly, this caused issues with online access. That was certainly the experience of staff and no doubt the same for you too. Today has been more productive for staff.
If you are using a school Chromebook and access to Google classroom has been an issue consider trying another device if you have one.
With this in mind we are extending online pupil registration to 12pm daily to allow online congestion to ease. Registration is statutory so the same rules apply as usual; if we don’t hear from you we will follow up any unrecorded registrations. The three day absence rule also applies in that if we do not receive a response from you for three days we will instigate Missing in Education protocols. During these uncertain times looking after the welfare of our pupils remains paramount.
If you need to contact the school or class teachers please do so through my email address email@example.com
Thank you for your patience and understanding as staff figure out how best to plan and present teaching and learning next term. We are also working out when staff will be available as a daily presence in the “classroom” as they balance their own care-giving/home-schooling scenarios with being class teachers. Outwith these times teachers will not be contactable – just as usual. Knowing how dedicated the staff are, I know they will feel compelled to step in and help at every message alert. As I need to bear their wellbeing in mind too, I must ensure that staff have time to step away from their devices too! There will be more details soon.
We are meeting daily as a staff to work through our planning and organisation for next term. There is a lot to think about going forward, especially if this situation continues for a longer period of time.
Like you, I am seeing lots on social media about home-schooling. There are many helpful suggestions for sites, apps and home learning ideas. For some of us that feels over-whelming and unhelpful right now. For others its’a blessing especially if you have a child/ren who are asking for and showing an absolute need to have a routine including learning activities.
Please do what is right for you and your family this week. Some families are figuring out the tricky balance between managing the adults working for home as well as managing children’s learning. Others are raring to go with a learning timetable. It doesn’t matter as long as it is manageable for your family. You are already your child/ren’s prime educators and know your children and their needs best.
At the beginning of next term the Google classrooms will be populated with weekly and daily input. Until then try these links (shared previously) :
If you have any questions or need any assistance please email me in the first instance.
I will do my best to answer promptly as connectivity allows!