Posted on July 16, 2021
As a community, we are currently dealing with news that the NSW Premier has announced an extended lockdown for Greater Sydney and its surrounds until 11:59pm on Friday, 30 July 2021. This means that the lockdown will impact our College through to at least the end of Week 3.
While this was not the start to Term 3 that we were hoping for, St Ursula’s College will be acting in line with stay at home directions from the NSW Government, which are based on the latest health advice, in order to best protect our students, families, teachers, staff and wider community.
To observe restrictions, our College will continue with remote learning. We appreciate that there are unique circumstances to navigate when it comes to remote learning – for students, teachers and parents – and we will all be working together to make sure that we are providing an engaging and enriching online learning environment for all students, to best equip them to achieve success.
We encourage our students and parents to become familiar with our Remote Learning and Wellbeing Protocols.
Below we have placed some guidelines and tips for navigating online learning and Zoom classes, and looking after student wellbeing while undertaking remote learning.
How our Zoom classes will operate
All students will be required to be on Zoom each day for a meeting with their PC teacher at 8.45am.
As per the Remote Learning and Wellbeing protocols, teachers will:
- Zoom with their PC each day.
- Provide daily lessons (as per regular class schedules) via COMPASS class pages and Google Classroom by 8:30am
- Facilitate learning during the school week with Zoom meetings and check-ins to encourage routine and structure.
- Respond via emails during class time. Emails sent outside the scheduled lesson time will be responded to in a timely manner.
- Continue to differentiate lessons to meet the learning needs of students.
- Continue to offer feedback to students as appropriate.
- Expect all students to complete tasks required for ongoing assessment and reporting purposes.
- Monitor learning ensuring that set work is completed.
Zoom protocols for students
Starting the day
- Wake up with enough time to get ready and have breakfast before PC Zoom check in
- At 8.45am, check school emails and COMPASS notifications
- Draw up a to do list so assigned activities can be ticked off.
- Should be tidy and organised
- Should be comfortable and as quiet as possible
- Should be in a common area such as the kitchen or dining room
- Be respectful of shared spaces at home
- Zoom classes can only be joined from a shared space, for example, the kitchen or living room and not a bedroom.
- Dress in neat, casual clothing
- For Zoom classes, make sure clothes are appropriate.
- Have device ready and logged in
- Make sure your battery is fully charged
- Have any other equipment, close at hand
- Have a bottle of water nearby to stay hydrated.
- Have a notebook and pen available to take notes as you go
- Test apps and online resources to make sure they are working
- Use headphones if possible.
- Attendance at scheduled Zoom classes is expected
- Students should be present for the whole meeting
- Be polite and appropriate in actions and language online
- When in a Zoom class, turn off microphone/camera until needed
- Ensure that Zoom background is blank, nondescript, or enable a virtual background
- Type any questions in the chat and wait for the teacher to respond. Private chat options will be disabled
- Turn phone to airplane mode to avoid distractions during learning periods or and use the Forest app or Cold Turkey app.
Don’t forget the importance of managing wellbeing during remote learning. This includes healthy eating habits, keeping to routines, exercise, mindfulness, practicing creativity and keeping in touch with peers.
Ways to manage wellbeing:
- Eat well and stay hydrated
- Make use of recess and lunch breaks, while also taking regular breaks from the screen
- Use learning time well, manage tasks within that time to submit completed work and not leave it for your downtime
- Ask question about work if you need to or take the time to revisit work if you are unsure
- Keep active and make use of free YouTube channels and apps to guide exercise while in lockdown
- Consider taking a break from or limiting how you use social media
- Practising mindfulness through meditation or mindful activities, even for 10 minutes each day, can help produce a sense of calmness and remove distractions
- Make the time to relax and explore creativity in whatever way inspires you – writing, drawing, art, crafts, music, dancing, yoga or another activity
- Plan to connect online or via a call/text/app with friends and others who are a normal part of your everyday life, but who you can’t currently see in person.
All online resources that students will need for online learning will be made available through COMPASS and Google Classroom, or shared by individual teachers.
Online resources include:
- Box of Books
- Google Classroom
- Online Resources LearnPath
- Education Perfect