Home Learning Protocols: Advice to Parent

Home Learning Protocols
Advice to Parents

Christ Church Grammar School is aware of the ongoing and evolving threat that COVID-19 poses to the Victorian community. We are committed to having a set of protocols in place that, should students be home learning or at school, will enable them to continue with meaningful learning.

These protocols have been designed to ensure staff and students are prepared to continue with learning activities whether a student be at school or at home. 

Christ Church Grammar School will aim to run regular scheduled classes using a combination of a synchronous (in real time) platform, Zoom and an asynchronous (not real time) Learning Management System, Canvas. Timetables, pre-recorded lessons and materials will be found on Canvas. Resources will also be found in your Home Learning Packs or by accessing online links/subscriptions provided by the teacher. Roll call will also be taken twice a day using Zoom. 

Zoom is an online meeting program similar to Skype. However, this platform allows a teacher to run a class (called a ‘meeting’) with the entire class. The teacher can either broadcast themselves via their laptop camera or project their laptop screen (with a program, such as PowerPoint running) while talking to the content on the screen. There is a ‘whiteboard’ function which allows drawing/marking up as on a physical whiteboard. Students can either type questions or use their microphones to ask a question. The meetings can be recorded and stored for later use.

The Christ Church Grammar protocols for using online classrooms are described below.

Key Summary: ELC

Christ Church Grammar School will run online classes for students whether they be at home or at school. If attending school, they will be supported by a teacher and assistant.
Teachers will be available through email for those in the home learning program.
Teachers will run classes as scheduled on the home learning timetable. They will run their morning meeting synchronously from 11:00-11:30 each day. It will include roll call, an early years Literacy and/or Numeracy focus, Storytime and sharing time. Canvas will host the materials for home learning. Students who attend school will participate in the regular program.
Specialist teachers-Music and Physical Education will be pre-recorded and materials uploaded to Canvas to enable flexibility in the home environment if this is needed.
In addition to the synchronous platform, teachers will be using Canvas to distribute learning via mediums, such as pre-recorded videos, materials, handouts, and software applications. The synchronous platform is initially restricted to Zoom.

Key Summary: Prep-Year 6

  • Christ Church Grammar School will run online classes for students whether they be at home or at school. If attending school, they will be supported by a teacher and assistant.
  • Teachers will be available throughout the school day through email from 8:15-3:30 other than recess (11:00-11.30) and lunch (12:30-1:30) when all students and staff will be offline. Students at school will be supervised.  
  • Teachers will run classes as scheduled on the home learning timetable. These classes may be synchronous or asynchronous. However, Literacy and Numeracy will include a synchronous introduction and teachers will remain online during these lessons. Teachers will be available for contact throughout the school day (8:15-3:30) with the exception of recess (11:00-11:30) and lunch (12:30-1:30). If at school, the lesson introduction will be in person and students will be supervised and supported in their classroom learning by school staff.
  • Specialist teachers-Art, Music, LOTE and Physical Education will be taught on a scheduled specialist day. There will be access to online stories to support the RE program throughout the learning week. Specialist lessons will be pre-recorded and materials uploaded to Canvas or as communicated by the teacher.  This will enable flexibility in the home environment if this is needed. These teachers will be available throughout their scheduled time and at other times throughout the day. There will be no contact during recess and lunch.
  • Roll call will be twice a day, in the morning and after lunch and will be via the synchronous platform, Zoom.
  • In addition to the synchronous platform, teachers will be using Canvas to distribute learning via mediums, such as pre-recorded videos, materials, worksheets/ handouts, and software applications. The synchronous platform is initially restricted to Zoom.

Student protocols

The aim of learning via an online classroom is to replicate the classroom experience as much as possible. In general terms all normal classroom expectations apply. As such, students should:

  • Wear their School or sport’s uniform: this says that ‘we are ready for school’
  • Be punctual and ready for the school day
  • Sit at a desk, bench, or table in a shared space in preference to a bedroom. Wherever possible, students should have workbooks and other relevant stationery at hand.
  • Have their laptops with them at home, and headphones as appropriate. During synchronous sessions students need to set their microphones to silent and turn on when needed or use the typing box to communicate.
  • Have access to their timetable through Canvas and are expected to be available to join the synchronous meeting for Roll Call, Literacy and Numeracy, ‘check ins’ as scheduled and if they need to communicate with their teacher. They can also communicate via email.
  • Complete class work to the best they possibly can
  • Contact the teacher if they need some support or have questions
  • Avoid other programs and websites that will reduce their concentration. The Christ Church Grammar School mobile phone policy should also be followed during lessons.
  • Be respectful at all times and adhere to the Christ Church Grammar School’s Values and expected behaviours.

Online submission of work 
Students will be directed by the classroom teacher as to how and where to submit online learning. This could be on the Canvas platform or via email. 

Parent protocols

  • Parents must ensure access to technologies at home and need to assist their child login to the learning platform. Support will be available as you need.
  • Parents are to organise a working space free of distractions, preferably in a shared family space, for example, a lounge room or dining room. These spaces are preferable over a bedroom.
  • Parents are asked to monitor their child’s access to the synchronous platform, Zoom and highlight to the teacher if they are having trouble accessing online lessons.
  • Parents are asked to help with the management of their child’s timetable. Parents have access to student timetables through Canvas and are asked to ensure their child is participating in scheduled classes at the appropriate times.
  • Activities and details for learning will be uploaded by 5:00pm the previous day. Students are not to work on this prior to the scheduled day.
  • Parents are to offer the level of support appropriate to their child’s development. Encourage independence.
  • Monitor your child to ensure safe and responsible use of technology
  • P-6: Teachers will be available via email throughout the school day from 8:15-3:30 other than recess (11:30-12:00) and lunch (12:30-1:30) when all students and staff will be offline. Please ensure your child has a break from the screen. Some exercise in the day is recommended.
  • ELC: Teachers will be available through email.
  • ‘Check in’ times with the classroom teacher will be available and will be scheduled by classroom teachers across the week. Please encourage your child to use this opportunity.

​References

https://education.vic.gov.au/parents/learning/Pages/home-learning.aspx#link38

https://education.vic.gov.au/school/teachers/teachingresources/Pages/coronavirus-home-learning.aspx

https://connect.iseducation.com.au/portal/Home/Products/Communications-and-Relationships/COVID-19/Example-13-COVID-19-School-Correspondence

https://education.vic.gov.au/school/Pages/coronavirus-advice-schools.aspx