This document is designed to explain the actions that will be taken, should Paparangi School need to close for an extended amount of time. Although all situations are different, this plan has been created with the idea that a Learning at Home Plan (L@HP) could be implemented in a variety of circumstances.
If Paparangi School were to close, the Principal would send text or email communications to both parents and staff making this announcement and announcing a timeline for the implementation of the Learning at Home Plan (L@HP). An exact date would be communicated as to when the remote learning would begin for all Paparangi students. The three days preceding this date would be classified as workdays for Paparangi staff, who would be asked to be on duty, either physically at school or remotely, depending upon circumstances and safety conditions. Students may not attend a school or be required to begin remote learning until the date communicated by the Principal. During the three workdays, team leaders and teachers would prepare to share more specific information and guidelines with parents.
This continuation of the learning plan would not look exactly like a traditional school day here at Paparangi. However, it would provide students with age-appropriate home learning options and specific tasks that would be directly related to the curriculum.
The Principal, on behalf of the Pandemic Response Team (PRT), would periodically send email updates to parents and staff keeping everyone informed about the status of the school and when Paparangi may be able to re-open. As with the decision to close the school, the decision to reopen for regular classes will be made with the approval of the Principal, following advice from MOH and MOE.
These guidelines include:
- Paparangi’s approach to learning at home
- The channels we may use for communication
- The remote learning systems we may use within teams recognising the differing ages and stages of our students
- The roles, responsibilities and expectations Paparangi has for staff, parents and students
- Guidelines for how parents/guardians can support their children’s learning and a host of other priorities and considerations that will make the best of challenging circumstances.
Remote Learning is learning that takes place when the teacher and student are separated, i.e., they are unable to be in a classroom together. Technology is used in some way to pass the learning information between teacher and student, e.g., email, video chats, Google Classroom, Google Sites, so that no physical classroom presence is needed by students.
Paparangi is deliberately using the terms “learning at home or remote learning” rather than technology-specific labels such as “virtual learning’ or “e-learning” or “online classes”. This choice reflects our belief that quality learning can occur at a distance without solely relying on computers. We will be encouraging Paparangi students to read, communicate and engage in learning experiences outside of the school, and also continuing to be physically active.
We need remote learning so that those students unable to come to school for classroom learning are still able to access the curriculum and daily learning. It will also help students maintain their routines to keep things as normal as possible.
We will need to use remote learning in two situations:
- Students who go into self-isolation because of their own high health needs (or a family member) or because they have been instructed to self-isolate by MOH officials.
- Schools are ordered closed due to changes in alert levels.
We need to keep an open mind about what is manageable. Learning at home is more than online learning. It is using digital tools to provide learning opportunities both on and off devices.
In the event of students learning at home, teachers will be relying on parents to ensure learning activities are available for children so the school will provide parents with ideas, information and keep in regular contact.
Paparangi’s approach begins with the assertion that the learning experiences teachers design when school is in regular session cannot simply be replicated at home. In particular, the important social and learning interactions that occur naturally between students and teachers or between students and their classmates cannot be re-created in the same way. Our Learning at Home Plan, therefore, is a way that teachers can use digital and experiential learning in ways that bring the curriculum to life, rather than create an exact replica of what would have been occurring in our classrooms.
Technology Platforms to Support Remote Learning at Paparangi School
With regard to the school’s core technological and communications systems, Paparangi offers the following FAQs to describe how we will communicate and manage to learn when Remote Learning is implemented.
Description & Access
Text or School App, Email or Digital Newsletter
Email or Digital Newsletters will be used for all major communications and announcements, including those from the Principal and Team Leaders. Text will be used for important alerts. Teachers will use email to communicate with students and their parents, although they may use other platforms to interact with their students as well.
Seesaw or Zoom
Teachers and students will use Seesaw or other apps they are already familiar with. Teachers may sometimes use Seesaw to assign activities to students. Teachers may use Zoom to organise class get-togethers online.
Teachers may recommend particular websites for families to access.
Google Classroom, Sites, Meet and Chat, Gmail
Teachers and students will continue to use Google Classroom in classes that are already using them.
Yes, Paparangi’s systems are already built on cloud-based systems, including Google G Suite (Google Drive, Docs, Classroom, Gmail, Sites) and Seesaw.
That means these systems will continue to work from anywhere in the world, even during an emergency. Paparangi’s academic data is not physically hosted on the school’s network, which means we can continue to use our systems during a crisis, even when our school is closed.
All of our online learning platforms are specifically designed to be used on a variety of devices, which means that students will be able to access learning through a range of devices such as phones, tablets or laptops.
There will be learning options that do not require a device. If students need to borrow a device, a Chromebook loan agreement will be completed.