Remote Learning

Harrisdale Primary School is prepared for COVID-19 and the potential of remote learning that may need to occur in the instance where the Chief Health Officer and Department of Education informed the school of a need for changes to face-to-face learning. While there are uncertainties regarding the spread of COVID-19, we have action plans for the potential of whole school or partial (cohort/class) closure, as well as short-term or long-term remote learning planning. If your child is currently isolating for a short period of time, your classroom teacher will be in touch to see how you’re going and provide you with the infographic to your right regarding support for home learning.

In the instance that your child is deemed a close contact, or if cohort/class closure were to occur, parents and carers would receive communication via Seesaw, email and/or text message depending on the urgency of the communication. We would also update our Facebook page with reminders or generic communication. 

Attached is an overview of some potential scenarios for remote learning and Harrisdale Primary School’s planning overview, as well as some FAQ’s. 

For parents and carers, it is important to consider the following if your child is home and participating in remote learning;

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Establish a daily schedule and routine

Establish normal routines as much as possible – for example, in relation to eating, sleeping, studying, praying, meditating, playing, physical activity and downtime for all students.

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Take an interest in your child’s learning

All parents are encouraged to take an active interest in their child’s learning and activities and help support them whenever they need a helping hand.

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Monitor your child’s online activity

It is important to ensure the same levels of behaviour expected at school are maintained at home. Monitor the websites children are accessing and ensure that all online communications are appropriate.

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Encourage technology breaks

Ensure breaks from technology are built in, and you check in on your children and encourage physical activity during these technology breaks.

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Place technology in a public space in the home

Consider carefully where your devices are placed, especially if live video is used. Move devices out of the bedroom where possible and ensure backgrounds are neutral with no identifiable personal information.

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Official school communication channels

Harrisdale PS uses Seesaw, email and text message as primary communication avenues, as well as our official Facebook Page.  These communication channels will be the only trusted means by which communication between teachers/school staff and students happens. Follow the school’s guidelines for maintaining regular communication with the school and teachers.

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Maintain feedback with teachers

Stay in communication with teachers and let the teachers know about your child’s progress. Be professional and only communicate through the school’s suggested channels for communication.

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Enjoy your time together, try not to become too stressed in these unprecedented times. If stress is negatively impacting upon your child, contact your classroom teacher.

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Additional Resources

The ‘Learning at Home’ website has been developed by the  Department of Education with ample resources for  home learning. 
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Staying Safe Online

The eSafety commissioner has support for parents and carers