Introduction

Makybe Rise Primary School is committed to the continuation of essential teaching and learning. As a community we are planning for all contingencies, including the possibility of school closure. This new section of our school website provides an overview of the planning we have completed so far.

The Department of Education launched a Learning at Home website on Monday 23 March. On this site you will find resources, activities and information to help children and young people continue to learn while at home. Department of Education – Learning at Home

Our teachers have met in their year level teams to create new daily structures for teaching and learning, and to develop sequences of lessons that will be made available to students and their families via Connect and paper workbooks in the event of a school closure.

Please be assured that the school is closely monitoring updates from the Education Department and fulfilling all tasks to ensure the wellbeing of students and staff, and therefore students should attend school unless they have returned from overseas, have been informed by public health authorities, are awaiting results from the COVID-19 test, or are on medical advice.

The instructions from the Department of Education state that students whose parents have chosen to keep them home, without seeking medical advice, will not be provided curriculum work and activities. The priority for staff is to maintain focus on classroom learning programs. However, your child can currently access homework tasks via Connect to support their learning as well as access some of the ideas provided in this section.

How will our staff support student learning?

In the event of a school closure, Teachers and Education Assistants will continue to communicate with students and parents through a variety of tools.

To support our students’ wellbeing and their academic progress, staff will, for instance: 

  • Regularly post morning messages on Connect at 8:45am each school day
  • Monitor email between 8.30am – 3.00pm and respond regularly
  • Provide email addresses for parent/student contact with the expectation that this will be utilised during the learning from home period
  • Ensure students have their username/password available where applicable
  • Provide paper-based tasks in the form of a year level workbook where possible
  • Provide digital links for consolidation and the viewing of video content
  • Provide for collaboration through Connect
  • Use a variety of familiar platforms (including Connect, Office 365, Prodigy, Literacy Pro, Epic, Seesaw)
  • Provide worked examples to support parents/carers with information if students require support
  • Provide students on Literacy and Numeracy Supplementary Learning Plans (SLPs) with specific tasks through a newly established Connect page for Intervention students