I hope you and your loved ones are all safe and well and surviving these very difficult times.
We have come to the end of the first week (albeit half week), of remote learning and teaching. It has thrown up many challenges for schools and families but we are adjusting as we go along.
There has been an excellent engagement from most students with Google Classroom and Virtual Classes. The teachers have been trying new ways to engage with the students and are providing feedback regarding what is working and what is not. This indeed a work in progress and we will monitor and review as we go along.
Some students have not engaged properly with the classes. A small number of students have not engaged at all, with the classes. With this in mind, we will be operating a recording and reporting system from Monday next onwards, on VSWare. Teachers will be recording student attendance at Virtual Classes and also recording when work/homework has not been submitted by students. You will be able to access this information on VSWare. We will give you more details on Monday morning about this system.
I realise that there is great uncertainty about how long school closures will continue. The Department of Education and the State Examinations Commission will issue statements on this in due course. In the meantime, we will make every effort to support your sons through these very challenging times.
If you or your son has difficulty logging on to Google Classroom, please contact Mr Conroy.
Contact me directly if any other issues emerge. My email address is email@example.com.
Please help your son(s) establish routines. Teachers and students have shown great energy, commitment and enthusiasm for this “new normal’. Parents have unenviable role in trying to provide a quiet space, encouragement, patience and endless support to young people who are confused and uncertain about what lies ahead. This is particularly relevant in households with sixth and third year students, who face into state examinations.
Wishing you all a safe and peaceful weekend.
I hope all is well with you and your families and friends.
I have sent a message to our students this morning to remind them that although the physical school buildings are closed, school will continue, in remote settings.
Please encourage your son to establish a routine, similar to his normal school timetable, and to continue working with his teachers through Google Classroom and virtual classes, where available.
We will monitor your son’s attendance at virtual classes and the work he submits to his teachers. We will report your son’s progress in these areas, in due course.
We will all need to work together to ensure that Teaching and Learning continues for the foreseeable future.
I will keep you updated on any contingency plans from the State Examinations Commission, as soon as we receive it.
Please stay safe and well.