Remote Learning: A Guide for our Community
Over the past few weeks Teachers and Support Staff have been busy preparing for the Remote Learning Program. The following guidelines are intended to assist students and parents/carers as we transition to flexible and remote learning.
Remote learning will replicate your current timetable. Students and teachers will be conducting learning and teaching according to the scheduled timetable for all subject, instrumental music and mentor classes.
The primary form of communication for students and parents will be via email within the normal school day 8:45am – 3:15pm.
Teachers will be providing lesson plans, learning tasks and resources on Compass.
Education Support staff will continue to support students as appropriate within their role.
Adjusted Class Times
Learning remotely provides different physical and mental challenges for both students and staff.
To help with this, and to increase time in between classes for transition, we will be reducing the length of each period to 60 minutes.
This creates 3 Brain Break times during the school day whilst we are in a remote and flexible learning environment.
During Brain Break times,
we recommend staff and students
REVIEW: Take a couple of minutes to finish off class activities and upload work.
RESET: Log off current class and get ready to log into next class on Microsoft Teams.
REFUEL: Have something to eat/drink.
REST: Take a break from your computer/device/screen.
RECHARGE: Get some fresh air, stretch, go for short walk.
College Community Responsibilities
During remote learning, we all have a role to play.
Teachers are responsible for- :
- Preparing and planning lessons for all classes, making resources and teaching materials. These will be accessed via Compass
- Providing modified tasks to support students with additional needs
- Providing students with clear due dates for submission of work and continuing to follow assessment and feedback procedures
- Providing opportunities for students to demonstrate their understanding through a variety of Learning/Assessment Tasks.
- Responding to student enquiries during scheduled class time
- Assessing learning tasks and giving feedback via Compass
- Utilising Microsoft Teams, Zoom, including other interactive platforms
- Responding to student or parent emails outside of scheduled class time in a timely manner with the aim of within a few days after receiving communication between the hours of 8.45 am to 3.15 pm Monday to Friday. (Part time staff members will respond in line with their work schedules.)
Students are responsible for-:
- Wake at the same time, wear respectful and appropriate clothing (no pyjamas)
- Following your daily timetable and be seated at desk/computer charged and ready to learn
- Be in an appropriate space, this is seated at a desk or table not in bed for example
- Eating and drinking is not appropriate, except at recess and lunch as per the timetable
- Logging on the Compass each day at the usual lesson time for details of their learning tasks
- Engaging with the class as required by the teacher and following all set instructions
- Completing all assessment tasks, ensuring that it is your own work and adhering to the school’s requirements not to use another’s work as your own
- Upload and submit learning task(s) to their teachers by the required date
- Actively respond to all communication from the teacher for every class and as required by Sub School Leaders (SSL’s) Student Learning Leaders (SLL’s) or administration staff
- Contact the appropriate person at school using the list provided (as attached) if you have any concerns. You can phone the school on 8795 9400 and you will be directed the appropriate person Please, allow time for a response. (Part Time staff members will respond in line with their work schedules.) If no response has been received after a few days, please call the General Office on 8795 9400 during usual office hours sating the name of the staff member that you wish to communicate with and clarifying your question
- Can contact teachers for support with learning via Compass and Microsoft Teams during normal school hours (8.55am to 3.15pm Monday to Friday)
- VCE students should be utilising the resources of Edrolo and Studyclix to further support learning
- Acceptable ICT use– All students have signed a College, Acceptable Use- Information and Communications Technology Resources as such we expect all students to:
- Maintain high codes of conduct including respectful and ethical behaviour and no bullying of harassment or bullying of other while communicating online.
- Ensure passwords are private and confidential and protect any posted online images
- Not use someone else’s password to access email, profiles or other on-line forums under their identity
- Not download, display, save, or transmit any material that others may find offensive. This includes violent, racist, sexist material and pornography
- Please note, all comments made using Microsoft Teams can be seen and read by all. It is important to remember that we all have a digital footprint
Parents are responsible for-:
- Supporting students to establish a learning routine and appropriate home learning station
- Checking with students and discuss daily learning tasks
- Accessing Compass to view lesson plans, set work and resources see both Learning and Assessment tasks
- Assisting students to help them manage and pace their work
- Ensuring students are fully utilising ‘normal’ school days to complete daily learning tasks set by teachers
- Supporting students to complete and submit set work and meeting due dates for each task during this period
- Support with any concerns about student learning or health issues please use the contact list to access advice
- Please contact the school by email firstname.lastname@example.org to indicate student illness. This is important when teachers are assessing student learning tasks
- Reminding students that they can contact Teachers for support in learning during normal school hours
- Reminding their children about respectful and ethical behaviour while communicating online. Everyone has a digital footprint, that can be traced back to the writer
- Parents/carers can expect responses within a few days after sending communication between the hours of 8.45 am to 3.15 pm Monday to Friday. (Part Time staff members will respond in line with their work schedules.) If no response has been received after a few days, please call the General office on 8795 9400, during normal office hours. Please note that teachers can be engaging and liaising with up to 125 students/families at a time.
Parents of Explore Program Students (Year 7):
Parents of Year 7 students should note that new ‘Taster’ electives are due to commence at the start of Term 2. The timing will produce some challenges as students and their new elective teachers, have not had the chance for a single face-to face class. With this in mind, students, teachers and parents will need to be patient, kind and understanding. By working creatively together, challenges can be overcome.
General Study, Health and Wellbeing Advice
Setting Up Your Study Space
We recognise that every home is different. Where possible, it’s important to provide a quiet and comfortable learning space. Your child may have a regular place for doing homework under normal circumstances, but this space may not be suitable for an extended period. For some families, having all children around one table may work best.
Where possible, extended learning should take place in a space your family shares. For example, a lounge room or dining room. These spaces are preferable over a bedroom, where it can be isolating for your child and supervision can be more challenging
It should be a place:
- that can be quiet at times
- that has a strong internet signal, if possible
- where you or another adult is present and monitoring your child’s learning.
Staying Healthy During Remote Learning
- During learning remain hydrated by drinking plenty of water
- Regular exercise breaks i.e. 60 mins of vigorous exercise (e.g. a brisk walk) afterschool finishes and try to get some fresh air during the usual recess and lunch break to maintain a balanced approach to home learning
- Balance screen time with regular timetabled breaks
- Healthy eating habits
- Keeping an adequate bedtime routine
Supporting Student Wellbeing
This time may cause great uncertainty and anxiety for our students. It is important we support students as best as possible through our existing systems. When in doubt, we encourage you to speak with the relevant Sub School Learning Leaders or a Wellbeing Team Member.
You can easily contact our Sub School Learning Leaders or the Wellbeing team by the links below.
Below are some resources that may assist our Community during this time.
Department of Education and Training Victoria
Learning From Home Portal
Learning From Home Advice
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Hampton Park Secondary College YouTube
Contact Our Staff
If you would like to contact one of our staff members, please click on their name below to directly email them.
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