I am incredibly thankful to Star School Community for the way everyone is handling this unimaginable and surreal scenario. Our thoughts go out to everyone who is affected by this pandemic. When we first heard about distance learning, it was a unique situation for all of us. Although Virtual Learning Environment (V.L.E.) is part of our curriculum, but to translate classroom curricula into engaging virtual lessons, and also ensure that all students—including those who are tough to reach on a normal school day, those who don't have enough devices or reliable Internet connection -continue learning and connecting with their teachers and peers.
We have used different modes of Distance learning, like Dojo, Seesaw, Edmodo, Microsoft Teams and Zoom. We have structured our Distance Learning to reflect a significant amount of asynchronous work for students. This means that students are able to complete their schoolwork at their own pace and on their own time. We know that families are under tremendous stress, and schedules vary from home to home. In the grand scheme of things, it might not seem like much, but it is one way we are trying to support families. Some of you have asked to borrow the school iPads to support work at home and we have come to your aid.
Please see our Distance Learning Policy which provides an overview and expectations that guide our remote learning solution. Whether you are part of our community as a parent or student, this policy provides insights into how we ensure that, no matter what happens, we will always strive to provide an amazing environment where learning never stops.
- Dedicate appropriate time to learning, your teacher will give you guidance regarding time expectations
- When you are working at home make sure you choose a quiet space free from distractions
- Parents/helpers can support but must not do the work for you
- Keep healthy habits and take breaks away from devices between scheduled lessons
- Be present and on time for online tutorial sessions as directed by school
- Actively complete all tasks as assigned by teachers and submit work before the stated deadline
- Adhere to the school e-Safety/use of technology /internet/social media policies.
- Contact teachers/ the school/ Pastoral Leader, if work is too much/difficult/easy
- To act responsibly and with integrity through the school’s online platforms (including no editing or inappropriate sharing of recorded material)
- Report any misuse of online platform by other students to your subject teacher
- To enhance the learning of yourself and others by contributing to online tutorials when asked to do so by teachers
Achieving success in distance education is dependent on close communication between the teacher, student and parent. The parent/supervisor works with the child to organise and complete assigned school work. Parents play a vital role and are the key link between class teachers and their students. The main role of the parent/supervisor is to guide, encourage and support students with making sure assigned lessons are completed and completed work is returned to the class teacher. Students learn best when they have a secure and positive
learning environment. The parent/supervisor should encourage students by:
- Providing an environment conducive to learning (access to technology, safe and quiet space during daytime)
- Engaging in conversations about the materials published
- Monitoring time spent engaging in online and offline learning, including variables such as preferred learning times (morning, afternoon, evening)
- Supporting emotional balance by providing ample room and time for reflection, physical activity, conversation, and play
- Supporting your child with managing the deadlines effectively
- Providing feedback on the quality of the learning experience for their son/daughter
- Referring to the ESafety section below and make sure you monitor your child’s activities online.
- Ensuring you child attends all live tutorials as set in their respective time table, unless stated otherwise