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Remote Learning

HEALTH and HYGIENE

In response to Covid-19, Amity College has promoted and implemented increased hygiene practices on each of our campuses as well as ensuring social distancing measures are observed where possible by:

  • replacing all cleaning products with hospital-grade antibacterial versions.
  • increasing cleaning practices with our cleaners by using these products more vigilantly and regularly on a daily basis. This includes our school buses.
  • increasing our students’ health and safety awareness with an emphasis on improved hand wash and hygiene. 
  • placing antibacterial sprays for furniture and air quality, as well as hand sanitisers around the school.
  • displaying health/hygiene and social distancing posters in common areas.
  • cancelling all excursions/incursions, assemblies and congregational prayers.

REMOTE LEARNING

What is Remote Learning?

Remote Learning occurs when learning cannot take place in a traditional classroom setting. Learning will occur via technology so that no physical presence in the classroom is required. At Amity College, Remote learning will occur via real-time sessions or self-paced learning.

REMOTE LEARNING PRESENTATIONS

Remote learning will often involve live classes and sharing materials between participants. Often the session will be recorded by the teacher to enable others to review the lesson later. The same on-campus expectations of student behaviour, manners and etiquette apply on the remote learning platform. Failure to meet these expectations will result in normal behaviour management processes being applied.

The following are expectations of student code of conduct during live sessions:

  1. All participants will respect everyone else’s privacy and security.
  2. Only a teacher is permitted to record a remote learning session.
  3. Students will respect others’ rights to learn by not disrupting the session.
  4. During live lessons, students are to mute their microphone as directed by the teacher unless they are contributing to the discussion or asking a question.
  5. Students will not share images, video or text for a live-stream or video to others outside the class.
  6. All participants in remote learning are reminded that all content posted by participants or provided during remote learning can be viewed by the School’s IT department and teachers

Learning Support

Learning Support has continued learning for all students accessing Learning Support programs and services via live Zoom sessions. All current programs and services that Learning Support offers as face-to-face support at school has been offered remotely. The purpose of this is to support the ongoing engagement of students with additional needs in learning and maintain the integrity of Learning Support interventions.

 

Counselling

Amity College is committed to the wellbeing of its students during this period. The Counselling Department will remain operational during normal school hours of the school term whilst the campus is closed, offering an online / phone or referral service to students who require support. If a student is already accessing face to face counselling, their counsellor will develop a support plan for the time of closure and maintain contact with these students to ensure their mental health is maintained. 

Any student who wishes to access support who hasn’t done so previously will also be able to contact the school counsellor via email and arrange a personalised support plan. Referrals may also be received via email from parents, and teachers will be expected to continue using the online referral process should they be concerned about a student during the closure period.

 

Career Advising

  • As part of the ongoing services offered by the Careers Adviser and VET Coordinator, students and parents will be able to book interviews, which will be conducted via the online platform, Zoom. As per usual, students and parents may also continue to forward and receive answers to their enquiries via email. Please email the relevant staff to seek advice or request an interview appointment.
  • For all careers, University, educational access scheme, bonus points, alternative entry into university, applications for further education post Year 12, scholarships, subject selection and post Year 12 career pathway enquiries, please contact our Careers Adviser Mrs. Hatice Aydogan at [email protected]
  • For all work experience, school-based apprenticeship & traineeship (SBAT), TAFE (TVET) courses, the World of Work (WOW) program and any post Year 10 pathway enquiries, please contact our VET Coordinator Mrs Huriye Akinci at [email protected].

Pastoral Care

During any school closure or after school activities restrictions due to any unprecedented circumstance ie COVID-19 pandemic, the Pastoral Care Department will continue operating during after school hours of the term to ensure that all students have access to Pastoral Care programs and services. The purpose of this is to continue the ongoing engagement of students with PC.

Community Engagement

As part of an initiative, through this period, the Community Engagement team has commenced Webinars on a variety of topics (gained from parents surveys), which is held weekly on a Wednesday night from 8-9pm. These webinars include a variety of guests on a topic in their field of expertise.

 

Apart from the above, Community Engagement team also aims to provide the following for the parents and its community within Term 2:

  • Home On-Line Tutoring – with SAGA members (the Alumni members of the College)
  • Mosaic Lamp Making – in conjunction with Mosaic Art Studio (the resources you need to make your lamp will be delivered to your home)
  • Ramadan Dessert Making Competition – Open to Years 5 to 12 parents and students.

Information on the above 3 initiatives will be emailed to our parents in the coming weeks.

ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR THE SCHOOL COMMUNITY

FAQs

How will Amity College engage and continue my child’s education during the remote learning period?

Primary School:

Lessons will be delivered via the Seesaw application which can be accessed on all devices with internet connectivity. This is a platform where teachers will assign daily activities for your child and be able to actively monitor their progress. Your child’s teacher(s) will be delivering their lessons through various modes of learning and will be available to provide feedback and answer questions via the application. Zoom meetings will be organised three times a week for students to connect with their teacher and peers.

High School :

Students in Years 7 – 10 may use the following indicative timetable to organise their learning. Students must follow the learning activities on Seesaw which will be identified with the relevant week, day and period.

  • Years 11 & 12 students should use the following timetable to organise their learning. Students must follow the learning activities on Seesaw which will be identified with the relevant week, day and period.
  • During these times:
  • All Year 11 students are to complete the assigned activities on Seesaw

All HSC classes are to continue to run according to the usual timetable on COOLSIS via live lessons on Zoom. Participation in these lessons is compulsory. HSC students are to then complete the assigned activities on Seesaw.

What do I expect from a typical day of remote learning?

At the beginning of each week, your child will have a weekly schedule that will be prepared by their teacher. We understand that the availability of devices may be an issue for families with more than one school child; therefore, families have the flexibility of moving session times around to meet their needs.

It is important that students engage in all activities throughout the day as it provides opportunities for physical play and creativity, as well as developing important skills.

How will my child access the work that has been set by their teacher?

All students and parents received access codes to Seesaw by the end of Term 1 and will be able to monitor the work that has been set by the teacher.

What happens if I don’t have access to the internet at home?

If you are unable to access the internet, please contact your respective campus for further details.

What happens if my child is having difficulty to complete the set work?

We encourage parents to connect with their child’s teachers via Seesaw for support if they are having difficulties completing the assigned activities.

Who will be monitoring the work my child has completed?

Students are required to respond to each activity on Seesaw. Teachers and coordinators will be monitoring lack of student engagement and will communicate with parents in this case. Each student is required to post their reflections for the day. This could be in the form of photos, written response or a video reflection (up to 2 minutes duration)

WiIl student support services be provided during the remote learning period?

Yes. 

Learning Support

All current programs and services that Learning Support offers at school will instead be offered remotely via a number of online platforms. Please contact your child’s learning support teacher if you require support.

Counselling

Amity College is committed to the wellbeing of its students during the remote learning period. The Counselling Department will remain operational during normal school hours of the school term, offering an online / phone or referral service to students who require support.

Career Advising

As part of the ongoing services offered by the Careers Adviser and VET Coordinator, students and parents will be able to book interviews, which will be conducted via Zoom. As per usual, students and parents may also continue to forward and receive answers to their enquiries via email. Please email the relevant staff to seek advice or request an interview appointment

Pastoral Care

As of Term 2, we will transition our Pastoral Care Programs online via weekly activities on Seesaw. We also aim to engage in interactive discussions and activities on various topics using a variety of online programs such as Zoom and Kahoot. As it is a new area of pursuit for all of us, we have developed a code of conduct for a common acceptable way of engagement which was shared with students. 

What am I required to do as a parent when my child is at home?

Parents are advised to establish routines and expectations as well as define a space for your child to work in. We strongly encourage monitoring communications and helping your child through the learning process. We also recommend checking in with your child regularly and manage how much time they are spending online by promoting outdoor and other activities.

I am worried about my child’s social/emotional wellbeing since he/she is unable to see his/her friends and /or teachers.

Student support services including counselling will continue to be provided via online platforms and the campus counsellor’s contact details have been provided to all families. Please contact the office if you require any further information. 

Will the school be notified if there is a confirmed case in a school?

The school will be informed of confirmed cases of COVID-19 if the person has been attending the school during the period they may have been infectious. Relevant protocols, as advised by the Ministry of Health, will be followed. The decision to inform the rest of the school and any other members of the school community will be made case by case, depending on if there has been close contact with any person(s) at the school.

All other confirmed cases are a personal matter for those involved and they will be managed directly by NSW Health. People assessed as being a ‘close contact’ of a member of the community are identified and contacted by NSW Health and given appropriate advice. The Principal will be informed

Will my child fall behind if I keep them at home?

No. Learning has been moved to online mediums and for the time being students will be able to continue to learn remotely when they are kept at home. Amity College is aware that the same learning experience may not be achieved whilst students are learning remotely and we encourage parents to support their child to the best of their abilities. It is also important that children submit work that, where possible, has been completed independently so that their teacher can provide feedback and support them when they return to school.

Will the canteen be open at my child's school?

Yes. The canteens will be open during the college’s staggered return.

Will the HSC going ahead in 2020?

Yes, the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) have confirmed that the Higher School Certificate (HSC) is going ahead in 2020.

What about NAPLAN?

All NAPLAN testing has been cancelled for 2020.

Will school cleaning processes be more thorough? What health and hygiene practices are in place?

Enhanced cleaning is being implemented across all campuses. So far, we have:

  1. replaced all cleaning products with hospital-grade antibacterial versions.
  2. increased cleaning practices with our cleaners by using these products thoroughly and on a daily basis. This includes our school buses.
  3. increased our students’ health and safety awareness with an emphasis on improved hygiene practices. 
  4. placed antibacterial sprays for furniture and air quality, as well as hand sanitisers around the school.

displayed health/hygiene and social distancing posters in common areas.

If I choose to send my child to school, how does social distancing work?

Schools have already implemented a number of social distancing measures including staggered break times so there is space in playgrounds and all assemblies, major arts, sports and other activities have been postponed.

With fewer students at school, there will be greater capacity to increase social distancing measures and allow students more space.

When will schools resume normal operations?

The decision about when schools will return to normal operations will be taken in line with the latest advice from the Government and we will keep the community informed.

My child is sick, so he/she won’t be remote learning today, what do I do?

Primary School: Please notify your child’s teacher and learning support teacher if they have any sessions scheduled.

TECHNICAL SUPPORT

TELEPHONE

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