The purpose of this policy is to ensure learning continues even during the event of school closure. The objective is to carry on the learning process, but it will not necessarily replicate a traditional school day as per the face-to-face timetable. Students will be guided to independently extend their learning with the direction of the teacher. Learning objectives are the same regardless of what the platform is, CISB’s standards and high expectations guide the planning of online learning just like they do for face-to-face classroom learning.
We understand that our younger students are still developing their learning skills therefore the teacher-parent partnership will be vital for students to really engage in distance learning tasks and to access online resources.
Learning tasks and activities will provide direction and support to families with the understanding that task completion depends on each individual families’ circumstances. We recognise that parents may have more than one child or will need to work, therefore we will tailor tasks towards being manageable and provide as much support as possible from our side.
In Early Years and the Foundation Levels, ClassDojo serves as our online Classroom. Teachers may add daily pre-recorded lesson presentations, content and tasks to their class story. Children are expected to engage with the activities and return completed work to the teacher. This is then approved by the teacher and feedback is given in the form of next steps. Daily lesson presentations and tasks will cover phonics, Math and Literacy, however other development areas will be planned for too. Follow up tasks will be as practical and non-device based as possible, in order to reduce screen time. Any questions about the class can be sent to the teacher through ClassDojo.
Google Classroom is a form of learning management system (LMS) that uses convenient tools that are free and easily accessible on many devices. We are aware that there can be some appearance or other differences depending on the kind of device you might be using. We will use this program to make announcements, assign classwork and homework, give and grade tests, etc.
Students and parents can create an account with their Gmail account. Whatever Gmail account you use, then every time an announcement is made an email will be sent. Please ensure the Gmail account you give is one that you check regularly and can access. A lot of teacher / student communication will go through this account and emails need to be read, acted upon and possibly responded to.
To sign up for a class, you will have to put in a special code which will be sent to the parents before school starts. Students should regularly check Google Classroom for updates from their teacher. Students should also use the ‘Classwork’ tab on Google Classroom to view posted revision material. This is where most instructions and materials will be found. Any questions about the class can be sent to the teacher through Google Classroom.
Videos of each lesson will also be posted on Google Classroom for students to review, or catch up on lessons they missed. Classwork submitted through GC will be returned in the same way, and should be viewed by the student to read teachers comments and check scores etc.
Through the Zoom platform, teachers will conduct LIVE classroom sessions. Parents must agree that an adult will be supervising their child at all times during the sessions. Meeting ID and passwords will be sent through Google Classrooms and will always be at the top of the announcement boards. During the LIVE sessions all children will be muted by the teacher and will be given an opportunity to communicate with their peers when the teacher is ready. The chat function and the student’s name will be controlled by the teacher.
All Zoom classes will be recorded and put on Google Classroom. If you miss any lessons or do not understand a concept, then the students can go back and watch the video. However, this does not mean that the student can miss the class. As stated above in Classroom Rules, attendance is mandatory. A good thing about online classes is that if you do not understand or you missed something, students can go back and watch the video. The Zoom class schedule will be given to every student before school starts.
At CISB, the teachers in all Year 1 – Year 6 classes will follow the same format for homework. This will prevent confusion from other classes. All work for will be created through the ‘Assignment’ tab in Google Classroom. All homework must be turned in through Google Classroom. All homework must be handed in and sent to the teacher no later than 6.00pm of the same day, unless specified by the teacher. Any homework in the workbook should be photographed and sent as a Google Classroom attachment in the ‘Assignment’ tab. The teachers will mark and comment on the work and send it back. The student needs to read the comments and be ready for the next lesson. If you do not hand in your homework by 6.00pm, it will be considered late and could be given a ZERO grade.
To continue the same policies as homework, all the Year 1 – Year 6 classes will use Google Forms to complete tests and final examinations. The teacher will put the link to the test on the ‘Announcement’ tab. Teachers will always give plenty of notice before the exams so that the students have time to prepare.
Please feel free to contact any teacher for any technical issues. Teachers are available during school hours and can be contacted through ClassDojo and Google Classroom. Please expect a response within 24 hours. For an immediate response during school hours, please contact us through the CISB Line app.