Senior School Learning During Transition to Online Study
Whether at school or working from home, Senior school students can be reassured that our teachers and Mentors will continue to offer effective teaching, assessment and support to students. The SACE Board is assuring students that they will not be disadvantaged by changed conditions for their learning this year. Click here for more information
Dear Caregivers, We are in challenging times with new directions provided by our National and State governments, daily. The Education department is seeking to follow the guidelines as closely as possible.
I would like to reassure you that our school staff is working to provide for the wellbeing and learning needs of our students while endeavouring to implement the government guidelines.
Providing the best, factual advice to our students, parents and staff about how COVID-19 can be managed through personal hygiene and distancing behaviour
Providing physical distancing as best as possible within the classroom and other learning spaces
Provide as much sanitizer and soap as we can; we have installed 6 hand sanitizer stations around the school at places where large numbers of students move, such as through the canteen and Hub
We have new procedures to clean shared laptops and computer keyboards and other high contact surfaces daily
Our cleaners have additional time every night to clean door-handles, stair rails, and other surfaces that are exposed to large numbers of student contact
We also are working hard to make sure that students can access learning online in case the school closes, and also for those students where families have decided that students should remain home. Woodville High School uses the Daymap system accessed online through a laptop or other device.
Specific students who have been identified at Year 11 and 12 who do not have access to any device at home are able to use supplying them with a laptop from school
I have asked teachers to ensure that Daymap contains sufficient resources to support students in every subject, have increased staff training in using online learning tools such as ZOOM and Google Teams to further enhance communication and learning between teachers and students inside and outside of the classroom, and provided additional time for teachers to put their resources and tasks onto Daymap (Pupil-free day on Monday 30 March)
Many staff have already practised with their classes in accessing and using these newer online learning tools
I seek your support at this time as our teachers develop realistic ways of supporting your children through these uncertain times, including limiting the number of phone-calls and being patient with the reply time for emails to individual teachers. Students should be accessing Daymap daily to keep up with the learning that teachers put online. Parents are encouraged to keep up to date with their children’s learning through the parent portal on our website. I am committed to providing you with regular updates so that you know the latest developments and actions we are taking as a school to address the current COVID-19 situation. Yours sincerely,
Neil Hendry Principal (term 1)
Dear WHS Community, We need time to set up for online learning so the Governing Council has approved that we bring forward the second pupil free day to next Monday 30th March. Students are not expected to be at school on that day. We do expect that the school will open for regular business on the Tuesday.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Australia's Chief Medical Officer Professor Brendan Murphy addressed the nation today and explained why the decision has been take to keep schools and early childhood facilities open at this time.
Woodville High School is working proactively to look after the safety of our students and staff. At this time, we need to be considerate towards each other and work with care and compassion. At present there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 amongst the Woodville High School community. In light of the recent developments surrounding the COVID-19 in the wider community, Woodville High School will be implementing the following measures to support the containment of COVID-19.
Lessons will be programmed as normal but will minimise activities that promote physical contact
The Open Day scheduled for 22nd March has been cancelled
Woodville High School is a digital school and staff have been instructed to put all work supports, resources and assessment tasks on Daymap for students to continue with their learning
Students should make sure that they can access Daymap from home
Students will be asked to use only their own devices (phones, tablets, earphones etc) in class and move away from using communal pencils, scissors etc.
We are installing additional hand sanitisers in key areas throughout the school
Students will need to go home if they get sick while at school; parents will be contacted to come and pick them up from the First Aid room; Please make sure your contact details are up to date by emailing the school using firstname.lastname@example.org
All students and staff are asked to stay home if they are unwell to avoid spreading infections to others
Encouraging hygienic practices.
Parents can help in the following ways.
You must keep your children at home if they are sick, even if you think it is just a cold
In you think the sickness might be serious, STAY AT HOME and USE THE PHONE to call up your doctor – don’t just turn up at the clinic. The doctor will give you the best advice on what to do next
You need to plan for who is going to look after children if they are sick, or in case the school has to close. Elderly relatives are not suitable because they are in a high risk category
Please reinforce for your children the following safety precautions;
keeping their hands below their shoulders, so they avoid touching their face, especially their mouth, eyes and nose for now, no shaking hands, hugs, kisses or high-5s so as not to spread germs
no sharing of food and drinks
don’t share other student’s devices (phones, tablets, earphones etc)
covering a cough or sneeze with a tissue or elbow
washing their hands with soap and water regularly, particularly after using the toilet and before eating (20 second wash)
Reassure your children so that your child doesn’t get stressed
Contact the school to let us know if your child is sick or is staying home because of illness
Regular updates will be posted to the school website and emergency information will be sent via text. Again, please make sure your contact details (phone / email) are up to date by emailing the school using email@example.com
Remember, if your child is unwell with fever and/or a respiratory infection, they must stay at home until they are better. This will be inconvenient for families, but we are serious about dealing with this illness.