Our COVID-19 Remote Learning Plan
We hope to keep all children in school, but we are prepared for three scenarios:
- All classes are in school, all staff are available, planning for in-school teaching and learning.
- A class, Key Stage or the whole school is in lockdown, staff plan for teaching and learning at home.
- Most of the children are in school, but some children are absent due to suspected or confirmed Covid-19 in their family.
The third case is the most likely, and the most tricky to manage. With all our staff working full time to meet the needs of the children in school, we do not have the capacity to offer a full home learning service to healthy individuals who are at home in isolation.
We are using Google Classroom as our learning and communication platform, from Term 2. All children will be given an account and parents will receive instructions on how to access it. The extent to which we use the many functions of Google Classroom will change, depending on how many children are at home and how many in school. We recognise that some of our families will face challenges accessing online learning, and we will support them to the best of our ability.
Where ever a child is ill, we would not expect a child to complete remote learning.
Here is a summary of the way we are developing Google Classroom for each scenario:
Scenario 1 - Children in School
From Term 2 children will be asked to log in to Google Classrooms to complete weekly home learning tasks. Paper copies will also be available for Term 2.
Scenario 2 - Partial or Whole School Lockdown
All home learning will be managed by Google Classroom. Plans and resources will be adapted by teachers so that they are more easily understood by parents and children, without the need for the teacher to explain.
Teachers will arrange a minimum of one half an hour or two 15 minute recorded ‘lessons’ which will be ‘narrated’ by recording the teacher talking over a presentation, or demonstrating in a video clip. (Core subjects) Please view the provision plan for more detail by year group.
Children will be able to submit their work and receive personal feedback in Google Classroom – children will receive a response once a task has been submitted. Where specific children need feedback this will be given on an individual basis – to support understanding of misconceptions and to extend learning when they have fully completed the task correctly.
We will not deliver a full daily timetable of recorded lessons. We will not expect children to sit in front of a screen all day.
Scenario 3 - Some Children at Home
Teachers will put the resources they are using in school into the Google Classroom so that children at home can use them. This may include any slides or websites that are displayed on the screen in the classroom and worksheets or other printed resources that are handed out (as appropriate).
Children will be able to access these resources from day 1 (day after we have had notification) of their absence due to awaiting Covid-19 test results or self-isolation.
Key Documents and Information
Please see the links below for key documents for parents and carers:
Re-opening Letter to Parents and Carers
This letter was sent home to parents and carers in March. It details the main information regarding the re-opening of St. Teresa's in March.
What do I do if my child has a cold?
Each school is required to produce a risk assessment to show how we are managing the risk posed by Covid-19 whilst re-opening to the site to pupils and families.
What parents/carers need to know about schools during the Cornonavirus outbreak.
Covid-19 A quick guide for parents/carers
Message from Bristol City Council
Councillor Anna Keen, teacher and cabinet lead for education and skills, shares her advice to parents, carers and guardians who have children going back to school in this video:
What if my child develops Coronavirus symptoms?
You must inform us as quickly as possible and arrange to get your child tested. You can book a test via the online booking portal:
There is a drive in test centre at Bristol Airport. There are also the option of home-test kits but these could take longer to process. The school has been provided with a very small number (around 10) test kits - these will only be distributed for families in exceptional circumstances where neither of the above options are available.
What is my child's test is negative?
You must inform us as quickly as possible and we will inform Regional Health Protection Team (PHE) as part of their standard operating procedures.
What if my child's test is positive?
You must inform us immediately and we would request that you call the school and ask to speak to Mrs Land or Mrs Rawlinson. Evenings and weekends please email firstname.lastname@example.org, the school email is checked regularly during these times.
We will then notify the Regional Health Protection Team (PHE) who will advise anyone who has been in close contact with your child to self-isolate as per the national guidance (this will, of course, be handled sensitively and confidentially).