Covid-19 Contingency Plan

Friday 3rd December 2021

As we prepare for what we suspect may be a challenging period in the run up to Christmas we are posting this message to clarify with our community our Contingency Plan if we need to move to Blended Learning.   Blended Learning is the term we use when some students will continue their learning ‘In-school’ and some will be asked to continue with their learning ‘At-home’.

We may need to move to Blended Learning if we do not have enough available staff to cover classes.  Rest assured Blended Learning will only be implemented if it’s absolutely necessary.  Our default position remains to take a series of actions in school before we would move to a Blended Learning model.  These steps would include all or a combination of the following

What we are facing is a combination of factors that are affecting our staffing levels

This last point is always the case with recruitment but is impacting on our current situation.

Given where we are as a school; with the rollout of Chromebooks to students, the quality of work available via our Google Classrooms and their age we anticipate that we would move Senior Phase students to At-home Learning before we’d ask BGEd (S1-S3) students.   We would still honour our Senior Phase Assessment Calendar with some Senior Phase students still asked to attend and we will also consider the implications of practical courses and Senior Phase students attending these.

If we need to move to Blended Learning our default will be to inform parent/carers via Groupcall alerts, directing them to the website, and students via their Year Group Google Classrooms.  Our aim will be to provide 36 hours notice, i.e., to inform parents/carers and students by close of school on a Monday if we need to move to At-home Learning for students on a Wednesday, with a similar notice period if other days are affected.  However, the pandemic has told us that things can move quickly and we may not always be able to maintain this 36 hour notice period.

Please rest assured we have no immediate need to move to Blended Learning but are concerned it could be an issue as we move towards Christmas.  As always we’ll do everything we can to maintain an In-school learning experience for all students.

 

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