It is important that you follow your child’s class tab to their remote learning page.
With Covid cases rising rapidly there is a likelihood that children at Holy Family may be asked to self-isolate due to a positive case in school. Thankfully, so far, any positive cases have not been contracted at school and only a few children are currently off school having been in contact with a positive case at home.
The update today therefore is about ensuring that you have considered how to continue your child’s education at home should I have to close a class ‘bubble’.
Children are at a greater risk if they are unsupervised when using devises which allow them access to the internet. All the well-known social media apps are for ages 13 plus. Please ensure that your child does not have access to Facebook and Messenger, Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, Whatsapp (16). There have been instances in this school of cyber bullying and we have also been made aware of cases of grooming in children as young as 10 due to being in contact with someone they do not know online. Set age-appropriate parental controls on any devices your child uses and supervise their use of websites and apps. Role model safe behaviour and privacy awareness. Talk to your child about safe use. Our Safer Schools App that was launched in the Summer this year is a great way to stay ahead in your understanding about online safety. If you haven’t downloaded this app yet please ask for further support. Be active daily and get away from the screen regularly and at least an hour before bed.
Online Learning Platforms
The platforms we have for children to learn at home are very safe to use on a laptop, desktop, tablet or smartphone. You must ensure you have your child’s login details and can get these by emailing your class teacher. We know digital devices are not the only way to learn. So use books and other printed materials that we can provide or that you have at home. Make sure they write by hand daily! A diary perhaps or shopping list.
Structuring the day
Children at home (knowing they should be in school) will feel more comfortable and learn better with a predictable routine to the day. Try and make sure that they:
- get up and go to bed at the same time each day
- have regular meal time
- have regular breaks
- make time to be active – children are used to regular play at lunch and break times
Teaching staff are updating the remote learning tab on the website weekly. This is so children at home can keep up with what is happening in class.