Continuity of learning plan Dear all, School is closed until the first of February. Please take the time to read our plan for remote teaching and learning. If you have any questions please contact the school by e-mail. Stay safe. Mrs Murphy St Oliver Plunkett’s NS This plan was drawn up to support the learning and wellbeing of students in situations where a partial or full school closure is advised by Public Health HSE. It will also provide guidance for supporting individual pupils or groups of pupils in continuing their learning remotely if they have to self-isolate or restrict their movements. This plan should be read in conjunction with ‘Guidance on Remote Learning in a Covid-19 Context: September-December 2020’ (DES). As recommended by the DES, St Oliver Plunkett’s NS has developed a whole school approach to dealing with the current challenges. Aims: Through our Continuity of Learning Plan we aim to: ● Encourage the regular engagement of students in lessons, tasks and learning experiences across a range of curriculum areas/subjects. ( daily work list, zoom three times a week, pre-corded lessons using Google Classroom, daily upload of one piece of work to google classroom) ● Provide specific and regular supports for students with special educational needs. ( student support plus Zoom daily and school support zoom twice a week) SNA will make contact daily with children on their case load) ● Provide specific and customised supports for students at risk of educational disadvantage. ● Provide regular assignments to students that are purposeful and manageable. ( One piece of specified work daily to be uploaded to google classroom, feedback given over the course of the week, SEN students will upload two pieces of specified work/task weekly) ● Provide regular, practical, supportive and customised feedback to students on work submitted. ● Adopt a whole school approach to engagement with students to ensure consistency. ● Encourage regular communication between parents, teachers and SNAs. The Development of our Continuity of Learning Plan ● Following on from the initial school closure in March 2020 we have chosen the platform Google Classroom to support remote learning when appropriate. ● Staff are encouraged to access further CPD on www.pdst.ie ● Pupils have been introduced to the use of the relevant learning platform for their class to ensure they can: access and navigate the platform in use Engage with teaching and learning procedures ( classroom assignment set for November using this platform) and upload their work independently (where age-appropriate to do so). ● Aladdin Connect and school e-mail addresses will continue to be used to support communication between school and parents/guardians. Zoom may be used for face to face contact with students. ● Parents will be asked about the availability of digital devices and broadband access in all households. A plan will be put in place to address gaps found. ● Parents will be informed of learning platforms to be used if partial or full school closure is advised by Public Health HSE. In the event of a period of full school closure, due consideration will be given to the following: Parents will not be required to print learning aids unless absolutely necessary. Teachers will form the basis of the daily work using textbooks/workbooks/copybooks. Links to websites can be shared with students but these are optional. To assist with Gaeilge, teachers will send translations to key vocabulary/questions, use pre-recorded lessons and suggest the use of online resources. Parents should be reminded that as their children engage in various online activities, a priority is their safety online and they should refer to our ICT Acceptable Use Policy which is available to read on our school website. Other Key Considerations of our Continuity of Learning Plan Regular engagement with pupils : As outlined in the Guidance on Remote Learning in a Covid-19 Context: September December 2020, pupils need frequent contact with their teacher(s) in order to feel connected to the school, to stay motivated, and to make progress in their learning. The class teacher will communicate with pupils on a daily basis by sending out a list of tasks/activities while taking into account that some pupils may not be in a position to engage with remote teaching and learning each day. Teachers will use a blend of guided and independent learning tasks/experiences. Teacher-pupil engagement will involve both direct teaching by the teacher and the assignment of independent learning tasks for completion by the pupils. Feedback will be given over the course of a week on the chosen task students that have been requested by teacher to upload. Class teachers will meet a minimum of three times a week with their class using Zoom. This will be on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday at a set time determined by the school. A teacher can meet daily with their class only if this is practical taking into consideration teacher circumstances e.g. child care, caring for elderly parents etc. Regular teacher/SNA engagement with pupils when they are out of school will also help them to reintegrate when they return to school. Special education teachers (SENs) will continue to engage with pupils on their caseload. Face to face meetings will take place daily for pupils on school support plus plan and twice a week for those on school support plan. SEN teachers will support class teachers in the area of differentiation for all pupils on their caseload including those on classroom support. SNAs will attend face to face meetings with those children on their caseload with the SEN teacher. SNAs will make contact daily with their children using Zoom/phone call. The SNAs will arrange this time taking into consideration class Zoom meetings and SEN meetings with their children. Encouraging Engagement: The role of the parent is to support their child’s engagement in learning to the extent that it is feasible and practicable. Effective and regular communication between school and home will be key to ensuring that changing roles, approaches and expectations, which are necessary in the current challenging circumstances, are understood by all concerned. Strategies will be established to monitor student engagement including participation, attendance and work completion. Teachers will follow up, through whatever means they believe is most appropriate, e.g., email, phone call or letter/card, with students/families based on this information and will communicate with the in- school management team if they have concerns about particular student engagement levels. The class teacher will work with those families to help establish supports needed in these cases to make learning successful. The SEN and SNA team will also support classroom teachers with check-ins and feedback with students where necessary. To encourage engagement : Class work: 5 specified pieces of work will be uploaded to google classroom per week either daily or by the Friday of each week. Teacher will communicate to students what work is requested. SEN work: each child will upload 2 pieces of work per week to their SEN teacher’s google classroom. The SEN teacher will communicate this request to the children they work with. Appropriate and engaging learning opportunities: Teachers will ensure that the chosen learning tasks give pupils an opportunity to demonstrate their learning in a clear and concise way. Necessary adjustments will be made to the number of tasks usually given in the school setting to take account of the fact that pupils are doing this work from home. Parents will be reassured that there is no expectation on their children to complete all tasks set. In -school communication structure ● During full school closures, all teaching staff and SNAs will check their school email inbox daily/Aladdin notices using Aladdin Connect . ● Staff can also communicate through Whats App /text messages if necessary ● ISM will meet weekly through Zoom to discuss updates relating to Covid 19 restrictions and to review and evaluate the school continuity of learning programme ● The whole staff will meet once a week/fortnight (as necessary) digitally through Zoom ● All staff meetings will be arranged through Aladdin Connect ● Meetings will be held at a time that suits all staff, including those who must care for children at home and elderly (as much as is feasible) ● Mairead Murphy will be the point of contact to initiate staff planning meetings ● Different teachers will record minutes at both whole staff meetings and ISM meetings. ● The SEN team and SNAs will work collaboratively to formalise how best to meet the needs of their allocated pupils and where necessary source appropriate resources they can access remotely. The use of assessment and feedback to inform learning and teaching ● Regular assessment and feedback will be facilitated through Google Classroom. ● Feedback will be provided in a positive and constructive manner ● The use of AFL through self-assessment will also be encouraged. Infant and Junior Classes: The needs of pupils in the infant and junior classes require particular consideration. Parents/guardians will be guided on how best to support their children at home, when in a position to do so. Pupils will be supplied with activities to support engaging and fun early literacy and numeracy skills and opportunities for hands-on, activities. Success Criteria The success of Our Continuity of Learning Plan is measured through: ● Positive engagement of children in the assignments/tasks set by their teachers ● Regular engagement between teachers and pupils/parents ● Positive parental feedback Review: This plan will be reviewed as necessary.