Tuesday 20 July – COVID update from our Principal
Tuesday 20 July, 2021
Today the Premier announced a 7-day statewide lockdown starting at 6.00pm tonight (Tuesday 20 July).
Wednesday 21 July – Student Free Day
There will be no classes on Wednesday 21 July so that teachers can prepare to do online learning from Thursday 22 July.
Thursday 22 to Tuesday 27 July – Online Learning
All classes from Thursday 22 July will be delivered online at normal scheduled lesson times. Students will be required to log onto CANVAS to connect with their teacher.
More information on learning programs will be provided later this week, as we work our way through the new COVID-19 Directions. Students have been informed to take home their devices (laptops), books and materials they need to continue learning from home. The expectations of students learning online are outlined in this letter – Please see Student Expectations.
At this time, parents/caregivers are not permitted on site, so please drop your child off outside the school gates.
The canteen will be closed during the lockdown.
Children of Essential Workers and Vulnerable Children
During the lockdown, the children of essential workers and vulnerable children will be able to attend school.
A skeleton staff will provide supervision but not a learning program. If your child needs to attend, we will be here for them. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if your child will be attending school onsite.
For students attending school, normal school hours will apply and they must be in full school uniform. Years 11 to 12 students will be required to meet in the Senior Centre and Year 8 to 10 students will be required to meet in the Learning Hub at 9:00am each day.
All VET courses will not be running during this lockdown. Students that attend a VET course at a site other than Playford International College (PIC) will need to attend PIC on their normal VET day.
If you or your student requires ICT support during this time, please email email@example.com.
All South Australians are making sacrifices to ensure our community remains as safe as possible. We appreciate that this is a significant undertaking for you and your family.
Your child’s teachers, our Ancillary staff and I are here to support you where we can.
Students engaging in online learning at home
To be successful in engaging with learning, I will:
• Follow a daily routine that enables me to continue with learning.
• Log into Compass to receive learning intentions for each lesson in the ‘Lesson Notes’ section for each class.
• Log into Canvas daily and access learning resources and follow instructions provided by teachers for each of my classes.
• If I can’t access Canvas or online learning resources I will make contact with my teachers to organise alternative ways of accessing learning resources.
• Check any communications or events provided by my teachers.
• Be on time to virtual classes when they are provided as part of learning.
• Connect with my Mentor Teacher every Wednesday during scheduled mentor time.
• Complete the learning and assessment tasks that are outlined on Canvas and any other learning expectations that teachers provide.
• Communicate with my teacher regularly through Canvas (at least once a week) about my progress and seek advice and feedback when needed.
• Present appropriately in online learning environments and engage in respectful online behaviour. Normal SBM rules will apply in an online environment and appropriate SBM consequences will be enforced by teachers as required.
• Take individual responsibility for my learning and not wait for my teachers to have to follow up.
• If you are sick whilst at home, please contact your teachers and inform them that you won’t be engaging in learning for the period of your sickness. Please also advise if there are other reasons why you are not going to be engaging with learning.
• If you are a Senior School student this is a fantastic opportunity for you to take responsibility for your learning, and engage in independent learning as a young adult. We are taking all steps to support you to achieve your SACE this year, but it is also up to you to commit to your learning and your SACE as well.