We are now 8 days into our Distance Learning 2.0 provision.
We have had lots of feedback from our parent community and we are grateful for this. Whilst we continue to receive individual feedback from some parents wanting changes to be made to the current provision, we are confident, based on the majority of feedback received thus far, that families are very appreciative of the enhancements we have introduced this year.
We will review the current provision in 3-4 weeks time as that will give everyone a chance to get used to the changes and establish a routine before providing important feedback.
We will gather feedback from the children, parents and staff and then review the data to make any necessary changes or enhancements. We will continue to make minor changes as we go along but we cannot accommodate all the individual requests, we are getting, as they often contradict what another family has just requested. We appreciate and understand the reasons behind this as every family has different needs.
Q & A’s
There are so many Zoom calls now during the school day. Does my child need to attend all of them?
No, our job as a school is to provide learning opportunities for our children and it is then up to you as a family to decide what you opt into. What we are offering is based on the feedback from our school community. Some parents want less Zoom calls and other parents want more Zoom calls. We have adjusted our provision to meet what the majority of our parents want. We are not in a position to deliver a provision that suits only one family. We are trying to meet the needs of over 200 families and thus are targeting our provision around what the vast majority of our families want.
The learning tasks set are taking up the whole school day. Do we need to do everything?
No, as above our job is to provide a full day of learning experiences so that the families can then choose what to complete.
Why is my child not receiving feedback on everything they are submitting?
This is simply not possible and whilst we will acknowledge work submitted we are not in a position to provide feedback on everything. Our specialists for example could potentially receive up to 360 individual pieces of work submitted in a day. Next week we will be sharing our approach to feedback, which will ensure everyone involved (children, teachers and parents) all understand the expectations around feedback and how we are approaching it as a school.
What happened with the assembly today? There seemed to be an issue with the link?
We are not actually sure. Fortunately we ended up with 245 children joining us but we also had another group of students in another call who were not able to join the larger group. It may have been a case of the wrong link being shared for some but that does not account for the fact that even those that had the same link got disconnected or could not join. Apart from the small number of children who were entertained by Chrissy Bailey (PYPC) the rest of the Year 2-6 children were able to enjoy the assembly despite starting a few minutes late.
Will there be information sessions for parents?
Yes, our priority at the moment is on the teaching and learning and of course having parents meet 1:1 with their child’s teacher via the You Tell Us platform. In the coming weeks we will be providing Webinars or information sessions specifically designed for our parents, initially around key areas related to our distance learning provision.
Can we please come to school to get some library books?
Our library team (Mrs RG and Claudia) have come up with a plan so that parents can come to school to pick up library books for their children. Owing to the restrictions across Hong Kong, and the work from home order across ESF, we have been unable to turn the plan into a reality. Mrs RG and Claudia are going into school on Monday, now that the restrictions have eased, and they will be covering and processing all the new books that arrived over the summer. Once this is done we will send out information about the arrangements regarding how to select and pick up the books assuming ESF allow us to have parents come to the school to pick up library books.