Sacred Heart College has developed a home learning continuance plan, This describes how we will ensure continuity whilst students learn at home.
Hearts@Home describes Sacred Heart’s approach to distance learning; the method which we will use for communication; the technology systems we will employ; guidelines for how parents/caregivers can support their children’s learning; and considerations tailored to make the best of challenging circumstances.
Essentially, students will engage with the new learning environment through Google Classroom following their regular timetable at the adjusted times provided on the daily learning schedule.
Hearts@Home Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
The following Hearts@Home Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are provided with information that may assist you and your families at this time.
Please note that our College will continue to monitor advice from government and health authorities, and you will be updated.
- What is Supervised Learning on Campus?
Supervised learning is for those students who are unable to learn from home. We are following government guidelines to ensure that where parents need to work, students can attend school for supervised learning.
Students on campus for supervised learning will access Hearts@Home in exactly the same way to those who are learning from home.
- Will my child be supervised by their own teachers?
Possible but unlikely. Teaching staff from each campus will be rostered on to supervise students. In an effort to minimise contact, is it likely that students will be supervised by the same group of staff across the week.
- Will my child be in multiple classrooms/spaces?
Students will be allocated to a particular learning area to complete their online learning each day. Students will not be moving around the campus nor will they be in multiple rooms across the day.
- Will my child be in classes with his/her friends?
Possible but unlikely. Students will be allocated a space (either a large space or single classroom) where they will be supervised by a member of staff. We will adhere to the social distancing rules within the spaces students are allocated.
- Will my child have access to their normal teachers?
All students, those on campus and those at home, will have access to their teacher online via Hearts@Home.
- Will my child get recess and lunch breaks?
Students on campus for supervised learning will get normal recess and lunch breaks and staff will be allocated to yard duty. Students in each year level will be allocated a specific outdoor space to take recess/lunch and will be asked to adhere to social distancing. There will be no ball games at recess or lunch.
- Will my child have access to the canteen?
No, students will need to bring their recess, lunch and water bottle each day.
- What uniform does my child need to wear during supervised learning?
Students attending supervised learning are expected to wear their College Winter Uniform. For any Year 7 and new students to the College in 2020 who are yet to purchase their Winter Uniform will be permitted to wear their PE Uniform.
- What should I do if my child is unwell?
If your child is ill or displays flu like symptoms, seek medical advice and do not send your child to school.
If you receive confirmation that your child or a member of your family has Coronavirus (COVID 19) please notify the school as soon as this is known. The child will need to be picked up immediately if he/she is at school.
- Are students from families who have recently travelled overseas allowed to be at school?
There are only certain countries where returning travellers need to self-isolate. This is based on Federal government advice that we are following. Please note that this continues to change, and we rely on the most up to date information as our guide.
In-line with Commonwealth advice, the current advice is:
- Any student or staff member who has travelled in or transited through mainland China, Iran, South Korea or Italy must self-isolate for 14 days after leaving the high risk country.
- Close contacts of a confirmed case of COVID-19 must self-isolate for 14 days since last contact with the confirmed case.
- All returned travellers who develop symptoms (especially fever and cough) within 14 days of returning from anywhere overseas should seek testing for COVID-19, and self-isolate while awaiting test results.
- Any confirmed case of COVID-19 will be excluded from school/childcare/the workplace until they are medically cleared to return.
- Students and staff who have returned to Australia from anywhere else overseas and have no symptoms are able to return to school or work.
Consistent with current guidelines, all students and staff who are unwell with respiratory illness should remain at home until symptoms resolve.
If children are unwell after travelling regardless of destination, they should be kept at home and medical advice should be sought.
- What happens if my child or another child seems to display Coronavirus like symptoms while at school?
While Coronavirus is of concern, it is important to remember that most people displaying symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat or tiredness are likely suffering with a cold or other illness – not Coronavirus.
Nevertheless, if a child becomes unwell at school, the usual school routine of care, separating that child from their classmates and calling a parent/caregiver to collect them would be followed, if it is deemed preferable for the child to go home.
- What will happen to my child’s education if he/she is to be isolated for 14 days?
If a child is unable to attend school, we will work with you to ensure that we minimise the impact on their learning. Your child will be able to continue to access their learning via Google Classroom, SEQTA and through email communication with teachers.
- What happens if there is a confirmed case of Coronavirus in the school?
The school will communicate with families and follow the advice from relevant authorities, like SA Health. It is likely the school would close for at least 24 hours while it is cleaned, and health authorities trace virus contact between individuals. Health authorities will declare that the school has followed all expected protocols and allow the school to reopen.
The school will keep you informed during any closure period via email. Parents would be advised when students are able to return.
- What education is happening about Coronavirus at school and what can I do to help relieve any anxiety for my children?
Posters from the health authorities have been distributed to all learning spaces and placed in toilet and kitchen areas. Students have been reminded about general health and the importance of handwashing and refraining from touching their face.
A recent online article provides some useful tips for talking to your child, depending on their age and level of understanding about Coronavirus:
- Assess what they know already. Find out what they understand so you know where to start.
- Don’t dismiss or minimise your child’s fear — validate their concerns. It is reasonable to be concerned because most have probably never experienced anything like this before.
- Make your explanation age appropriate, provide facts, and keep it positive and calm. Reassure them that right now the risk of getting the Coronavirus is low and if contracted most people only get cold-like symptoms and then they are immune.
- Remind children that no-one should be ostracised or bullied because they have been associated with the virus.
- Do not make it a one-time conversation. Keep checking in to see if they need reassurance or if they have any new questions.
If you have particular concerns about how your child is responding to information about Coronavirus, please speak to your child’s Homeroom Teacher or Head of House.
For your reference, please refer to the following official websites which provide the latest information:
Australian Government Department of Health
Australian Government Department of Health – COVID-19 Travellers