ICB Primary and Secondary Schools Arrangements for Term 2

Dear Parents/Guardians,

 

Assalaamu Alaikum Wr., Wb.,

ICB will move to a home-based online learning model from Monday 20 April until at least Friday 22 May 2020.

QLD Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has declared that schools will open from the beginning of Term 2 but only for vulnerable students and children of essential workers. The rest of the student population are to learn at home for the first five weeks of the term. The move to a home-based online learning model starts on Monday April 20 and will continue until at least Friday May 22, 2020 when it would be reviewed by the government.

Vulnerable students and children of essential workers will receive support to participate in the same learning program that is delivered by their classroom teachers to students who are learning at home.

Essential worker means any worker who must continue to attend their workplace for essential business during this time. Vulnerable children include children identified by schools or who:

  • are currently receiving services from Child Safety, including children who are subject to a child protection order
  • are subject to a youth justice order.

Frequently asked questions and answers are in this link. https://qed.qld.gov.au/about-us/news-and-media/novel-coronavirus/frequently-asked-questions-for-parents

If you and/or your child can be categorised in the above-mentioned group, please let ICB Admin (admin@icb.qld.edu.au) know by Friday, 17th April, 2020 if your child will be attending school in Term 2.

Children attending school during this period are to be dropped off at Bay 4 where we will have a teacher on duty to welcome them.  Please also note that the tuckshop will be closed and students are to bring their own lunch.

Please be reminded that the college will follow Ramadhan hours of schooling which will be from 8:00 am to 2:10 pm from Monday 20 April to Friday 22 May, 2020. 

To ensure compliance with social distancing measures, students and families should not congregate in or around the school (e.g. before or after school in car parks/outside classrooms/at the school gate). All persons entering and leaving the school grounds should maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from each other.

Unwell students are not to attend the school.  Parents/carers will be contacted to collect their children if they become sick at school. For students attending school, we will continue with the following protective measures to minimise the risk of spreading any infections, such as:

  • implementing and encouraging non-contact sport and games.
  • advising students not to share food, drinks or water bottles.
  • advising students not to share classroom equipment, especially pencils and pens.
  • avoiding unnecessary contact with others, including shaking hands or high fives.
  • promoting regular handwashing with soap; asking students to cover their mouth with the elbow or tissue when coughing or sneezing; and avoiding touching their face.

 

As learning will be home-based online, please note:

  • the platforms that we will be using are Seesaw (Prep – Yr. 2) and Office 365 Teams (Yr. 3 – 12).
  • for Primary each teacher will send the username and password for their students. (Secondary students already have their usernames and passwords).
  • ICB has prepared Help & Guidelines Section on the school website which includes Video tutorials to assist you to prepare your devices.  Please visit ICB website and go to PARENTS and click on Learning from Home menu. Please check this page often for frequent updates.
  • you can contact your child’s teacher via Seesaw (P – Yr. 2) or Teams (Yr. 3 – 12) if there are any challenges so that we can support their learning.
  • all learning is essential.  It is expected that all students to log on at a designated time.
  • although, tasks are delivered online, students will be able to complete their assigned tasks in a range of ways; this includes writing using pencil and paper, drawing their ideas, recording their reading, assignments, etc.
  • our student counsellors will be available online to support students.
  • it is important that parents keep a balanced approach to home-based online learning. Time spent using digital devices for learning should be broken up as often as possible, with physical exercise and offline learning tasks.
  • it is necessary to maintain safe and responsible use of information and communication technologies, this includes; the appropriate use of digital platforms, privacy and information protection, and respectful online communication.
  • we are aware that this is a difficult time for everyone and we will be mindful of this when delivering the learning.

Please be mindful that school face to face learning cannot be fully replaced through home-based online learning.  However, our teachers are committed to doing their very best to ensure that the learning delivered is engaging, appropriately challenging and fun.

 

Sincerely, wasalaam,

ICB Management
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