DISTANCE LEARNING POLICY

Rationale

  • To implement a distance learning program during the COVID19 pandemic when students are unable to attend regular school
  • To ensure seamless educational activities while maintaining effective teaching and learning
  • To deliver the best possible education to children while they are learning at home

Objectives

  • Ensure the well-being and safety of children and staff
  • Provide a framework of lessons and associated resources to support children’s learning
  • Provide clear expectations for students, parents, and staff

Delivery of Education

  • ZOOM
  • Class Dojo
  • School website
  • Ramsis Messenger
  • E-Safety Channel
  • Lesson plans following the British Curriculum
  • Class Schedule
  • Nearpod
  • Assessments

The above technological platforms and applications will be used to supplement the British Curriculum that is used at Ramsis:

ZOOM

  1. Through the zoon platform, teachers will conduct LIVE lessons following the schedule of class timings.
  2. Prior to conducting lessons, parents will sign a consent for their child to enter live lessons
  3. Parents must agree that an adult will be with supervising their child during the sessions
  4. Meeting ID and passcodes will be given for each teacher
  5. During lessons, students will have their cameras on and mics muted until teacher unmutes mics for discussion with peers
  6. Group events will also be conducted for purposes of distance celebrations such as Parent meetings, Staff meetings, Parent teacher meetings, Wellbeing morning sessions, Flag Day, National Day, and MOE sponsored competitions

CLASS DOJO

The application is used by teachers, parents, and students. Teachers assign homework for students via worksheets, videos, activity sheets, etc. Parents can check to see that their child’s work is checked by the teacher. Completed assignments are placed in the student portfolio. Teachers check the work, mark it as approved; then write constructive comments. There is a manager of Class Dojo to ensure that students’ work is being checked with comments.

NEARPOD

Student engagement platform where teacher can create presentations that can contain quizzes, polls, videos, images, drawing-boards, web content and so on

SCHOOL WEBSITE

The school website is an all-encompassing platform for parents, students, and teachers. The following are the features available for use:

Teachers can upload:

  • Lesson plans
  • Weekly plans
  • Exams
  • Attendance
  • PowerPoints
  • Videos
  • Photos
  • Recorded class lessons

Parents:

  • See students exam marks
  • Put private comments or questions in the secret box
  • E-Safety Policy
  • Child Protection Policy
  • Discipline Policy
  • Secret box for .Student Admission
  • Student Admission
  • Unique ID for all students
  • Comprehensive admission form
  • Previous education details can be recorded
  • Photo upload facility
  • Manage student records. Attach any type of document and data related to student.
  • Welcome mail
  • Secret Box

Students can:

  • View lessons
  • View videos related to lessons
  • Take and submit exams
  • Parents can check their children’s profile
  • They can see their children’s attendance details
  • Parents can access children’s progress report
  • They will be able to provide feedback about the teachers and school facilities to the management directly
  • They can download application forms and other forms directly from the school website
  • Chat options to contact everyone in the school administration

 

Ramsis Telegram Messenger:

  • Instant parent messages regarding schedules
  • E-Safety information
  • Child Protection information
  • Display Events, Examination, Holidays and Dues in the calendar
  • Display all school events
  • Efficient reminder for all parents

Ramsis E-Safety Telegram Channel:

  • Information
  • Videos
  • PowerPoint
  • Resources

Parents will receive messages through Ramsis Telegram with class schedules, teacher ZOOM IDs and Passcodes, tutorial videos on Class Dojo and how to access the website. Parents will also receive updates as events change due to the Covid19 pandemic.

Teachers will use the platforms and apps to provide resources, support and deliver lessons, tutorials to enable learning to continue. Teachers are also able to provide feedback to students through written and verbal video communication. In addition to the above platforms and apps, other applications and websites will be utilized to enhance learning. Some supplemental resources include:

  • Journeys
  • Savvas
  • Wonders
  • Starfall
  • me

In addition to an online learning schedule of classes, students will have a zero hour activity each morning starting at 7:45 to 8:00. This activity includes the national anthem, wellbeing activity conducted by the PE teacher, and Health Awareness conducted by REPS Nurse.

KG and grades 1 to 6 will have different schedules to accommodate the age appropriate amount of screen time and activities.

Parents are asked to support students in providing electronic devices, a quiet environment for students to study, and help them with adhering to class schedules.

Assessments

  • Summative online assessments (midterm and final)
  • Formative online assessments
  • IBT (International Benchmark Tests) online
  • Teacher made online quizzes
  • Baseline online assessment (initial assessment)
  • Diagnostic online assessment (struggling students)

It is important to note that parents are encourage to ensure that students are completing all assignments and that failure to do so may result in decreased report care marks.

Roles and Responsibilities

Principal

  • Responsible for the monitoring and quality assurance of the online learning experience
  • Responsible for monitoring weekly and lesson plans
  • Answering parent questions and addressing concerns
  • Coordinating with the school nurse
  • Coordinating with school social worker
  • Coordinating with school administrative assistant
  • Coordinating with school secretary

 

Teachers

  • Provide a balanced learning experience by providing opportunities for activities away from electronic screens
  • Responsible for all online learning resources provided to students in their class
  • Making learning accessible to all students
  • Monitoring student attendance, classwork, homework, and wellbeing
  • Providing feedback on submitted tasks on Class Dojo
  • Delivering live ZOOM lessons daily as per the set schedule
  • Engaging students in projects with rubrics and using recycled materials
  • Engaging students with MOE competitions (writing, poetry, and spelling bee)
  • Engaging students with morning assemblies geared to wellbeing
  • Maintaining open lines of communication with parents through WhatsApp

Students

  • Attend live ZOOM lessons according to class schedule
  • Choose a quiet space free from distractions
  • Parents/helpers can support but must not do the work for students
  • Keep healthy habits and take breaks away from devices between scheduled lessons
  • Be present and on time
  • Wear school uniform
  • Complete tasks assigned by teachers
  • Adhere to the school E-Safety Policy
  • Report any misuse of online platform by other students to the subject teacher
  • Participate in online tutorials to share educational experiences with classmates

Parents

Achieving success in distance education is dependent on close communication between the teacher, student, and parent. The parent works with the child to organize and complete assigned school work.  Parents play a vital role and are the key link between class teachers and their students.

The role of the parent is to guide, encourage, and support students with making sure students attend class on time, complete assignments, and provide a secure and positive environment. Parents should also:

  • Ensure that students attend live ZOOM classes on time and are attentive
  • Encourage students to do their best
  • Provide an environment conducive to learning (access to technology, safe and quiet space during the day)
  • Support emotional balance by providing room and time for physical activity, family games, and play
  • Support children with keeping due dates
  • Sharing learning experiences with family members
  • Be aware of the E-Safety Policy and guidelines for monitoring children’s online activities
  • Give children information about how to detect inappropriate online content and activity

School Social Worker

  • Maintain open lines of communication with all parents
  • Maintain attendance records as directed by the MOE
  • Conduct ZOOM meeting with parents regarding student wellbeing
  • Communicate with the Principal regarding any parent complaint
  • Maintain Child Protection Policy and impart information to the school community

Administrative Assistant

  • Maintain the school website with student and teacher information
  • Coordinate with the IT technician
  • Translate English to Arabic communication to teachers and parents
  • Troubleshoot for parents who are having technology issues
  • Train teachers with the use of website features including attendance monitoring, submission of weekly and lesson plans
  • Create and maintain E-Safety Policy and communicate to the school community
  • Maintain the E-Safety Messenger Channel
  • Organize testing (school based and international)

 

Distant Learning Misuse and Inappropriate Behavior

We understand that students will take time to adjust to distant learning and the expectations. However, students’ learning is of the utmost importance and Ramsis will not allow any one student or groups of students to disturb the learning process.

In the event a student does not follow the actions stated in this policy, a referral will be made by the teacher to the school social worker. After investigation, the school will follow a systematic approach:

 

1st Instance – verbal warning from the teacher

2nd Instance – written warning to parents

3rd Instance – Written warning

4th Instance – Online meeting with principal and parents

5th Instance – Formal notification of temporary or permanent exclusion from distant learning, including all online platforms and virtual learning environments. Online meeting with Principal.

 

Online Safety and Safeguarding (Please see E-Safety Policy)

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