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Burnside High School Principles for Remote Learning - Students

Burnside High School —

In preparation for remote learning if we again go to Covid Alert Levels 3 or 4 we have updated the following information for you. We acknowledge that teachers, you and your whanau will be experiencing different situations and we as a school are mindful of the impact this will have on your learning and well being.

Learning approaches

Our focus during this time is on connecting with you to maintain and grow positive learning relationships and to provide consistent and coherent learning for you.

The learning aims to be flexible, achievable and realistic for you and may involve remote and/or offline activities, all instructions will be provided on Schoology.

The learning will generally be provided in blocks, for example, 2-3 lessons worth of learning or more at a time. This will allow you to manage device access, wi-fi management and workload.

Your teachers will be making contact with you on a regular basis through Schoology or school e-mail. Your form teacher will contact you once each week to check in with you.

Your subject teachers will be offering at least ONE live interactive learning opportunity for you each week. This would occur when you would normally have had that class in your school timetable.

There are a range of remote learning tools that your teachers can provide to engage you in your learning. Interactive learning opportunities could take different forms and could include an online meeting, a discussion board task, or a document with live questions and answers. It is not an expectation of teachers that they have to offer Google Meets or Zoom sessions, however, some teachers may choose to do this as an interactive learning opportunity.

Your teachers will be providing an indication of your engagement and completion of work with your learning through a regular reporting system. This will be available to you and your parents to view via the Reports section of the KAMAR Portal.

Your responsibility for your learning

We expect that you are interacting with staff and other students appropriately remotely and living up to our Burnside High School Values of Being Respectful, Having Pride and Striving for Excellence.

If you are finding the learning challenging it is important to let your teacher know this. Ask questions if you are unsure about instructions or tasks - your teachers will get back to you as soon as they are able to.

We expect you to respond to your teachers through e-mail if they have made contact with you, it is helpful for your teachers to have an understanding of how you are going and any help or support you might need.

Check Schoology and your email each day for updates, instructions and information.

Your teachers will give you instructions for how they wish you to participate in any Google Meets or Zoom sessions if they run them.

Work out a schedule for your remote learning so that you have a balance in your day, this means building in breaks, healthy snacks, some physical activity and doing other activities that support your wellbeing.

Remember we are here to support you with your learning, make contact with the Divisional Team if they can help.

NCEA Assessment

Depending on how long we are in a position of remote learning the following may be considered by staff regarding NCEA assessment:

  • Modified assessment from home and changing how we collect evidence of learning

  • Removing standards from courses to increase teaching time

  • Splitting assessments to be done piecemeal at different times of the year

  • Allowing more flexible deadlines - (although in order to manage workloads, we will have to cap this to a certain extent). Permission will be granted through the Assessment Officer as usual, but must be arranged ahead of time.

  • Withdrawing students from standards on an individual basis should it be necessary.