Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, schools have implemented a strict regime of precautionary measures to safeguard the well-being of our staff and students. To support further safe distancing, schools will progressively transit to a blended learning model.
TIPS TO SUPPORT YOUR CHILD IN SECONDARY SCHOOL
1. Guide your child to get ready
Set up an area conducive for learning, such as at the dining table or study desk. This should not be where your child sleeps!
Make sure your child is familiar with and has the following:
- Passwords and Login IDs: Access to the online portals that the school will be using (e.g. SLS), and he/she has taken note of the login details.
- HBL timetable and relevant materials: Check that your child knows the schedule and has the materials he/she needs to complete his/her work.
- Point of contact for HBL queries: Teachers will inform your child about their preferred mode of communication - they are not required to share their mobile numbers.
Make sure your child has access to the following tools:
- Digital tools available on different platforms (e.g. annotation function on SLS, whiteboard function on Zoom)
- Digital shortcuts (e.g. use bookmark or folders for electronic learning materials for easy access)
- Note-taking techniques (e.g. make notes, list questions that arise during HBL and organise them by subjects for clarification back in school or over e-consultation with teachers)
2. Agree on a structure
Unlike in school, an adult may not always be present to supervise your child. It is important to establish a routine with them on:
- Study, meal and rest timings
- "School" time (e.g. change out of pyjamas before starting HBL)
- "Recess" time (e.g. healthy, balanced diets)
- Recreation time (e.g. 15 mins after completing each subject)
- Recreational activities at home (e.g. reading story books, craft work, exercise)
- Recreational activities online (e.g. decide how much time he/she should spend online, behave responsibly online)
3. Have regular check-ins
At the end of the day, have a conversation with your child about his/her experience. You can talk about:
- The HBL experience: How was his/her day? What did he/she learn? Was it difficult/manageable? Would he/she need to tweak the learning area/routine? What other support would he/she require? Any queries that he/she may wish to speak to the teachers on but not sure how to go about doing it?
- The Covid-19 situation: How does he/she feel about the current situation with Covid-19? How is he/she feeling about being away from his/her friends? Does he/she have any questions about Covid-19?
It is okay if you don't have the answers - look for the answers and learn together! Affirm him/her for adapting and showing the spirit of resilience.
4. Remind your child to stay at home
For working parents, do remind your child to stay at home, so that he/she can remain safe, minimise any exposure to the coronavirus and practise social responsibility.
SOURCE: Ministry of Education
- Remain at home as much as possible
- Minimise visitors to the house
- Minimise time spent in public places and contact with others
- Monitor his/her health and temperature
- Follow his/her HBL plan closely to continue with learning