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Online provision during typhoon days or similar one-day closures

Posted: September 10, 2021

We have learned a lot from the past two years about how to facilitate learning continuity through online platforms. From this, we have taken the opportunity to revise what we do during typhoon days or other occasions where the school might be closed for single days. Though such events often happen at short notice, we believe we can now go further in how student learning is facilitated on such days.

Consequently, for any such day going forward we will have the following arrangements in place:

Primary
As soon as possible after the closure is confirmed, a message via the ESF app will be sent with a link to each family with the learning slides and links for the day. Everything the child will need will be accessible through this link.

We will amend the timetable for a live Zoom session to start the day and a live Zoom session to end the day.

  • 8.30 – 9.00am: Morning Meeting. Students log into the teacher’s personal Zoom meeting room. During this session, students will be given an introduction to the online, independent learning choices available for the day. Specialist teachers will pop into the Zoom rooms of those classes they would have normally seen to promote the available learning choice for their subject area. If there are any additional live sessions with the class teacher that day, these will be shared accordingly at this time.
  • 9.00am – 2.30pm: Students will follow a schedule posted in the slide deck. This will identify times for specific, live Zoom specialist and Chinese sessions, if a class would normally have those lessons scheduled for the day. Any live Specialist or Chinese times will include an initial live lesson to give instructions and set the students up for particular learning tasks/engagements.
  • 2.30 – 3.00pm: Afternoon Meeting: Students log into the teacher’s personal Zoom meeting room. The teacher will check in with the students to see how the day has gone, reflect on the learning experiences and may share an end of day story.

Secondary

We will amend the timetable so that Discovery Time does not happen for that day and we will amend timings as follows:

9.10 – 10.30am: Block 1
10.30 – 10.50am: Break
10.50am – 12.10pm: Block 2
12.10 – 1.30pm: Block 3
1.30 – 2.10pm: Lunch
2.10 – 3.30pm: Block 4

The later start time is to account for the need for additional preparation time prior to the start of lessons, as frequently single-day closures are only announced in the morning that they occur.

Often, lessons will be facilitated through Zoom for the duration of the block. However, if this is not practical/possible according to the subject and point of learning, teachers will have a 10 minute check in with students at the start of the lesson to set expectations and ensure all students are able to engage with the learning engagements.

Parents will receive information on the morning of any such single-day closure, reminding of the above. Your support is vital in making sure that every student can continue their learning on such occasions, and we are very pleased to be able to introduce these new arrangements which are designed to support student learning.

We know that in some circumstances, a student may not be able to engage with online learning during such a closure – for instance, because inclement weather has caused damage to their home. In such circumstances, parents are asked simply to notify office@dc.edu.hk so that we are aware that the student will not be joining in with online learning on that day.