COVID-19 and Schools: Information for Parents
Currently the Isle of Man is COVID-19 free and the coronavirus is not circulating in the community here. This means that we have been able to remove all restrictions (social distancing, restrictions on hospitality and other venues, gatherings, etc.) that were designed to reduce person to person contact and control spread of the virus. We continue to recommend that everyone should follow respiratory and hand hygiene guidance which will help to prevent the spread of all viruses that are transmitted from person to person – including respiratory viruses (colds, flu and flu-like illnesses) and norovirus.
At present, all our schools are open and working normally with no arrangements for social distancing. We have put together some questions and answers that should help you with the current situation (no community COVID-19 transmission) and will outline what will happen should further cases be confirmed.
In the event of a local outbreak, Public Health IOM or the Government may advise a school or number of schools to close temporarily to help control transmission. At Kewaigue we have contingency and continuity plans/protocols for this eventuality.
Distance Learning support
Where a class of pupils are directed to self-isolate, or there is a local or Island lockdown requiring pupils to remain at home, we will offer distance learning provision within 24 hours of the change.
These contingency plans, will:
use a curriculum sequence linked to the school’s curriculum expectations which allows access to online or offline teaching and learning resources.
will provide suitable and relevant distance learning activities which engage pupils.
select the appropriate tools that will be consistently used across the school in order to allow interaction, assessment and feedback where appropriate and make sure quality is monitored.
provide printable resources for pupils who do not have suitable online access.
recognise that some pupils with additional needs may not be able to access distance education without adult support, and so schools will work with families to support learning.
When teaching pupils at a distance, we will:
provide meaningful learning opportunities across a variety of learning areas.
provide a well sequenced curriculum.
set a clear expectation on how regularly teachers will check and acknowledge work and provide feedback where appropriate.
ensure that there are sufficient learning opportunities provided in order to challenge and engage pupils related to pupils’ age, stage of development and/or additional educational needs, for example where this would place significant demands on parents/carers’ help or support.
where possible and appropriate for a class, group or individual child, plan a programme that is of a similar proportion to the core teaching they would receive in school, with flexibility for different parts of the curriculum.
Staff at Kewaigue school will continue to provide pastoral support to all pupils designed to:
promote positive social engagement and relationships
support pupils with approaches to maintaining and improving their physical and mental wellbeing