Online learning & Teacher Communication

Please be aware that WPPS support the Victorian State Government’s directive, based on the advice of the Victorian Chief Health Officer, Professor Brett Sutton, that all students who can learn at home must learn from home. The directives are:

 School staff must work from home, with only those who have agreed to deliver the on-site educational program to attend the school.
 No staff member can be compelled to attend on site, including principals and members of the school leadership team.

70% of WPPS teaching staff have offered to deliver on-site educational programs for those children of ‘essential services’ personnel and vulnerable families. 

Please be aware on 4 or 5 days of the month there will be limited or no communication from your class teachers as they are attending to the students who are being accommodated at school. The class teachers will endeavor to inform you the day before if that is to happen. No earlier notice is possible due to the changes in parents' work patterns.

We have had two consistent questions from some members of the school community regarding live interactive communication and the borrowing of netbooks or iPads.

The answer to live interactive communication is no, this will not be happening.

In terms of the Victorian ‘Child Safe Standards‘ of which schools must comply, six out of the standards would not be met if we were to permit live interactive communication on devices between student to student and student to teacher. The FlipGrid video app allows teaching and leadership staff to view all content material before it is uploaded.

In regards to borrowing school owned devices, schools are waiting for advice from the Department of Education.

The devices are owned by the school and are not to be taken from the school site as per their warranty. So please be patient until we receive advice. The remote learning program that we have developed is not intended for a one to one ratio.

Hopefully students are able to share disinfected devices and participate in different activities some not needing a screen at all.

Great news! It is worth noting, Mrs. Ainslie Peszynski who was a previous Year 5 teacher at the school and now working in the North East Victorian Region informed us this morning that our school’s on-line learning platform is being used as the model for other state government schools as ‘best practice’ in delivery of on-line curriculum.

For more information:

Please continue to read Konnective and Compass updates from the school to find out more information. We are here to support you and your child's learning, and we will do everything we can to ensure they continue to enjoy their education during this period.

More information about how to support student learning from home from the Dept of Education can be found here.