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West Wallsend High School

West Wallsend High School

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Students learning from home

COVID related leave and flexible learning information

We are committed to continuing our support of students and families in the current COVID landscape. On a case-by-case basis, some students will be granted approved flexible leave and supported to complete learning from home during a period of isolation.

Further information can be found below to support you at this time.

FAQS

My young person has tested positive for COVID-19. What do I do?

Please notify the school via phone or email. Your young person cannot attend school and must isolate for 7 days from the date of their positive test. It is also recommended that students wear a mask on their return to school for 3 days. The student will be placed on approved sick leave for this period.

A member of our household has tested positive for COVID-19, but my young person (enrolled at WWHS) remains negative and has no symptoms. What do I do?

Please notify the school via phone or email. In line with current guidelines, your young person may attend school if they remain negative AND symptom-free. However, they must: 

  • Wear a surgical mask indoors AT ALL TIMES for the duration of the household contact’s period of isolation. 
  • Complete a RAT each morning before attending school. 
  • Socially distance wherever possible.

A member of our household has tested positive for COVID-19. My young person (enrolled at WWHS) remains negative, but they have developed symptoms (a cough, fever, runny nose, headaches, fatigue, sore throat etc.). What do I do?

Please notify the school via phone or email if your child cannot attend school if they have symptoms regardless of whether or not they produce a negative test. They must remain at home until they are symptom-free.  The student will be placed on approved sick leave for this period.

There is a positive case in our household. My young person has no symptoms and is testing negative. There is increased risk in our situation (i.e. health concerns, multiple cases, transport challenges) and my young person is well equipped to learn effectively from home. We would like our son/daughter to learn from home for the duration of our household’s isolation. What do I do? 

Please notify the school via phone or email to request principal approval for your young person to be placed on flexible learning for this period. Continue to update the school if your young person develops symptoms, tests positive, or would like to return to school earlier than expected.

Students in support classes who are close contacts cannot attend school and will be placed on flexible leave for the isolation period.

Flexible learning resources and support information 

How will my young person access learning resources?

On their first day at home, please direct your young person to complete the Online Learning Registration Form. This information lets us know any specific support students may need during this period of learning from home.

Years 7-10 

Students learning from home in Years 7-10 should refer to their Moodle courses for each subject to complete any classwork and assessment tasks listed by their classroom teachers for each subject. If students require additional learning resources, they can access the secondary digital learning packs for students in Years 7-10.

Years 11-12

Senior students who are learning from home should refer to Moodle to continue their regular coursework for each subject. Senior students are expected to maintain contact with their classroom teachers throughout their period of leave via email. This is particularly important if the student has an assessment task due during their period of leave.

Please note that if students are well and able to do so, they must complete their take-home assessment tasks as usual and submit them on time via Turnitin. In-class tasks will be completed upon their return to school. If a student cannot complete their assessment task by the due date due to illness or the inability to attend school on the day of a task, they must complete an Illness/Misadventure Form and attach relevant evidence. This must be signed by relevant parties and submitted within 48hrs of their return to school. If students require additional learning resources to what has been provided by their teachers on Moodle, they can access the Department of Education’s HSC Online Learning Hub.

Support class students

Students in SAIL or LMAS classes can access differentiated learning support and resources from their classroom teacher via their usual communication channels.

My young person is having trouble accessing their work/completing their work. Who can help them? 

Parents and carers are encouraged to request additional learning support from a member of the WWHS Learning Support Team for their young people during their period of Flexible Leave as needed. You can contact the school via phone/email or submit a request form directly using this link: Learning Support Request. Please direct your request to Mrs Jacqui Jones (Literacy & Numeracy Coordinator). 

I am concerned about my young person’s mental health/wellbeing. Who can assist?

Parents and carers are encouraged to request additional wellbeing support from a member of the WWHS Learning Support Team for their young people during their period of Flexible Leave as needed. You and/or your young person may request online/phone consultations with our School Counsellor and/or our Student Services Officer by using these links: School Counsellor Self Referral or Student Support Officer Self Referral. If you have ongoing concerns regarding your young person’s wellbeing, please contact Sharon Jenness (HT Wellbeing). 

If you have questions concerning flexible learning support, please contact the school and direct your enquiries to Mrs Jacqui Jones.