These ideas have come from schools so THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU ARE DOING!
We have started a process of our Form Teachers (FTs) phoning home once per week to all pupils in their form groups. Parents have been really appreciative and the pupils have been chuffed to bits. The safeguarding team are linking in with pupils and Social Workers every week as well.
We’ve agreed as team to do weekly phone calls to those families we feel should/would need it. That’s such a support to your families I’m sure!”.
Will definitely do a wee video that I can email to them!! I’ve just finished filming a singing rehearsal for my whole school!”.
We have a number of key staff sending video messages to their year groups via social media and are circulating quizzes to our young people just for fun. Also asking them to send pictures of their cooking via google classroom.”
I contact my P7 parents as much as possible via seesaw. If a parent sends me their child’s work I make sure I respond either on the day or the next morning.
You could do a screen recording of the things you want to say. PowerPoint has a record option too which does the same thing if you are more comfortable with that.
I’m aware of some post primary schools which are doing weekly ‘pastoral’ assemblies via Google Classroom-either whole year groups or individual form classes. While reinforcing the message to keep up with work set, these forums also offer support and signposting to those pupils who may need additional help-whether academically or pastorally.
I know of one school (primary) where the class teacher uses the app “ClassDojo” – she records a video of herself saying good morning to the children in her class every morning, she sings their “good morning” song, completes the calendar and weather and has with her little props from the classroom. The children love this as they still feel very much part of the class and it is a lovely way to start the school day off.
One school has an on-line registration which is open from 9am-10am where the students can mark themselves present. If they register before 10am they earn points which will be acknowledged at an awards assembly when school opens again. In addition to scheduled classwork the same school sets students a daily challenge via google classroom for example “sketch the view from your window” “write a poem about Home Schooling” etc with a live quiz for students every Friday through “Google Meet” – thus creating opportunities for students to maintain contact with school in a variety of different ways.
I’m aware of an EOTAS centre where staff are phoning home every day to their students maintaining contact and providing support to parents also.
I am aware of a primary school which had offered to look after vulnerable children, one of their pupils and 2 older siblings, to enable parents to participate in a case conference. This same school is providing a “hub” for children of key workers and the children are from different schools and sectors ie; nursery, primary, post primary.
IDEAS OF MAINTAINING CONTACT WITH COLLEAGUES AND OTHER PROFESSIONALS
We have been using zoom for meetings for safeguarding team meetings.
Many of our Form Teachers are opting to create a pastoral google classroom for their Form groups. This enables them to touch base with the group and particularly provides some element of normality for children and young people we would be worried about.
I gave the local Gateway Team my email address and contact number so they can send me information and make contact.
I contacted the Social Workers of all the children who are being supported and gave my contact information. I agreed I would contact the families by phone on a weekly basis.
We check our school phone daily to make sure we aren’t missing out on anything.
School using “MailChimp” to create weekly Newsletter type e-mails for staff (replacing briefings) with updates re safeguarding issues, links to resources/ideas and CPD resources.
Also using virtual staffroom through “Google Chat” where staff can ask questions to the staff group and get support from their colleagues.
All schools should have access to an answer machine/school mobile number and leave a message for callers stating how they can make contact with a senior member of staff on a rota system . As well as phone number they could leave info@address for contact. Schools and teachers are still working and should be contactable.