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Remote learning plan for Covid Levels 3—4

Below are the WHS plans for online learning in the event of school closure.

This remote learning plan is activated at Covid Levels 3-4.

Connecting online

As far as possible, we have checked on the access to devices and internet connection for all our students. We have endeavoured to offer both online and offline options for study.  The Ministry of Education is now aiming to support those families who require connection.

Setting up at home

We encourage all learners to set themselves up with a daily structure. Use this handy guide!

How will the learning work?

All Faculties have planned suggested activities, and ways to connect with students directly. You can view a summary of the activities below:

  • Faculty plans: Weekly suggested activities for learners — This document will be updated weekly by teachers if we are in lockdown in Week 6 or beyond.
  • Rōpū teachers will also reach out to their rōpū classes (e.g. by Google Classroom or Google Meet) to help them stay connected to each other.

Note that, in some practical subjects, it is not possible to complete practical tasks that require the use of school facilities. Alternative ideas will be offered. We will not be attempting to replicate the school day in terms of workload or tasks. Students are not expected to be online for a whole day. Teachers will be offering clear, simple tasks with a balance of self-paced activities and conversations to help learners stay connected to us and each other.

Seeking help from teachers

Students will be able to access their teacher at the times when their lessons are usually on, and during usual school hours (8.45am — 3.20pm). We will largely follow the usual timetable. If a teacher is unwell and/or unavailable, we will communicate this to students via email.

The online platforms we will use are Google Classroom, Gmail, Google docs/slides, Education Perfect (Maths), Stile (Science) and Google Meet. Teachers may also create other recorded digital lessons. Our students are familiar with these already.

Assessment and NCEA

If assessments are usually set and submitted through Google Classroom/Google docs then assignments submitted by students online will be marked as normal. 

We are continuing to follow our NCEA assessment policy, in line with guidance from NZQA.  Should schools be closed for a period of time when assessments were going to be set, faculties are deferring assessments and altering deadlines. We will work to ensure that, if there are any assessments, they continue to be reliably and consistently managed. The Assessment Calendar is currently suspended.

Whānau support

You can support your student’s learning by checking in with them and their work plan each day. Help them stay connected to their teachers and each other. Encourage them to take breaks, seek fresh air and maintain a balance of online and offline time.

Student support for wellbeing

Check out this great advice from the team to help you manage your feelings: Tips from our Guidance team

If students need to reach out for help, they can email our Guidance Team to request remote support:

For other support, students can also contact:

  • 1737 – Free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counselor.
  • Lifeline – 0800 543 354 or free text 4357 (HELP)
  • Youthline – 0800 376 633 or free text 234
  • Samaritans – 0800 726 666
  • Netsafe — for help with online incidents. Call toll-free on 0508 NETSAFE (0508 638 723) or text ‘Netsafe’ to 4282