SCHOOL CLOSURE - Home Learning

Here you will find information on SBB's Home Learning Program. We aim to provide an effective education for students in the event of an extended campus closure.

Learn more on this page about the approach and the online resources the school will use for communication, technology resources and guidelines on how you can support your child's learning during challenging circumstances. Your child's teacher will be in contact with you for more specific details. Learning activities will be posted by 8:00 AM Monday to Friday Sumbawa time commencing from Monday 13th April.

Student Roles and Responsibilities

  • Establish daily routines for engaging in the learning experiences

  • Identify a comfortable, quiet space in your home where you can work effectively and successfully

  • Dress appropriately, you don't need need to wear your school uniform, but you should not be in pyjamas.

● Regularly monitor online platforms ( GMail, GSuite, Google Classroom etc) to check for announcements and feedback from your teachers

● Complete assignments with integrity and academic honesty, doing your best work

● Do your best to meet timelines, commitments, and due dates

● Communicate proactively with your teachers if you cannot meet deadlines or require additional support

● Collaborate and support your SBB peers in their learning

● Comply with SBB's Technology User Agreement, including expectations for online etiquette

● Proactively seek out and communicate with other adults at SBB when you need assistance

  • Achieve balance by exercising, taking regular breaks from online, eating healthy snacks

Guidelines for SBB’s Parents / Caregiver(s)

The transition to home learning will be challenging for families. Aim to create structures and routines that allow your child to be successful. Some students will thrive with home learning, while others may struggle.

1—Establish routines and expectations. SBB encourages the parent(s)/adult caregiver(s) to set regular hours for their children’s school work. Keep normal bedtime routines for younger children and expect the same from your Middle and High School aged students, too.

Your child should move regularly and take periodic breaks as they study. It is important that the parent(s)/adult caregiver(s) set these expectations for how their child will spend their days starting as soon as home learning is implemented.

2—Define the physical space for your child’s study. Your child may have a regular place for doing homework under normal circumstances, but this space may or may not be suitable for an extended period of time. We encourage families to establish a space/location where their children will learn most of the time. This should be a public/family space, not in your child’s bedroom. It should be a place that can be quiet at times and has a strong wireless internet signal, if possible.

3—Monitor communications from your child’s teachers. Teachers will communicate with your through email, and online resources, when and as necessary. The frequency and detail of these communications will be determined by your child’s age, maturity, and their degree of independence. Please contact your child’s teachers when there are concerns.

4—Begin and end each day with a check-in. Start and finish each day with a simple check-in. In the morning, ask what is your child learning today? What are their learning targets or goals? How will they spend their time? What resources do they require? What support do they need? This brief grounding conversation matters. It allows children to process the instructions they’ve received from their teachers. It helps them organize themselves and set priorities. Older students may not want to have these check-ins with you, (that’s normal!), but they should nevertheless. Please establish these check-ins as regular parts of each day.

5—Establish times for quiet and reflection. A huge challenge for families with multiple children will be how to manage all of their child’s needs, especially when those children are different ages and have different needs. There may be times when siblings need to work in different rooms to avoid distraction.

6—Encourage physical activity and/or exercise. Make sure your child remembers to move and exercise. This is vitally important to their health, wellbeing, and to their learning. SBB's physical education teachers will recommend activities or exercises, but it is important for you to model and encourage exercise. Think also about how your child can pitch in more around the house with chores or other responsibilities.

7—Monitor how much time your child is spending online. We do not want students staring at computer screens for 7-8 hours a day. We ask that you remember most teachers are not experts in virtual learning and that it will require some trial-and-error before we find the right balance between online and offline learning experiences.

8- Teachers should be available to students online for four hours per day; this can be continuous or split into segments; in long- term situations, teachers will post consistent hours, which may be different by day to meet the needs of students in different timezones. Generally teachers will be available to respond during the hours of 9:00-3:00 with a one hour break for lunch from 12:00-1:00

9 -Teachers are not expected to respond to emails and parent communication out of work hours, unless in an emergency.

10 - With the exception of Early Childhood and Kindergarten, students should be able to independently carry out the tasks assigned by teachers including access to the material. However, if you feel comfortable to assist your child, please do so. Please engage in conversations on posted materials, assignments. If you are finding your child constantly struggling with the lesson, please communicate this to your child's teacher.

Online Tools and Resources

In the Primary Years Program

  • Sea-saw - for students to reflect on their learning and interact with their teachers

  • Dreambox - online math program

  • EPIC - online books (with read along features)

In the Middle Years Program

  • Google Classroom

  • Zoom - video conferences

  • Google Suites - Google Docs, Google Forms etc.

  • School email

  • Other resources as recommended by teachers

Great websites The Child Mind Institute is an independent, national nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders EPIC - wonderful library of online books, all free. Common Sends Media We all need help navigating the media choices available to our children today. These websites review movies, television shows, video games, and music to help us determine what is appropriate for our children. The website caters to parents, educators, and advocates. Curiosity is a wonderful site with fascinating information to explore from a range of topics including Mind & Body, Quizzes and Adventure. Great sites for teenagers Great site for primary students Great site for Early Childhood