Virtual Teaching At MRC Naxxar Primary School

When? How?

Virtual Teaching is planned between Monday 15th March and Tuesday 30th March. Friday 19th March is a Public Holiday so no lessons will be held. Easter Holidays run between 31/03 and 11/04. We will follow instructions by Health Authorities on what will happen on Monday 12th April. It is too early to discuss.

Class teachers will be using the MS Teams Platform. You need to log in MS Teams using the student’s ILEARN account and password. There will be a complement of LIVE lessons on a daily basis together with other tasks considered as Homework.

Students are required to attend live lessons. This includes children who are not attending due to pandemic fears. Attendance will be registered.

If you have issues with devices and/or internet at home you can register on the link below or call on helpline 25981000. Applications will be vetted by Education Authorities and not by the school.

https://education.gov.mt/en/Pages/Application-Form-for-Assistance-During-Online-Learning.aspx

MySchool is going to be an essential tool. For this type of information, together with any type of communication sent by the school, you will need to refer to MySchool (http://mis.edu.mt). We recommend that you check your announcements on MySchool every morning.

Etiquette for Virtual Lessons

Pupils need to be punctual for the lessons. They should be ready for their lesson five minutes before. Students should have their breakfast before the start of the lessons! This is not a movie show or a visit to the cinema! Eating during lessons is to be avoided. There will be ample time between lessons!

Students are to dress appropriately with their hair done neatly and definitely not in their PJs or housecoats. They could opt to wear the school top. This will put the students in the right frame of mind.

Teachers will start the lesson. Students should not start the lesson themselves.

Attendance will be taken at the start of each day.

Cameras need to be ON all the times except when instructed by the teacher to turn them off. Please keep in mind that your household might be seen and heard in the background! Please avoid embarrassing yourselves.

Students are not allowed to record any lessons or to take screenshots.

Chatting on private TEAMS or other platform is not tolerated. This may give start to online bullying. Parents should keep an eye on this.


Q What shall I do if I have difficulties related to the password?
A For difficulties related to the password, you need to contact your school where you will be able to get the help needed. If you happen to have changed your password to a different one, you need to use the FORGOT PASSWORD option.
Q Will there be a timetable for lessons?
A Yes, there will be a timetable that the lessons will follow.

Q Will students be able to access and leave lessons when they please?
A No. In order for the teaching and learning to be consistent and of quality everyone needs to follow the online timetable and the allotted times. Students are also expected to behave appropriately and not disturb or distract others.

Q Can parents follow lessons with their children?
A Particularly with children of a young age, there should be an adult close by that can supervise. However, it is of utmost importance that only students communicate during lessons. Only students are to ask and answer questions.

Q Can I find guidance on how to access, work, find and upload work on Microsoft Teams?
A Yes, follow the guidelines on: https://youtu.be/W_97WKlsTA0
Q Can I find guidance to access My School?
A Yes, follow the guidelines on: https://digitalliteracy.skola.edu.mt/secondaryfaq/how-do-i-access-myschool/


Q At what time will the lessons take place?
A Lessons will continue to follow the school timetable. They will be slightly shorter so that there is a break between lessons.
Q How long will lessons be?
A The length of lessons for students at primary level will be according to the current school timetable but will include more frequent breaks. This will be communicated through the class teacher or school administration. For early years (from Kinder to Year 2) the timetable will be more flexible. There will be breaks between activities/lessons to ensure focus and interest from students during the actual activities/lessons.

Q Why will lessons be shorter?
A There are a number of reasons including the fact that it is not healthy for a person to be in front of a screen for a very long time. Lessons that are too long lack effectiveness and students tend to loose interest.

Q What can I expect from online teaching?
A Class and subject teachers will be continuing teaching online instead of face-to-face teaching in class.
Q Does this mean that they will continue teaching according to their syllabi?
A Yes, teaching will continue and it will follow the respective syllabus.
Q Will children see their teacher and their friends?
A Yes, they will be able to do this through Microsoft Teams. Teachers may ask students to keep their cameras on.

Q Will LSEs keep supporting students and how will this be done?
A Yes, the same LSEs that are currently offering support in class will be present to give their support online. Microsoft Teams allows an LSE to communicate with students individually or in small groups, where needed.

Q Will students’ attendance be taken?
A Yes, teachers will be taking an online attendance everyday through MySchool. As per normal practice, it is important to inform the school administration if a student will not be attending school. A reason needs to be given.
Q Will homework be assigned?
A Yes, homework will be assigned by the teacher and it will also be corrected.
Q Will assessment continue to take place?
A Yes, assessment will continue during online teaching and learning.

Q What happens if a teacher is sick?
A If a teacher is not available to deliver lessons due to illness or other reasons, parents/students will be informed through an announcement on MySchool (http://mis.edu.mt). It is important to follow these announcements on MySchool regularly.

Q Can we communicate with educators at any time?
A Educators will be teaching and doing school related work during school hours and their working hours. They are therefore not expected to reply outside of these working hours and contact with them needs to follow normal procedures.

Q Are there recorded lessons?
A Yes, you can find lessons which are being recorded during this scholastic year. These are accessible on demand on ‘Recorded Lessons’ through the site teleskola.mt.
Q Do I pay for lessons on demand?
A No. These lessons are available to anyone for free. They can be accessed at any time and as frequently as needed.

Q Will I be able to speak to someone at school?
A Yes, the school will be open online. Just as you could contact the school previously, you will be able to do so now, whist the school is online.

email mrc.naxxar.pr@ilearn.edu.mt

Coeliac Screening

The school will be participating in this National screening for Coeliac Disease. Below please find all the details. Consent forms filled in last scholastic year will still be valid.

ITAMA-brochure-Mlt_Eng-002

Some Important Information on the ITAMA Project:

  1. ITAMA study is meant for children of ages 4 to 12 years.  Hence it’s applicable to children from K2 until Yr 8.
  2. Parents may be allowed to accompany younger children at the discretion of the school.  We don’t require this, nor are against it.  It’s at your discretion to decide how to deal with the matter.  Please feel free to do what you think is best for your school.
  3. The testing will be done by qualified professional nurses that are following full H&S protocols in line with the mitigation measures currently in act due to the pandemic.
  4. A video showing how the test is done may be found on our facebook page by following this link:  https://www.facebook.com/ITAMAproject/videos/2834353286628261 I suggest all schools and parents to follow our social networks to keep informed.

https://www.facebook.com/ITAMAproject

  1. Regarding delivery of results:

Children whose point of care test result negative will not be contacted.  The parents are advised that the process should not last longer than 8 weeks, hence if no contact is done towards them from Mater Dei Hospital within 8 weeks of the date of testing, this means that their child tested negative.

Children whose point of care test result positive will be contacted by Mater Dei. If the child’s test results positive, this might indicate that the child is coeliac, hence Mater Dei will contact the parents (using the contact details entered in the consent form) and will suggest a follow up with the child at the outpatients department of the hospital.

Please note that due to data protection, only Mater Dei has access to the names of the children.  Neither the project nor the school will be informed of the results.  Only parents of children with positive results will be contacted.

2021- New Year…new challenges…let’s keep safe by working together!

Dear parents,

Now that the Christmas holidays are coming to an end, we are gearing up to prepare for the second term. This will start on Thursday 7th January.

All protocols adopted in the last term will still be in place. This includes, staggered entries and exits, temperature taking, sanitizing of hands, distanced seating in class, no outings and mass activities, breaks in clusters, etc. We kindly ask for your cooperation in this regard. May we also remind you that:

You should not send your children to school if they are sick (fever, cough, runny noses, diarrhoea, etc)

If children are picked up from school due to sickness, a FIT FOR SCHOOL NOTE by a medical practitioner is required once the child returns to school.

ALL absences (even for 1 day), need to be justified by a Medical Certificate this scholastic year. The Medical Certificate needs to specify exactly on which date the student is to return to school. Students cannot return to school BEFORE the date indicated by the doctor.

NON-MEDICAL absences need to be justified. These might include Music and Dance Exams, dental appointments and hospital appointments. A copy of the appointment/notification is requested. If this is not provided, the school would need a FIT FOR SCHOOL Certification by the Doctor. Particular cases and special permissions should be discussed with the school administration before the actual absence.

Starting Dates

Wednesday 7th October- Kinder 2 and Year 6
Thursday 8th October- Kinder 1 (Group A) and Year 1
Friday 9th October- Kinder 1 (Group B) and Year 3
Monday 12th October- Year 4
Tuesday 13th October- Year 2
Wednesday 14th October- Year 5

Please refer to the other post with the time of entrance and dismissal

School Entrance/Dismissal

New Entrance Times

Below please find the details of entrance and dismissal. We ask you to be punctual. Late-comers will have to wait until everyone goes in. Doors will be labelled for identification. Kindly note that during Entrance, NO parents will be allowed beyond the gates. Students will also need to have their temperature measured at the entrance. Students displaying a temperature of more that 37.2C, will not be allowed to enter. So please do not leave students unattended. Students using transport found with a temperature of more than 37.2C, will be directed to the Isolation Room. Parents will need to pick them up immediately.

During dismissal, parents will be called to enter the front garden(at a distance) in an organised manner, class by class. Once children are picked up, exit is through the side gate.

Breakfast and Transport

Students registered for Breakfast and students using Transport will be entering the school through the Central Doors (M and O). Last entry for Breakfast is at 8:00am.

On-Board Transport Supervisors will be available ONLY on routes carrying students in Kindergarten (3 out of 5). Students are required to wear their masks/visors until they arrive in their Designated Area/Class. Possibly they should always sit in the same seat. Students who misbehave or fail to follow these rules, will lose their right to free transport. Students using School Transport and students registered for Breakfast will be guided to their Designated Areas/Classroom. They will be grouped according to their class-bubble. Students who have applied for Breakfast will pick up their packed Breakfast and proceed to the designated area/class. They will be supervised until the class teacher takes over. Students using transport displaying a temperature of more than 37.2C, will be directed to the Isolation Room. Parents will need to pick them up immediately.

UPDATE 2

Start of School (Update 2)
Dear Parents,
We hope that you are all keeping safe. We are super busy preparing the school premises to host our beloved children.

Authorities are suggesting that the starting dates MIGHT CHANGE in order to have a staggered entry (not all children starting on the same day) for the safety of our children. Hence we are still waiting for further directions by the authorities

In the coming days, we will be posting the online meeting by the Head of School on this page so that everyone can watch at his own convenience.

Besides, (probably on Monday or Tuesday) you will be receiving an SMS with the class teacher’s name. Kindly prepare a tag/label to be be worn on the first day of school so that your children can be directed to their new classrooms. You will also be given details about the online meeting with the teacher at a later stage)

Shortly, we will also be publishing the times and locations of entrance and dismissal on this page.

Make sure that you still have your child’s ilearn address and password so that you will be able to access MS TEAMS. This will be a very important communication tool with the school.
R Galea
Head of School