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School Closure Contingency Plans

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At Blatchington Mill our primary aim is the safety and well being of our staff and students. In addition to this we recognise the need for continuity, routine and predictability for parents / carers and young people. With this in mind we take all steps possible to keep school open, but have robust contingency plans should school ever need to close. 

We would ask all parents and carers to take the time to familiarise themselves with the information below so that our whole community can support our students and ensure minimal disruption to their learning if we should be forced to close for any reason. 

Guidance for Parents - How will we ensure teaching and learning continues as effectively as possible during the school closure? 

Staff will: 

Set work that is released to students on a daily basis, following the centralised timetable.

In addition:

For the first two weeks of closure practical subjects will set mostly theory work (if the closure goes beyond two weeks we will review this and look at setting practical tasks)

For students with additional needs a member of our SEN team will be allocated as a link to provide remote support to enable students to access the work and liaise with teachers

Students will:

Teachers will give feedback to students through Google Classroom and use achievement points to reward and praise work as normal

 

Links to systems used

The following links are to the systems that would be used to set work during a contingency closure of school. Parents and carers are asked to familiarise themselves with these systems and let school know if they cannot access them.

SIMS Student

https://www.sims-student.co.uk/

SIMS Student allows students to see the homework tasks set for them by their Teacher. Access is given in a similar way to the SIMS Parent application and students are sent an invitation to sign up using their school G-mail account.

If a student hasn't received the invitation or it has expired they should contact Network Services to request a new one.

During the registration process, students should choose to register/log in with Google and then use their school Google account (see Google G Suite section below for more details).

Once the student has registered, they can access SIMS Student on any device with a web browser or they can download the SIMS Student app for use with Apple or Android devices.

SIMS Student on Google Play Store

SIMS Student on Apple App Store

SIMS Parent

The SIMS Parent gives you access to the work set for your children. Full details on the registration process for SIMS Parent is available on the Capita SIMS Parent Registration Page.

Once you have registered your account you can access SIMS Parent via an Internet Browser on your computer (www.sims-parent.co.uk) or by downloading the SIMS Parent App from the Apple or Google Store on your smart device.

Detailed help on using SIMS Parent is available from the Capita SIMS Parent Help Page.

Google Classroom

https://classroom.google.com/

Google Classroom will be used to share resources and to hand in work. Teachers will also share feedback on work via this. To access Google Classroom click on the link above. If prompted to log in to Google, students should use their school email address, which takes the form school_login@blatchingtonmill.org.uk and the password they use to log in to Chromebooks or computers in school.

Homework Resources for Students

https://drive.google.com/

Homework set for students may refer to the Homework Resources Google Drive. This is accessed here. If prompted to log in to Google, students should use their school email address, which takes the form school_login@blatchingtonmill.org.uk and the password they use to log in to Chromebooks or computers in school.

Email

https://mail.google.com/

Students will receive their marks and feedback via email. Students use GMail for their school email. If prompted to log in to Google, students should use their school email address, which takes the form school_login@blatchingtonmill.org.uk and the password they use to log in to Chromebooks or computers in school.

 

Online Safety

As we are increasingly relying on technology to keep us all connected in the present climate, it is important that parents are aware of the apps and programs that their children are using. The document below provides a range of links for you to explore so that you can learn more about the latest internet safety developments.