I hope you are well during this challenging time and that your children are coping with the significant change in their lives both socially and with regard to school.
Renfrewshire Council have issued guidance which you can find on our website about remote learning and how this might look.
From a Gleniffer High School perspective, the wellbeing of young people comes first. This also has an impact on families. I am very aware of how challenging it can be to keep some young people motivated through online learning platforms, and while I hope they are engaging with learning, please do not expect this to look like a normal school day. You are probably already finding sleeping patterns have changed and there seems to be a constant need to eat! Keeping minds active helps to keep them healthy, however I must urge you to not feel overwhelmed with the work being sent remotely. Some staff are putting up a little often and others are putting up weekly tasks. I would ask you to take an approach that allows your child to complete some work but not feel overwhelmed by it.
Deadlines set should be reasonable but if you feel they can’t be achieved or life in your house has taken over for a few days, don’t be too worried just now about submitting some tasks late. Pupils can send comments to their teacher to let them know the work will be sent in, it’s just not ready yet. Similarly, if your child usually has additional support for learning in classes, please do what is manageable for your child and household.
I am sure many of you are keen to keep your child busy and on task with learning, however when we return we will be working hard to get learning back into normal patterns and ensure our young people are in good habits for study at school and home.
This is a short week for pupils, with Wednesday and Thursday in-service and Friday a local holiday. Take a few days to relax and hopefully the sun continues to shine for us all.
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