Updated: 19 May 2020
All Catholic school students in Western Australia are required to attend school unless they are unwell or have a medical referral to engage in their learning from home. Catholic Education also recognises each individual's unique circumstances and will ensure every child has equitable access to learning opportunities and pastoral care.
Teachers, parents and caregivers continue to play an important hands-on role in assisting children in engaging in learning, as well as supporting them through any anxiety or worry they may be feeling.
Establish a daily schedule and routine
Establish normal routines as much as possible - for example, in relation to eating, sleeping, studying, praying, meditating, playing, physical activity and downtime for all students.
Take an interest in your child’s learning
All parents are encouraged to take an active interest in their child's learning and activities and help support them whenever they need a helping hand.
Prayer and Christian Service
Try to make regular times for prayer, morning prayer, grace before meals and other family prayer times. While Churches remain closed try to recreate Church in the home using special places set up with religious symbols. Remind students of serving others at this time by offering prayers for those in need.
Students can also do Christian service at this time by writing to, or phoning those who are lonely and housebound. Following health advice, they can help parents prepare and deliver care packages and meals to the doorsteps of those who need extra support.
Monitor your child’s online activity
It is important to ensure the same levels of behaviour expected at school are maintained at home. Monitor the websites children are accessing and ensure that all online communications are polite and that negative comments are not posted.
Encourage technology breaks
New learning paradigms rely on the heavy use of technology. Ensure breaks from technology are built in, and you check in on your children and encourage physical activity during these technology breaks.
Place technology in a public space in the home
Consider carefully where the your devices are placed, especially if live video is used. Move devices out of the bedroom where possible and ensure backgrounds are neutral with no identifiable personal information.
Official school communication channels
Your school may have set up communication channels either through portals or secure messaging sites. These communication channels will be the only trusted means by which communication between teachers/school staff and students happens. Follow the school’s guidelines for maintaining regular communication with the school and teachers.
Safety controls and privacy restrictions on apps and software
Your child may be asked to download certain software and/or apps by your school. Parents are encouraged to always use safety controls as a precaution.
Maintain feedback with teachers
Stay in communication with teachers and let the teachers know about your child’s progress. Be professional and only communicate through the school's suggested channels for communication.
Journaling and meditation
This is a most unusual time, journal keeping and meditation in whatever format is most comfortable for your child may help your child process this time.
Enjoy your time together, try not to become too stressed in these unprecedented times. If stress is negatively impacting upon your child, contact the teachers and work through things together.