Hills College ready for coronavirus lockdown procedures thanks to trial

New way of learning: Sarah Tattersall takes part in Hills College's lockdown trial on Tuesday.
New way of learning: Sarah Tattersall takes part in Hills College's lockdown trial on Tuesday.

A Jimboomba school has actively prepared for lockdown procedures as part of the coronavirus pandemic.

Hills College trialled in-home learning on Tuesday, pre-empting today's government announcement that schools would go pupil free as of next week.

Students, families and teachers said the trial was a success.

The college is preparing for school closures by equipping students and staff to operate remotely.

The trial was aimed at ensuring the process runs smoothly when schools are instructed to close, and that any questions parents may have can be addressed while school is still operating in its normal capacity.

With a combination of online and physical learning tools, teachers and students were able to log in at their normal start time of 9am, share videos and submit activities as if they were at school.

Students worked through scheduled lesson times, took regular breaks and finished the day at 3pm. Students were actively learning in preparation for the possibility of future isolation.

"We want to take the worry out of the uncertain times ahead," college principal Kevin Lynch said.

"If we can ensure there is no crucial time lost in the students' learning, it will save teachers and parents trying to keep up and catch up once this pandemic is over. Then, the college can return to face-to-face teaching at school with minimal reduction in the continuance of learning."

The school said the feedback from parents was supportive.

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