Communication: School Closure Form II to Upper IV Parents

Posted: March 16, 2020

Dear Form II to Upper IV Parents,

In line with the announcement by President Ramaphosa this evening, Roedean School (SA) will be closed effective Wednesday 18 March, until further notice.  We will keep you updated about the date of re-opening.

While this announcement has come unexpectedly early, your daughters will be able to do a great deal of work, using our on-line platforms, from Wednesday onwards.

The Junior School’s academic staff has been exploring online teaching approaches and has been using Teams and Office 365 for learning and teaching in Form II – Upper IV.  We will be using the next two days to try to ensure that your daughters know how to access online content, complete work and submit it. There will be a daily timetable to follow, and learning and teaching will continue using these online platforms.

We urge you to encourage your daughters to apply strong self-discipline and to continue working on all their subjects as they would have done, had the school been open; following their normal timetable is undoubtedly the easiest way to do this.  Pupils must check their e-mails for instructions from teachers and must feel free to e-mail their teachers anytime between 08h00 and 15h00 each day for further assistance.  It will be business as usual for the staff who will also be working remotely.

As time progresses, we look forward to being able to present more on-line learning material and, as the staff become more expert at using new platforms, material should become more varied and exciting.

Girls should ensure, when they leave school on Tuesday, that they have collected all necessary books and other items from their lockers so that their academic progress is not hindered.

Families who do not have WiFi at home should contact Mrs Natalie Meerholz on nmeerholz@roedeanschool.co.za or Ms Gillian Boltman on gboltman@roedeanschool.co.za to discuss options.

No sporting events will take place while the school is closed.

We apologise for the inconvenience the closure of the school may cause but assure you that we will do our best to ensure continued learning despite the closure of the school.  This decision is certainly in the best interests of the health of our nation and we are, therefore, fully in support of it.

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