Home-based Learning

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR HOME-BASED LEARNING

FAQ #1: What is the Home-based Learning modality being offered by Tay Tung?

The school will be offering Home-based Learning with two available options.

Online: This is a full online learning using the school’s eLearning platform (moodle-btths.net). Students will have both synchronous classes, a real time session with their teachers, and self-paced or asynchronous activities.

Learning packets:  This will be an option to learners without stable internet connectivity. These learning packets are printed materials of their lessons and activities. Parents shall pick up the packets from school every week cycle.

This home-based learning is not the same as homeschooling.

 

FAQ #2: What is the difference between Tay Tung's Home-based Learning Program and Homeschooling?

Homeschooling is a type of instruction where parent or adult at home receives some training to become a teacher to the child being home-schooled. The institution provides the framework and curriculum, but the adult at home is the teacher. Tay Tung is not an accredited school to give homeschool instruction.

In Tay Tung's Home-based Learning Program, our teachers will continue to serve as teachers of the students. They will explain, demonstrate, and illustrate whatever needs to be learned by the students and assess understanding and mastery remotely. However, given the limited capabilities of younger students, adult supervision will be necessary in terms of helping the student with operating the device (initially), maintaining attention, understanding instruction, etc. In short, the adult at home serves more as a manager of learning than a teacher.

 

FAQ #3: What if we have limited connectivity or unstable connection at home?

This reality is acknowledged. Students who do not have gadgets or internet connectivity at home may opt to choose the Learning Packets Option. Learning packets will be prepared by the school and can be picked up from the school by their parents.

For follow up and monitoring, teachers shall make use of Messenger since this app is available even with free data.

Students who chose this modality are also enrolled in the Learning Management System, since all their learning materials are stored there. They can view and download the content whenever they are connected to the internet. Shifting to online delivery is also allowed.

 

FAQ #4: Can you give me an overview of the home-based learning with Learning Packets?

Students under the home-based learning through Learning Packets option will receive printed notes and instructions every week cycle. Teachers will prepare activities that can be completed in a week, however, in consideration of the many factors that may adversely affect learning, the accomplishment of tasks, and submission of requirements, deadlines are negotiable within reasonable parameters.

The class adviser and the subject teachers will monitor them directly or through their parents via messenger on an agreed schedule.

All materials are also uploaded in the eLearning platform (Moodle), so students and parents can access them at their convenient time.

 

FAQ #5: Can you give me an overview of the Online Classes following a 7 day week cycle?

The home-based online classes will be daily following a 7-day cycle and the school’s eLearning platform (Moodle) will be used.  Video conferencing app will be used for synchronous sessions.

A sample schedule for Elementary:

Time

Day 1

(Mon)

Day 2

(Tue)

Day 3

(Wed)

Day 4

(Thu)

Day 5

(Fri)

Day 6

(Mon)

Day 7

(Tue)

8:00 – 8:15 am

Adviser’s Time

8:15 – 9:15

Math*

AP*

Math

AP

MAPEH

Math

AP

9:15 – 10:15

English*

Science*

English

Science

English

Science

MAPEH

10:15 – 11:15

Chinese*

Filipino*

ESP

Chinese

Math*

Chinese

ESP

1:00 – 3:00 pm

Independent Study and Consultation Period

* Synchronous session per week cycle.

 

FAQ #6: Will attendance still be checked?

Attendance and punctuality during synchronous (real-time online meeting with a teacher) sessions will be checked.

Tay Tung’s program will be following a 7 day week cycle. This will allow us to have at least one synchronous class per subject per week cycle. The number of classes will also be reduced:

            Nursery, K1 and K2  -  2 classes/day

            Elementary                -  3 classes/day

            Junior High School   -  4 classes/day

            Senior High School   - 4 classes/day

There will also be advisory classes and consultation periods with their subject teachers.

 

FAQ #7: What are the recommended device specifications for online classes?

TABLET / SMARTPHONE   - Any brand running on Android OS 8 or higher.

iPad or iPhone                         - Any model that can connect to the internet.

LAPTOP/ DESKTOP            - Pentium or higher (or equivalent)

Accessories:    Inexpensive wired earphones.

                        Webcam for Desktop

                        Printer (optional)

 

FAQ #8: What if we have more than one child enrolled in online learning? How do we manage the sharing or use of gadgets?

Ideally, each child should have a gadget for educational purposes. It will be hard to get them to share a gadget because inevitably, there will be an overlap in the times they need to be online.

In any case, there are many different devices (laptop, desktop, tablet or smartphone) that may be used to accomplish school work.

 

FAQ #9: What if there is no one in the family who can assist our young children during their classes or school work?

Pre-school and Elementary students have always had adult supervision inside the classroom. Now with the "new normal", the adult at home has to step up to the role of supervising younger students with their education. Nevertheless, with the consistent implementation of procedures and routines throughout the school year, the students are expected to be more independent as the months go by.

We expect that high school students can manage on their own with minimal supervision.

 

 

FAQ #10: Will there be adjustments in the grading system?

Recognizing that it will be difficult to strictly impose the usual set of standards and criteria to measure student performance during this time and in consideration of the current structure and the reduced student workload we will be using a revised grading system for this school year:

                        (A) Advanced             

                        (P) Proficient                          

                        (AP) Approaching Proficient

                        (D) Developing

                        (B) Beginning

Given the limitations of the current structure, there will be less objective-type exams and there will be more authentic and alternative assessments. 

 

FAQ #11: What about the quarterly and year-end recognition?

The giving of awards will temporarily be suspended for this school year. This is consistent with the school’s focus on learning rather than rewards.

Assessment will be done every week cycle. One Quarter is composed of five 7-day week cycles.

No quarterly exams will be given this school year.

 

 

FAQ #12: Besides academic, will there be non-academic activities this school year?

Tay Tung is known for its holistic formation of students. While students need to develop academic skills, knowledge, and understanding, teachers will continue to provide guidance, support and mentoring to ensure general well-being.

Students will be given opportunities to engage in health/fitness and recreation activities, and other interest based extra-curricular activities.

The Guidance Program will also be adapted to cater the needs of the learners in their new context.

 

FAQ #13: Will there be a reduction in Tuition and Miscellaneous Fees?

The tuition fee will be the same since most of the income from tuition is spent on salaries and benefits of teachers and all other school employees. The rest is used for operating costs and maintenance.

Teachers are also expected to do more, and more than one teacher may be needed to manage a class, especially in the lower grades. Despite the probable need to hire more teachers, tuition fees have already been fixed.

Since all classes will be home-based, the miscellaneous fees are significantly reduced. Specifically, we reduced the Energy, Medical and Dental, Sports, Student activities, Library and Laboratories. However, we added fees for the online and learning packet modules. We also subscribed to online resources (Library and Laboratory) and the Singaporean Math for Grades 1 to 3.

 

 

FAQ#14: Can we have a copy of the summary of fees?

FAQ #15: Will physical books and other supplies still be required in Home-based learning?

This varies across grade levels. Some physical books and supplies will still be required and these are listed in the Textbooks and Supplies of each grade level.

This school year the number of books per grade level was reduced.

Moreover, we have reduced the Upon Enrolment fees to hopefully help you in the cash flow this enrolment season.

                               UPON ENROLMENT FEES

                        Pre-school to Grade 6             --  P 5,000

                        Grade 7 -12                             --  P 6,000

 

 

FAQ #16: What if we decide to let our child stop for one year? What will be the implications on our child's education?

Staying home or not enrolling in any school for one year will have several implications. The student will belong to a different batch (the lower batch), when s/he resumes education, and having been academically inactive for one year, will need to take admissions exams again to make sure that s/he has the academic qualifications to proceed to the next grade level in Tay Tung.

ESC Grantee (JHS students) might lose their subsidy if they transfer to public school or to a non-FAPE certified school.

 

 

FAQ #17: If we home-school our child, or enroll in another school for this school year, will s/he be able to return to Tay Tung next school year?

In theory, yes, but there will be admissions exams and procedures again to ensure that the student is academically eligible for the next grade level at Tay Tung.

ESC Grantee (JHS students) might lose their subsidy if they transfer to public school or to a non-FAPE certified school.

 

 

FAQ #18: When we are comfortable in physically returning to  school later in the school year, can we shift to the Hybrid program?

The Full Home-based learning is designed to allow learners to return to Hybrid and vice-versa. We have anticipated the radical changes to the schedule and the classroom set up in order to observe health and safety protocols such as physical distancing.

Please be assured that we share your concern to keep your children safe and make sure that they get quality holistic education despite the ongoing public health crisis. We believe that we can achieve our shared goals with our continued collaboration.

 

 

FAQ #19: What support can parents expect from Tay Tung to be of best help to their children?

Orientation sessions (on the LMS and other apps) will be scheduled to help parents navigate the online needs of their children. They can also expect bi-weekly survey to solicit feedback from parents regarding the program. Class advisers and subject teachers will be available for consultation and queries via email and via fixed consultation hours for phone calls.

Online orientation will begin on July 27. Parents can also enroll in a  Moodle Course so they become familiar of the school’s LMS.

 

 

FAQ #20: Will there be an entrance examination for new students?

No, the entrance exam as well as the Chinese Summer Course for new students will be waived this school year.

However, we strongly encourage new students to enroll in our Chinese Summer Enhancement Online class that will begin on June 22, 2020.

Tay Tung will be accepting transferees up to Grade 7 only, unless they are coming from a Chinese school or incoming Senior High School.

 

 

FAQ #21: May we know the schedule of enrolment and the School Calendar?

Registration and Enrolment for SY 2020-2021 will be done online. To complete enrolment a down payment is necessary. You may pay at the cashier in school or deposit through the school’s bank account.

You may enroll anytime from June 1 – 30, 2020.

Orientations and Pre-opening courses will start on July 27, 2020. This will be scheduled by class and groups.

Online classes will start on August 24, 2020.

 

 

FAQ #22: Are students required to wear their uniforms during online classes?

Students are not required to wear their school uniform when attending their online classes, however, it is highly encouraged that they do so.

An important aspect of Tay Tung’s holistic formation is the development of discipline which begins with students arriving on time for their classes neatly presented in the proper attire and appearance, we will also implement a dress code for online classes.

Students are not allowed to be in their pajamas or sandos during synchronous sessions.

The teacher may remove a student for the online session, if after reminders, student he continues to violate the dress code.

 

 

FAQ #23: Is it required to install a webcam?

Camera will be needed for the online sessions. The built-in camera on laptop computers, smartphones and tablets is enough for this purpose.

Privacy and child protection continue to be an important concern that the school takes seriously in this new environment. Data Privacy and Child Protection policies will continue to be observed. When deemed necessary, synchronous sessions will be recorded for security and future reference.

Student personal data, images, and classwork including videos, will only be collected for official school and academic purposes. Moreover, submission of such will only be done through the official eLearning platform.

 

 

FAQ #24: Can we shift to another modality in the middle of the school year?

Yes, it is possible to shift from Online to Learning Packets or vice versa anytime during the school year.

To request for a shift, the subject teacher must be informed on or before DAY 5 of the week cycle. The learner should complete the current week requirements before shifting since assessments are done every week cycle.

 

FAQ #25: Can you explain briefly the Miscellaneous fees?

Despite the projected decrease in enrolment, the school is committed to pay the teachers and all employees their salaries this school year. In order to do that, we have suspended some privileges such as the uniform allowance, fellowship dinner and teacher’s day celebration. We arrived at the current fees after careful deliberations on the activities we will offer this year. These fees will also help defray the cost of some expenses to ensure that we have enough funds to pay the salaries of the teachers and staff.

While we removed and reduced some fees, we will continue to improve student services by subscribing to online resources (Library and Laboratory) and by implementing campus development projects.

 

 

FAQ #26: Can you explain briefly the Other fees?

The other fees include the Home-based Learning (eLearning platform and printing costs), Singaporean Math for Grades 1 -3, School Publication and the Student Council.

Yes, the SCO will continue to organize activities for our students as this is part of the school’s program in empowering students.

 

 

FAQ #27: As parents, what can we do to help the school?

In the past two years, we have been working very hard to define the direction of the school. Guided by the school’s core values we came up with policies and programs that promote Positive School Culture.

The school is trying its best to reach out to everyone by keeping our parents informed and address your concerns. We are truly blessed to have very cooperative and participative parents.

Therefore, we encourage all parents to continue supporting the school’s program at this trying times. We appreciate your feedback and suggestions. The welfare of our learners and teachers is our top concern and we will achieve this if we continue to work together.

Thank you very much for your patience and understanding.

 

 

Learning Platforms and Resources

 

The following learning platforms will be used:

 

Learning Management System (LMS): http://moodle-btths.net/

            This is a dedicated LMS for the BTTHS to easily connect to other online learning tools such as digital libraries, Youtube, and online collaboration tools including Google Drive. It has a responsive interface design which allows it to be easily used in any screen size or any type of device (smart phone, tablet, laptop, desktop). The teachers will take

 

DepEd Commons: https://commons.deped.gov.ph/

            DepEd Commons is an online collection of instructional materials that may be used as alternative forms in the teaching-learning process which is different from the usual face-to-face encounter. It provides online review materials and Open Educational Resources (OERs). OERs in DepEd Commons are authored by public school teachers who are subject experts, properly cited and acknowledged.

Teacher-prepared lessons and activities.