Dear students and families of the KWRSC community,
Latest information from the College:
1. Over the remaining days of the school week, we may experience connectivity issues due to weather conditions.
Strong winds and storms can have a negative impact on signal strength and this is most likely to impact live Microsoft Teams and WebEx meetings. Students or staff with satellite or dongle Wi-Fi connections are particularly at risk. When connectivity is weak, the video signal is the first aspect of a meeting to be lost. Using phone data can improve this situation, depending on the strength of the network carrier. If in a live meeting and connection is lost, students should not panic.
There is also potential for high rains to cause leaks onto copper NBN wires, again weakening signal strength. Rural properties are more likely to experience this over urban properties.
Activities that use low bandwidth, such as accessing Compass, Teams threads, OneNote, Stile and many others, should not be affected, yet it is still possible.
The staff at KWRSC are aware of the potential issues and disruptions and are prepared to provide alternative learning experiences and to provide concessions for students where needed. Where students experience major connectivity issues, as always it is asked that contact be made with their teachers or the College via email or Compass.
2. We need to hear from families where students are not fully engaging with online work.
Where families have already contacted us, we are aware of understandable situations where there are technical issues, students with special learning needs or students with medical problems and we are doing our best to support these students. However we have not heard back from some families at all where our staff indicate that students are not regularly doing work. The leaders of each Learning Community have been trying to follow up these families to see how we can support the students. If your child is in this situation and you have not made contact with us yet, could you please do so by the end of this week. We do not want students to get behind.