Advice for Schools on Scenario Planning for Coronavirus.

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With government advice sparse on how to prepare for the next steps of the Coronavirus, the Oppi Community has collated what we know from our friends working in education across the world, into a concise guide of what we know to be best practice.

What we do know from China and Italy, is that everything is normal, until it is not. The more preparation that can be done in advance, the better for the entire school community. Whilst there is no cause for panic, this is a crisis and the normal rules don’t apply. For many school leaders, this will be their first experience of handling something like this, so take as much help and support as you need.

Whilst Students Are Still At School

  • Mandatory hand washing practices need to become part of the daily routine. 
  • All students should be supervised with hand washing
  • Educate students about how viruses spread and why it is important for everyone to take responsibility
  • Prepare children mentally and emotionally for what it will be like if school closes

Preparing for Remote Learning

  • Conduct a tech audit to find out how many students have internet and device access at home
  • Ask the school community if they have devices they could lend to those who do not 
  • Decide your strategy for remote learning and consider a two prong approach:
  • 1.  A platform that will provide work to the students, set by their teachers
  • 2.  A platform for students and teachers to interact as a class. Skype or Zoom are reliable free resources
  • It’s advisable that teachers only interact with their class a couple of times a day and are not available for the whole school day
  • Where possible and age appropriate, familiarise students with the platforms they will be using

Preparing Teachers

Many teachers and school leaders are under-confident when it comes to unfamiliar tech. Everyone is being asked to do their job in a different way. It’s considerable pressure on teachers who will equally want to appear confident in front of classes.

  • Where possible facilitate twilight staff training to empower teachers and train them on the platforms you will be using
  • Consider a twilight with teachers connecting to parents virtually as a dry run
  • Make sure to schedule time for checking in with all teachers
  • Schedule regular staff meetings via Skype

Communicating With Parents

You don’t know the sources parents are getting news and advice from. You will be dealing with a scale that runs from “nonchalance - it’s only flu” to “full scale panic - we’re all going to die” and everything in-between. Therefore it is imperative to communicate what you as a school are doing and explain the rationale behind it.

  • Do not assume that parents read website links. If you want them to know something, copy and paste it into an email
  • Be clear about what you are doing at school, policies on hand washing, anti-bac gel, students being sent to school with coughs or temperatures, all need to be outlined to parents in full
  • If your school closes, be as comprehensive as possible about how remote learning will work. This could be clear rules; eg: all students are expected to be on Skype with the rest of their class for the start of the school day to check in with their teacher
  • During this time, consider that many parents could be a resource to help through the closure

Advice for School Leaders


  • Communicative
  • Open
  • Virtual
  • Innovative
  • Decisive

General Advice

Remote Learning Platforms to Consider: (Mostly Free)

ISCA%20Coronavirus%20Resources%20to%20Parents.pdf  (this is a whole list of free resources)

Key Collaboration Tools



Blue Jeans

Microsoft Teams for Secondary

SeeSaw for Primary

Best Teacher Resources from Tes (This is a hub where Tes has collated everything in one place)

Case Study: Iain Sachdev. International School of Monza.

After three weeks of virtual school, that was not previously tech orientated, here is what I’ve learnt:

Key Opportunities/Takeaways 

  • A powerful and rapid professional learning experience, so much learning that will have long-term impact on learning and teaching
  • High student engagement 
  • Families to see T&L. Nothing has ever been so widely appreciated.



  • Ensuring wellbeing for staff and students
  • Early Years parents juggling childcare and work
  • Week one adrenaline wears-off


Top Tips

  • Set-up online PLCs for sharing best practice, troubleshooting and wellbeing 
  • Rapid and strong school-parent and school-student communication
  • Accept the situation, learn, reflect and adjust
  • Video-conference as much as possible to provide community and support
  • Connect with team systematically

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