Covid-19 and Timetabling for Social Distancing:
During these difficult times of lockdown and covid-19, we are offering lots of help to our school timetablers around the World.
We remain fully operational and all our usual full help & support is available to all our users — if you are affected by the coronavirus, or would like to use our software at home, please click here.
2 Timetabling for Social Distancing: Planning ahead for re-opening your school and need to write or edit a timetable for Social Distancing ? We are providing guidance and help to schools on the various questions and solutions you need to consider, as you start to re-open … please click here for the latest (!) Version-9.
Our advice now includes:
1 Details of some of the main factors to consider about the timetable.
2 Other factors that you may wish to consider.
3 An outline of timetabling for the new situation.
4 Staggering Breaks.
5 Staggering Breaks within a period [new in Version-8]
6 Staggered Lunches [new in Version-9]
7 Staggered Start / End of day [new in Version-9]
8 Timetabling for “some face-to-face contact” for Year 10 (and 12).
9 Splitting a group into 2 adjacent rooms
… and advice on Option groups, and new features in the Options software:
10 How to split a Year/Grade into 2, 3, or 4 populations efficiently, in 4 different ways!
11 Tracing contacts of infected students.
12 Year 12 or IB : Collecting students’ Choices on-line.
In total there are now over 70 ideas for you to consider.
“This is one of the most useful documents ever written !” – Assistant Headteacher, Lancashire
3 Help & Guidance: We can provide you with specific advice on how to use our software – TimeTabler and Options – during this time.
Please send any specific questions to our Support Centre, and see also the appendices in this advice.
4 New features: We have added new and enhanced features into our software, to help you during this time.
Please make sure you are on the latest versions so that these features are available to you, and any questions about how to use them, please ask.
“THANK YOU for these fantastic features at a challenging time.” – Depute Head Teacher, Scotland
Other useful links: You may also find the following links useful, although note that government advice may change at any time, so always check the latest information for your country:
Government guidance for secondary schools in England
Guide to reopening schools in Scotland
Guide to schools in Wales during Coronavirus
Advice to schools in Northern Ireland
Recruiting new teachers during lockdown
We are also very interested to hear from you, our schools:
– Has your school already (at least partially) re-opened ? How are you finding the new environment – what is working well and what is working less well ?
– Are you planning for a return soon ? If so, how are you planning to socially-distance your students when they return to school ?
Send all your thoughts & suggestions to us at email@example.com.
Chris Johnson, Keith Johnson and the TimeTabler Team