Covid-19 and Timetabling for Social Distancing:
During these difficult times of covid-19, we are offering lots of help to our school timetablers around the World.
2 Timetabling for Social Distancing: Planning for changes in the way you are handling social distancing, and need to write or edit a new timetable ? We are providing guidance and help to schools on the various questions and solutions you need to consider, as you re-open.
We have updated it yet again … please click here for the latest (!) Version-12.
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. [more added now]
3 An outline of timetabling for the new situation.
4 Staggering Breaks -1
5 Staggering Breaks -2 (within a period) [new in Version-8, improved in this version]
6 Staggered Lunches [new in Version-9; extras in version 10]
7 Model A : Staggered Breaks & Lunches [new in Version-10]
8 Model B : Staggered Breaks & Lunches with Zones [new in Version-10]
9 Model C : Doubling up Singles to Doubles [new in Version-11]
10 Model D : De-Interleaving to make longer ‘socially-distanced’ periods [new in this Version-12]
11 Model E : Staggered Start / End of day [new in Version-9; improved in version 11]
12 Advantages & Disadvantages of these models [new in Version-11]
13 Re-rooming in zones [new in Version-10]
14 Timetabling for “some face-to-face contact” for Year 10 (and 12).
15 Splitting a group into 2 adjacent rooms
… and advice on Option groups, and new features in the Options software:
16 How to split a Year/Grade into 2, 3, or 4 populations efficiently, in 4 different ways!
17 Tracing contacts of infected students.
18 Year 12 or IB : Collecting students’ Choices on-line.
In total there are now over 90 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:
How are you finding the new environment – what is working well and what is working less well ?
Send all your thoughts & suggestions to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chris Johnson, Keith Johnson and the TimeTabler Team