Switch 4 Schools
We look forward to working with you through the trial of the Switch 4 Schools mental health and well being program.
Following you will find various tips, tools and information to assist through the process.
Select the explainer video or headings below to access supporting information and templates.
Frequently asked questions
Ideally, at least once a day but the frequency is your choice. Often teachers will align the check in process as a part of the roll call, so done first thing in the morning and again after second break.
If you are having trouble managing access through the settings on the admin portal, please drop an email through to your program coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will make the changes for you as soon as possible.
The flag is designed to allow you to quickly identify which of the students have submitted a maximum intensity level of emotion for one of the negative emotions (sad, angry, anxious or scared) or is exhausted that might require your attention.
The flag is reflective of the latest check in and reset overnight.
Ask the student to reenter the submission with the correct data and let us know at email@example.com which submission to remove from the database on your behalf.
Go to the admin portal select the student and enter their email address. The student will be sent a link to reset their password.
Select the “forgot password” option when you are logging in and follow the prompts.
Please send through any specific switches you would like incorporated into the Switch app for consideration. We may update an existing Switch, or choose to swap out the Switch for all participating schools and will need to manage that change process.
Yes. Just let your program coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org know and we can set that up for you.
An alert is added to the home screen, which you can then clear by selecting the avatar for each request.
When the students check in they are asked to label their emotion using either a one, three or five point scale. This can be changed at any time via the settings page, to allow the program to grow with the capability of the students.
Privacy and safety are of utmost importance to us, which is why we ask that non-identifying avatars and nicknames are used for all students participating.
Where appropriate, get backup support by letting a colleague or supervisor know about the situation as soon as possible. If possible, avoid leaving the distressed person alone – ask a colleague to stay with them even if you only have to leave for a small period of time. Keep the lines of communication open if possible and contact the school counsellor or Lifeline on 13 11 14.
Stories from the community
Miranda (teacher of a grade 5/6 class) likes to use her iPad to facilitate the check in process each morning. Each table group takes turns to come to the front of the room to check in, giving her the opportunity to connect with them while also marking off the roll. While this is happening the remaining class members write or draw in their journal (a standard exercise book) reflecting on the previous day. She gave some thought starters to get them going but now they are self motivated. The students have the option to share their journal with her, which some have opted to do. She has found this to be a really effective way to settle the class to begin learning for the day.
We all know the students can get a bit rowdy after lunch. One of the grade 6 teachers at Park Ridge State School uses the check in process to calm the room and assess if there has been an issue during the lunch break in the playground. As the students then undertake a quiet activity she follows up with flagged students to make sure they are okay.
Homeschooling has been a stressful transition for a lot of classes, but for Claire (grade 6 teacher) she has found the Switch 4 Schools program has made it so much easier to check in on the student’s health and well being from such a significant distance. The students had reported they missed being able to check in when not at school, so now being able to check in from home has been great.
Daily Mindfulness Activity
For the students in one of the year 5 classes in Canberra who had been in lock down for some time, the switches became a much needed break from the norm. The teacher set a daily switch challenge for the students each day, in addition to their usual curriculum. Once the activity was completed the students took a photo of the completed activity and shared it in their online group chat channel. The teacher commented that this was homework she actually enjoyed marking!