Dear parents and carers,
We are very pleased to announce that on Monday the 25th of May, full-time teaching and learning re-commences at school. All school activities and operations will be in line with Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) and NSW Health guidelines as applicable.
School students do not need to follow physical distancing guidelines, but should follow good hygiene practices like:
• Regularly washing hands
• Avoiding sharing drinks or food
• Coughing or sneezing into your elbow, or a tissue which should be discarded immediately.
School teachers and parents still need to follow physical distancing guidelines including the arrangements listed below:
• parents, unless given permission by the principal, are not to come onto the school site.
• all students need to be dropped off and picked up from the front gates. Please drive slowly and safely and park legally or use the bus stop as a kiss and drop. DO NOT, park on school property or pull-up in the school driveway.
• after dropping off children, parents must move on quickly to avoid groups of adults congregating outside the school.
• meetings between the school and parents need to occur either over the phone or through zoom.
There should be no visitors to school sites unless they are essential. Allied health professionals such as Occupational and Speech Therapists are considered essential and therefore allowed to recommence their services on site. Breakfast will be provided for those children in need from 9am. If you are experiencing food insecurity, please let us know. Out of school hours care will continue to operate and is free until the end of June, for those eligible. Please enrol now to take advantage of the government initiative and also support our provider, TASK. Students who attend TASK receive an afternoon snack and support with any homework as well as have an opportunity to play with their peers. Please note this service is screen free with a focus on activity and play.
All students should be at school unless:
• They have a medical certificate which states that they are unable to return to school due to an ongoing medical condition
• They are currently unwell.
Students who have a medical certificate to stay at home will be supported to learn from home in line with regular procedures if they are able to. These regular procedures are different to what was offered during the learning from home period. If you require work to be provided to your child whilst they are at home due to an underlying health condition, you should contact the school for assistance.
Please note, students who live with a family member in one of the categories identified as being at increased risk by the AHPPC, should attend school unless a medical practitioner advises otherwise in writing.
If your child is unwell, do not send them to school. If they are unwell at school you or your nominated emergency contact will need to collect them immediately. Please make sure your contact details are up to date. If a student is absent without a medical reason for more than three days, this will be recorded as an unauthorised absence and followed up by the school.
If you need any support to get your child back to school, please contact your school.
Reporting and assessment
Your child has been assessed on the days they have attended school during Phase 0 and 1. They will also be assessed over the next few weeks in order for staff to provide a Semester 1 report. This will be a simplified version of the report you normally receive. An opportunity for you discuss your child’s progress and achievement of goals will be made available and further information about this will be shared soon.
At home learning packs will no longer be provided as we are return to pre COVID-19 programs. Teachers will now implement classroom programs with the exception of some activities that can’t go ahead for now.
What children can do:
• Use the school library
• Engage in non-contact sporting activities
What students can’t do:
• School assemblies (unless for critical information)
• School incursions and excursions including camps
• Inter-school activities (debating, inter-school sport)
• In-school activities requiring parent or other volunteers
• Drink from a water bubbler – bring a water bottle instead
School cleaning and hygiene supplies
We have receives additional cleaning in line with the AHPPC guidelines and advice from NSW Health. Targeted areas include high-touch areas and other hard surfaces, door handles, lockers, light switches and handrails in stairways and movement areas. There will also be additional cleaning of toilets and bubblers and topping up of supplies like soap. We have received supplies of soap, hand sanitiser, toilet paper, paper towels, disinfectant wipes and personal protective equipment.
Responding to COVID-19 cases
There is a clear plan in place for schools to respond to any suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19. We are working closely with NSW Health and will communicate with parents if a situation was to arise
Thank you for your ongoing support of our staff and school.
Lisa Haller | Principal