I am writing to you to outline the arrangements for start of school for Term 2 and the measures which have been put in place for you and your children to ensure a safe learning environment.
The State Government has given parents a choice about whether their children return to school for face-to-face teaching or learn from home. It is a personal decision influenced by each family’s circumstances. I would like to thank all those parents who responded to the survey regarding students returning to school this week. Over 500 responses indicate we may expect approximately 75% of students will return. This proportion is quite evenly distributed across all Year groups.
To facilitate the start of school please note the following:
• From Wednesday 29 April, school is open for all students whose parents/carers choose to send them; • Buses will run from the 29th of April; • Students who attend school will be taught a face-to-face program and timetable; • For those children learning from home, this will be through online or hard copy packages provided to you from school. Details of how to undertake and return the work will accompany be provided; • For those students who are learning from home, contact by school will be made each week by phone and/or online; • Year 11 and 12 students are strongly encouraged to attend school to continue their critical study program; • Parents are asked to drop their child/children at the school gate, please do not enter the school grounds; • If you need to attend the school Administration in person, we request you call ahead (95730300) and arrange a suitable time; • The school Administration area is limited to 2 persons or 1 family at a time. If the area is already occupied, please wait outside until the office staff are available (seating is provided); • If your child is sick on a school day, please keep them away from school and inform the school; • If a student attends school when sick parents and carers will be called to collect them; • Please reinforce the social distancing conventions (physical separation, no contact such as handshaking, hugging) as these apply at school; • Students will be required to practice social distancing when not in classrooms at times such as recess and lunchtime: • The school Canteen will operate from Wednesday 29th April. Students will be expected to obey social distance markers when queuing at the canteen; • School buses will run from the 29th of April.
The State Government is providing $43 million in additional funding to expand school cleaning, in line with the health advice. Cleaners will work throughout the day to ensure all high-use areas, such as benchtops, desks, doorknobs, taps and hand rails, are regularly cleaned and surfaces disinfected. Seating and other equipment in the school grounds will be cleaned before school and after each break.
These arrangements will be in place and reviewed ahead of Week 4 commencing 18 May. As always, State Government decisions will be based on the best health advice. We want all families and children to feel supported and informed during this time. I thank you for your partnership as we navigate this together.
Kind regards John Dunning