I continue to be humbled by the way in which the school community is supporting one another in these difficult times. The COVID-19 situation is such a rapidly evolving and fluid situation. As always our primary responsibility is to ensure the safety of our students. We will continue to find ways to maximise our efforts in this area. We appreciate your anticipated support of the strategies we implement with you being assured our intent is to keep our students and staff well. I was so delighted this morning by a display of kindness when I was delivered a beautiful arrangement of flowers by a community member- unknown. Thanking me on behalf of the students for keeping them safe. I express my deep gratitude for the person or persons for this generous act of kindness. I also wish to acknowledge and thank the incredible CPS staff for their focus on supporting our students and families during this difficult time. They are all wonderful individuals.
I have outlined further Department of Education information and school contingency planning below.
Attendance at school
On Sunday 15 March, the Prime Minister introduced measures placed on international arrivals into Australia. This means a mandatory 14 day self-isolation requirement will be placed on all international arrivals into Australia effective from 16 March, 2020. This also applies to all parents/carers, contractors, visitors and volunteers on school sites.
Who cannot attend school
Students or staff cannot attend school and need to self-isolate if they have:
- returned from overseas travel, they must self-isolate for 14 days from the date of return to Australia;
- been informed by public health authorities that they have been in close contact with a confirmed case and they must isolate themselves for 14 days after the date of last contact with the confirmed case;
- been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting results should follow the advice of the Department of Health and stay away from school.
The above also applies to all parents/carers, contractors, visitors and volunteers on school sites.
Recording student absences
Schools should continue to record all student absences relating to COVID-19 as a Reasonable absence (code R). This includes:
- students who are self-isolating due to Department of Health advice;
- families keeping children home due to perceived and possible increased risk relating to children and family members who are in a higher risk category (e.g. diabetes, compromised immune systems); and
- families keeping their children at home due to the perceived risk that they are safer at home, rather than in a school setting due to possible transmission of the virus.
Education ministers met today to state that NAPLAN 2020 will not proceed. The decision to not proceed with NAPLAN in 2020 has been taken to assist school leaders, teachers and support staff to focus on the wellbeing of students and continuity of education, including potential online and remote learning. Further, the impact of responses to the COVID-19 virus may affect the delivery of NAPLAN testing, including the operation of centralised marking centres and the implications for nationally comparable data if an insufficient number of students are available to do the testing.
Curriculum Support Materials
To support schools, curriculum resources will be available on a public website as of Monday 23 March. This will be available for both staff and parents to use. Further information to be provided next week.
At Campbell Primary School we are continuing to finalise contingency plans around the COVID-19 virus and I can offer the following updates as of today.
Several strategies have been put in place to support good hygiene and minimise exposure/ transmission to the COVID-19 virus. Below are some of these practices.
- Fountains used to fill up water bottles only, not used to drink from
- Limiting play equipment in ECE to allow for regular cleaning
- Desks to be in rows
- All doors left open including wet areas (where possible)
- Increased cleaning regime across the school
- Specialist classes cleaning tables during changeover of classes
- No sharing of classroom stationery
- All parents and visitors to the school are requested to practice social distancing. It is important as adults we model this for our students.
- Parent Meetings are to be held by phone as of Monday 23 March, 2020.
- Students that arrive late to school are to come to the front office with their parents, They will then make their way to class by themselves or with a staff member.
- Parent drop off at school – Years 3-6 should drop their child at the gates and not enter the school unless absolutely necessary.
- Parents of students in K to Year 2 are to drop their children at the classroom door and promptly leave.
- Parents are requested to leave the premises immediately after drop off.
- Office staff will collect students that are being picked up early, with parents requested to wait in the front office.
- As of Monday 23 March, 2020 there will be no extended play after school. Playgrounds will be out of bounds. Students and parents should leave the grounds promptly.
- A reminder to parents to advise classroom teachers of any medications students are bringing to school. This includes over the counter, prescribed medication or herbal remedies. Students are not to administer or carry medications of any type by themselves. Medications at school require parents to sign a medical form- Form 3: Administration of Medication. Please see the front office for a copy of this form.
I wish you all a safe and healthy weekend ahead.