From the Principal – Week 4 Term 2

Dear parents/carers,

I want to thank you all for your support in what was one of the most unusual starts to a school term we have ever seen. Together, we have been able to make the best of this situation and ensure your child’s safety and continuity of learning.

Over the last three weeks we have seen 90% of our students return to school, which has been fantastic. We have been so impressed with the independence displayed by our younger students. They are now very confident in entering school on their own and are also very settled when they enter their classrooms. I also thank parents/carers for leaving the school premises promptly after drop off as this is greatly supporting the need to social distance and also the congestion issues in our parent car parks.

Week 4 Term 2

Yesterday, the State Government announced changes to education based on a review of current arrangements and updated health advice.

As of Monday, 18 May 2020 all students are expected to attend school, except for those students medically referred to learn from home.

This means students are either:

· at school;

· have a medical referral to learn from home; or

· recorded as absent if they do not attend.

For parents with medical advice that their child should not attend school, we will work with you in partnership with the School of Special Educational Needs: Medical and Mental Health to support your child’s learning from home. If you feel your child is in this category, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will work together on next steps.

If your child does not attend school without a medical reason, they will be marked as absent and will not be provided a learning program.

Current health advice states that schools remain safe for staff and students and should remain open. We want to make sure all children get the best education possible, which is why attending school is so important. We are here to make sure all children are learning and there’s no doubt, schools are the best place for them to learn.

To ensure high levels of hygiene and the need for social distancing the following will continue:

· The rigorous cleaning schedule – classroom surfaces cleaned at both recess and lunch time;

· Hand sanitising- as students enter the school and return from play sessions;

· Staggered lunch breaks;

· Early pick up for Kindergarten and PP classes, including siblings of children in these classes;

· Year 2 students to continue to be collected from the gate area on the corner of Comrie and Campbell Road;

· Drop off of students at gates- no parents on site,

· Teacher meetings by email or phone: and,

· No assemblies, carnivals…

The State Government will continue to make decisions based on the best health advice. We will continue to keep you well-informed as we are advised of any changes.

Thank you for your continued support as we move forward.

If you have any questions, please contact us on 9456 8300.

Kind regards

Lynne Bates