Dear Parents and Carers,
As the term draws to a close I would like to acknowledge the collective efforts of all in supporting our students to have a successful term, despite the distractions of COVID-19. It has most definitely been a term like no other, with the significant disruptions we have experienced across the school due to COVID-19. We know that many families have had to manage periods of isolation and/or have been unwell with COVID-19. Several of our staff have also had to isolate as close contacts and have been unwell with COVID-19. Such times have shown just how resilient and supportive our school community is.
This term we have had a total of 55 positive COVID-19 cases reported to the school, 6 of whom are staff members. We have had a significant number of students and staff on COVID leave due to being close contacts and needing to isolate. 166 of our students have accessed Learning from Home units of work whilst they have been isolating or COVID-19 positive and well enough to complete work at home.
I thank all families for your understanding whilst we have had to staff our school during such difficult times. I, like you, hope for a more settled term ahead, however, this of course is not certain. I can say though, that our staff are well-prepared and will ensure that the focus remains on prioritising both student well-being and ensuring our students access a rigorous curriculum, even if they are learning from home at any time.
Thank you all for your support this term whilst we have implemented many operational changes in response to Department of Education COVID-19 guidelines.
As you may be aware, public health and social measures have been eased for schools for Term 2, details at wa.gov.au. We continue to follow the current health advice and I am writing to let you know what the changes mean for our school.
We are pleased to advise that parents/carers are allowed on school sites in Term 2 for the following purposes:
o to attend year group assemblies
o to attend face to face parent/teacher meetings
o to attend indoor and outdoor sporting events, infrequent special events, performances and other interschool events with masks and physical distancing
o to attend face to face meeting e.g. P&C and school board/council meetings
o to volunteer in roles outside of the classroom, including the canteen
o drop-off/pick up outside of classrooms
Parents/carers attending school must continue to wear masks on school grounds and adhere to physical distancing, where possible. Please note parents/carers are not allowed inside classrooms.
Please note you do not need to report COVID-19 positive cases to the school during the school holidays. However, all positive RATs must be reported to WA Health via www.healthywa.wa.gov.au/ratregister.
I encourage parents to continue to support your child at home during the holidays with the Holiday Reading Challenge.
We farewell the following staff at the end of Term 1:
Mrs Claire Tan – School Psychologist. Mrs Tan will be on maternity leave for the remainder of the year. We wish her all the best for the safe arrival of her first born.
Mr David Turner- Physical Education Specialist. We thank Mr Turner for both his great positivity as a staff member and his contributions to the Physical Education programme. We wish him all the best for the future.
Ms Kim Tan – Year 1, LA5 – tandem teacher. Mrs Tan no doubt will be back with us again in the near future.
Students in LA21, LA23, LA24 and LA12, LA13, LA16 from Years 2, 4 and the 2/3 and 4/5 classes will be able to participate in In-term swimming classes next term. Swimming lessons will be in Week 7 and 8 of term. Information regarding Interm swimming lessons will be sent out early next term. Lessons commence on Tuesday 8 June, 2022 with the cost being approximately $60.00 per child. Final costing will be advised early in Term 2.
School Security over the Break
Parents are asked to be alert and report any suspicious behaviour within the school to School Watch 1800 177 777.
Return to School
Parents are reminded that Term 2 recommences for both staff and students on Tuesday 26 April 2022. Please visit the school webpage on www.campbellPrimaryschool.wa.edu.au for information on the upcoming events in Term 2.
I would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday and I look forward to seeing everyone next term. I also wish to extend my sincere thanks to the school staff for their incredible support of the Campbell school community during this term.
Lynne Bates – Principal
Monday, 21 March 2022 @2:33PM
Dear Parents and Carers,
We are starting to see an increase in the number of students, staff and/or their family members having COVID-19. Of course, this is having an impact upon the school’s operations. Your child is likely to have different teachers from time to time over the coming weeks. They also may have one of the specialist teachers or a deputy or principal as their class teacher. We appreciate your understanding during this time.
You would also be aware that many of our school events have been postponed. This is due to the Very High Caseload Guidelines we are required to put in place. Schools have been requested to minimise cohort and contacts where possible. As such, there are several changes to our normal operations. I have listed below some of the ways in which we are doing this at our school:
Assemblies/Whole school activities
- Online WebEx delivery.
- Use of Microsoft Teams and online platforms to share key presentations and critical information to parents, staff and students. This includes P&C and School Board meetings.
Staff meetings and gatherings
- Meetings held via online.
- Staff eating recess and lunch in their teaching blocks.
- Physical separation of key staff (e.g. limiting access to other staff workspaces). Staff stay within their block and do not cross teaching blocks unless required to do so.
- Staggered recess and lunch breaks with half cohorts of students at a time.
- Specialist areas taking Year Level cohorts on given days.
- Increased opportunities for outdoor learning.
- Scheduled breaks within a lesson outside, eg Crunch and Sip
- Separated play/recreational areas with daily rotations of play areas on the school oval.
Teaching and learning
- Education Assistants assigned to cohorts.
- Executive Team members allocated to blocks except the Principal who goes across all teaching blocks.
Health and Hygiene Practices
- Allocated toilet blocks for cohorts of students. (e.g. year levels).
- Year based roster for use of the library. Establish bulk loans opportunities.
As you can see we have put a lot in place to support minimising the spread of COVID-19 within our school. We expect that this will be in place through Term 2 also.
Furthermore, given the requirements to minimise contact between cohorts we are not able to run our before and after school clubs, these include:
Before school fitness class
How can you assist as a parents?
- Please read all the information that is sent out to you regarding COVID-19 and requirements regarding isolation.
- Please let the school know immediately if your child has tested positive to COVID-19 by emailing Campbell.PS@education.wa.edu.au. This allows us to determine close contacts and advise families quickly. Please be aware, we do not publicly identify individual students as COVID positive.
- If your child is isolating at home following being identified as a close contact from someone at school, please let the school know that they are returning to school as they have returned a negative RAT test or PCR test by completing the survey sent out via SMS.
I appreciate that parents and students may be disappointed with many of the operational changes we have put in place, however, I do expect that you will be supportive and understanding of the changes. Comparisons to what others schools may be doing is not helpful. I remain steadfast in supporting the guidelines we are given from the Department of Education and for prioritising your child’s health and well-being, at all times.
We are in a pandemic and doing all we can to ensure that your child’s well-being and time at school is maximised and met with minimal disruption. This is our priority.