TERM 2 2020
I am writing to you during the school holidays to let you know about the arrangements for our school for Term 2 and what it will mean for you and your children.
These are unprecedented times and therefore, we will need to do some things differently in schools over the coming weeks, to maintain learning and to keep your children and our staff safe.
I understand this may be an uncertain and difficult period for you and your family. That is why 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.
To assist with your decision making, please note the following:
- Monday 27 April is a public holiday;
- Tuesday 28 April will be a pupil free day. There will be no students at school as staff will be using this day for preparation;
- From Wednesday 29 April, school is open for all students whose parents/carers choose to send them;
- 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 the packages;
- 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.
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. Our playgrounds will be open and play equipment will be cleaned before school and after each break.
We will provide further information on how our school will manage this situation, ahead of school beginning on Wednesday 29 April.
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.
Latest COVID-19 Information for Western Australian Public Schools - Updated 27th March 2020
On 26 March the State Government announced all public schools in Western Australia will remain open until the end of term, Thursday 9 April. In the final two weeks schools will operate differently from usual.
From Monday 30 March to Friday 3 April all children who attend school will be taught as normal. The following week (6 - 9 April) teachers will prepare teaching programs for Term 2 and during this time students who attend school will be supervised.
The Minister for Education and Training reiterated that continuity of education for as long as possible is best, but families are now encouraged to keep their children at home.
Learning programs for final week of Term 1
- Coordinated learning programs cease on Friday 3 April for students.
- From 6 - 9 April students attending school will be supervised but will not be provided with an individualised learning program.
- Schools are not expected to provide work for students who are not in attendance for the balance of Term 1.
Attendance at school
The State Government recognises there will still be families who need to send their children to school to continue their learning prior to the end of term. These may include:
- children of parents and carers who need their children to attend school to maintain employment
- children who live in families with aged relatives
- children where it is safer for them to be at school.
Who cannot attend school
Students or staff cannot attend school and need to self-isolate if they have:
a) returned from overseas travel, they must self-isolate for 14 days from the date of return to Australia
b) returned from interstate travel, from 1.30pm on Tuesday 24 March, they must self-isolate for 14 days from the date of return to Western Australia
c) 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
d) 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.
Parents/carers should notify their school if students will be away for the isolation period and confirm the date in which they were last overseas, or have been advised by the Department of Health to isolate.
Students who have been tested for COVID-19 should follow the advice of the WA Department of Health and stay away from school whilst awaiting results.
Students also need to self-quarantine if they have been informed by public health authorities that they have been in close contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus. They must isolate themselves for 14 days after the date of last contact with the confirmed case.
How to minimise the spread of COVID-19.
- Frequently washing your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or using an alcohol based hand gel
- Refraining from touching mouth and nose
- If coughing or sneezing, covering your nose and mouth with a paper tissue or flexed elbow
- Dispose of the tissue immediately after use and perform hand hygiene
- Avoiding close contact with anyone if you, or they, have a cold or flu-like symptoms (maintain a distance of at least 1 metre).
People with COVID-19 may experience:
- flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and fatigue; or
- shortness of breath.
If a student does have COVID-19 symptoms and has had possible exposure to the virus, they should not attend school until they have medical confirmation that they do not have the virus.
For the latest health information and health related enquiries please visit WA Department of Health or access the helpline 1800 020 080.
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