Return to School Operations

Dear parents and carers,

Thank you for all your support, patience and hard work during these past few weeks of remote and flexible learning.

 

We now begin the task of transitioning back to school and following the advice from the Chief Health Officer, a number of important changes to our school operations will take place. Please support the school and continue to show your patience and understanding in the implementation of these changes, which may be challenging to ensure the health and wellbeing of all our students and staff.

Staged Return

Monday 25th May -          State-wide Curriculum Day. Pupil Free Day

Tuesday 26th May -          Grade Prep, Grade 1 and Grade 2 will return to school

Tuesday 9th June -            Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5 and Grade 6 will return to school

Attendance on-site

  • All unwell students must stay at home.
  • Visitors to the school grounds will be limited to those delivering or supporting essential school services.
  • Parents/carers will only be able to enter the school grounds when it is essential to do so and by appointment or contacting the school by phone (preferred) or email as required.
  • Parent- teacher meetings and interviews will require the parent/carer to contact the teacher or school by email or phone to arrange a suitable time.
  • Parent volunteers are currently not allowed to attend the school.
  • The Breakfast Program has been cancelled until further notice.

School Arrival and Departure

The main risk of introducing COVID-19 to the school environment is from adults, so close proximity between adult members of the school community should be avoided, particularly during school drop off and pick up times.

    • The school gates will not be open until 8:40 a.m. in the morning. A staff member will greet the students on arrival.
    • Students will be dismissed at staggered times to reduce the number of adults congregating near the school.
  • Dismissal times3:30 p.m. – Students with surnames L-Z
  • 3:10 p.m. – Students with surnames A-K
  • Parents/carers will not be able to enter the school site to drop off or pick up their child/children.
  • The school will open 4 gates to support the arrival and departure of students. Parents/carers may choose which entry/exit they wish to use. Please discuss this with your child/children to help prepare them for the changes.Gate B – Driveway gates on Mallum AvenueGate D – Gate at the back of the school oval
  • Gate C – Gate between Karingal PLACE and hall
  • Gate A - Main front gates on Mallum Avenue
  • Late arrivals- parents/carers are asked to contact the office by phone to inform them of your child’s/children’s arrival at school. The child/children are then to proceed to the office to be signed in and receive a late pass.
  • Early pick up – Please contact the office by phone to organise an early pick up.
  • Parents/carers are asked to observe physical distancing measures by not congregating in areas around the school. Where possible stay in your car at drop off and pick up times. Please do not socialise with other families during these times.
  • Non-contact greetings will be encouraged.
  • Camp Australia is operating before and after-school care on our school site. Please contact Camp Australia directly to book in or discuss your options.

Hygiene

  • All staff and students will undertake regular hand hygiene whilst at school. Where soap and water are not readily available, hand sanitiser will be provided.
  • Students need to bring their own drink bottle, as it is recommended that students do not drink directly from drinking fountains.
  • If your child is ill or is feeling unwell, they must not attend school. They must remain home and seek medical advice.

Medication

  • Parents/carers of students with medication that needs to be handed to the office, can do so by contacting the office and arranging a suitable time to drop it off.

Cleaning

  • Extended and increased cleaning arrangements will be provided. This involves progressive cleaning throughout the day to ensure that risks of transmission are reduced for high-touch services.
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We understand that some families may feel anxious about this move back to classroom teaching and learning. I can assure you that this decision has been taken on the basis of the best health advice available to our state.

 

Thank you for your continued support and patience during this time. We look forward to welcoming our students back to the classroom.

Yours sincerely,

Karen Luff