We are certainly under a lot of outside pressure at the moment, with lots of conflicting information being broadcast concerning Covid-19.
Speculation serves no purpose and leads to increased anxiety so I do avoid entering into discussion with parents regarding “what might happen if."
The Education Department with guidance from the Health Department is sending daily updates to Principals on school management.
At Rawlinson Primary School we are paying particular attention to personal hygiene. All classes have alcohol based hand sanitiser as recommended by the Health Department. All toilets have soap dispensers and children are reminded and encouraged to wash their hands regularly, cough only into their elbows and to resist the temptation to touch their faces.
Swimming has been cancelled as has all School Assemblies and the Summer Interschool Sports Carnival.
Yes, there are unknowns and disappointments however, at Rawlinson we are monitoring the situation and looking after your children as our own. School continues to be the best place for them.
If you chose to keep your child at home and are concerned that they will miss important school work then I can help. Read to them, read with them, join the town library, chose a book and listen to them read, turn off all electronics and have a quiet reading time. Children who read every night with their parents are consistently two years ahead of their peers on NAPLAN testing across Australia. It is a perfect time to make the time to read more books. Also, Mathletics is the award-winning companion tool for educators to help students learn maths. It is engaging, fun, and aligned to curricula. Rawlinson Primary has paid for this program and you can use it at home. Your child knows their login, password details and how to use the program. Perhaps even have a go with them.
As advised by the Education Department if you chose to keep you child at home without a medical certificate then the school will not be providing curriculum work.