Welcome back to a very different Term Two
I hope students, staff, their families and friends are all staying safe and well during these uncertain and challenging times.
With the increasing spread of COVID-19, we have seen a movement towards remote learning with our students transitioning to online lessons.
For parents, this can appear to be a daunting task. However, it does not necessarily mean that the parent is now the teacher. Whilst schools will strive to meet a child’s academic needs, parents and carers will need to play a key role in providing structure and on-going support. Some young people will transition seamlessly, whilst others may struggle. Offering reassurance and being vigilant for signs of anxiety and depression will be essential for adult carers.
Many families may find themselves in uncharted territory, but it will be important to remember to just do your best to balance remote learning and daily work responsibilities. Although we are living in a time of uncertainty that is particularly unsettling, it will provide an opportunity for families to reflect and spend some quality time together.
If you do find yourself struggling or have any concerns relating to remote learning, contact us directly for advice.
At this point, we are in Phase 0 of our transition back to school. Phase 1 will commence on Monday 11th May 2020. This will require all Year 12 students back at school daily, Year 11 three days per week and Years 7-10 one day per week. Infographics detailing this information is provided in this newsletter.
The NSW Department of Education has outlined that students who are designated to be on site must attend unless otherwise ill as per the pre COVID-19 environment. The plan for all students is now available on our website.
The following special circumstances will be put into place:
- For larger classes, large size classrooms will be used so that students can be physically distanced
- Staff will carry sanitiser packs and provide hand sanitiser to students
- Seating in the Library will be physically distanced.
- Bacteria wipes are available at each entrance point throughout the school
- During breaks, students will be spread across playground areas
- The Canteen will be closed
- If a student is unwell and sent to sick bay, you will be contacted for your daughter to return home immediately
- An increased cleaning schedule is in place for high traffic areas
- screen protectors have been placed in the front office
I would like to acknowledge the work - very successful, skilled and caring work - that has been undertaken by the staff (teaching and non teaching), students and families. As I have expressed, I am incredibly grateful that our school community is focused on education, as we all understand how it will be even more important for many years to come. To see students in their virtual classrooms and assemblies, asking fantastic questions, completing tasks, undertaking practical PE lessons and a range of other powerful learning experiences despite the challenges is simply amazing.
Please continue to stay in touch with each other and reach out to us at school if we can help.
Of course, thank you to all of the parents who are working in front line response roles, including so many who are doctors, nurses and health professionals. Our thanks and best wishes are with you all.
Thank you again for your words of support and thanks to the staff.
I can’t wait until we have our first whole school assembly with everyone back at school.