As we rebound from the initial impact of COVID19, we have developed a ‘new normal’ in many areas to ensure that we maintain a safe environment for our staff and students. These decisions are guided by our State Public Chief Health Officer, Nicola Spurrier, and the Department for Education and include:
· Maintaining social distancing of adults, including ‘Kiss and Drop’ procedures in the morning to reduce the number of adults on site.
· Grounds not available to the public or community sport groups, or families outside of school hours
· All essential visitors complete a COVID Site Entry Form every time they enter the site
· 8 hours/day of professional cleaning indoors and outdoors, including the playground
· Handwashing routines in place before eating and after play times
· Regular audits of hygiene product supply including sanitiser, soap and hand towel
· Visual cues as reminders to maintain good hygiene practices
The school remains prepared for a possible second wave of COVID-19, and has procedures in place to respond swiftly under the direction of the Department. Normal timetables and learning programs are being resumed in full from the beginning of Week 4. We are grateful for the unexpected benefits of the COVID-19 crisis, as necessity has expedited the effective implementation of tools such as SeeSaw and Office 365 Teams which will continue to improve learning outcomes and family communication into the future.
Term 2 Reports
The development of written reports has been affected by the disruption of COVID-19 and the fluctuating attendance of many students. Interim reports will be provided for all students, with A-E grades assigned to Year 1-7 students based on the evidence that is available to teachers. The format of reports will be modified to previous years with a General Comment that incorporates Literacy and Numeracy rather than three separate comments. Reports will be sent home in Week 10 of this term, and as always, we encourage you to contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s learning progress or wellbeing.
Please remember to bring a lock if you are riding to school, in case the bike shed is full. We are now asking that no more than five children are in the bike shed at one time to reduce congestion and ensure safety at the end of the day.
Duty of Care Before School
Staff are on duty to supervise children in the yard after 8:30am in the mornings. We ask that families do not leave their children in the yard before this time and strongly encourage the use of OSHC if you need to leave before 8:30am to ensure that all children are safe.
Unfortunately we are still having some issues with parking at the school during drop off and pick up times. This has led to complaints from residents who have been unable to access their properties and also concerns about student safety.
As a result the Council will be increasing their patrols. They came by during the week to remind people of the rules and that fines will be issued from now on.
Please take note of all parking signs. The ‘Kiss and Drop” zone on Russell Street has a three minute time limit and you must stay with your vehicle at all times. If you need to exit your car, please park in the appropriate zones.
On Jervois Street there is a no parking/standing zone which means there is no parking/stopping on the broken yellow lines between 8:00am and 4:00pm. This is to ensure there is a clear line of sight for students and pedestrians to cross safely.
Please also be mindful of residents and parking restrictions on the side streets surrounding the school.
The safety of our learners and their families is paramount. Your help in this matter is greatly appreciated.
Dave Henty-Smith, Principal
Jo Meredith, Deputy Principal
Kathy Baker, Inclusive Education Coordinator