Good afternoon/evening families,
“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with
it” ― Henry Ford
I hope that this finds you safe and well and that the first day of lockdown #4 has gone smoothly for you and those
closest to you.
Today our team continued to plan for next week’s remote and flexible learning and the attached PDF document
includes an overview of what this means for our students at each Year Level.
Included also are some DET endorsed wellbeing resources for students and parents, and some links to support
A couple of reminders were sent to all schools last night for us to forward to our families and included the following.
Stay home when unwell
The most important action school communities can take to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19, is to ensure that any unwell staff and students remain at home and get tested, even with the mildest of symptoms.
Students with underlying conditions (such as hay fever or asthma)
If a student or staff member has persistent symptoms due to an underlying condition such as hay fever or asthma, the student should still be tested for COVID-19 if they develop symptoms that are different to or worse than their usual symptoms.
Parents/carers and staff should also consider getting a medical certificate from their treating GP to confirm that it is safe for them to attend school with persistent symptoms that may overlap with some of the symptoms of COVID-19 such as cough or runny nose.
Young children with persistent mild symptoms
Younger children (pre-school up to Grade 2) may have prolonged post-viral symptoms such as a runny nose or cough and may return to school following a negative COVID-19 test even if they are not completely free of symptoms. They will need a medical certificate from their GP to confirm they are otherwise well or have recovered from their acute illness.
Any worsening of symptoms will require review and repeat COVID-19 testing, if considered appropriate by the doctor.
Students with a negative COVID-19 test whose symptoms have completely resolved do not need a medical certificate to return to the school.
Limit school access to outside visitors where possible
Visitors to school premises should be limited to essential school services and operations.
Visitors to school grounds must comply with physical distancing and face mask requirements set, and practise good hand hygiene.
During lockdown staff work hours at home will be consistent with the attendance arrangements already in place at school- 8:45am – 3:45 pm. Teachers and support staff will not necessarily be available to students or families/ carers outside these hours. Staff working from home, including teachers and education support staff, will not visit or work in students’ homes.
We know that together we can again successfully transition in to – and out of – a period of flexible and remote learning and we’re here to make sure that we do.
Please stay safe and strong over the next week or so and we’ll (hopefully) be back on-site next Friday June 4.
This list of new operational requirements below is significantly different to the one we sent out a couple of days ago
and these key actions may well be in place for a couple of weeks.