Dear parents and carers,
Thank you to the vast majority of families who are keeping their children at home during the learning from home period. We appreciate your support in following the NSW Government’s advice and keeping our community safe.
As an educator and a parent, I understand how challenging the learning from home model is for families, especially with another four weeks now confirmed. Our staff members are doing the best we can to cater for your children’s learning, and we will continue to adapt and refine our practice in response to your feedback, and best practice educational research, as we move forward.
Please continue to be kind to yourselves. If your child is finding learning from home difficult, depressing or otherwise challenging, as always just do what you can, and try to prioritise their wellbeing, and your own.
Minimal supervision on site
Our school has seen an increase in students attending school on site, and we have attendance levels that are significantly above other schools in Sydney.
The Department of Education (DoE) is working closely with schools to reduce numbers of staff on site to an absolute minimum, as workplaces have been identified as high risk areas for spread of the virus. The DoE has also mandated that staff members living in hotspot LGAs must work from home full time.
From next week, we will be further reducing the number of staff on site to an absolute minimum, providing supervision for those students who cannot be educated at home, for example if their parent or carer is an essential worker. All class teachers will be working from home full time. Students will be supervised by casual teachers and specialist teachers, in groups with multiple year levels and stages combined.
Students on site will continue to participate in a single unit of work online. Supervising teachers will assist them to join class Zoom meetings and access support from their class teacher. All students and families will continue to be supported with learning from home materials and resources.
If you are working from home, and your child is able to be educated from home, please keep them at home. We know how challenging this can be for some families, and we appreciate your efforts. Our staff are continuing to work as hard as they possibly can to provide activities that are as engaging and easy to access as possible. Students learning on site are doing exactly the same units of work.
Please continue to complete the weekly Operoo survey if your child needs to attend school on site, so that we can plan accordingly. Thank you for your ongoing support.
Thank you to all the parents and carers who have completed the Parent Survey which was sent out on Wednesday. All feedback provided will be listened to and analysed to assist with our planning moving forward.
We have already noted a widespread desire for an increase in the frequency of Zoom check-ins, and all classes will now hold a minimum of three Zooms per week starting from next week.
If you haven’t yet submitted a response for each of your children in different Stages, I encourage you to do so prior to the survey closing at 9:00am on Monday 2nd August.
Book Club deliveries delayed
Scholastic Book Club orders placed last term have been delivered, but given the current advice to minimise the movement of people in the community and on public school sites as much as possible, we have made the decision to delay their delivery until students return to the school site.
Until next week, all the best and stay safe.