Dear parents and carers,
You may be aware that the Premier and Education Minister stated the following this morning:
- Schools will remain open from tomorrow, but parents are encouraged to keep children at home.
- For parents that are unable to supervise children due to work commitments, schools are safe to attend.
- There will be a single unit of teaching delivered for students learning at home, and students attending the school site.
- It is expected that with fewer students attending school, there will be more flexibility for teachers to work from home on some days.
If you are working from home, or you have a work schedule that allows flexibility, we strongly encourage you to keep your children home from school starting from tomorrow. Having fewer numbers of students and teachers onsite will make it more feasible for us to practice recommended physical distancing measures, which have been practically impossible to date. This will support the health and safety of our community, our staff and contribute to the nationwide effort to slow the spread of the virus.
Please look out for a CareMonkey form which we will send out shortly, containing a survey regarding your intentions for sending your child to school this week, and respond to it ASAP.
More information and resources will be provided to schools from the Department of Education later today about how remote learning will be implemented. We will keep our community regularly informed about plans for online learning.
Our school has comprehensive Learning From Home Plans which we are finalising and will be sent out through CareMonkey soon. K-2 students will bring home QR codes and logins for Seesaw Class, a new app which families will need to download in order to send completed work back to the teacher.
For now, families can continue to access Mathletics and Reading Eggs to support students’ learning at home. The Department of Education has advice for parents and carers regarding learning at home here: Advice to parents and carers
If you have no other option than to send your child to school, please support our community by practising physical distancing at school. Parents are requested to minimise their time on the school site, preferably dropping students off at the gate. If it is necessary for you to come on site, please move quickly through common spaces and avoid approaching other people within 1.5m.
We have cancelled class lines before school and after breaks. Students will proceed directly to a specified location and line up with their class. At break times, we are assigning play areas for different year groups in the playground.
From tomorrow, all non-essential activities will be suspended. This will include music ensembles and music tuition, tennis and languages lessons and chess club. If your child works with OT, speech or other therapists, please contact them and make other arrangements for sessions Got Game sport in K-2 will continue, but class groups will do lessons in separate locations.
I have communicated with Inner West Council OOSH and TASK about ensuring that their services promote physical distancing as much as possible.
Thank you for the messages of support you have sent our teachers and staff members in recent days. Thank you to our staff members for their ongoing efforts and positivity in very challenging circumstances.