Dear Parents and Carers,
I hope you had a welcome change of pace over the holiday break and some time together without having to balance learning from home with other demands. Welcome back to Term 4.
At Stanmore Public School, we will continue to learn from home for the start of Term 4. It is important that you continue to keep your children home if you are able to work from home. While we are planning for our return to face-to-face learning and continuing home learning, there will continue to be minimal supervision for students on site, and all students will be provided with the same work as they would be completing at home.
I know we are all excited about the coming freedoms available to those who are fully vaccinated in NSW, but I ask every family to hold on just a little bit longer to give us the time we need to complete our planning for your child’s safe return.
Return to school roadmap for Term 4
In Term 4, where stay-at-home rules are still in place but high community vaccination and low transmission conditions are met, students will return to school in a staggered approach, with minimised mingling of cohorts and limited on site activities.
Students will return to face-to-face learning with NSW Health-approved COVID-safe Level 3 plus settings on school sites in the following order as announced on 30 September:
- From 18 October 2021: Kindergarten and Year 1
- From 25 October 2021: Years 2 and 6
- From 1 November 2021: Years 3, 4 and 5
We are currently planning the specifics of the return to school schedule at Stanmore Public School, particularly in relation to our multi-age classes across the school. This will be communicated to the school community as soon as possible.
The return to school roadmap is subject to change depending on new information expected through the Public Health Order and additional advice from NSW Health.
For those families who have siblings across year groups I know it will be difficult to keep some at home while others are back on site. But to re-iterate the message above – we need this time to prepare our school and operations for having all our students back, so it’s essential that you only send your children to school in line with our set plan.
Thank you for your understanding and support during what is going to be both an exciting, but also an anxious time over the coming term. As students return to on site learning, our staff will maintain a strong focus on supporting their wellbeing and re-establishing positive social connections with their peers and classmates, and on assessing their progress in literacy and numeracy and moving their learning forward in these areas.
Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us if we can do anything to help you and your children to prepare for the return to face-to-face learning or if you have any concerns about the return to school.
I look forward to sharing more detailed COVID-safe plans for a return to face-to-face learning with you in the coming weeks.