The Weekly Wrap – Term 2 Week 1 – 2020

Dear Families

We look forward to formally reconnecting with students, staff and families at school tomorrow to begin Term 2. We appreciate and thank you for your ongoing support as we continue to work through the evolving COVID-19 situation.

To start the term, we are expecting approximately 80% students to be learning at school and 20% learning at home. If the COVID-19 cases remain at zero, we expect a higher attendance the following week. Thank you to the families who completed the updated attendance survey. We understand that the decision for your child/ren to attend school or remain home, would not have been an easy one. For families where students are learning at home, our endeavour is to support you as best we can. 

Regardless of what our attendance looks like from day one, our focus will be on reconnecting with students and families as best we can, whether they are at school or home.

As mentioned in the last update many of our plans have changed and we will need to wait and see what the beginning of the week looks like. We will be reviewing plans and making adjustments along the way.

We would again like to acknowledge and thank our entire staff (teaching, learning support, admin, library, ICT and grounds) for their ongoing hard work and commitment in preparing for Term 2. They have shown great flexibility in adapting and adjusting to the constant changes. Their focus has always been on the children they teach and support, as well as keeping the school running. They have continued to work through their holiday break, meeting in teams to prepare as best they can. 

We are understand that families have had to adjust to a new way of living, bringing with it many challenges. We send positive thoughts to those of you who have been more challenged – whether it be work, family or health related. Please reach out to us if needed. 

We express our sincere gratitude and thanks to students and families who have extended their best wishes to our staff over recent times. It means a lot – and is like adding ‘fuel in the tank.’ 

We especially would like to thank the students and families who created this inspirational thank you video message to staff – it’s awesome and has been well received.

You can check out the video message below and on our Facebook Page.

Best wishes to all for the start of Term 2 – continue to stay safe, take care and stay tuned for more information as it comes to hand.

Kind regards, Paul, Rob and Nicky

Further information and few reminders to note.

General

  • School recommences Monday 27 April at normal time.
  • If parents choose to keep their child/ren at home, remote learning will continue for those students.

Communication

  • Over the last few days our telephone line has been down, we are seeking to resolve this asap. If needed, please contact us by phone 82704144 or email dl.1226.admin@schools.sa.edu.au
  • If contact needs to be made by a parent / carer with a class teacher, please email the teacher directly or contact the front office.
  • Seesaw will primarily be used to share student learning. We encourage families to not use the messaging function to communicate directly with teachers – please use email.
  • If you need to contact or make an appointment with a member of Admin or Leadership, please make contact via phone 82704144 or by email dl.1226.admin@schools.sa.edu.au

Social Distancing 

  • Further social distancing measures will be in place as per Department and health advice. 
  • For the immediate time we are restricting access to the school grounds in an effort to strengthen the safety for everyone. We ask families and students to adhere to the following expectations.
  • Parents / Carers on School Grounds
    • We ask parents / carers to not be on school grounds unless dropping off / collecting their child/ren from class. Only one member of each family at a time please. Other family members need to remain outside of the school grounds.
    • Please do not enter classrooms at all.
    • Please practise the 1.5m social distancing measure at all times.
    • Students are encouraged to enter / exit the school grounds independently where possible.
  • We ask all students and families to exit the school promptly at the end of the day – please do not use the playgrounds.
  • Please observe the 1.5m social distancing measure if collecting any student materials or attending an appointment at the front office.

 Attendance Procedures

  • Please complete the updated attendance survey if not already done so, and keep us informed by email or phone if there are any changes to your child/ren attending school.
  • Staff will follow normal attendance procedures for children at school.
  • For children learning at home, could parents / carers please email or phone the school to indicate that your child/ren is attending ‘learning at home.’

Term 2 Learning Program

  • The Department has made a commitment to continue to offer the remote learning option for students being kept at home. We may need to review how we do this during week one after we see how many students are at home and how many are at school.
  • Our pre-prepared remote learning plans will remain the same in the first week back for all students – whether they attend at school or at home.
  • We are expecting this first week to be ‘a bit messy’ as we await for further advice from the Department.
  • There are many unknowns and challenges we are yet to face. We will adapt accordingly.
  • Learning at School
    • Students returning to school on Monday will need to report to their home classes as per normal routines.
    • For the first week back, teachers will be doing their best to support students undertaking the remote learning program at school, whilst supporting students who are learning at home.
    • For those students in Years 2 – 7 who bring their own iPad to school – please ensure this is fully charged and brought to school each day.
    • For those students in Years 2 – 7 who do not participate in the BYO iPad program – a school-owned iPad will be available.
  • Learning at Home
    • Students learning at home from Monday will need to connect with their learning program via their teacher’s instructions on their class blog. Links to class blogs were provided to families via Seesaw at the end of last term.
    • Teachers will communicate via Seesaw any other materials that may be required for learning at home.
    • In the event that access to the remote learning program is problematic, an alternative program will be available for families – please contact the school if this is the case.

Access to iPads

  • We have been busy preparing school devices ready for loan, based on responses from the updated home technology questionnaire attached to the Term 2 Attendance Survey (click on link)
  • Only parents / carers whose child/ren will be learning at home and who require an iPad need to complete the questionnaire. Contact will be made from Monday onwards, when devices are ready for collection.

Health

  • Students who are unwell must remain at home. Parents or carers of children at school who are unwell will be contacted and asked to collect them as soon as possible. Students should not return to school until they are well and symptom free.

Hygiene and Cleaning

  • We will continue with the hygiene practices established at the end of Term 1 – including regular hand washing.
  • Additional cleaning has already been instituted as per department requirements.
  • Hand sanitiser will be available in all learning areas and office spaces.