The Weekly Wrap – Term 2 Week 9 – 2020

It’s hard to believe that we are just two weeks away from our mid-year break. The last 2-3 months have been most challenging for everyone as we have navigated our way through this dreadful COVID-19 pandemic. A big thank you to all for your ongoing understanding and support with the restrictions we’ve had in place over this time – many of which will continue into Term 3.

Whilst we are most fortunate to be living in a state that has achieved such positive results in reducing COVID-19 transmissions, we continue to follow the advice from the Department for Education (informed by SA Health), on how to keep our staff, students and community safe.

Please take time to read through the latest COVID-19 information and other news below.

Best wishes to all for the week ahead.

Regards, Paul, Rob and Nicky

COVID-19 Update – Step 3

The Premier has announced step 3 of the COVID-19 roadmap, with the Department providing further advice to schools. This means we can prepare to review some of the restrictions currently in place for Craigburn Primary School.

Please take note of the following updated expectations and some of the changes that may occur in the following weeks and months as a result of ongoing review. All of these will be at the discretion of the Principal.

Physical distancing requirements remain in place

All adults must continue to follow the density and physical distancing guidelines outlined by SA Health:

  • no more than 1 person per 4-square metres in an enclosed space
  • maintain a minimum social distance of 1.5 metres.

A reminder that the AHPPC does not believe that it’s appropriate or practical for students and children to maintain physical distancing requirements in classrooms or corridors.

From Monday 29 June, there will be no cap on the number of people in 1 room, however the above physical distancing and room density requirements must be followed by adults e.g. meetings. 

The Impact of Step 3 on our school

From the first day back of Term 3 on Tuesday 21st July the following activities may resume providing government health advice and physical distancing requirements are strictly followed:

  • Parents may continue to enter school grounds to drop off and/or collect children.
  • Departmental support and other service providers may enter school grounds and work with designated children. This includes psychologists, speech pathologists, social workers, curriculum and school improvement support, and any other service that is vital to the health, wellbeing and learning outcomes of our students. 
  • All external service providers must complete the site access form on entry.
  • Volunteers will be reintroduced gradually into school during early Term 3, including canteen, second hand uniform shop volunteers. They will need to strictly adhere to physical distancing requirements and will be required to complete the site access form on every entry into the school.
  • Whole school assemblies will resume from Week 2. Parents will not be allowed to attend at this point due to the inability to ensure appropriate physical distancing. Team assemblies will not be held until physical distancing restrictions for adults are changed.
  • Intrastate camps and excursions but only with strict adherence to The Department’s guidelines.
  • Sapasa Sports competitions will recommence – events may be modified.
  • School choir continues, however there will be no Festival of Music performance at the Festival Theatre.
  • Year 7 graduation scheduled for late Term 4 will go ahead – again the ceremony may need to be modified.

We will wait to see what Term 3 brings before we begin to consider the COVID-19  impact on the following events:

  • Sports Day – we are aiming to reschedule Sports Day for Term 4, once again pending advice from SA Health. 
  • Celebration Night – scheduled for the Monday evening last week of the school year.

Please note we will be continually assessing the risk prior to any changes to the activities / events listed above. 

Requirements that Remain in Place

  • It’s important that students and staff stay home if they are unwell.
  • Parents are still required to remain outside of classrooms and buildings – physical distancing requirements are to be followed. 
  • The general public should not access school playgrounds or play equipment after school hours.
  • Parents must continue to physical distance, including at school pick-up and drop-off.
  • Interstate and overseas travel remains on hold.

 While all SA borders will open on 20 July, the department will consult with SA Health regarding interstate school camps and provide further advice to schools. 

Student Free Days 

The remaining two student free days have been endorsed by Governing Council for:

  • Monday 20th July 
  • Friday 20th November

On these student free days, staff will continue to undertake professional learning relevant to our improvement priorities and in line with the Department’s ‘Learning Design, Assessment and Moderation’ strategy.

OSHC will be open for bookings on these days.

Our Governing Council will be considering the date for our annual school closure – set aside as a day of local significance. Note, this is typically aligned to the Royal Adelaide Show week, which has been cancelled due to COVID-19. Please stay tuned for this to be confirmed.

To Note

Education Act 

The Education and Children’s Services Act 2019 (the Act) passed Parliament on 1 August 2019. The Act replaces the Education Act 1972 and the Children Service’s Act 1985 and will commence 1 July 2020. 

It provides a contemporary framework for delivering high-quality children’s services and compulsory education in South Australia.

Benefits of the Act

  • The Act modernises the way we deliver children’s services and education in South Australia, strengthening our commitment to focus on the best interest of the child in everything we do.
  • It promotes parent, caregiver and community involvement in educating and developing children and students, while acknowledging the efforts of all teachers and educators.
  • It brings together employment arrangements for government school and preschool teachers and leaders, and more closely aligns these arrangements with the Public Sector Act 2009

While the Act largely deals with government schools, preschools and children’s services, some parts apply to non-government schools and providers of approved learning programs.For example:

  • the requirements for compulsory enrolment and attendance of children at school
  • protections for teachers and staff of schools, preschools and children’s services.

Find out more about the Act

The delivering better schools infographic (PDF 418KB) also highlights some of the benefits of the Act.