I hope you have enjoyed some quality family time over the Easter and school holiday break.
Prior to the end of Term 1, the advice from the department was to prepare remote learning for Term 2. This involved teachers and support staff working industriously over 4x student free days to plan and prepare one mode of learning – for students who would either attend school or stay home. You (and your child/ren) would have received an introductory welcome from teachers on the last day of term.
Families were also asked to declare their intentions re their child/ren’s attendance for Term 2 via an online survey.
Late today, we received an update from the department and Chief Public Health Officer Professor Nicola Spurrier, encouraging families to send children to school for the start of Term 2 as from Monday 27 April.
Please refer to the attached letter and infographic (further below) from Professor Spurrier.
As per department advice, ‘We will continue to respect the preferences of parents. If they don’t feel comfortable sending their children to school or preschool for whatever reason, they won’t be obliged to.’
This means we will continue our remote learning offering for students learning from home during this time. This will be particularly important for children and young people with medical conditions who may be more vulnerable to COVID-19.
As we begin the transition from more students learning at home to more students learning in the classroom, there will be a period of adjustment. Therefore, the start of Term 2 won’t be seamless and we will need to adjust accordingly. Our pre-prepared remote learning plans will remain the same in the first week back for all students – whether they attend at school or remain home. Our initial focus will be on supporting the wellbeing of students and staff.
In the next day or so, we will invite parents to complete an updated attendance survey to declare their intentions re their child/ren’s attendance for Term 2. We will also provide further information regarding our Term 2 learning program and community safety measures.
We appreciate and thank you for your ongoing community support as we continue to work through the evolving COVID-19 situation.
In closing, I would like to thank and commend our wonderful teaching and support staff who have continued to work through their holiday period in preparing for our next phase of learning / schooling – which has again taken a different course.
Best wishes to all – stay safe, take care and stay tuned.
Kind regards, Paul