21 May 2020
In line with the State Government’s plan for a phased return to onsite learning in Victorian Schools. Tuesday will be an exciting time as students reunite with their friends, peers and teachers, and our school begins to return to being a vibrant Catholic learning community.
As parents and carers you have been incredibly supportive of remote learning over the past several weeks, but I know many will join me in looking forward to the return to the school routine and classroom-based teaching. The period of remote learning, while challenging in some ways, has strengthened the sense of partnership we have with you in the education process. Your support, trust and faith in the school during these difficult times is acknowledged and appreciated.
I am very proud of our staff who have done an enormous amount of work to keep our students progressing with their learning and now preparing for their return. Our teachers are also very aware that some students will need extra support when they return and we will monitor each child’s progress closely.
A reminder about the following dates:
Monday 25 May School Closure Day
(As advised by the State Government and Catholic Education Office)
Tuesday 26 May Years Prep, 1 & 2 will return to school
Monday 8 June School Closure Day (Queens Birthday – Public Holiday)
Tuesday 9 June Years 3, 4, 5 & 6 students will return to school
Students in year levels 3, 4, 5 & 6 who cannot be supervised at home will continue to attend school as they have been over recent weeks.
We will operate within the Victorian Government’s recommended COVID-19 safety guidelines, regarding hygiene practices, social distancing for adults and restricted access to the school site.
The following procedures and protocols will be implemented for the Stage 1 return for students in Years Prep, 1 and 2.
- Parents will not be able to enter the school grounds.
- Parents are asked to contact the school by phone or email as required.
- Non-contact greetings should be encouraged.
- Entry to the school administration will be limited to 2 people.
- Parents will be asked to walk their child/children to the front gates of the school (multiple entry points) where you will be greeted by school staff.
- School staff will then accompany children to their learning areas as required.
- A “Quick Drop and Go“ will be trialled during this period, where families stop their vehicle along the boundary of the Parish Hall, children exit the car and make their way to the school grounds.
- The “Quick Drop and Go” will not be a parking area and is for mornings only.
- A staff member will monitor this area daily.
- Student entry to school grounds will be from 20am – 8.50am each day.
- The Before School Program will continue to be available from 00am – 8.20 daily.
- Students in Year Prep along with siblings in other levels will be dismissed at 45pm each day Monday to Friday
- Students in Years 1, 2 and other year levels being supervised will be dismissed at 00pm each day Monday to Friday.
- Students will be accompanied by classroom teachers to designated exit points (school gates) at the end of each day at dismissal times.
- Parents will remain at the gates whilst waiting for their child to arrive. A reminder about social distancing expectations.
- The school’s after school program will remain available for students from 00pm to 6.00pm each day.
- All staff and students will undertake regular hand hygiene throughout the day.
- Students will practice hand hygiene before and after each of the lunch and recess breaks. (Washing hands/access to hand sanitiser)
- Adventure playgrounds will remain closed.
- Playground equipment (sports equipment, etc..) will be used.
- All playground equipment will be cleaned each day as a minimum.
- Hand hygiene must be practiced before and after use of any sporting equipment.
- Non-contact sports will be maintained during Physical Education.
- Drinking fountains/bubblers will not be available.
- Students will bring their own water bottle for use (and refilling) at school.
Extended and increased cleaning arrangements continue:
- Learning Areas
- Door handles
- Technology – Devices
- Toilets etc…
MANAGEMENT OF AN UNWELL STUDENT OR STAFF
It is important that any staff member or student who becomes unwell while at school return home. While it is unlikely that a staff member or student is unwell with flu-like symptoms will have COVID-19, there are steps we have taken while a student awaits collection by a parent or carer as a precaution.
- Students experiencing compatible symptoms with COVID-19, such as fever, cough or sore throat, should be isolated in an appropriate space with suitable supervision and collected by a parent/carer as soon as possible.
- If a staff member is unsure whether a student is unwell, it is advisable in the first instance to contact the parent/carer to discuss any concerns about the health status of the student and taking a precautionary approach, request the parent/carer to collect their child if concerns remain.
- Families will need to provide a medical certificate indicating that their child is well to return to school after being unwell.
- Children will wash their hands regularly with soap throughout the day.
- The school has also purchased bottles of sanitizer for each child from Prep – 6.
- Once the bottle is finished we ask that families provide any further sanitizer required.
- Please notify your child’s teacher if you do not want your child to receive a sanitizer bottle.
- There will be no take home readers for the remainder of the term.
- There will be no borrowing of books from the library for the remainder of the term.
- Each child must have their own drink bottle, as drinking taps will not be used.
- We ask that children do not bring personal items to school including sports equipment and toys.
- Children will have specialist classes as per normal beginning Tuesday 2 June.
- Teachers of Years Prep, 1 & 2 will communicate with parents about Home Learning.
- More information about the return of our Year 3-6 students will follow over the next two weeks.
- All children are to wear winter uniform when returning to school.
Once a year level has returned to school, all students will be expected to attend school as normal. This means that if you choose to keep your child/children home after their year level has returned to onsite schooling, we can no longer support their learning from home.
We look forward to welcoming all students back to our St.Peter Chanel School community over the coming weeks.
“You know you really miss someone when you crave something so simple, such as the sound of their voice:
We acknowledged our mothers and all special women in our lives last week with Mother’s Day. I hope all the mothers had a wonderful day spending quality time with their loved ones. May God continue to bless them all with the continued gifts of love, wisdom, strength and joy.
LEARNING AT HOME
Thank you for your ongoing commitment and support to Learning at Home. Our students continue to respond and remain engaged to their learning during this unusual time in education. Your willingness and ability to partner with the school and educators in making it possible is greatly appreciated.
To further strengthen our partnership, the school will commence with face-to-face connectivity with students using Google Meet. This has been a strategic decision not to do so until this point, allowing students the opportunity to adjust to the change in learning at home, become familiar with the learning grids and establish routines. Teachers will contact parents regarding the introduction of Google Meets for their students shortly.
Remote Learning guidelines and protocols have been established and will shared with parents via the Seesaw App, outlining expectations regarding the use of technology. Please read the information carefully and contact your child’s teacher if you do not want your child to participate in the Google Meet.
Thankyou to all families who completed the parent survey on Remote Learning. Your responses were greatly appreciated and have been considered as we continue to navigate our way through this way of student learning.
RETURN TO SCHOOL
As our priority remains the health and safety of our school community, I want to reassure you that the school is well-prepared for the return of students. All areas of the school have been thoroughly sanitized, furniture cleaned and carpets steam cleaned in anticipation of students returning.
As parents, you have a critical role in supporting the return of students to school:
- Exercise good judgment by keeping children home if they are feeling unwell for any reason
- Talk to children about the situation, as they may be feeling anxious in returning to school. You have a key role in helping students feel prepared and safe.
- It is also important that you ensure that your child is aware of the need and expectation of good hygiene practises whilst at school.
As indicated by the Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews, students in:
Years Prep, 1 & 2 will return to school on Tuesday 26 May
Years 3, 4, 5 & 6 will return to school on Tuesday 9 June
As a result:
- There will be no Learning At Home for students in Years Prep, 1 & 2 from Friday
- Learning at Home will continue for students in Years 3, 4, 5 & 6 (please note school closures below)
- Students in Years 3, 4, 5 & 6 who can Learn at Home must Learn at Home
- Supervision of students in Years 3, 4, 5 & 6, whose parents are deemed essential service workers will continue
- Parents / Carers will not be permitted on school grounds
- Students will be dropped off and collected at school gates and entry points
- Students will walk directly to their learning area upon arrival in the morning
- Educators will monitor /supervise entry and exiting of students each day
- School hours may be adjusted to accommodate social distancing requirements
- The school playground equipment will not be in use
- Students who present as unwell will be asked to be collected by parents from school
Parents are asked to note the following school closure days on:
Friday 22 May.
The day will be assigned to teachers to finalise Semester One reports for students. Teachers will not be available to students on this day. No Learning at Home will be provided for the day.
Monday 25 May
(Directive from Victorian Government)
Preparation for staff / educators for the return of Year Prep, 1 & 2 students
School reports for Semester One will be modified this year as a result of the shortened Term One and the Learning at Home that has taken place during Term Two. Reports will consist of Learning Statements in each of the three areas: Religious Education, Mathematics and English, as well as a comment about the student’s general capabilities and work ethic. School Reports will be sent home Thursday 25 June. Parents who would like to discuss their child’s report are asked to contact teachers in Term Three.
STAYING SMART – ONLINE
Every year, we are reminded about the importance of Staying Smart Online. The importance of staying safe and secure online while using mobile devices – for social networking, banking, shopping and navigating the Internet is paramount.
A number of resources to promote the awareness are available from the Stay Smart Online website. Stay Smart Online is the Australian Government’s online safety and security website, designed to help everyone understand the risks and the simple steps we can take to protect our personal and financial information online. The awareness is an opportunity to reinforce safe and responsible online behaviour with students and their families.
For more information see the Stay Smart Online website –www.staysmartonline.gov.au
Enrolments for Prep 2021 are now open. To be eligible to commence school next year, children will need to be five years of age by 30 April, 2021. Enrolments are also being accepted for other year levels. Enrolment Packs are available from the school administration.
TERM DATES FOR 2020
Term 1 Friday, 31 January – Friday, 27 March
Term 2 Tuesday, 14 April to Friday, 26 June
Term 3 Monday, 13 July to Friday, 18 September
Term 4 Monday, 5 October to Tuesday, 15 December
Mr Armando Gagliardi
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