Update on COVID-19 as at 23-3-20
From Wednesday 25th March parents will now have the choice as to whether they send their children to school or not. It is now for families to decide what’s best for their child.
Please call, message or email to advise if you are choosing to keep your child home and advise that COVID-19 is the reason. We will use a specific attendance code for this.
If you or family members have been overseas in the past 14 days you must self-isolate. I implore you to always act on the side of caution and keep children away from school if any sign of illness. We are coming into the flu season and this combined with COVID-19 could have serious impact on our most vulnerable people in our community and state as a whole.
At this stage school is still open and teachers are planning for ‘normal’ classroom lessons. However, to support our absent students we will provide Reading Eggs/Eggspress and Mathletics passwords so students can work from home. If you do not have access to a computer or internet at home please contact the school. We are working hard to ensure we are ready to go online and provide work for students at home, but I need to stress that we will not phase into this until schools are in complete shutdown. Teachers are still planning and teaching regular class based learning and are not in the position to also produce work for students at home.
Here is a couple of links to some online sites and podcasts to keep your children’s minds busy whilst at home learning;
If in the event we do close, we are currently working on rolling out Class Dojo across the school as a first step. Many students and parents have had experience with this system in our lower primary classes. This will enable us to not only communicate with students and parents, but provide work through the learning platform.
At school, for those who attend, we will be further increasing our social distancing measures and focus on health and safety of staff and students. As a first step please ensure you are not entering buildings unless absolutely necessary (dropping early childhood students off as an example). You will also notice increased signage around the school as of tomorrow.
As a school we will also be instructing students to wash hands prior to entering the school building at the beginning of each day. Remember that handwashing is one of the biggest defences against the COVID-19 virus. The outside toilets are open in the morning.
Finally, I want to thank you for all your ongoing support through these challenging times.
Regards Michael Park
Free Dress Day On Wednesday 18th of March we will be hold a free dress day for the whole school. Students will be asked to dress in orange (the colour of Harmony Day) or wear cultural dress or wear odd socks – all symbols of inclusion and the diversity in our school community. Students who participate will be asked to donate a gold coin and the money raised will be donated to Migrant Resource Centre to support migrants to settle successfully in Tasmania.
During Harmony Week, classes will be having discussions about Australia’s cultural diversity, inclusiveness and a sense of belonging for everyone. These themes link closely with our school value of Respect and are also associated with the anti-bullying focus of the National Day of Action Against Bullying.
Students place their order in a brown paper bag with their name, class and lunch items written on the front. The bag is given to the class teacher on Thursday morning for delivery of lunch on Friday. An updated canteen list is attached.
School Banking: Student Banking is on Thursday. Students bring along their Commonwealth Bank Dollarmites accounts and pass in to their class teacher to be banked.