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Online Learning Letter for Parents

Online Learning Letter for Parents

25th March 2020

 

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

I write to you at a time of great uncertainty in our country and across the world. The COVID – 19 pandemic has and will continue to impact on all of us for the foreseeable future. During this challenging and difficult time, I ask that you all please take care of yours and your family’s health and wellbeing.

To assist parents/caregivers the Australian Psychological Society have developed an information sheet entitled Tips for coping with coronavirus anxiety. The link below is provided to help you to locate this helpful information.

https://www.psychology.org.au/COVID-19-Australians

I would like to thank our families for their support at this time. A significant number of you have chosen to remove your child/children from school and self-isolate. The open communication between the school and families has been appreciated. For those still sending their child/children to school, we are appreciative of the trust you have placed in us in keeping your child/children as safe as we possibly can in relation to this virus.

Recently a number of decisions were made at the school to minimise the risk to both student and staff of exposure to the virus. These measures included:

  • Visitors to our site restricted to essential services only, such as the delivery of goods and contractors for the maintenance and repair of our facilities. This means that access to the site by external providers such as Occupational Therapist, Psychologist, etc. has been suspended for the foreseeable future.
  • Parents/caregivers have been requested to not come on site, unless specifically invited to. Contact with the school should be via phone calls, the text messaging service and email.
  • Excursions and Camps, in general, have been be cancelled or postponed. Exceptions may be made for some excursions after a full risk assessment indicates a low risk of potential exposure.
  • Large assemblies have been cancelled.
  • There will be no home visits conducted by staff.
  • Required meetings between the school and families, such as re-entry meetings, will be conducted by phone.
  • The continued education of students and staff on the best advice hygiene practices including hand washing, covering of the mouth and nose with an elbow or a tissue when coughing or sneezing  and limiting drink fountain use to the re-filling of drink bottles.
  • The Homework Centre and the Dungeons and Dragons Club have been cancelled for now.
  • The Ice Factor Program has been suspended.
  • Staff are not attending off-site meetings or professional development unless direct to by the department.

Currently, we are running all lessons on site. Teachers are uploading assignments, homework and relevant resources to Daymap for students to access online. Face to face lessons will continue until the Department for Education advises us otherwise. 

Teachers are working with their Learning Area Leaders on how best to provide further online learning support in the event of very low attendance numbers or an enforced school closure. To assist with online learning, we advise all students to ensure they know their Learnlink email address and password. If they are unsure, they need to contact or speak with their Care Group teacher or our ICT support staff. In order to engage in online learning, students will need access at home to a computer or IPad (or similar) with internet access.

We understand that some families may have difficulty accessing online learning support. In such situations, we are looking at ways to provide hardcopies of materials for either collection or via the mail.  This form of learning support is still being thought through.

Whether learning is online, in hardcopy form or a combination of both, it is essential that students take textbooks and other required learning materials home. If students do not have these learning materials at home, they will need to arrange to collect these materials from the school.

If you have not accessed our Facebook page, I encourage you to do so. This is where we post updates about COVID 19 and other potentially helpful information about the school.

Let’s continue to work together to keep our students safe, healthy and engaged in their learning.

Kind regards,

 

Karen Bond

Principal