STUDENT FREE DAY ARRANGEMENTS – Week 10 Term 1 2020
26 March 2020
Dear parents and caregivers,
Following on from my letter earlier today, can I please re-iterate that Monday 30 March 2020 to Friday 03 April 2020 are now Student Free Days.
This means your students are not to attend school, unless you are an essential worker.
Students of non-essential workers are not required to notify the school of student absences next week.
As per the government directives, all of us should be ensuring we stay at home except for essential activities such as buying food. This is especially the case for children next week as we go into the school break.
Students of essential workers MUST notify the school if your child is attending next week by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org by 8.00am each day. This allows us to plan appropriate supervision and exercise our duty of care. We are working through planning some supervised activities, but will not be providing a list of these things to parents. If your child is attending, please send them in uniform, with a hat and lunch as per usual.
Staff will be planning for a blended delivery model of learning from next term, however we also cannot guarantee what decisions might be made about schools following the Easter break. This will mean that students may attend school, or may engage in their learning either online or via traditional means. We will have more information about this before the end of the school term.
Please appreciate that these decisions are being made quickly, and we are having to respond rapidly. We'll continue to communicate with you as we make progress, or as this situation changes.
Important Notice: COVID-19 Update
Dear Parents and Caregivers
As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, we have been closely following Department of Education directives, which are based on the advice of Queensland Health.
I thank you for your patience as we have worked through these challenging times. Your support has allowed us to maintain a focus on teaching and learning and some normality of routine for the children of our school.
The Queensland Government has today announced that an additional five (5) Student Free Days will be in place next week, from Monday 30 March to Friday 3 April inclusive.
This means the Term 1 break will start early for students and your child will not attend school next week, unless they are children of essential workers or vulnerable children, such as those in out-of-home care.
Essential workers are those that must currently continue to attend their workplace during this difficult time and supervision will be provided at our school for children of these workers where required during the week of 30 March to 3 April inclusive.
If you are an essential worker and wish to send your child to school to be supervised next week you must ensure your child is well and not displaying any signs of illness.
The Student Free Days have been provided to allow Queensland state school staff opportunities to plan for the delivery of learning in the event that the education sector needs to move to flexible and remote learning for students at the commencement of Term 2.
Where needed, Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) may be available for children and families over these student free days. This decision is at the discretion of the OSHC provider. This will support parents who are working hard to combat the COVID-19 virus and assure them that their children have access to a safe and secure site outside of school hours. Further information about OSHC availability can be found at https://www.startingblocks.gov.au/find-child-care/
School will resume on Monday 20 April unless health advice determines otherwise. Further information on the return of students to school for Term 2 will be provided over the Term 1 break.
If you would like to support your child's learning next week, a newly established learning@home website has been developed by the Department of Education and can be accessed at https://education.qld.gov.au/curriculum/learning-at-home.
This site contains a range of student learning material and other high quality education websites that will help your child's learning.
You are also encouraged to stay informed of the latest health developments relating to COVID-19 by regularly visiting the Queensland Health website:
I realise these latest developments may create challenges for parents and caregivers, both in terms of disruption for students and for families who need to manage supervision of children at home. Please be assured that the decision has only been taken as a necessary response to the evolving COVID-19 situation.
The Department of Education will continue to keep all principals up-to-date with any further changes to schooling over the coming days and weeks and I will continue to provide parents with this information as it becomes available. Further information for parents, including Questions and Answers has been developed by the Department of Education and can be found here.
Thank you for your understanding as we continue to work together to support and educate your children during this difficult and unprecedented time.
Important Notice: COVID-19 Update
Dear Parents and Caregivers,
As we continue to work with our department around the recommendations to keep our community safe we have some new processes we would like you to help us with. We want to keep you up-to-date with this extremely fluid situation, as COVID-19 continues to unfold. Please seek all moment by moment updates from https://www.health.gov.au/.
It is clear that there is a great deal of care being provided throughout our community and I know our staff are working hard to ensure teaching, learning and the well-being of our students remain our priority.
Today I want to provide you with an update in relation to a number of aspects of schooling that have been communicated through the Department of Education to all schools. Ultimately our school remains open and we encourage all students to come to school every day, unless they are sick or unwell.
Earlier this week, the Australian Government updated new social distancing directions – and this now includes a new and lower threshold of 100 people for indoor non-essential gatherings. The normal teaching and learning processes in schools are exempt from this direction as they are essential operations and should continue as planned.
Pick Up and Drop Off
- Prep and Year 1 parents:
- Please drop your kids in the kiss and go before school. Our early years staff will be in the red square before school to pick your children up from 8.40am.
- At the end of the day your student will be taken back to the kiss and go in the afternoon from 2.40pm. Older siblings can meet them there and we will make sure teachers are waiting with students observing the social distancing rules on the oval.
- If you have a Kindy student please pick up and drop off at the classroom at bell time. A teacher aide will be in the classroom.
- If you walk your children to school please pick up and drop off at the classroom on the bell time.
- All other year levels:
- If you use the kiss and go normally please continue to do so: please make sure you have your family name easily visible on the window.
- We would appreciate minimal numbers of parents on site if possible.
We acknowledge that the kiss and go will be abnormally busy,
we ask you to be patient and follow the road rules.
We are continuing to review the way we do business and to ensure we adhere to health authority advice about safe social distancing. There will be new ways of working for all schools, which are naturally people-centred places and we want to ensure our students still experience their regular schooling each and every day during this period.
Absences and Communication
If you are keeping your student at home please call the absentee line (5549 4266) or email email@example.com, and leave a detailed message outlining the reason for the absence.
Requesting work for students not attending school and assessment
Please be mindful of this additional workload when you are communicating with teachers. They will happily answer your questions about students who are at school and do their best for those who are not.
At this stage we will not be providing work home for students whose families are choosing to self-isolate. However, our on-line platform is being built by our very talented staff should the school require it in the future.
The department have made the following link live for families to access at home learning, should parents wish to do so:
We understand that there are some questions around Semester 1 assessment and mid-year reporting. Please be assured that we will assess your children only on what they have been present for at school. At this stage we will not be sending assessments home. What our 2020 mid-year reporting period looks like is not yet known.
Teachers are not in a position to communicate health advice, attendance policy or assessment policy variations. Thank you for understanding and support around this.
We will be receiving shipments of hand sanitizer and soap wash from the Federal Government during this week. These items are being ordered in bulk to refill containers as needed.
Queensland Health is urging all communities to continue to be extra vigilant about health and hygiene at this time and to that end, have asked us remind our community of simple but important hygiene practices that support public health by:
- Vigorous hand washing with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rubs;
- Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue or flexed elbow when coughing or sneezing; and
- Avoiding contact with anyone who has flu-like symptoms.
In response to many of our staff being in a position where they need to consider their health and the health of their family members, classrooms are going to look different. Some of our staff fall into the category where they need to go home and self-isolate and look after their families. Please know we are supporting their decision to stay home and we will work with the remaining staff to ensure students are receiving their education. This may mean adjustments to class grouping and our specialist teams taking classes during the day.
We have also been provided with an additional 20 hours in our cleaning roster. The bathrooms are being cleaned both in the morning and in the middle of the day.
Please appreciate due to the highly fluid nature and ever changing advice around COVID-19 we don't definitively know exactly how the upcoming period will progress, however we continue to work with you to keep you updated as things unfold.
I will continue to keep you all updated with any changes that arise. Please make sure that you all heed the current advice from the Government, and we'll do our very best to ensure that we continue to offer a safe and supportive learning environment for your children.
Good morning NVSS families and caregivers,
Our country finds itself today with an unprecedented event that we need to address as a school community. We have taken the advice from the State Health Department and in turn our own Education Department and now we have actions we must follow in order to keep our community safe. Please know that all payments received will be refunded from today for any school event to date. Attached to this letter is the refund form. Please do not ask for school credits, we need to apply a refund for these events. You will be required to complete the form and send it back to firstname.lastname@example.org or drop it in at the office (this form requires a signature for the refund to be processed).
Year 6: Canberra 2020 is cancelled
Year 5: Lake Ainsworth 2020 is cancelled
Year 4: Camp Maranatha 2020 is cancelled
All further camps are cancelled at this stage.
All further excursions are cancelled at this stage.
Parent TV information session: Cancelled.
Year Level Assembly: Cancelled and students will receive awards in classes.
Men's Shed: Cancelled until further notice.
Prep to Year 2: Ditto Incursion still going ahead in small groups (safe distance rules apply).
Bully NO WAY Day: Will go ahead with internal activities in classes, please wear Orange shirts.
Go Blue for Austim Day: Please wear a blue shirt, activities will continue in classes.
Prep to Year 2: Easter Bonnet Parade is cancelled.
Year 1 to Year 6: Religious Instruction is cancelled.
ANZAC Day: Cancelled. We will recognise the day with in class activities and via a whole school PA process. There will be no school attendance at the Pimpama Service.
Gala days cancelled.
Sports days: Cancelled (time trialled events will be run by Mr Cook).
Representative Sport: We are still to be advised by the region around this new process.
When waiting before or after school for buses or the bell to go, we would recommend that you arrive as close to bell time as possible and use the Kiss and Go.
We have been through our school calendar and made adaptions and cancellations as we can, under the advisement of the State and Federal Governments.
We acknowledge the concerns these changes create, however we appreciate your support as we work together to keep our community safe. If you choose to keep your child home as a precaution, please note that we will be unable to provide any additional schoolwork for your child. In the event that we close our school, provisions will be made for education at home.
The Norfolk Village State School Leadership Team