Dear parents & carers,
As we reach the end of Week 2, I’d like to thank you all for your ongoing support of your children’s learning from home, and for your generous messages of support and recognition for our hard-working staff members.
I’d also like to recognise the outstanding work being done by our teachers and support staff to keep students’ learning moving forward and generate new Learning From Home Plans and associated resources each week; and applaud our students, who have had to discover new reserves of independence, initiative and resilience within themselves during this period.
Next week, we move into Phase 1 of the Department of Education’s Managed Return to School Plan, with the majority of our students attending school one day per week. The staff and I are greatly looking forward to seeing students back in classrooms and the playground on their allocated day, and we have all been working hard to create plans that maximise the effectiveness of children’s day at school, and keep our students, staff and community safe in light of COVID-19.
The school’s operations will again undergo significant changes on Monday. We are expecting between 180 – 260 students attending school on most days, in class groups of 10 – 15. Teachers will be working mostly on site, with some flexible rostering still in place, instructing students both in the classroom and at home, with all students following the Learning From Home Plan every day. If your family has not been informed of your allocated day at school, or you need to send your child to school on additional days, please email the school office as soon as possible.
A range of procedures to support social distancing will be implemented. We are asking parents to avoid coming on to the school site where possible, and if they have to come onto the school site, to maintain a 1.5m distance from other adults and leave as quickly as possible. There are separate gathering areas for students to line up before school and after breaks, and seating arrangements in classrooms will be spaced apart.
The front corridor outside the office is being converted into an additional sick bay area, and children who present with cold and flu symptoms will be asked to wait for parents in this area while being monitored by office staff. To support staff and community health, we ask that children be kept home if they display any symptoms of illness, and medical assessment be sought if there is any doubt.
Teachers will spend significantly more time in classrooms supervising student learning on site, as well as preparing weekly Learning From Home Plans and creating resources and videos. As a result, they will be less available on Seesaw and Google Classroom to answer questions and provide feedback and support to students learning at home. On the day that children attend school, they will have the opportunity to receive feedback and guidance on their learning from their teacher.
Children and parents learning at home can still message teachers through Seesaw and Classroom, but it may take longer for them to respond, and the amount of feedback provided for work submitted online will be reduced.
It would be naive to assume that everything will run like clockwork immediately. Despite our best efforts in planning and preparation, there are bound to be bugs in the system and challenges along the way. Please be patient and understanding while we negotiate these hurdles. A document outlining Procedures for Parents in more detail is included in this newsletter – please take the time to read them carefully.
Finally, I’d like to wish the mothers of Stanmore PS a very happy Mother’s Day on Sunday. Thank you to all of the mums, grandmas, stepmums, foster mums, aunties and mother figures in our community – I hope you are showered with love and affection this weekend!
And in case you missed it, here’s my video message for this week:
Until next week,