Children will come to school and continue with their regular classes and specialist lessons. They will enjoy their play times in the yard at recess and lunchtime and will be dismissed to their parents or the OSHC program at the end of the day.
At this point in time, the events that have been postponed:
· Monday 16th March - Assembly
· Tuesday 17th March - Year 6 GRIP Leadership Conference (cancelled)
· Wednesday 18th March - Year 3 to 6 House Cross Country
· Friday 20th March - Working Bee
· Monday 23rd March
o Parent Teacher Interviews
o Multicultural Assembly (students still asked to come dressed in multicultural clothes on the day only the whole school parade will not take place)
· Tuesday 24th March
o Parent Teacher Interviews
· Friday 27th March – Leaders Assembly
In the unlikely event that the Department advises us to close the School or Kindergarten, there will be no OSHC program for childcare. If this does occur then we will inform you of the working at home arrangement for all students.
Our student, teacher and community safety is our first priority so please continue to remind your child/ren of the importance of hand washing and good hygiene, and monitor their health. Together we can work towards minimizing any inconvenience for families.
We will continue to keep you informed of Departmental Updates as we receive them.
I am writing with a further update and advice on COVID-19.
As you would be aware, the Prime Minister announced a number of measures earlier today that all Premiers have agreed to, on the basis of the advice from Australia’s Chief Medical Officer and Chief Health Officers of the states and territories.
The measures do not include the closure of early childhood services, schools or higher education institutions.
As a result, all schools should continue to operate as planned on Monday and unless and until any further directions are given.
To ensure schools are provided with up-to-date information, I will be providing a daily update, including over the weekends, which will be emailed to you and placed on the Coronavirus webpage . This will be provided until further notice.
In addition, it is important to note that one measure announced today was that all non-essential planned gatherings of more than 500 people should be cancelled from Monday.
Details of the kind of school activities that should be cancelled as a result of this advice are currently being identified by the Department of Education and Training on the advice of the Department of Health and Human Services. Further information will be provided over the weekend.
Clearly, however, it is possible that school closures will occur in the coming weeks.
As indicated in the update provided yesterday, schools should plan to ensure the provision of learning continuity for all students. This can include online learning, the provision of learning materials in hard copy or the use of learning resources that students can access and download from the Department’s Learning from Home website that will be made available in the event that a school closure occurs.
Dr David Howes
Schools and Regional Services