To our families and school community,
We are looking forward to everyone returning as we start the new school year!
As we know, there will continue to be challenges, but as one of the only schools in the area able to avoid closing down last year, we know we are well placed to keep everyone safe and keep our learning going.
Monday will be the first day students will be back at school, and the teachers are looking forward to having a great year!
Some important information about Covid and the start of the year is below. If you have any questions, please contact the office.
Rapid Tests (RATs)
Each student will be provided with Rapid Antegen Tests (RATs) at the start of the school year. Each student attending school should be tested on Monday and Wednesday of each week, prior to attending school. If you recieve a negative result, you do not need to take any further action. If you recieve a postive result, you will need to report it to the state department of health and the school.
The first order of RATs has arrived, and parents can collect these from the school between 12 and 3 on Friday. If you are unable to attend during this time, please contact the office so an alternative time can be arranged.
Positive Cases in schools
If there are positive cases in the school, we will publish some general information (including year level, class and days they attended) through Sentral. Please make sure you are able to access Sentral to recieve these important announcements. If there is a positive case in your class, you should continue to test using the RATs provided and check they do not show any symptoms.
Masks in schools
As was the case last year, masks are required for all students in grades 3-6 and are strongly encouraged in F-2. Students should bring a mask from home (the school has a limited number of spares for students who break or lose their mask). Students who are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons should provide a note to Mr Clydesdale
School events and parents on school grounds
As was the case last year, parents are allowed in the office and outside areas of the school. Unfortunately parents are not allowed in classrooms at this point. When you are on school grounds or in the office, please make sure you are wearing a mask.
Unfortunately events such as assemblies will not be able to go ahead at this point in time. We will let you know when these can resume as normal. We are very much looking forward to when we can continue to run our regular school program!
Breakfast club and lunchtime clubs
To minimise the mixing of different cohorts, lunchtime clubs and breakfast club will not be running for the first 2 weeks of the school year. We are hopeful that these can start up again following this period, but information will be provided in the newsletter. School gates will open at 8:45 and we remind parents that leaving students unsupervised outside of the school before this time is dangerous and is not permitted.
Students who are showing symptoms are not allowed to attend school. Please be aware that if your child is showing symptoms (e.g. running nose, cough, sore throat) you will be asked to collect them from school. While potentially disruptive, this is vital to slowing the spread of the virus and keeping everyone safe.
If you have any questions at all, please contact the office or myself and we will be happy to help!
Keep safe, and we look forward to seeing everyone at school again on Monday!