Dear Parent/ Caregiver,
With many families now choosing to self-isolate from the school this week I would like to update the school community on a few important points as we move into the final week of Term 1.
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 that while schools will remain open, the Term 1 break will start early for students and they will not attend school next week, unless they are children of essential workers or vulnerable children.
Essential workers are those that must currently continue to attend their workplace during this difficult time. This includes early childhood and school staff.
The Student Free Days have been provided to allow our teachers the opportunity to plan for continuity of student learning in the event that the education sector needs to move to flexible and remote learning at the commencement of Term 2. State schools will be formally closed for the Term 1 break from the end of Friday, 3 April. Staff will return to work on Monday 20 April unless health advice determines otherwise.
For those essential workers who are sending their child / children to school we continue to take care to minimise risks for our staff and students. This includes extra cleaning of toilets and computer labs, physical distancing where possible, classroom hygiene initiatives (use of hand sanitisers, washing of hands and use of tissues).
It is appropriate for parents to keep their children at home under supervision should their child be sick, if the parents are concerned about underlying health issues or if they are worried in any way. Parents are reminded that if whilst at school a child develops symptoms such as a sore throat, significant coughing or sneezing, high temperatures or flu like symptoms then parents will be contacted to come and collect their child.
During this unprecedented time it will be vitally important for parents to be vigilant in looking for signs of anxiety and depression in their children. Parents will need to continue to be reassuring and supportive in this time of uncertainty and acknowledge that this may be a stressful time for students of all ages. Young people will be looking towards their parents to keep things in context. In this Special Report from Child Psychologist, Michael Carr-Gregg, parents and caregivers will be provided with some guidelines on how best to navigate this time of transition with minimal disruption. If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please contact the school for further information or seek medical or professional help. Here is the link to your special report
In preparation for Term 2 all parents will be surveyed next week on a range of topics including planned attendance, home digital capability and access to the internet. Please keep an eye out for this survey as the data collected will assist us in ensuring we have plans in place to meet the needs of every child and family where possible.
Curriculum - Learning Continuity Options
Our school is continuing to update and build on our approach to online learning. Currently, parents have access to a broad range of resources located on our website but this will present differently after next week when our online programs will be finalised for Term 2. Parents will be advised next week about our plan for curriculum delivery for Term 2 should the school be closed. In the meantime parents should explore every opportunity to engage with their child in a range of fun family and educational activities.
Our new tuckshop is now fully operational. Parents may now order online and children can purchase food and drinks over the counter. For children of essential workers this service will continue to operate next week and into Term 2 - please support the tuckshop where you can.
Parent / Teacher Interviews
Term 1 Parent / Teacher interviews will now be conducted over the phone next week. Bookings will open for parents to indicate their preferred time from 12.00pm Friday March 27 and close Sunday March 29 at 5.00pm.
A reminder that if you have already been involved in face to face interviews with your class teacher that a phone interview is not required.
Health and Well-being
I would encourage you to look after your own welfare and the wellbeing of your families during this time of uncertainty. I appreciate that our families may come under increasing financial, social and emotional stress. Parents are advised that families experiencing financial hardship should contact the school to discuss the situation with the Business Manager or Principal. Payment plans are available.
For families with increased social / emotional stress our school support team are available to provide advice and support to parents and students. For those families directly affected by the COVID-19 virus I have included the link below which includes information and services to help and support families.
Again the key here will be communication and I would encourage families who are in trouble in any way to contact us to see where or how we can help.
Thanks again to all for your patience and understanding as arrangements change next week.
Eumundi State School