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Update from the Principal

 
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Dear Parents and Carers,

Last Friday, the Queensland Government announced that students in Years 2–10 will return to school on Monday 25 May, 2020. 

This announcement means that from 25 May, all of our students can return to school. I join our entire school team in warmly welcoming your child back. We have missed them all. 

The decision to return to school for all Queensland students is supported by Queensland’s Chief Health Officer and aligns with progressive easing of restrictions as part of the Government’s response to COVID-19.

Frequently asked questions are available to help you understand how we will implement a safe transition back to school. This includes hygiene practices such as effective hand hygiene, cough and sneeze etiquette, and restricting visitors to the school. This FAQ sheet is a general information sheet for all schools.

Advice from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) states that physical distancing is not required for students during classroom activities. However, it is still required between adults. I therefore ask parents and carers to pay particular attention to the requirement for adults to maintain physical distancing of 1.5 metres at all times while on school grounds. 

IMPORTANT - Entry in to school grounds
Parents please maintain the correct required social distancing at drop off and pick up times. 
I request that parents do not enter the school grounds unless you have a specific need – anxious child etc. Please leave the grounds promptly.
Please arrange for students to be collected from the school gates. 
I ask for parents to wait outside or just inside the gates on the main oval, the mango tree, and at the Werin and Poinciana Gates. 
Please keep the required social distancing from other families.
Prep parents – can continue to walk their Prep child to their classroom but do not enter the room and leave the grounds promptly via the most direct exit. At the bell students will be sent out to you for collection. 
Arrange a pick up point for your child and encourage them to meet you there after the home bell at 2:45pm.
Playing on Playground equipment is prohibited after school hours – our cleaners will clean this equipment in the afternoon after second break ready for the next day.

These actions will help limit the number of adults my teachers will come into contact with. Teachers are not to have face to face interviews until advised by Education Queensland. Please communicate with your child’s teacher by telephone or email.
If your child is unwell, it is essential that you keep them at home. In accordance with Queensland Health Directions, parents or carers of any child showing signs of illness will be asked to collect them immediately from the school.
New phone number or email? Please ensure your contact details are up to date and emergency contacts are relevant and correct. We may need to contact you.

I understand that some parents and carers may choose to keep their child at home due to special circumstances, medical vulnerability, or concerns about the risk of COVID-19 transmission. If you do not intend for your child to return to normal school attendance from Monday 25 May 2020, you must notify the school office. 

If you choose to keep your child at home, you remain responsible for their supervision and their learning. The learning@home website will remain available and will continue to be updated throughout Term 2 with new resources for students in Prep to Year 10. Students will also be able to view quality curriculum-based television programs on three different stations – programming information can be found on the learning@home website.

For students who have a medical reason requiring them to remain at home or in isolation, please contact the school office and discuss with your child’s teacher an appropriate approach to continuing their learning.

Report Cards
A short amended Semester One Report Card will be completed by teachers this term. Due to the interruptions to our normal operations by the COVID-19 pandemic this report will only give an academic score (A-E or equivalent) for English, Maths, Science and specialist areas. This is an ethical approach to this reporting period knowing that a large amount of our students have not been at school since Week 7 in Term One. Prep students will not be given an academic score as advised by Education Queensland. It is important that teachers now concentrate on re-establishing our students love of learning, not just focussing on assessment and reporting.

Assembly and the school tuckshop will not operate as normal until advised.

On behalf of all staff, I sincerely thank you for your patience and support over recent weeks and months. The positive feedback from our school community and the willingness of parents and carers to partner with us in support of your children’s learning, has been greatly appreciated. Continue to look after your families and yourself. I am grateful for the wonderful community and school we have.

Be safe and happy,

Rob Jennings

Principal 
Tewantin State School



8/5/2020

Dear Parents and Carers

 

On Monday 11 May we welcome back our Prep and Year One students. The staff and I look forward to seeing all of these children. For parents of children in Years 2-6 - your children will continue learning at home until at least 25 May. The announcement about this will be made on 15 May. So I can get all students back to school I need your assistance to make this possible.

Due to the current pandemic Tewantin State School will operate differently to what it has in the past. Please assist me to continue to provide a safe learning environment for students, staff and our community by adhering to the following points, expectations and directives:

  • The only students who can attend school from 11 May are those in Prep and Year 1,  children of essential workers and vulnerable students. Any Year 2 - 6 students who qualify under essential workers or vulnerable students and attend school, will be supervised while undertaking the same online activities of their classmates. The definition of essential workers and vulnerable students has not changed.
     
  • Where parents choose to keep Prep, Year 1 children at home even though they are not medically vulnerable or unwell, will not be provided with the same online learning platform that they have in recent weeks. My Prep and Year 1 teachers will be teaching in class now. In these cases parents and carers remain responsible for their children. This includes ensuring their children stay at home and that they continue their learning using the material and websites that can be accessed on the Department of Education's learning@home website.
     
  • Parents/carers must respond to attendance texts sent by the school.
  • Students who are unwell are to stay away from school. The Chief Health Officer direction requires me to send unwell students home and they must remain at home until they are well. This advice includes minor symptoms such as 'the sniffles', 'tummy aches' and headaches. Parents will be contacted and children are not to remain at school.
  • Parents are to ensure contact details are up to date and emergency contacts are relevant and correct.
  • Parents must answer phone calls or text messages from school. We only contact you via the phone when needed.
  • Access to the school site by other adults, including parents and carers, should be limited and only entered for necessities.
  • parents and caregivers should not congregate at access points to the school grounds.
  • Social distancing is required for all adults. This means that the requirement for a 1.5m distance between adults must be followed and that social distancing measures apply to staff rooms, classrooms and all other spaces around the school site.

IMPORTANT - Entry in to school grounds

  • Parents please maintain the correct required social distancing at drop off and pick up times.
  • I request that parents do not enter the school grounds unless you have a specific need.
  • Please arrange for students to be collected from the school gates.
  • I ask for parents to wait outside or just inside the gates on the main oval, the mango tree, and at the Werin and Poinciana Gates.
  • Please keep the required social distancing from other families.
  • Children will go to their original class and class teacher. Please Note - Ms. Norelle Barham will teach Class 1P on Monday – Wednesday until further notice.
     
  • Playing on Playground equipment is prohibited after school hours.
  • Prep parents – can continue to walk their Prep child to their classroom but do not enter the room and leave the grounds promptly via the most direct exit. At the bell students will be sent out to you for collection. Please maintain the required social distances. If you do bring your Prep child into school please start to develop some independence by dropping them at the gate or somewhere else outside the school and watch them walk into school by themselves. This will limit the number of adults my teachers will come into contact with. Arrange a pick up point for your child and encourage them to meet you there after the home bell at 2:45pm.

  • Parents are requested to adhere to these directives. Parents, I rely on you to display the correct behaviours within our school community.
  • If your child is having trouble separating from you, contact the office and ask for support.
  • My Deputy Principals and leadership team are patrolling these areas for the safety of our school community. Please support them by abiding by these expectations and directives. My deputies have had to encounter smirks, eye rolls and some non-compliance from parents in recent weeks. These behaviours are not acceptable. My deputies perform a very difficult job. Please show them the respect they deserve.
  • Teachers are not to have face to face parent meetings until further notice. Please communicate with your child's teacher by telephone or email.
  • If you are keeping your child learning at home please let your child's teacher or the office know – most children will need to access the learning@home website to continue their learning.

We look forward to seeing all of our Preppies and Year 1 students back next week. Teachers are excited to see them and if we can all follow these instructions and directives hopefully we will ensure that our Year 2 to Year 6 students can return on 25 May.

 

Thank you for your ongoing support.

 

Be safe, respectful and hopeful,

Rob

 


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Last reviewed 18 May 2020
Last updated 18 May 2020