Dear Year 2-6 Parents
We are very excited that all of our Year 2-6 students will be returning to school, next Monday 25 May, but there have been a few changes since we were last, all here at school.
THE BIGGEST CHANGE: Parents do not enter the school grounds at all for routine drop off and pick up.
To continue to keep our whole school community safe, we ask all parents to
YEAR 2-6 STUDENTS
- School times remain the same 8:45am -3:00pm
- Please try not to arrive at school before 8:30am
- Students only (unaccompanied by any adults) may enter the grounds through whichever gate they usually use.
- Teacher aides will greet the students at the gates, where they will all receive some hand sanitizer.
- Students must then go straight to A block on arrival at school (as per usual)
- Parents please “KISS and GO” on the footpath, or use the Drop and GO zone on Panorama Drive (which saves you having to park).
- You are asked to leave the area promptly, observing social distancing as you go.
- The reverse will then take place at pick up time.
Drop and Go Zone on Panorama Drive
- Please note- our Drop and Go Zone is not as functional as we would like it to be. If we could change the design of it we would, however this is not possible, therefore we have to work with what we have.
- To assist to make the Drop and Go zone as efficient as possible, for as many cars as possible, please ensure that when you enter the zone you drive as far forward as you can before stopping (possibly as far as the big double gate behind the tuckshop and far beyond the small pedestrian gate)
- Do not park your car. Your children should say goodbye quickly, leave your car immediately and enter the school via the small gate, where a teacher aide will greet them. Please drive away promptly to enable other cars to enter the zone.
Frequently Asked Questions:
- Can my Year 2-6 children enter through the same gate as their Prep or Year 1 siblings?
Yes, all of your children can enter through the same gate and receive sanitizer from the teacher aide at that gate. (Your children who are in Years 2-6 will then move directly to A Block)
- Can my Prep or Year 1 children enter, with their older siblings, through a gate other than the one designated for their class on South Street?
Yes. Your children can all enter the school together, through whichever gate is most convenient for you and your older children can then walk their younger siblings down to the meeting place with their teachers in the morning, before themselves going to A Block.
- Can I drop all of my children at the Drop off Zone on Panorama Drive (saving me having to park or get out of the car)?
Yes (see dot point above)
PLEASE NOTE: During the school day, all gates (except the pedestrian gate on Panorama Drive that leads to the Admin building) will be locked at 9:00 and not opened again until the end of the school day.
If you need to communicate with a teacher or other school staff, please do so via email or phone. Come into the Admin building, only if there is no other option.
Thank you in anticipation of your assistance with this new drop off and pick up procedure, which is essential to ensure that social distancing of the adults in our school is possible. In this very important way, you are helping us to keep our whole school community safe.
Dear parents and carers
The Queensland Government has 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.
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.
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. Therefore, we have made significant changes to the drop off and pick up procedures for all of our students, with the result that parents no longer enter the school grounds at all for routine drop off and pick up.
I ask parents and carers to pay particular attention to the requirement for adults to maintain physical distancing of 1.5 metres at all times whilst dropping off or picking up your children. Please do not gather in areas around the school such as carparks or at the school gate. In addition, please make use of our stop, drop and go zone on Panorama Drive wherever possible.
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.
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.
For students who have a medical reason requiring them to remain at home or in isolation, our school will make arrangements to support their learning at home just as they would in the case of any extended student medical absence.
With a return to face to face learning for all of the students coming back to school, should you choose to keep your child at home due to concerns about the risk of COVID-19 transmission, you will be responsible for both their supervision and their learning. To assist you 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.
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 and the changes we have had to make to our way of working, has been greatly appreciated.