VPS Update #10 relating to COVID-19

Hi Parents/Guardians,

I trust all of the students are enjoying their holidays during this somewhat uncertain times.

What is certain is that all Western Australian public schools are operational for the new school term. Teachers are expecting to be teaching face to face as of Wednesday 29th April.

Today you will receive a dojo message from your teacher asking you “Will your child be returning to school on Wednesday 29thApril?” Yes or No? I would appreciate this information by Monday at the latest for us to finalise our planning.

Work will be provided online and some work packs for those who choose to stay at home, however it will be a requirement of the parents to manage this work. The teachers will not be Zooming every day as initially planned or checking on work carried out. They may make contact once a week to check in.

In the email sent with this link you will find the following pdf’s attached

  • instructions for Zooming (should you need it) and how to access Google Drive.
  • a document from the Chief Health Officer, Dr Andy Robertson with regards to schools.
  • a map outlining Kindy & PrePrimary Drop off/ Pick up points

Below is a breakdown of the key details you need to know for Vasse Primary School for Term 2.

Today’s update is as follows;

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Schools will be open for all parents and carers who choose to send their children.

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Monday 27 April: Anzac Day Public Holiday

Tuesday 28 April: All staff return to school for a pupil free day to finalise learning arrangements.

Wednesday 29 April: Schools are open for all parents and carers who choose to send their children; students at school will be taught face to face using the online material produced last term until further notice. For those students who learn from home, the on-line material links will be made available to families via Dojo on Tuesday.

As discussed in the last update we are using Google Classroom for the students to access their work from home. Those families that contacted the school last term wanting works packs, these are available for collection from the Kiss n Drop area on Wednesday morning from 8.45am.

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This information comes from Department of Education in conjunction with Department of Health and comprehensive review of all available factual information. Each decision we make is based on analysis of all of this information, consultation with experts, and coordination with local and state agencies.

This page was last updated and is current as at Friday 24th April 2020 and will be updated regularly

Obviously there are many opinions and views currently being expressed in the community broadly and within the education community with the opening of schools for Term 2. We are a public school and we will abide by the decisions of our employer which are in turn are basing their decisions on the scientific knowledge of the public health experts.

All students will hand sanitise before entering/leaving class.

Some teachers may not attend due to a number of factors. Their classes will be covered with relief teachers as per normal.

Our cleaning will be increased throughout the day, including high touch surfaces and playground equipment. The cleaners rosters have changed and increased so that they are cleaning throughout the day.

Unfortunately, you’ll need to keep your distance, parents are not allowed to enter the school’s grounds *. Older students are encouraged to walk their younger brothers and sisters to class. You should clearly discuss where you will meet your child at the end of the school day – make sure you are on time as children become anxious when you are late – school finishes at 3.05 pm (3.00 for K/PP).

* K/PP parents can drop their children at the gates entering the K/PP area. For K/PP if your child is in Rooms 16 & 17 please drop and collect your child from the gate on the netball courts: Rooms 12 &14 the steps out to the oval; Rooms 15 & 18 the pathway heading out to Heritage Drive. Please remember to social distance and leave as soon as you can. Please refrain from entering the classrooms.

Daycare companies have also been notified of these drop-off/pick up arrangements.

Limited Activities
The following activities remain suspended until further notice:

  • School Assemblies
  • Excursions
  • Incursions
  • Breakfast Club
  • Interschool Sport
  • Most of the school play equipment will be open and cleaned (ship will be closed)
  • Mentoring program
  • NDIS Therapy

Canteens will do lunch orders only, no recess.

We will separate in year levels to eat our lunch; Year 1’s on their veranda, Year 2’s on the stage, Year 3’s outside their classes, Year 4’s in the under covered area and Years 5/6 outside their classrooms.

There will be a review of these arrangements in the lead up to Week 4 (18th May) and any adjustments will be made based on health advice and infection trends across the community.

If you have any questions concerning general matters at the school. For example, attendance or access to work packages, please call the school on 9746 3700 or use the school’s email address – [email protected]

Thank you again for your ongoing support. Since the outbreak of COVID 19, arrangements have been constantly changing for educators and we are doing our absolute best to ensure we continue to provide an outstanding service to your family.

Please don’t hesitate to ask if you need further clarification.

All other information as per previous advisories.

Regards,
Sinan

Sinan Kerimofski PRINCIPAL 
Vasse Primary School
17 Kaloorup Road, Vasse WA 6280                                                                   

p (08) 9746 3700