VPS Update #11 relating to COVID-19

Hi Parents / Guardians,

It’s great to see WA recording a number of zero new cases last week and also in the Southwest. Whilst this provides us with more confidence, it doesn’t mean we relax our plans at school i.e. hygiene- washing hands/sanitising, limiting parents to only K/PP allowed onsite to pick children up and limiting large group activities.  

The AHPPC (Australian Health Protection Principal Committee) guidelines have been updated after National Cabinet met on Friday;
the 4 square metre rule and 1.5m distancing between students during class have been removed.

By now you should have received a Dojo message from your teacher asking
“Will your child be returning to school on Wednesday 29th April?” Yes or No?
I would appreciate this information by today at the latest for us to finalize our planning.

Thank you to those of you who have let me know.

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.

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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Tuesday 28 April: All staff return to school for a pupil free day to finalize 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 will be live on Wednesday morning for you to commence the work. If you child is unwell please keep them at home and if students arrive at school unwell we will call parents and caregivers to come and collect their children

As discussed in the last update we are using Google Classroom for the students to access their work from home. Work packs are available Wednesday morning from 8.45am at kiss n drop.

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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 Monday 27th April 2020 and will be updated regularly

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 (3pm 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