COVID-19 Update 12:45pm 26 March

Dear parents and caregivers

Apologies for the continued updates. I am trying to give you clear and concise information as soon as it comes to hand. This stops the spread of misinformation and rumours – of which I know we are all well and truly over. Please be mindful that this information is correct as of 11am, 26 March 2020. This may change over the coming days as we know this situation continues to evolve on a daily, if not hourly, rate.

Today, the State Government announced all public schools in Western Australia will remain open until the end of term – Thursday, 9 April 2020. However, families are strongly encouraged to keep their children at home if they have the capacity to do so. Teachers at Beaconsfield Primary School will continue to provide suggested at home learning activities, and the Department’s Learning at Home website is also available. We must stress, with attendance rates now dipping to 40%, continuity of normal educational programs is proving difficult. Staff are currently implementing modified teaching and learning programs within the classroom.

Formal classes will finish on Friday, 3 April 2020. From the 6 – 9 April, students who attend because their parents need to maintain their employment, will not be taught. This will be a supervisory situation, as school staff begin to prepare for education will look like in Term 2.

The State Government recognises there will still be families who need to send their children to school to be supervised from 6 – 9 April. These may include:
• Children of parents and carers who need their children to attend school to maintain employment.
• Children who live in families with aged relatives.
• Children where it is safer for them to be at school.

Please continue to be vigilant with your child’s health. If they are presenting as unwell, or showing symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat, fatigue, cough or fever, please keep them at home. We are endeavouring to protect the health and wellbeing of every child and staff member within our school community. We appreciate your support with this.

Again, any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email or phone me. Please stay safe and look after each other.

Take care

Kirsten