COVID-19 Update 5:00pm 18 March

Dear parents and community

At Beaconsfield Primary School, our current focus in on keeping our students safe and minimising and preventing transmission of the virus. As previously communicated, we have introduced a number of measures, such as the cancellation of assemblies, events, excursions and carnivals. More recently we have cancelled professional learning events that would have brought additional teachers onsite, choir has been postponed until next term and we have amended the Year 5/6 HASS and Science lessons to limit the numbers of children together. We have also made the decision to cancel Breakfast Club, effective immediately. Visitors to the site are being restricted to essential workers, such as relief staff and vital maintenance. These workers are advised of social distancing and hygiene measures. We are currently running low on hand soaps and sanitisers. We cannot access stocks from the usual suppliers or supermarkets. If you have excess at home, we would gratefully accept any donations!

Rima has made the difficult decision to cease operations in the canteen, effective from Friday. Her home circumstances bring her into contact with people who may present as high risk and she wants to limit any possibility of transmitting the virus. We thank Rima and Muay for their hard work over the last seven weeks and we will miss their tasty home cooking. I am looking forward to more positive times when we can again have the canteen up and running.

If you have made the choice as a family to keep your child/ren at home to self-isolate for any reason, this is an approved absence. We understand that our community has members who are vulnerable and the need for them to be protected. While the Union and the Department have stated that ‘students whose parents have chosen to keep them home, without seeking medical advice, will not be provided curriculum work and activities’, our teachers do not professionally or ethically agree with this. Staff at Beaconsfield Primary School understand that we find ourselves in extraordinary and unprecedented times. We do not believe that those students should have their learning disadvantaged. Our staff will provide limited activities, websites, apps and materials to support learning at home, should your family be self-isolating. Whether you choose to access the materials provided is entirely optional. Please note, that teachers will not be providing detailed lesson plans, expected to undertake marking, nor is it intended to reflect or recreate what is occurring in the classroom. The purpose is to provide scaled-back activities that can be accessed and completed in a home environment. We will be continuing to use Connect, and this information will be sent out via the individual class or year level.

If your child has cold or flu symptoms, please keep them at home. We will be sending home students who present at school as unwell. Students cannot attend school and need to self-isolate if they have also been informed by public health authorities that they have been in close contact with a confirmed case and they must isolate themselves for 14 days after the date of last contact with the confirmed case. Students who have been tested for COVID-19 should follow the advice of the Department of Health and stay away from school whilst awaiting results.

Our staff is grateful for the support and consideration currently being shown by our community. It is times like this that make us proud to be part of this school and the wider Beaconsfield community. Please stay safe, be kind to one another and take care.

Kirsten