Dear parents and carers
I hope that you all had a great Easter break and a relaxing, albeit different, holiday. You would, no doubt, have already heard in the media the changes to Term 2. The State Government announced a ‘soft opening’ which places the choice about whether children return to school face-to-face, or learn from home, with parents. It is a personal decision that will be influenced by the many, varied circumstances each family currently finds themselves in. This announcement has meant an adjustment to the plans that we announced at the end of Term 1. What it will practically and operationally look like will be further refined on the pupil free day on Tuesday 28 April.
• Monday 27 April is a public holiday;
• Tuesday 28 April will be a pupil free day. There will be no students at school as staff will be using this day for preparation;
• From Wednesday 29 April, school is open for all students whose parents/carers choose to send them.
Students at school
Students who attend school will be taught a face-to-face program and timetable. This may not be their regular teacher and in their usual classroom. The configuration of this will be determined next week when we have a clearer picture of the number of students we expect onsite. We will implement, where possible, social distancing measures to encourage students to maintain 1.5m physical distancing within classrooms and during break times. As per last term, arrangements are in place for regular and thorough handwashing. School cleaning will be expanded to ensure all high-use areas, such as benchtops, desks, doorknobs, taps and hand rails, are regularly cleaned and surfaces disinfected. Our playgrounds will be open and play equipment will be cleaned before school and after each break.
The following activities will remain postponed until further notice:
• Library will be closed for borrowing
• Breakfast club
• IMSS sessions
• School sport
For students attending school, drop off and pick up will look very different. Parents and carers are asked not to enter the school grounds. In order to accommodate this, groups will have designated areas. This will operate as follows:
Morning drop off
Students should not arrive onsite prior to 8:30am.
K-1 – Students to be dropped off at the Hale Street carpark gate, where they will be met by a member of staff and directed to an assembly area at the junior playground.
2-3 – Students are to enter the gate at the top of Jenkin Street near Rooms 1 and 2 where they will be met by a member of staff and directed to their classroom.
4-6 – Students to enter via the Maxwell Street gate closest to the Senior Block where they will be met by a member of staff and directed to their classroom.
Afternoon pick up
• K-1 students will be released from 2:45pm, and will assemble at the drop-off point near the Junior Playground. Parents are asked to remain at the gates and adhere to the designated markings along the carpark path. Students will then be released by the staff.
• 2-6 students will be released from their classrooms at 3:00pm in staggered groups via their arrival gates.
Students at home
For those children learning from home, this will be through the previously communicated Home Learning Guidelines, which are available here. Students will be provided a weekly timetable, supported with both online and hardcopy resources and have daily opportunities to communicate with the school, via Webex. This may not be with their regular teacher and we will have a clear picture at the beginning of term of who will facilitate the Home Learning component for each year group.
A survey will be sent out via Connect for you to indicate whether your child/ren will be attending school at the beginning of term. You can also access this link here.
Further information about the first three weeks of Term 2 will be communicated on Tuesday 28 April. These arrangements will be in place and reviewed ahead of Week 4 commencing 18 May.
The staff at Beaconsfield Primary School thank you for your understanding in these uncertain and unprecedented times. As always, our staff are committed to the best outcomes for everyone and we continue to place our students at the forefront of this ongoing planning. Once again, I acknowledge the incredible amount of work our staff have undertaken to prepare for all eventualities at the beginning of term. Please be assured that whatever decision you make, your child will be safe, supported and educated.
I hope you have an opportunity to enjoy the last days of the school holidays.