COVID-19


Dear Parents and Carers,

 

Thank you for all your support during these past few weeks of remote and flexible learning.

 

Following advice from the Chief Health Officer, the Victorian Government has advised that schools can begin a phased return to on-site schooling.

 

In the first stage, students in Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 and all students in specialist schools will return to school from Tuesday 26 May.

 

To support all school staff to prepare for this transition, Monday 25 May will be a pupil-free day.

 

In the second stage of our return to on-site schooling, students in Years 3-6 will return to school from Tuesday 9 June.

 

For those students who cannot be supervised at home and vulnerable children, the existing model of on-site schooling will remain in place during the two-week period from Tuesday 26 May to Tuesday 9 June. The current process that we are using to enable parents and carers to indicate the days or part-days for which on-site schooling is required will continue for this two-week period. An On-Site Attendance form needs to be filled in and submitted to the school by 3:00pm Thursday the week prior to the student attending. Forms can be found on the school website. Please note that late applications cannot be accommodated.

 

All other students in these grades and year levels will continue learning from home until Tuesday 9 June.

 

Once a year level has returned, all students will be expected to attend school as normal. This means if you choose to keep your child/children home after their year level has returned to on-site schooling, we can no longer support their learning from home.

 

This does not apply to children who need to be absent for health or medical reasons. For those families, please contact us so we can make an appropriate plan.

 

This same approach is being taken by all government schools in Victoria.

 

To support the health and wellbeing of all our students and staff, our school will continue an enhanced cleaning routine and will encourage frequent hand washing.

 

If you child is ill or is feeling unwell, they must not attend school. They must remain home and seek medical advice. Students will need a doctor’s clearance to return to school.

 

While the Chief Health Officer has advised that students will not be required to maintain physical distancing at school, there will be a number of important changes to our school operations, consistent with health advice. This will apply until further notice.

 

I will provide more detail about our local school context as soon as possible, but it is important to note that changes will include:

 

  • Restrictions on access to the school site for anyone other than immediate school staff and students. This means that no parents or carers will be allowed onsite, only staff and students,

  • Adjusted arrangements for drop off and pick up, including staggered school start and finish times and allocations of gates for different year levels, please see below. This is to assist in easing congestion and maintaining social distancing. The map below outlines the drop off and pick up points. Please ensure you use the gates allocated to your child’s classroom to lessen adult contact.

Staff will be available to offer assistance.

 

26th May to 5th June

  • Prep Grand Blvd Gate 10 (near bike compound)
  • Year 1 Main Newbury Blvd entrance Gate 2
  • Year 2 Domain Way Gate 6 (North – near relocatable toilet block)
  • Year 3 to 6 (approved students only) Domain Way Gate 5 (North – near double storey relocatables)

 

9th June to 26th June

  • Prep Grand Blvd Gate 10 (near bike compound)
  • Year 1 Main Newbury Blvd entrance Gate 2
  • Year 2 Domain Way Gate 6 (North – near relocatable toilet block)
  • Year 3 Domain Way Gate 8 (East – near new adventure playground)
  • Year 4 to 6 Domain Way Gate 5 (North – near double storey relocatables)

 

Classes

Drop Off Time

Pick Up Time

Prep                A-E

Year 1             A-E

Year 2             A-E

Year 3             A-D

Year 4             A-B

Year 5/6          A-C

8:30am – 8:40am

2:40pm – 2:50pm

Prep                F-J

Year 1             F-J

Year 2             F-J

Year 3             E-H

Year 4             C-D

Year 5/6          D-F

8:50am – 9:00am

3:00pm – 3:10pm

 

 

Therefore, the office will not be open as normal. For any enquiries please call or email the office on newbury.ps@edumail.vic.gov.au as we will unable to assist you face to face.  No parents or carers will be allowed into the office area.  

 

We also ask that parents and carers do not provide lolly bags, cakes or any type of birthday celebration as we will not be able to accommodate this until further notice. Parents will also be unable to drop anything off at the office so please ensure your child has enough food for the day as well as a water bottle as students will not be permitted to use the drinking taps.

 

If you are running late in the morning you will need to ring the office when you get to the office gate and a staff member will open the door for your child to enter.  

 

We strongly encourage that students are not picked up early. If on the odd occasion you may need to pick them up for a specialist appointment we ask that you email the school by 10am on the day so this can be arranged with the teacher. This will assist in organising your child to be ready for collection when you arrive.  If it is an extreme emergency please call the office. 

 

Parents and carers will not be able to enter the office so you will need to call the school when you get to the office gate so we can let your child out of the school.  

 

Our Out of School Hours Care provider TheirCare will be operating and will provide care for students whose finish time is 2:40pm.

 

We encourage all families to register with TheirCare in case the need for the service arises. Registrations can be completed online at www.theircare.com.au

 

We understand that some families may feel anxious about this move back to classroom teaching and learning. I can assure you that this decision has been taken on the basis of the best health advice available to our state.

 

More information about the return to school and coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found on the Department’s website, which will continue to be updated:

https://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/department/Pages/coronavirus.aspx

 

Thank you for your continued support and patience during this time. We have missed everyone and look forward to welcoming our students back to the classroom.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

MICHELLE BROMFIELD

 

15th May 2020

 

MAP SHOWING GATES TO BE USED FROM 26TH MAY - 5TH JUNE

 

Please click on the following links for more information - 
Support Services 
On Site Attendance Form
School@Home
Learning at home parent information

TheirCare Term 2 Update