Return to School: A Guide for Students and Parents

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Welcome to the Warburton Primary School guide for the return to face-to-face learning, in May/June 2020. You have all done a fantastic job in adjusting quickly to the demands of remote learning. Now it's time to make a new adjustment, back into learning at school. At first it will be quite different to how we used to do things in at the start of Term 1.

 

To guide us back into learning at school, we need to have a shared understanding of what we need to do and how we are going to do it. We will follow the Warburton Primary School Values:

To begin with . . .
If you are unwell, you must stay at home. This is to keep you safe, and everyone at school safe.
 
A staged return for students and staff

School staff will return to work on-site at Warburton Primary School on Monday May 25 2020. This will be a student-free day to enable staff to prepare a safe learning environment for the return of our students.

 

The staged return for students will be as follows:

  • Junior School (Prep & Year 1) and Middle School (Years 2 & 3) will return to on-site learning on Tuesday May 26. We have been given approval for our Year 3s to return due to our existing Year 2/3 composite class structure.

  • Senior School (Years 4, 5 & 6) will return to on-site learning on Tuesday June 9.

  • Senior School students will be provided with new materials for their Learning Packs for the period May 26 to June 5.

  • During the period May 26 to June 5, the school will continue to supervise Senior School students on-site who have been identified as meeting specific categories (vulnerable students, children of essential workers and children of parents who cannot work from home). These students will work through their Learning Packs on-site at school. Please contact the school if you have any queries with regard to these categories.

Physical distancing at school

We have been advised by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) that the rules of no more than one person per four square metres, and keeping 1.5 metres distance between students, is not appropriate or practical in a school setting. We will, however, continue to remind students of appropriate physical contact.

Physical distancing will still be necessary between adults, and school staff will make adjustments to their workspaces and staff room to keep this rule in place.

School health and safety measures

Our return to on-site schooling is based on advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer.

 

Parent gatherings, school drop-offs and pick-ups

It is important that we reduce the number of adults congregating inside and outside the school grounds at any one time, such as during drop-offs and pick-ups.

Due to our small student population, we won't need to put in place staggered starts and finishes to the school day. However, the following arrangements will be established:

  • Parents will be asked to not enter the school buildings or the school grounds, unless it is to visit the office, have an essential meeting or pick-up children after school.

  • Morning drop-off: Extra staff will be on duty in the mornings at the front gate from 8.45am. Parents will be asked to drop their children off at the front gate, and staff will take over supervision from there.

  • Afternoon pick-up: Teachers will escort the children out of their classrooms.

  • Junior School students will be walked out via the front office door. Parents can wait for their children on the front basketball court.

  • Middle School students will be walked out via the doors of the Shared Learning Space. Parents can wait for their children near the rotunda.

  • From June 9, Senior School students will be walked out via the front door of the Senior Building. Parents can wait for their children near the sand pit.

  • We ask parents to remain mindful of physical distancing.

Hygeine for students

If students are unwell, they must remain home. When at school, students will be taught and reminded about hand hygiene and how to sneeze, cough and sniffle safely. Shared equipment, including playground equipment, will be wiped down after use. Hand sanitiser will be frequently distributed, and toilets will be stocked with soap.

Water bottles and drinking fountains

Students are asked to use their own water bottle at school, as the drinking fountains will be turned off until further notice. Students received a bottle from Melbourne Water earlier this year; we will sterilise these for student use and ensure they are named. If students brought their water bottle home, please return it to school.

Cleaning

Warburton Primary School, as with all Government schools, has been given extended and increased cleaning arrangements.

Camps, excursions, gatherings and meetings

Assemblies, camps, excursions and school community gatherings will not take place until further notice. Parent-teacher interviews and meetings will take place using physical distancing, and video conference if requested.

Fresh air and outdoor areas

When appropriate, we will ensure the flow of fresh air throughout the school buildings. We will use our outdoor areas for learning activities as much as possible

Managing a suspected or confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19)

The school is subject to strict procedures in line with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) if a student or staff member is a confirmed case or has been in close contact with a confirmed case. We will follow these procedures and contact parents and the health authorities.

 

The most important action that parents can make during these times is to ensure that any unwell children or parents remain at home and do not attend school.

 

Resources for parents

Warburton Primary School's online Learning from Home resources and tips for parents

Warburton Primary School's SMART Spelling resource and introduction to spelling strategies

Learning from Home, digital learning resources compiled by the Department of Education

Tips and ideas for parents (originally published in The Age)

 

Health and Wellbeing Support

Parents can email warburton.ps@education.vic.gov.au if they have any questions or need any support. Your key contact for health and wellbeing at the school is the Principal, Damian Marley.

We will endeavour to stay connected by newsletter, website and video and we encourage you to share your experiences, ideas and photos.

The following websites may also be helpful:

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

DHHS website https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

Queries, questions, problems?

If you have any queries about the return to school or if you and/or your child have any problems accessing our online resources, please email the Principal,  Damian Marley, via dmarley@warburtonps.net

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