COVID-19 Principal Update 29.04.20

Good afternoon everyone,

We had a smooth start to the term with the majority of our students arriving at school around 8.25-8.30am and were able to go straight into classrooms. This worked well and ensured we had no large groups of students standing around before school.

Good afternoon everyone,

We had a smooth start to the term with the majority of our students arriving at school around 8.25-8.30am and were able to go straight into classrooms. This worked well and ensured we had no large groups of students standing around before school. I did have some concerns that there was a small number of students who arrived at school before 8.15am. This is too early, particularly given the request made yesterday by the school. In many cases it seemed children were eager to get back to school and left home too early. Please monitor the time your child leaves for school and ensure they are arriving around 8.30am. Unfortunately, no adults are allowed to enter the grounds yet, due to department guidelines. This is for the safety of all our community. However; I feel as a community we managed this very well today. Thank you for your support.

A reminder that all students are expected to be collected on Wednesdays at 2.30pm. Recently, we have had more and more students needing to wait at school unil 3pm. This is not acceptable, as staff are in meetings and we cannot supervise students during this time. School finishes at 2.30pm every Wednesday. I would like parents to make sure they have arrangements in place, so their children can depart the school on time at the end of the day. For example, organise with another parent for your child to go to a friend's house, until you can collect them at 3pm or the time you have arranged. Myself or a member of the leadership team will be contacting parents of any children who are repeatedly picked up late on Wednesdays to discuss the reason and will be requesting arrangements are made so this does not happen.

Kindy and Pre-Primary students did very well today and settled back into their classrooms happily. It seemed to work well entering through the different gates. We are happy for Kindy and PP to arrive between 8.30am-8.50am, instead of 8.40am-9.00 am. We opened the gates at 8.30am today and arrival was managed smoothly by staff during this time.

We held an ANZAC Service today at 11am. All students stayed in classrooms and participated with the leadership team coordinating the service from the office using the PA system and teachers used their screens to display the relevant Powerpoint. We were glad we were able to commemorate   ANZAC Day in a little way for 2020.

Less students attended school today than expected. 55% of students were present at school. Students were spaced out and did a fantastic job of trying to model social distancing. Cleaning procedures were implemented successfully which I was pleased to observe. I hope students at home received their work last night and were able to complete the work at home with guidance from parents. Provide feedback to your class teachers if you feel it is necessary. This will make sure they can adapt the program if required to make it more accessible for students at home. It is a difficult job for our teachers managing two modes of learning. As true professionals, they are keen to provide for each and every student under their care. I would like to thank the Kinross staff for their dedication and true professionalism during this time. They are all working more hours to accommodate our students effectively. We are keen to provide learning at home that is relevant and comparable to what is happening in individual classrooms. We have planned up until Week 2, so we will see where we are then. I imagine as more and more students return to school, teachers will spend more and more time on face-to-face teaching and less on preparing for work at home.

Please make sure your child is submitting work to their teachers or keeping work to be provided on return. Staff are required to collect evidence of learning being conducted at home, for reporting purposes and accountability. I had some terrific work come to my office today from a couple of students in Mrs Davies class, who displayed excellent work completed on their trip to Parliament House. I was impressed with the standard of the work completed at home!

We were very excited to see students on grounds today. There was lots of joy to be seen and students have told me they are happy to be at school. I saw lots of teachers smiling today too, which was fantastic to see.

Have a lovely week.

 

Therese Gorton

Principal

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