ADVICE ON RETURN TO SCHOOL

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This advice is based on information from the Victorian Chief Health Officer
and the Department of Education and TrainingMonday 25th May 2020 is a state-wide student free day. There will be no remote learning for any students on this day.

Prep to Year 2 students will return to school on Tuesday 26th May 2020.

Year 3 to Year 6 students will return to school on Tuesday 9th June. Remote learning will continue for these students until Friday 5th June 2020.

All students are expected to return to school as per the above dates. No learning activities will be provided for remote learning beyond these dates unless a child who attends Albion North Primary School has complex medical needs and has a certificate from their doctor which indicates that they must continue to learn from home.

School will be a very different place to how it was when we last had students on site. The Department of Education and Training has given us guidelines to follow. These apply to Albion North Primary School in the following ways:

We will have staggered start times for students. Gates will be locked until 8:45 a.m. and then children will be rostered to arrive from 8:50 a.m. alphabetically by surname. They can arrive through any gate but will go straight to the classroom.
o 8:50 to 9:00 = surnames A to D
o 9:00 to 9:10 = surnames E to L
o 9:10 to 9:20 = surnames M to R
o 9:20 to 9:30 = surnames S to Z

Parents are not permitted on site and must leave children at the gate. Staff will be at gates and in the playground to support students.

At the end of the day, students will leave in the same order
o 2:35 to 2:45 = surnames A to D
o 2:45 to 2:55 = surnames E to L
o 2:55 to 3:05 = surnames M to R
o 3:05 to 3:15 = surnames S to Z

Parents are only permitted on site to collect children and must not arrive earlier than the specified collection time. Social distancing rules will apply and parents/carers must wait on the running track or basketball court for children. Families must then leave the school grounds immediately.

I would recommend that where possible parents/carers walk children between school and home or that they park away from the immediate area and walk.

Parents who may need to contact the school or who wish to speak with a teacher must contact the school office by phone so that arrangements can be made for this. If you need to collect your child from school before home time, you will also need to call the office so that this can be arranged.

Children who are unwell must not attend school under any circumstances. This includes (but is not inclusive to) children with coughs, colds, runny noses, fever, stomach bugs, headaches, sore throats, children who have been vomiting recently, children who have signs of infection, rash and so on. The only exceptions to this rule are children with chronic but non-contagious illnesses such as asthma.

If a child comes to school and is unwell or becomes unwell, parents/carers or emergency contacts will be contacted and they must collect the child immediately and the child must not return to school until they are completely well.

At school:
– Hygiene practices, particularly washing hands will be increased. If washing hands cannot occur then hand sanitiser will be used.
– All children must have a water bottle. This must be clearly named. Children will be able to fill their own water bottle but will not be able to drink from the taps.
– Children will be permitted to be near each other but will be no closer than 1.5m to adults.
– If first aid needs to be provided, adults will be wearing protective equipment.
– Classroom materials and equipment will not be shared unless this is unavoidable, in which case washing of hands will occur before and after use.
– Items that children bring from home must be limited to snack/lunch, water bottle, homework (including take home books if provided) and other essential items. Toys, sports equipment and other items must not come to school.
– Windows and doors will be kept open as much as possible to allow for air flow in classrooms
– Our canteen will operate because our hygiene practices already meet those required during this time. Lunch orders can only be placed in the classroom tub as the counter will not be open until recess and then only for students.
– Sharing of food is not permitted. Parents are asked not to send treat bags or other food for sharing with classes.
– We will not need to have staggered recess and lunchtimes as we can manage social distancing for teachers without this. We will change this if needed when all children are on site.
– Children will be expected to play outside at recess and lunchtimes (weather permitting) but there will be limited use of equipment including playgrounds. Classes may also be restricted to certain areas of the playground at times.
– Children will be able to go to the toilet but this will need to be monitored and possibly limited during class times if additional cleaning is taking place in the toilets.
– No large gatherings are permitted until further notice. Therefore there will be no assemblies or other events for the foreseeable future. Further information will be provided about this before the end of term two.
After School care will be available from 3:15 until 6:00 p.m. Children will be kept in classrooms until 3:15 if they are attending Kelly Club. Bookings must be made in advance for After School Care and this can be done in the usual manner or by contacting Kelly Club on 9384 2204.

Jean Bentley
PRINCIPAL