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School is back for everyone at Albion North PS from week two of term four – Monday 12th October 2020. We hope that you are as happy as we are to have the children back on site and some normality return to our lives.

I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome our new students and their families. It is challenging enough to start at a new school at any time but these children went straight into remote learning and onto WebEx meetings with students and teachers they didn’t know. Well done.

We will not be staggering starting days through the week – ALL students are expected to return to our school on Monday 12th October 2020.

The Department of Education and Training, in conjunction with the Chief Health Officer, has issued an operations guide which sets out how we must manage the return to school and the program for term four. It is very important that we follow the rules and that everyone stays safe and well. We don’t want another return to remote learning or continued restrictions.

We will have staggered starts and finishes to the day to minimise the number of adults in the playground. These times will be slightly different to term two but we will monitor this and may have to make changes if crowds of people start to gather.

Start of the day arrival at school 8:50 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. – children with surnames from A – L
9:00 a.m. to 9:10 a.m. – children with surnames from M – Z
End of the day 2.55 p.m. to 3.05 p.m. – children with surnames from A – L
3.05 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. – children with surnames from M – Z, children who are travelling home alone and all children in after school care
Students who have different surnames but who travel to school together with the same adult should arrive and leave according to that adult’s surname.

When bringing children to school and collecting them at the end of the day, please maintain social distancing and other rules.

On-site rules:
We have a COVID safe plan at school and we are expected to follow this plan. This is mandated by the State Government and Work Safe Victoria. Some of the things in the plan that affect children include:
– Constant hand hygiene, mainly hand washing. Sanitiser will be used when soap and water is not available;
– Physical distancing, including the number of adults in a space at any time;
– Very limited access to the school grounds for non-staff members;
– Increased ventilation in classrooms – doors and windows will be open as much as possible.

Unwell staff and students:
Temperature checks are no longer required for every student but may be taken if students appear unwell.

Children, parents, carers, staff and any other visitors to Albion North PS should not enter the premises if they are unwell. If they are unwell with any symptom of COVID-19, immediate medical attention should be sought and they must isolate until they receive their test results.

Any student or staff member who becomes unwell at school with any symptom of COVID-19 will be sent home immediately and must seek medical attention. If required we will provide an isolated space for the child until a parent/carer can collect them. Students in isolation will be expected to wear a face mask which the school will provide.

Any person who is tested for COVID-19 should inform the school by phone (9312 5900) and should also tell the school once the result of the test has been received.

Children have done enough home learning this year so teachers will not be setting regular homework for children this term. It is expected that all children will
– Read daily. Depending on their reading level and ability. Beginning readers should read their take home book to an adult every day. More confident and proficient readers should increase the time aiming for at least 20-30 minutes per day.
– Complete any targeted homework that may be set. This will meet the learning needs of each child and will be different for all children. For example a child may need to revise the 100 most used Oxford word list, another group may need to complete a page in a Signpost maths book.
Children can also use computer apps such as Mathletics and EPIC to support class work.

Use of equipment at school:
There is to be minimal use of shared equipment at school and then only with hand washing before and after use
Children will be able to use of school sports equipment and playgrounds at break times but again with hand washing before and after use

We need to reduce the number of children gathering in areas as much as possible.
The canteen will operate but all lunch orders will need to go in the class tub each morning. There will be no ‘over the counter’ lunch orders.
Over counter sales will be available for children at morning recess but year levels will have a set time to spend at the canteen.
There will be no over the counter sales at lunchtime. Children are encouraged to order an ice cream or drink with their lunch. Children who have lunch from home but have money for an ice cream or drink should order this at the start of the day (as they would a lunch order) and then it will be delivered to them just before they go out to play.

Regular spot cleaning will take place throughout the day. This will include high use areas such as toilets and playgrounds.

To prepare for the possible return to remote learning, children are expected to bring their school owned devices to school every day and to take them home at the end of the day. Please continually reinforce the care of devices and remind children that they need to look after them. We do not have the resources to replace damaged devices.

Kelly Club:
After school care will run at ANPS from 3:15 p.m to 6 p.m. daily starting on Monday 12th October. We have a new educator as Chloe has moved on, his name is Sam and I am sure he will make himself known to you. Bookings for Kelly Club should be made in the usual way. If you need help, please call the office.

Term 4 priorities: our term four priorities will be
a. Providing teaching and learning that is strong in literacy and numeracy. There will be some other subjects taught but the main focus of every day will be reading, writing and mathematics.
b. Ensuring any child falling behind has the opportunity to catch up
a. Encouraging and sustaining children’s motivation for learning
b. Supporting the personal and social capabilities of the Victorian Curriculum
c. Re-engaging students and families with the school
d. Supporting staff
a. Kinder to Prep
b. Grade 6 to Year 7
c. Between year levels as children move into their next grade for 2021.

Further information:
I feel like I have bombarded you with information. Further newsletter and School Stream updates will follow and will contain info about things such as:
– Prep Transition
– Grade 6 graduation
– Semester 2 reports
– Parent Teacher Interviews
– The new date for curriculum day

On behalf of all of the staff at our school, I would like to again thank you for the work that you have done this year, particularly during remote and flexible learning. We know that it has not been easy but as a community, we have worked together to keep each other safe. We will continue to do this for the rest of 2020 and beyond.