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08 May 2020 Kevin Elgood   | News | Whole School   Coronavirus  
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Safety

Safety is a priority during the COVID 19 pandemic. Students will be expected to behave in a responsible way, which recognises the importance of protecting the health of themselves, their peers, and staff, who are at higher risk of COVID 19. A few teachers will be working from home due to higher levels of vulnerability to COVID 19.

Students will be expected to:

If we all adhere to these guidelines we can be confident in this phased return to school. In addition, we have hand sanitisers in each classroom. Furthermore, additional cleaning is being undertaken with special attention to cleaning of desks, doorknobs, bathrooms and other surfaces.

Students who do not adhere to these health and safety requirements will be reminded of our expectations and the school discipline procedures will be implemented.

Transport

School buses will be running at normal times before and after school. Year 7-10 will run on normal bell times which is in accordance with the school bus times. Seniors have altered timetables and bell times (see timetables in this handout). They may need to make their own way to and from school and not rely on the school buses.

Uniform

Students are expected to wear their full school uniform on the days they attend. In the colder weather make sure you purchase items to keep you warm that are part of the uniform (eg long school pants and HBHS jackets).

Canteen

The canteen will be operational every day for recess and lunch. However:

Alternatively bring your own lunch and snacks, including water.

Your Q and A

  1. Do I have to send my child back to school or do I have the option to continue remote Home Learning?

The government and Department of Education are encouraging students to return according to each school’s Phase 1 Plan. We believe it is in the interests of students’ learning and wellbeing. However, it is not compulsory. Please notify the school clearly stating your child’s name and year group if you intend them not to return.

  1. Can I change my child’s day of attending school?

No, to enable us to manage a complex and challenging variation of routine.

  1. Can you clarify how students learning will proceed?

In Phase 1 all classes are still set up for on online learning using various platforms. Whether at school or at home, students in Years 7 to 10 will be engaging in the online work in class time. On their designated day, students can seek clarification and assistance in class time directly from a teacher.

Year 12 students there will be resuming their normal timetabled face-to-face lessons from Monday in their normal timetable with a revised earlier start. All Year 12 students are expected to return.

Year 11 students will have the opportunity on Wednesday to have a lesson with each of the class teachers. They will continue online learning for the remainder of the week.

Students in Years 7-10 will not be participating in any practical lessons. Students in Year 11 may participate in practical lessons, but this is the classroom teacher’s decision. Students in Year 12 will be participating in practical lessons.

  1. I have been sending my child to school full time as an essential worker. Can I continue to do this?

Yes – this has always been an option.

  1. Can I attend if I am unwell?

No. If you are unwell, stay home. If you come to school and are unwell, your parents, carers and emergency contacts will be called to collect you.

  1. What about sport, camps, excursions, assemblies and band rehearsals?

At this stage everything additional to classroom teaching and learning is on hold.

  1. Where do I meet in the Morning?

All Year 7-10 students are to meet under the fig tree at the beginning of the day. You will be then assigned rooms for your morning roll call/wellbeing check-in and then beginning your online learning.

Year 11 and 12 are to go directly to their period one class as per the timetables in this document where they will have roll/wellbeing check before they start their lessons.

  1. What do I need to bring?

If you have a device, please make sure you bring your device and its charger. Students are also asked to bring their own hand sanitiser.

  1. Do Year 12 students still have study periods?

Yes. You cannot leave until your last timetabled period of the day is finished. Study periods will continue for students in 12. Study periods will be supervised in the library following the safety guidelines set out by the Librarian including limiting the number of students in the library or in the senior area.

  1. What’s happening with assessment tasks?

At this stage, all Year 7-11 assessment schedules have been modified. Teachers are notifying students of changes when they occur.

HSC students are following their assessment schedule, where modifications have been required students are being notified.

  1. I haven’t completed my HSC Minimum Standards Testing?

Mr Bawden will be continuing to coordinate this program. Please check your emails regularly for updates on how this will happen this term.

  1. When will school return to normal?

We’re not sure how long Phase 1 will continue for, but we will let you know as soon as we can. See the NSW DoE : Managed Return to School Document in this handout.

The arrangements indicated above will continue for the duration of Phase 1 of school resumption, and until further notice. As further announcements are made by the Premier and the NSW Department of Education and Training, the school will give timely advice to parents regarding updated arrangements for schooling.

Thank you again for your support in these challenging times. Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you need further clarification or advice.