22 May 2020 Kevin Elgood   | News | Whole School   Community  
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The Premier and Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning announced this week that all students will return to full time on-site teaching and learning from Monday 25th May (Week 5 Term 2). All school activities and operations will be in line with NSW Health advice.

We look forward to welcoming all students back to school full time next week.

I thank all staff, parents and students for the amazing effort and support during the last few weeks in a time of significant stress and uncertainty.

From Monday, the primary mode of learning delivery will be face-to-face teaching, not on-line learning platforms. These platforms may still be used by teachers, but as an available tool, rather than as the primary mode.

Schools are safe and open for full time face-to-face learning. School students do not need to follow physical distancing guidelines, but should follow good hygiene practices like:

  • Regularly washing hands
  • Avoiding sharing drinks or food
  • Coughing or sneezing into your elbow, or a tissue which should be discarded immediately

Our school has received additional cleaning in line with the AHPPC guidelines and advice from NSW Health. Additionally, the School has also purchased supplementary cleaning supplies to support hygiene for the safety of the School community. Targeted areas include high-touch areas and other hard surfaces, door handles, lockers, light switches and handrails in stairways and movement areas. There will also be additional cleaning of toilets and bubblers and topping up of supplies like soap. Our school has also received supplies of soap, hand sanitiser, toilet paper, paper towels, disinfectant wipes and personal protective equipment.

All students should be at school unless:

  • They have a medical certificate which states that they are unable to return to school due to an ongoing medical condition
  • They are currently unwell

Please note, students who live with a family member in one of the categories identified as being at increased risk should attend school unless a medical practitioner advises otherwise in writing. If your child is unwell, please do not send them to school.

Students will return to regular bell times and timetabled lessons. Next week is a B Week, so students will be expected to bring all necessary equipment for their timetabled lessons.

School buses will be running at normal times before and after school. Students are advised to check timetables for all other forms of public transport. The canteen will be operational every day for recess and lunch.

Non-essential workers and community members are currently not permitted onsite.

While students return to normal timetabled classes from Monday there will be many activities that cannot resume yet:

What children can do:

  • Use the school library
  • Engage in non-contact sporting activities
  • Year 11 and 12 students may attend classes/activities relating to subjects available on other
  • VET work placement for Year 12 students is able to proceed from 1 June 2020. Year 10 and 11 work-placement is able to proceed from Term 3 2020.
  • School based apprenticeships and traineeships can recommence once the relevant workplaces are back in operation

What students can’t do:

  • School assemblies (unless for critical information)
  • School incursions and excursions including camps
  • Work experience
  • Inter-school activities (debating, inter-school sport)
  • In-school activities requiring parent or other volunteers
  • Drink from a water bubbler – bring a water bottle instead
  • Students cannot attend TAFE for study but may continue to learn online

Students are expected to wear their full school uniform. Especially with the colder weather, please ensure students are using the School jumpers, jackets, tie, scarves and beanies. The following items are not permitted:

  • Hoodies or other coloured jackets
  • No non HBHS hats
  • Mobile Phones and Non-educational devices (during school hours)

We are encouraging students to maintain a sense of pride in their uniform by always having their shirts tucked in and being in full HBHS uniform apparel.

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.

 

Yours Sincerely, 

Mr. Kevin Elgood
Principal