The letter below outlines the latest information on schooling arrangements for next week as per Queensland Government and the Department of Education guidelines. You may have seen or heard that the Premier has announced:
- Next week (from Monday 30 March to Friday 3 April inclusive) is a week of Student Free Days to enable teachers to prepare for continuity of learning in the event of further closure. This means the Term 1 break starts early for students and runs for the next three weeks.
- Students who have parents who are ‘essential workers’ will be able to send students to school for supervision. Essential workers are those who continue to attend their workplace at this time.
The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority has just announced that Year 12 students will complete one less Internal Assessment this year. We are awaiting details of this to advise you further. This message will be emailed to Year 12 parents by Mr Jell or Mr Fozard. The Year 12 Maths exams scheduled for Monday 30 March are postponed.
To enable us to plan for the students who will be at school next week, we need to know how many students will attend. We’d like to do a good job and show our support for other essential workers.
We have no firm advice about what will happened next term. If we return to school, our focus will be on face-to-face teaching. If we are in an on-line mode, we will send you the details of the planning we have been doing. We have guides around curriculum, wellbeing and routines to share. All of this will be advised, should we move into on-line mode.
Please take care in these unusual times. We will look after your students’ education. Please look after each other.
26 March 2020
Dear parents and caregivers,
As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, we have been closely following Department of Education directives, which are based on the advice of Queensland Health.
I thank you for your patience as we have worked through these challenging times. Your support has allowed us to maintain a focus on teaching and learning and some normality of routine for the children of our school.
The Queensland Government has today (Thursday 26 March) announced that an additional five (5) Student Free Days will be in place next week, from Monday 30 March to Friday 3 April inclusive.
This means the Term 1 break will start early for students and your child will not attend school next week, unless they are children of essential workers or vulnerable children, such as those in out-ofhome care.
Essential workers are those that must currently continue to attend their workplace during this difficult time and supervision will be provided at our school for children of these workers where required during the week of 30 March to 3 April inclusive.
If you are an essential worker and wish to send your child to school to be supervised next week you must ensure your child is well and not displaying any signs of illness.
The Student Free Days have been provided to allow Queensland state school staff opportunities to plan for the delivery of learning in the event that the education sector needs to move to flexible and remote learning for students at the commencement of Term 2.
School will resume on Monday 20 April unless health advice determines otherwise. Further information on the return of students to school for Term 2 will be provided over the Term 1 break.
You are also encouraged to stay informed of the latest health developments relating to COVID-19 by regularly visiting the Queensland Health website.
I realise these latest developments may create challenges for parents and caregivers, both in terms of disruption for students and for families who need to manage supervision of children at home. Please be assured that the decision has only been taken as a necessary response to the evolving COVID-19 situation.
As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, we have been closely following Department of Education directives, which are based on the advice of Queensland Health. The Department of Education will continue to keep all principals up-to-date with any further changes to schooling over the coming days and weeks and I will continue to provide parents with this information as it becomes available. Further information for parents, including Questions and Answers has been developed by the Department of Education and can be found here.
Thank you for your understanding as we continue to work together to support and educate your children during this difficult and unprecedented time.
Mr Paul Robertson