Covid-19 Information_Update 26 March 2020
Today the Premier announced whilst all public schools will remain open until the end of term, families are strongly encouraged to keep their children at home if they have the capacity to do so.
I would like to share with you what this will mean for our school community:
- All children who attend school will be taught as normal.
Final week of Term –Monday 6 April to Thursday 9 April
- Students who attend will be supervised, but not taught normal lessons.
- Teachers and education assistants will prepare teaching programs for Term 2.
Term 2 –commencing Tuesday 28 April
- At this stage arrangements for Term 2 have not been finalised. The State Government is working on developing a longer term education model for Term 2 and beyond in response to COVID-19.
As a school we will send out to parents’ tomorrow, through email, a document listing online activities that children can access at home. Please be assured that when I receive further information I will provide details to you as soon as I can.
I would like to thank you for your support and cooperation during this unprecedented situation.
Jeff Murphy, Principal
Covid-19 Information_Update 25 March 2020
Dear Parents and Caregivers,
Additional to information in yesterday’s update.
Drinking fountains will now only be used to refill water bottles. Please make sure your child has a water bottle clearly marked with their name. Bottles will be stored a safe distance apart during the day.
Jeff Murphy, Principal
25 March 2020
COVID-19 Information 24.03.2020
Dear Parents and Caregivers,
At this time Noranda Primary School will remain open through to the end of the current school term to support students whose parents have chosen to send them to school. This may change, however, and we wait on advice from the Education Department. The Department issues regular updates.
Teachers are not expected to provide work packages for students whose parents have chosen to keep them home without seeking medical advice, before the end of Term 1. The priority for staff is to maintain focus on classroom learning programs.
The following is information that relates directly to our school.
We ask that you notify the school in writing, from now on, (Noranda.PS@education.wa.edu.au or via class Dojo) if you choose to self-isolate as a family or are staying away because of a travel or medical risk factor. Please take the time to read the information below to ensure we are all on the “same page” with regard to the health and well-being of our school community.
· Please keep your children home if they are sick. We will be contacting parents to take children with coughs and sniffles home to recuperate.
· Staff continue to educate and encourage good hygiene, particularly surrounding hand washing, coughing, sneezing and nose-blowing. We also encourage children to keep their hands away from their faces.
· Our cleaners and other staff will be working hard to ensure that our facilities are correctly and regularly cleaned, and that we are stocked with soap and hand-drying materials.
· Avoid touching others. This includes high fives, hugs, kisses or handshakes.
· We will spread children/classes out to work and play wherever possible.
· Parents and caregivers, please adhere to social distancing requirements when dropping and collecting your children to and from school. Please do not enter classrooms but drop your children at the door.
In order to comply with Social Distancing requirements, the following scheduled events for Semester 1 have unfortunately been cancelled, postponed or altered until further notice:
· Year 6 camp
· Excursions and incursions
· Interschool sports and carnivals
· Noranda Nippers
· Parent helpers
· School banking
· Bush wardens
· Chinese Language Reading Club
· School Board and P & C meetings and events
· Parent interviews either postponed or conducted over the phone by agreement between teachers and parents
· Assemblies – room 4 postponed for this term. More information to be provided in term 2.
· Running Club will still take place for those attending school with warm up happening on the grass outside the undercover area
As you may be aware, the Education Ministers across Australia announced that NAPLAN testing for Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 students across Australia will not occur this year.
Wellbeing and Mental Health
· It is important that information about the current situation is provided to students in a developmentally appropriate and reassuring way. Take the time to chat to them but not to hold adult conversations around your concerns in front of them.
· Turn off the “news” when young children are around.
· It is normal for children (and adults) to feel anxious or sad in these situations and if social isolation is in place they will need support. Keep them connected with friends and family electronically.
· Our School Chaplain, teachers and admin staff are available to talk to students and parents who have concerns.
It is vital that the school has the correct contact details for your family.
Thank you for your continued support and understanding during these uncertain times.
Jeff Murphy Principal
24 March 2020
COVID-19 General Information 24.03.2020
How to minimise the spread of COVID-19
- Frequently washing your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or using an alcohol based hand gel
- Refraining from touching mouth and nose
- If coughing or sneezing, covering your nose and mouth with a paper tissue or flexed elbow
- Dispose of the tissue immediately after use and perform hand hygiene
- Avoiding close contact with anyone if you, or they, have a cold or flu-like symptoms (maintain a distance of at least 1.5 metres).
People with COVID-19 may experience:
- flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and fatigue; or
- shortness of breath.
For the latest health information and health related enquiries please visit WA Department of Health or access the helpline 1800 020 080.