Urgent response required: Term Two at LPS
Please take a moment to complete the survey below, regarding Term Two at LPS:
We appreciate your prompt response.
03/04/2020 Update & Important Survey
Please see letter below from Education Secretary, Tim Bullard, and Minister for Education and Training, Jeremy Rockliff MP, regarding student learning and school operations for Term 2, 2020.
IMPORTANT: Please complete either the survey below or the attached word document (return this via email to email@example.com
Term Two survey:
Thank you for your support!
Due to the current circumstances we will not be sending out a newsletter this week. The following is some important information for you to consider coming up to the end of term holidays, which now begin on Monday 6th April through to Sunday the 26th of April.
Student Free Days 6th-9th April: Onsite childcare will be available next week through Outside School Hours Care, which is run by the Clarence City Council. Please contact them on 6217 9610 to enrol.
What will term two look like: Our current understanding is that much like this week, schools will be open for essential workers and those who cannot care for their children at home. The Minister will be communicating with the public about this more in the coming weeks. As you know, the situation is changing regularly so we will be guided by the DoE and the Health Department.
Device loans: Thank you for those parents who have completed the online survey regarding access to devices and internet at home. If you haven’t done so the link was sent out on Schoolzine yesterday and we would appreciate all families completing this. We have established that some families would benefit from using a school device when learning from home during term two. If your child needs to borrow a school device to access their learning at home in term two please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org. I will send you a form to complete and organise a time for pickup early in term 2. You will need your child’s user name and password with you at pickup. Every student in our school has one of these but they may not know what it is. These will be emailed to all parents over the next week. Please ensure the office have your correct email to receive these.
At home learning: Staff are making great progress on at home learning opportunities for your children in term two. At the moment we are directing all parents to the Learning at Home page on the DoE website, however for term two we will be providing specific learning for the students at Lindisfarne Primary School which relates directly to their age, class and abilities. We will send home detailed information about this once we have completed the appropriate professional learning during the student free days next week. In the meantime, please don't see schooling from home as an expectation on you to re-create school. Instead:
- Take the opportunity to establish new routines that work for you and your family
- Consider ways students can develop their creativity and collaboration through creative play and games
- Look for opportunities in the real world to access print and number
- Find opportunities to develop some habits that support both physical and mental health
- Work within the timeframes that work for your families, not 9-2:45
- Look at routines, such as preparing lunch, as valuable learning opportunities
- Enjoy the time you have together
After tomorrow students are ‘officially’ on holidays. While this holiday won’t be like any other you have experienced, be kind to yourselves. Most of all, make sure you balance your learning time with spending fun, quality time with your children.
Week 9 Protocols
Further to the instructions from the Prime Minister and Premier we will remain open for all students with parents who are at work or unable to provide care for their children. We are currently working with a skeleton staff, and will continue to provide education and care for those who attend however moving forward we will be adopting the following new protocols until further notice:
- All students who attend school from Tuesday this week must be dropped off at the gate/area in front of the school crossing in Loatta Road between 8:30am until 9am. This does not apply to Kinder. Kinder students will be met at their gate on Henley Street.
- Students must be WALKED to this area not to classes. Senior staff will meet all students outside at the gate and will direct/take them to their respective classrooms.
- After school, students will be dismissed from the same area from 2:55pm. Parents are asked to wait outside the gate (practising appropriate social distancing) and not inside the school.
- All adults are asked not to enter the school or school office unless it is an emergency. We ask that if you need to contact a teacher or the office you send an email to or call on 62439232.
- All classes will be collapsed from Tuesday. We will cap each class at under 15 and practice social distancing as per the Health Departments recommendations.
- The Grade 5/6 classrooms along with the Grade 4 building and Music building will be closed to students. The top area of the school (above the library) will also be out of bounds to students until further notice.
- All playground equipment will be out of bounds until further notice. A small selection of sports equipment will be available and cleaned daily for students to use at recess and lunch.
- Before and After School care have asked that parents call them on 0400677590 when you arrive at school and an educator will meet you at the Loatta Street gate.
We ask that you respect these new protocols and consider that our staff are working under very challenging conditions.
Over the next two weeks our teaching staff will be preparing and learning for online learning to commence in Term 2. In the meantime we ask that you don’t ask for individual learning for your children and direct you to the DoE website where you can click on “Online Learning’ for ideas and activities for the remainder of Term 1. We also have a COVID-19 tab on the Schoolzine app with up to date information and activities for at home learning.
These are strange and unnerving times, and I thank you for your understanding, and encourage you all to stay home if you can.
Primary Progress Reports
Due to the extenuating circumstances presented to us this week, reports that were due to go home today will go out on Monday 30th March.
COVID-19 Update 27/03/20
Today, Premier Gutwein announced that schools will remain open next week (Monday March 30 – Friday April 3). He also asked, that where possible, parents should keep their children home from school. For those of you who are considered essential workers, we are open and here for you to send youchildren. We ask that parents who are keeping their children at home next week please notify school as soon as possible via our usual channels. Accurate student numbers support the school in providing appropriate care and support for those that will attend.
For students at home we encourage families to access the online learning materials available via the online announcement earlier in the week, as we continue to work to prepare home learning opportunities for our students.
Thank you to those families that have been in contact with the office and class teachers over the recent few days, passing on support and appreciation for our school staff and the hard work that they are doing at this difficult time. I ask for your continued support through:
We appreciate that these are challenging times and encourage you all to look after yourselves and your children’s health and wellbeing during this time.
Letter to Parents and Guardians from DoE Secretary
LPS update 23/3/2020
Dear parents and guardians
This message is to update you with measures we are taking to play our part in minimising the spread of COVID 19 while remaining open.
Cleaning staff- Our staff will be completing a blanket coverage of diluted disinfected spray over all surfaces in the school every night. They are also cleaning the toilets three times a day and are wiping all door handles and classroom surfaces twice a day.
Classrooms- teachers are limiting the number of students per desk and minimising mat time. When on the mat, students are maintaining the recommended physical distancing where possible.
Shared resources- if possible it would be great for all students to begin bringing their own pencils etc. but if not we are ensuring students are washing their hands before and after using items.
Library- there will be no new borrowing until further notice. All current loans will be due back at the end of this term.
Home Reading- The current home reading program will be suspended and would appreciate all home readers to be returned this week please. In the interim we will be encouraging all students to read at home from their personal libraries and encourage all parents to use their State library cards to order digitals copies of books online. This will also be supported by moving to a digital system and by the end of this week we will purchase a subscription to Reading Eggs and Reading Express where students can access books activities online. More information will be provided by the end of this week. Please see your child's class teacher if you don't have internet access to use these resources.
Volunteers including Parent Help and drop offs- Only essential visitors to our school will be permitted, classroom help programs are suspended until further notice. Please drop students at the door where possible to try to avoid entering classrooms of a morning/afternoon..
Hand Hygiene- this continues to be a strong focus in all rooms, it is likely we will run out of hand sanitizer this week but we will still have soap.
School Association Meetings- These have been suspended until further notice.
Learning from home- our team are working on resources to support student learning from home. Attached is a one page document we have prepared for those families who have been asked to self-isolate. Students also have access to Mathletics at home.
FAQ for Parents - COVID-19
Please see the link below for an update from the Deputy Secretary - Learning regarding COVID-19:
LPS update regarding COVID-19
Lindisfarne Primary is continuing to remain open with the Minister for Education briefing Principals this morning (16 March) on new precautionary measures to support current advice around social distancing.
We will continue to communicate any updates to our families via Schoolzine and Facebook.
As of today we will be cancelling several of our planned events;
- Inter-School Athletics Carnival
- ECE Athletics carnival
- Launching into Learning sessions
- Parent teacher meetings
- Winter Sports Roster games (netball/football)
- All excursions and incursions (including guest speakers and sustainability centre outdoor classroom)
- School Photos (postponed until August)
- School Canteen will be closed until further notice
- Kinder fruit sharing
- Breakfast and classroom cooking programs
We will continue to ensure our staff and students follow health and hygiene practices; regular hand washing and refrain from touching our mouths and faces. We would appreciate families reiterating these messages to their children.
We encourage families as always to keep students home who are unwell and to seek medical advice as appropriate.
We will keep our community informed of any updates or advice we receive from the Minister of Education that may change our practices at LPS.
We appreciate our community's support as we work together through this period together.