return to school

Dear Parents and Carers

 

The Premier and Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning announced this morning all students will return to full time on-campus teaching and learning from Monday 25 May (week 5 Term 2).

The below link is the guidelines to support parents and carers for return to school next Monday.

A guide to NSW school students returning to face-to-face learning

This guide is for parents and carers information has been updated as at 19 May 2020, until further notice.

Schools are safe and open for full time face-to-face learning.

All schools are returning to full on-campus learning from Monday 25 May.

All school activities and operations will be in line with Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) and NSW Health guidelines as applicable. 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.

School attendance 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.

Students who have a medical certificate to stay at home will be supported to learn from home in line with regular procedures if they are able to.

These regular procedures are different to what was offered during the learning from home period. If you require work to be provided to your child whilst they are at home due to an underlying health condition, you should contact the school for assistance.

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

If they are unwell at school you or your nominated emergency contact will need to collect them immediately.

Please make sure your contact details are up to date. If a student is absent without a medical reason for more than three days, this will be recorded as an unauthorised absence and followed up by the school. If you need any support to get your child back to school, please contact your school.

Reporting and assessment

Your child has been assessed during the learning from home period and will receive additional assessment on their return to school. You will receive your child’s semester 1 report before the end of August (week 6, Term 3). This may be a simplified version of the report you normally receive. Schools are encouraged to discuss your child’s progress with you before the written report is issued.

School activities

Teachers will continue to follow the same school curriculum with the exception of some activities that can’t go ahead for now.

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 campuses

• 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

• Trade Training Centres can operate on school sites.

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

• Use hydrotherapy pools

• Drink from a water bubbler – bring a water bottle instead

• Students cannot attend TAFE for study but may continue to learn online.

School cleaning and hygiene supplies

Your school will receive additional cleaning in line with the AHPPC guidelines and advice from NSW Health. 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.

Your school has received supplies of soap, hand sanitiser, toilet paper, paper towels, disinfectant wipes and personal protective equipment. The school is able to order more as needed.

School grounds

There should be no visitors to school sites unless they are essential. Your school can provide guidance as to who is considered essential.

Your school will provide advice on drop off and pick up procedures. Wherever possible, P&C and parent/carer/teacher meetings should be conducted virtually.

Canteens and uniform shops can open at the discretion of the principal. Out of school hours care can continue to operate. Community use of school facilities will recommence only for uses that are necessary for continuation of education and with principal’s approval.

Responding to COVID-19 cases

There is a clear plan in place for schools to respond to any suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our schools. We are working closely with NSW Health and will communicate with parents if a situation was to arise.

Return of Campus Laptops

On Monday, we are asking for those students who borrowed a laptop computer from school during the time of ‘learning from home’ if they could please return them to the Library. These computers must be signed back in at your campus.

Dropping Off Your Child to School

Pick Up: We ask that parents do not enter the campus grounds to wait for their child/children. Pick up of children will be carried out from the campus entrances on Owen Street and Findlay Avenue.

Buses

Buses will continue as normal.

Canteen

Will operate for students to order their lunch or purchase goods over the counter from Week 5.

Canteen will be open on Monday - Friday.  Westport Campus will be providing a reduced menu and closing after the Lunch 1 service. This will be reviewed on Friday in the hope we will be able to go back to normal hours shortly after.

Students will need to continue to bring their own drink bottles as the bubblers will remain turned off until further notice.

Uniform Shop

It is important that all students who attend on Monday are in uniform including correct shoes. Details of the uniform code and uniform opening hours on both campuses can be viewed at the below links.

Port Macquarie Campus - Please go to the following link for opening hours and online ordering of uniforms - https://www.hastingssecondarycollege.com.au/our-campuses/port-macquarie-campus/uniform

Westport Campus - Please go to the following link for opening hours of uniform shop - https://www.hastingssecondarycollege.com.au/our-campuses/westport-campus/uniform

Sickness

We encourage parents to keep their children at home to prevent the spread of colds and flu. If you do decide to keep your child home, please contact your campus via email or phone and advise of their absence. Any child who presents to school unwell will be sent home. 

Parent Volunteers

Additional cleaning of our school will continue for the remainder of Term for students and staff. Unfortunately we are required to continue with no parents or volunteers on the school premises. Parents are still able to visit the Office. Please adhere to the social distancing requirements in place within the Office as per instructions for adults.

Contact Us

Living with COVID-19 is for now, our new normal. We are confident on the national and NSW Health advice that schools are safe, and to avoid complacency there continues to be some sensible precautions which are outline in these guidelines.

Any questions please email your campus or use the quick form response on our website https://www.hastingssecondarycollege.com.au/contact-us

Return to school