As you are probably aware WA schools will open as of Wednesday the 29th April. Parents have a choice as to whether they want to send their child to school or keep them at home. The Department of Education will reassess the situation in week three of this term and advise us accordingly. Advice from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) is that there is relatively low risk of COVID-19 transmission in schools and with the zero rates of new COVID-19 cases in WA they are confident that schools are safe.
At Beeliar Primary School we have created a plan that addresses our safety and hygiene requirements and will apply to all children and adults entering our school site.
This is important information that will require parent support:
- As per the Department of Educations’ policy, parents will not be permitted onto school site. Children will be met at the school gates by a staff member and supervised to class.
- Our school gates will NOT open until 8.30am. Please do not send children to school any earlier than 8.30am. If you need before school care, please contact the Beeliar OSH Club on 0447 364 035 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Please can you inform your classroom teacher or the front office if your child is not attending school
- If your child is sick, they must not go to school. You must keep them at home and away from others.
- Each child must have a water bottle as the water fountains throughout the school will not be operational
- Our number one mode of curriculum delivery will be face to face. However, teachers will provide online and hard copy work packages to support students working from home. Please contact your classroom teacher if you require these modes of delivery.
- We are restricting unnecessary visitors to Beeliar Primary School and will limit the amount of people in the front office. If you need to visit the school, please follow the social distancing protocols on display
Beeliar Primary School Hygiene plan: Everyone must practice good hygiene to protect against infection and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Good hygiene practises include:
- Ensuring physical and social distancing. The AHPPC has relaxed the 1.5 metre social distancing guideline for schools. We will do our best to ensure students are well spaced out both in the classroom and playground, but schools are exempt from the 1.5m requirement for children
- Extra cleaning hours which equates to a fulltime cleaner during school hours. All playgrounds will be cleaned after use, all high-touch surfaces such as benchtops, desks, doorknobs, taps, and hand rails will be cleaned at regular intervals throughout the day with a detergent solution or detergent/disinfectant wipes
- Separating groups at play; for example, by staggering play areas and avoiding overcrowding
- Ensuring children wash their hands (or apply alcohol-based hand rubs) before and after eating, when they enter the classroom and after using the toilet
- Excluding unwell children and staff
- Physical education may continue, but should take place outdoors where physical distancing can be maintained.
We thank you in advance for your support with this plan for Beeliar Primary School. If there is anything that you are unsure about, please do not hesitate to contact me by email or phone. Personally I am looking forward to our children returning to school and getting back to some normalcy. I have put my trust in the experts and will follow their advice and guidelines.
I look forward to seeing you soon, take care and stay safe.Yours Sincerely