Term 2 Return to School Guidelines

Special Return to School June Newsletter

Dear Parents/Carers,

We are very excited to welcome the rest of our students back on site at Sunshine Primary School on Tuesday. As we prepare for students to return to school for face-to-face teaching it is important to note that school will look very different due to the current Coronavirus situation. Please read the following information regarding changes to how Sunshine Primary School will operate.

Start and Finish Times as of Tuesday 9 June

  • We will have staggered start and finish times until further notice. Grade 3-6 classes will arrive at school between 8:45 am and 9:00 am. Prep-2 classes will arrive between 9:00 am to 9:15 am. Dismissal times will be 3:00 pm for Prep-2 classes and 3:15 pm for 3-6 classes.
  • Gates will be opened at 8:45 am each morning.
  • Once dropped off students will proceed straight to their classroom where teachers will be waiting. Students will need to sanitise their hands on entry to the classroom. Parents do not need to come on site. Students will be supervised from the gates.
  • End of day – Gates will be opened by staff at 2:55 pm. We ask that parents wait in the grounds observing social distancing rules and leave straight away.
  • Parents on Site. We are asking parents to spend minimal time on site and to not enter the building unless absolutely necessary. Normally parents are very welcome to come into school for a range of reasons. However, adults are more likely to transmit coronavirus than children. Therefore, please avoid coming into the school office as you usually would. Please call the front office if you need to come in and remain socially distant when you arrive.  

Hygiene

  • Staff and students will protect themselves and prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) by continuing effective hand hygiene. Enhanced hygiene measures will continue during the return to on-site teaching and learning.
  • All staff and students will undertake regular hand hygiene, on arrival to school, before and after eating, before and after break times, after blowing their nose, coughing, sneezing or using the toilet. This will be directed or supervised by staff where required.
  • The Magic Mop cleaners will be on site during the day for increased cleaning of high-touch areas, toilets and shared equipment.
  • Playground equipment can be used with students practising safe hand hygiene. The playground will be sanitised daily as part of the enhanced cleaning program.
  • The playground equipment will be out of bounds both before and after school.

Food and Drink

  • Hand sanitiser will be available in all classrooms.
  • Students will not be able to use the drinking fountains except to fill water bottles.
  • All students need to bring a water bottle to school each day.
  • The canteen will remain open with lunch orders only (no counter sales). Deb has organised a limited menu with “Meal Deals” operating till the end of term.
  • Breakfast Club will be CLOSED until further notice.

Before and After School Care

  • Camp Australia’s Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) service will continue to operate with the relevant risk mitigation measures in place.

Technology

  • Borrowed devices can be dropped off to the office on Tuesday 9 June between 9:00 am and 10:00 am or brought in with your child on Tuesday.
  • Assembly will continue to be held remotely.
  • We will continue to use Class Dojo for communication so please feel free to message us, send an email or call if you have any questions. Looking forward to getting back to the new ‘normal’.

General Information

  • There will be a change in the Home Reading program with books being returned on Friday’s and new books sent home on Monday’s.
  • If parents are able to it would be a great support if each child had their own hand sanitiser and/or wipes for their own desk.
  • If you have children across year levels you may opt in to have both children dropped off and picked up at the same time. Please advise the classroom teachers if this relates to you.
  • Please note that all on line learning will cease once all students have returned back to face-to-face teaching on site.

Reports

  • Modified reports for students will go home on the last day of term.
  • Parents will have the opportunity early Term 3 to further discuss their child’s report with the teacher via phone conference. More information will come out on return next term.

What if your child has a cold?

  • Please keep your child at home if they are sick. If your child is ill, even if it is ‘just’ a cough or a sniffle, keep them at home. If your child notices a scratchy throat or cold symptoms during the day, please encourage them to let their teacher know and they will send them to sick bay to be collected.
  • Please seek advice if you are unsure. Call the national Coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398 if you are unsure whether your child should go to school, or if you want to know if you should be tested for Coronavirus.

Kind Regards,

Lyn Read

Principal