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Covid 19 Updates

26 March 2020

Dear Parent/Guardian

If you can't access your Connect account to read this Notice in full, please call the school on 90 719 555 for assistance.

The school is currently operating at about 25% attendance. We are endeavouring to operate as normally as possible for students who are still attending. We have combined some classes to accommodate staff shortages and to provide time for teachers to add content to Connect and support students who are unable to attend. We have trialled some online learning with some groups. This has greatly assisted staff preparation in case the school is closed. It means we will have a clearer picture of how this would work. The Premier and the Education Minister have put out a statement today that will form the basis of our future planning.

Thank you for providing information about your child's attendance situation if you have chosen to keep them at home. 

For students who are not attending it is important that they isolate at home and use Connect to keep up with school work. Each department has put work on Connect that your child can use. It is not the same as being at school, but it is the best we can do at the moment. Please encourage your child to use Connect and contact the classroom teacher or year coordinator if there are issues.

The Department of Education has also put some work online. It can be accessed through the Learning at home website.  The website is now available and resources will continue to be added over the coming weeks. The Learning at Home website provides advice and resources for parents and carers, educators and students. This includes a wide range of resources and information related to the impact of COVID-19 on students’ health and wellbeing and the impact on families. 

This week we ran a whole school lesson through form classes to inform students about COVID 19. The lesson focused on providing factual information to students from appropriate sources. The importance of social distancing and maintaining positive mental health were also part of the lesson. It was well received by students in attendance.

Given the extensive media coverage, some children are already aware of the impact of the virus and will pick up on the concerns and anxiety of others. This could be through listening and observing what is happening online, at home and school.

 A Student Wellbeing Response, Recovery Advisory Team has been established. The team can be contacted at covid19.studentwellbeing@education.wa.edu.au. Please visit the information on Support for parents and carers

Parents are advised that, if they need urgent mental health advice and support for themselves or their child, there is a 24-hour crisis support line 1800 048 636.

Hygiene

We have employed additional cleaners who are working all day on maintaining high standards of cleanliness in toilets, checking supplies and availability of soap for students and sanitising door handles throughout the school. In addition to this, students have access to hand sanitiser and hygiene “hot-spots” like computer work stations are being cleaned and sanitised between lessons.

BYO water bottles

As per advice received from the Public Health Emergency Operations Centre (PHEOC), it is preferable that students bring their own individual water bottles that can be filled from the fountain as necessary. This will reduce the need for students to drink directly from fountains.

The school library remains open. Borrowing limits have been removed. We are encouraging students to borrow as many books as they like. They will be due back when students return to school. Students who are no longer attending are welcome to visit the library to borrow some books. Reading relaxes the body and calms the mind -we encourage students to read.

Progress reports

The progress reports will be emailed out to parents. Unfortunately, we have cancelled the parent nights. Please phone or email the classroom teacher your contact number if you wish to discuss the report. It will not be as efficient as a parent night. Please try to keep conversations short and to the point as some teachers have in excess of 100 students that they teach and the 5 minute conversations add up.

Lower school progress reports will be emailed this Friday 27 March.

Upper school progress reports will be emailed Tuesday the 31 March.

We will keep you informed of changes as we work through these unprecedented times together.

Esperance Senior High School is working hard to be part of a Strong and Healthy Community.

Regards

Ken Duffy
Deputy Principal
Esperance SHS
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0436858036