SUBJECT: Coronavirus (COVID-19) School Position and Update (No 6 – 3rd April)
Dear Parents & Caregivers
The following information is provided to keep families in our community fully informed of the latest developments and actions the Education Department and Dunsborough Primary are taking in response to the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic.
ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE FINAL WEEK OF TERM 1 - APRIL 6 – 9.
As previously advised, the WA Government has allocated to all WA Government Schools an additional 4 Pupil Free Days to be used in the final week of this term from Monday 6 April to Thursday 9 April. (Friday 10 April is Good Friday)
These 4 days will be used by our teachers and Education Assistants to prepare teaching programs for all students from K – 6 to access during Term 2.
These arrangements mean the school holiday break between term 1 and term 2 will now commence on Monday 6 April and finish on Monday 27 April (which is the Public Holiday for ANZAC Day).
Term 2 for students is due to recommence on Tuesday 28 April.
NOTE: While it is expected that students do not come to school on the 4 pupil free days in the last week of term, our school is prepared to provide supervision on these days for any child whose parents are not able to arrange appropriate or safe supervision for them at home as a result of being involved in delivering essential services to our community or for other compassionate reasons.
Parents are asked to please let the school know, in writing, if they require their child/children supervised during the final week of this term.
(This supervision will be done in the school’s library where children will be able to play games and/or watch videos)
PREPARATIONS FOR HOME LEARNING TO TAKE PLACE IN TERM 2
Teaching and learning in term 2 in WA Schools is going to look different. Students may be at home, supervised by their parents.
Schools will be utilising different, flexible learning methods, including technology-enabled tools to deliver teaching and learning programs which students can complete at home.
Dunsborough Primary School has decided to place all of our students onto the "Seesaw for Schools" application, which is a whole school digital learning platform.
What this looks like in different year levels will vary, but the platform will allow the school to stay in contact with students and their families, even in the event of a regular class teacher being unavailable. Learning activities will be uploaded for students to access when they can, and provision for students without the internet will be made.
We are currently setting up the whole school to be able to access Seesaw and all families will be sent Home Learning Codes by the end of Term 1. These codes will enable their child/children to log onto this platform at home using any internet enabled device
NOTE: Families that already have the "Family Seesaw" App will automatically be attached to their "Class Seesaw". Families who have not accessed Seesaw before will need to download the "Class Seesaw" App, or access it through the internet. http://app.seesaw.me
When students receive their 'Home Learning Codes' they will have two way communication open with their class teacher and some other staff. In some cases, they will see other students’ work which will help keep them connected.
The school will have staff available to 'troubleshoot' any Seesaw questions. (Other than the child's class teacher) We will let you know when our Seesaw “Helpline” is up and running.
In the meantime, if parents have any questions or queries about “learning at home” for your child, please don’t hesitate to contact the school and we will help you.
TAKING HOME OF CURRICULUM RESOURCES/PACKS FROM SCHOOL
To supplement the delivery of a teaching and learning program at home for some students in term 2, our school will be making available, as required, curriculum resource packs, which parents will need to collect from the school.
Packs for Kindy students will be available for parents to collect during the final week of term.
Resource packs for students in all other year levels (PP to 6), will be available for collection by parents in the first week of term 2.
Details of when and how parents can pick up these packs will be communicated to all families next week.
WHEN WILL “LEARNING AT HOME” START?
Based on all the current advice we have been given, ‘Learning at Home’ will commence from the first day of Term 2 – Tuesday 28th April.
Students will not be able to access any curriculum resources and/or activities on Seesaw before that day.
A message will be sent home to all parents by teachers on Thursday April 9 with further information on how the first day of “Learning at Home” will operate.
WHAT CAN PARENTS DO TO PREPARE FOR LEARNING AT HOME FOR THEIR CHILD/CHILDREN?
Over the holidays you might like to gather together crafty materials from around the home in preparation for hands-on challenges and activities you are likely to participate in. (No need to go shopping for them!)
Things like; empty boxes, cardboard, tape, string, wool etc.
For Maths, especially in junior years, collecting empty containers for measuring and things from nature that you can count and sort will be useful. Fish out the playing cards and dice too!
And create a home learning space for your child/children.
CLOSING OF SCHOOL PLAYGROUNDS
Following advice from the WA Government, all of our school’s playgrounds and/or playground type equipment will be closed until further notice.
I will continue to keep all families in our school community fully informed as new information and updates come through.
If parents have any questions on any of the points I have covered in this update or would like to discuss any other aspect to do with the way our school is responding to COVID-19, please don’t hesitate to contact the school.
DUNSBOROUGH PRIMARY SCHOOL