I am writing to you during the school holidays to let you know about the arrangements for our school for Term 2 and what it will mean for you and your children. As you are aware, the situation has changed in comparison to the end of Term 1, and any correspondence regarding planning for learning from home has now changed.
These are unprecedented times and therefore, we will need to do some things differently in schools over the coming weeks, to maintain learning and to keep your children and our staff safe.
I understand this may be an uncertain and difficult period for you and your family. That is why the State Government has given parents a choice about whether their children return to school for face-to-face teaching or learn from home. It is a personal decision influenced by each family's circumstances.
To assist with your decision making, and so you are informed about what school and learning will look like at Westminster Education Support Centre please note the following:
- Monday 27 April is a public holiday.
- Tuesday 28 April will be a pupil free day. There will be no students at school as staff will be using this day for preparation.
- From Wednesday 29 April, school is open for all students whose parents/carers choose to send them.
- Assemblies, carnivals, excursions, incursions and events continue to be postponed indefinitely.
- The canteen remains closed indefinitely.
- Therapy services at school remain postponed indefinitely
Our school response will be influenced by the number of students physically attending school each day.
Depending on the number of students who return, Westminster Education Support Centre may;
- Collapse classes.
- Stagger play times.
At Westminster we want to continue to provide the best education we can to students who attend or stay at home during this time. Students who attend school will be taught a face-to-face program and timetable. Students who will be learning from home will have a combination of online and physical resources provided for you.
The State Government is providing $43 million in additional funding to expand school cleaning, in line with the health advice. Cleaners will work throughout the day to ensure all high-use areas, such as benchtops, desks, doorknobs, taps and hand rails, are regularly cleaned and surfaces disinfected. Some of our playgrounds will be open and play equipment will be cleaned before school and after each break.
These arrangements will be in place and reviewed ahead of Week 4 commencing 18 May. As always, State Government decisions will be based on the best health advice.
Staff will call families on Tuesday 28th April to confirm if your child will be attending school or learning from home.
We want all families and children to feel supported and informed during this time. I thank you for your partnership as we navigate this together.