From the Principal
COVID update: Feb 17th
Dear Parents and Carers
We are delighted to see all students back onsite tomorrow (Thursday Feb 18th).
As per advice from the Chief Health officer schools are to return to face to face learning as of tomorrow.
As per department guidelines we ask that if you are entering the school grounds you must wear a face mask at all times.
Parents are able to drop their child/children at the door of the classroom and must not remain onsite for more than a 15min period.
The canteen will open, however please note that milk will not be available on Thursday.
We wish to thank you all for your efforts over the last 3 days and are very proud of our families and students for their continued efforts to ensure we stay Covid safe.
Looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow
Jenny and all the KPS staff
COVID -19 update: Feb 12th
Please see below letter to our community as of Friday Feb 12th.
Dear Parents and Carers,
I am hoping this letter finds you and your loved ones safe and well.
As you may be aware Victoria has had an increase in the most virulent strain of COVID 19 cases over the week and the government has this afternoon announced a 5 day, stage 4 lockdown from 11.59pm tonight (Friday 12th February) until 11.59pm Wednesday night (Wednesday 17th February).
The Victorian Government on the advice of the Chief Health Medical officer has confirmed that all schools will be closed on Monday 15th February to Wednesday 17th February (inclusive) and that all students who can be at home, must be at home. It is hoped that a short sharp lockdown will contain further spread of the virus and that schools will again open next Thursday February 18th.
We understand that this announcement may cause you and your family concern and stress, particularly in light of the restrictions of 2020. However, it is a step necessary to slow the spread of COVID 19 and ensure the health and safety of all Victorians.
Today we have distributed the following items for students.
- At home matrix for up to a fortnight (if needed)
- Homework book (to complete tasks in)
- Pencil or pen
- 1 set of coloured pencils per family
Please ensure that I will alert you of any further announcement as soon as I receive them.
For the reason of health and safety, it has been directed that all staff who can work from home, must work from home. A minimum number of staff are permitted onsite to support and supervise only those students, in extreme circumstances of vulnerability or if all adult members of the household are essential workers and are required to work away from home.
If this applies to you please complete the onsite attendance request form on the school website under the COVID section and email to the school email no later than 5pm Sunday February 14th and await confirmation by Sunday night.
Although we had experienced similar lockdowns in Victoria last year this is again a challenging time for all of us but will ensure that we provide the very best possible support for the ongoing wellbeing and learning of our students and your children within the government guidelines.
I sincerely thank you for your support during this time.
COVID -19 update: Term 1 -return to School.
Dear parents and carers
On behalf of everyone at KPS, I want to say a big thank you to all our students, parents and carers for your continued resilience and support throughout 2020.
We have all shown that we can be flexible and adaptable in responding to the challenges of coronavirus (COVID-19) and together we will continue to meet student needs as we begin the 2021 school year.
We wish to welcome you back and hope that you have all had a wonderful break and are ready to get back to school.
We are very excited to start 2021 and look forward to seeing you all and ready to learn.
A reminder that years 1-6 will commence on Thursday 28th January and Foundation Students will commence full time on Wednesday 3rd February – following their individual assessment interview times.
School times are now as per usual (8.50am to 3.10pm) , there will be no staggered arrival or dismissal times however we are bound to prevent the gathering of adults at/near the school gates and on school site. This will mean that you are able to walk your child to class but may not stay on site for more than 15mins. Unfortunately, at this time we are still asking parents to remain outside classrooms ensuring they keep a 1.5m social distance space between others. Please ensure you maintain social distancing requirements at drop off and pick up times and while waiting for students to enter their classroom and be dismissed.
A QR code has been placed on the office/admin window to enable contact tracing for those parents/ carers who are required to attend indoors for more than the allowable 15mins.
All parents are asked to wear a mask if attending a pre organised meeting inside school buildings.
Please note that the school gates will be closed each night at 3.25pm, students must attend OSH club if they are unable to be picked up by 3.25pm.
The 4 gates that have been used throughout 2020 will remain as access points for students these include: Front of school (Mowbray Crescent); East gate (Raglan Court); South gate (Nimmo Crescent) and the West gate (Kurunjang Secondary oval).
Please note a greater amount of parking can be accessed via the Secondary oval gate and we encourage all parents to walk to school and restrict the necessity to remain parked for long periods of time to avoid congestion.
A reminder that the water/drinking taps can be used – (however we still encourage water bottles to be used at school) , hats are compulsory and must be worn all term and the canteen will continue to operate as of the first day of school.
We cannot wait to see you all again on Thursday.
Kurunjang Primary School