From the Principal
COVID -19 update: Term 4 -return to on-site learning.
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 this year. I know remote and flexible learning has not always been easy, but through our collective efforts, our students have continued to make valuable progress in their learning. You can be confident that our school will support any student who has fallen behind to catch up.
Last term, the Victorian Government had outlined the staged return to on-site schooling for the one million students in Primary, Secondary and Specialist schools within regional and metropolitan Victoria, with the intention of getting students back in the classroom as soon and as safely as possible without putting at risk all that has been achieved through the period of restrictions to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Following my COMPASS notification last Sunday, I am now confirming that for our school, following this week of continued Flexible and Remote Learning (5th-9th October), ALL our students in Year F-6 will be returning to school next MONDAY 12th OCTOBER. The existing remote learning program will not continue for any of our year level.
Term 4 is important for every Victorian student, and our teachers will strive to deliver high-quality learning for everyone. Our focus for Term 4 is on making sure that every student is supported in their wellbeing, learning and transition needs.
As on-site schooling resumes, we will continue to have in place strong measures to protect the health and safety of students, staff, families and the community. Unfortunately this will include again the necessary staggering of arrival and dismissal of students, restricting parent access to school grounds, continued emphasis on hand hygiene and face coverings and physical distancing and social bubbles within staff and year levels, where possible. (*Please see attached the arrangements for staggered arrival and dismissal of students commencing next Monday 12th October for all students Years F-6.)
Our highest priority will be the wellbeing, particularly the mental health, of every student and member of staff. This means effectively mobilising all available resources to support our most vulnerable students and enabling staff to access the relevant support services.
As in all schools, some of our students have thrived in the remote and flexible learning environment, others have maintained their learning progress, and some have fallen behind, despite their best efforts and those of their families and teachers. Our priority will be supporting both those who need it to catch up and those who have progressed to continue to extend their learning.
We will make every effort to ensure successful transitions for children moving from kindergarten into Foundation, the Grade 6s moving into Year 7 as well as every student moving into the next level of primary schooling.
We know some families are worried that their child may have to repeat a year due to the disruptions of coronavirus (COVID-19). There is little evidence to support the benefits of repeating a year to catch up. Instead, schools will use teaching strategies that draw on the best evidence available to help students meet their learning needs.
Parents, families and carers can be confident that the best option for almost every child is to stay with their peer group, whether that is moving from kindergarten into Prep, or moving from Grade 6 into Year 7 at secondary school, or students moving up any year level in between.
Our school, working with you, has shown it can be flexible and adaptable in responding to the challenges of coronavirus (COVID-19) and will continue to meet student needs as we look towards the end of the 2020 school year and ahead to 2021.
Kurunjang Primary School