Prep and Year 1 students have finished their first week back at school and have settled in well. Now that normality for them has returned and the necessary vigilance required around COVID-19, parents are no longer able to enter school classrooms from this point onwards.
The Queensland Government has announced that students in Years 2–10 will return to school on Monday 25 May, 2020. This announcement means that from 25 May, all of our students can return to school. I join our entire school team in warmly welcoming your child back.
The decision to return to school for all Queensland students is supported by Queensland's Chief Health Officer and aligns with progressive easing of restrictions as part of the Government's response to COVID-19.
Advice from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) states that physical distancing is not required for students during classroom activities. However, it is still required between adults. I therefore ask parents and carers to pay particular attention to the requirement for adults to maintain physical distancing of 1.5 metres at all times while on school grounds.
Please do not gather in areas around the school such as carparks, at the school gate or outside classrooms. In addition, please make use of our stop, drop and go area wherever possible.
I understand that some parents and carers may choose to keep their child at home due to special circumstances, medical vulnerability, or concerns about the risk of COVID-19 transmission. If you choose to keep your child at home, you remain responsible for their supervision and their learning. The learning@home website will remain available and will continue to be updated throughout Term 2 with new resources for students in Prep to Year 10. Students will also be able to view quality curriculum-based television programs on three different stations – programming information can be found on the learning@home website.
For students who have a medical reason requiring them to remain at home or in isolation, our school will make arrangements to support their learning at home just as they would in the case of any extended student medical absence.
On behalf of all staff, I sincerely thank you for your patience and support over recent weeks and months. The positive feedback from our school community and the willingness of parents and carers to partner with us in support of your children's learning, has been greatly appreciated.