Return to Face to Face Learning

 Information for Parents and Carers

Schools are safe and are opening for face to face learning for all students. Our Catholic schools are preparing to welcome back all students and your school will advise you of their scheduled return to school date. Rest assured that all school activities and operations will be in line with the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) and NSW Health guidelines.

Our Catholic School Communities are committed to:

  • Ensuring a safe environment for our staff and students; including extra levels of hygiene and cleaning;
  • Maximising learning outcomes and recovering, to the extent possible, any lost learning;
  • Providing support for our principals, teachers and all school staff;
  • Providing support for our families, especially those under financial stress.

PHYSICAL DISTANCING AND GOOD HYGIENE

School students do not need to follow strict adult physical distancing guidelines but should follow good hygiene practices like:

  • regularly washing hands
  • avoiding sharing drinks or food
  • coughing or sneezing into your elbow, or a tissue which should be discarded immediately.

SCHOOL ATTENDANCE

Catholic schools follow the advice of Catholic Schools in NSW.  All students should attend full-time face to face learning from the date advised by their school, unless:

  • they are currently unwell or
  • they have a medical certificate/letter which states that they are unable to return to school due to an ongoing medical condition or that a member of the household has a compromised immune system and/or is considered vulnerable and the student needs to practice physical isolation.

If your child is unwell, please do not send them to school. If your child is unwell at school you or your nominated emergency contact will need to collect them immediately. Please make sure your contact details are up to date.

If you need any support to get your child back to school, please contact your school.

Refer to the Frequently Asked Questions section of this document for further information about attendance.

MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING SUPPORT

Communicating Concerns to School

Supporting your child’s mental health and wellbeing continues to be our priority. As students return to school please contact the school regarding any learning or wellbeing concerns, to ensure the appropriate support can be put into place.

Directory of Services

Directory of Services to support child and family mental health and wellbeing can be accessed on the COVID Parent Hub Further resources to support your family can be accessed at Wellbeing at Home - COVID Parent Hub.

REPORTING AND ASSESSMENT

Your child has been assessed during the learning from home period and will receive an additional assessment on their return to school. Your school will advise you about when you will receive your child’s semester 1 report. You are encouraged to contact your teacher/school if you require an update on your child’s progress or if you have any concerns you wish to raise.

SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

Teachers will continue to follow the same school curriculum with the exception of some activities that can’t go ahead for now.

WHAT STUDENTS CAN DO

  • Reconnect with students and staff to rebuild a sense of belonging and connection to the school
  • Engage in their learning and seek feedback from their teacher(s) on their academic progress
  • Catch up on learning if required
  • Use the school library
  • Seek learning and wellbeing support as required
  • Engage in some modified sporting activities.

WHAT STUDENTS CAN’T DO

  • School assemblies (unless for critical information)
  • School incursions and excursions including camps
  • Work experience
  • Inter-school activities (debating, inter-school sport)
  • In-school activities requiring a parent or other volunteers
  • Drink from a water bubbler – bring a water bottle instead
  • Students cannot attend TAFE for study but may continue to learn online.

SCHOOL CLEANING AND HYGIENE SUPPLIES

Your school will receive additional cleaning in line with the AHPPC guidelines and advice from NSW Health. Target areas include high-touch areas and other hard surfaces, door handles, lockers, light switches and handrails in stairways and movement areas. There will also be additional cleaning of toilets and topping up of supplies like soap. Your school has received supplies of soap, hand sanitiser, toilet paper, paper towels, and disinfectant wipes. The school is able to order more as needed.

SCHOOL GROUNDS

There should be no visitors to school sites including parents unless they are essential. Your school can provide guidance as to who is considered essential.

Your school will provide advice on drop off and pick up procedures.

Canteens and uniform shops can open at the discretion of the principal.

Out of school hours care can continue to operate.

Wherever possible, P&F and parent/carer/teacher meetings should be conducted online.

Community use of school facilities will recommence only for uses that are necessary for the continuation of education and with principal’s approval.

RESPONDING TO COVID-19 CASES

There is a clear plan in place for schools to respond to any suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our schools. We are working closely with NSW Health and will communicate with parents if a situation arises.

TRANSPORT

Transport for NSW continues to support physical distancing where possible, this will not apply to dedicated school services, as no school student will be turned away. For travel advice to and from school refer to the NSW public transport service and refer to school advice updates.

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