Principal's Page - Judy Egan
Dear Parents and Carers,
This week we would have been hosting our Grandparents and special older friends in
a wonderful community event celebrating all they bring to our lives. While they cannot be with us physically, we acknowledge the great treasure they bring to us. They hold the faith, memories and traditions of families and carry with them the wisdom of lived experience.
May God bless all our Grandparents and older friends who have been with us as part of our life journey, may their presence and spirit fill us with hope and courage, and may they be richly blessed.
Safe Return to school
We are nearly there for our K-2 and Year 6 families who will be returning on Monday 25 October. I want to acknowledge what an incredibly difficult time this has been for parents and carers and send my sincere appreciation to you all for the magnificent way you have supported your children. I am also deeply appreciative for the efforts of our teaching and support staff, including the leadership team.
At this time of the year, we are normally wearing Summer uniform see the link for details.
We are aware that some of our suppliers have had difficulty sourcing uniforms and families have been unable to purchase some uniform items. The most important thing to focus on now is a safe and settled transition back to school. Students will continue to wear sports uniforms on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and it is important that the children bring a hat and their own water bottle. I know that everyone is doing their best and I believe a few weeks transition to summer uniform is appropriate.
All staff working with children at school are required to have their first vaccination by 1st November and their second by the 29th November. As it is a privacy matter, I am not able to provide details about staff vaccination. However, given that children under the age of 12 will be unvaccinated as school resumes, I want to reassure you that measures are already being put in place to ensure your children are surrounded by vaccinated staff.
Pick up and Drop off/ Masks
Information was included in last week’s newsletter, please follow this link:
- Parents who are walking to school to pick up their children are encouraged to maintain a safe distance and wear a mask; we will ensure your children are ready to meet you.
- Children riding bikes and walking will leave school at 3pm following normal procedures.
Hygiene and cleaning
- Regular cleaning of high touch surfaces (such as handrails and desks), frequently used objects (such as desktop computers), common areas and toilets will continue.
- Cleaning schedules and resources onsite during the school day to wipe down and disinfect high-touch areas, including classrooms and common spaces, in addition to regular daily cleaning.
- Provision of extra hand sanitiser across the school.
- Provision of extra hand soap for children to wash their hands frequently, particularly before and after recess and lunch time.
- Frequent reminders to ensure children are practising good personal hygiene. This means, covering mouths and noses when coughing and sneezing, frequent hand washing, not sharing food or drinks and minimising physical contact.
- No child is to attend school if they are showing any high temperatures or cold and flu-like symptoms. They must remain at home and stay away from school until they are no longer showing symptoms or have attended a GP who has instructed that they are fit and safe to return.
- Any student presenting with high temperatures or cold and flu like symptoms will be supported to put on a mask, directed to the Front Office and parents will be called to collect them.
- If your child, or family members or other close contacts are tested for COVID-19, your child is not to attend school until the results of those tests are known and are negative. Please advise the school if this situation occurs.
- If your child has a medical condition that places them at greater risk from a return to face-to-face teaching at this time, please contact their teacher so that we can discuss their needs in greater detail.
If ACT Health confirms that St Michael’s has a COVID-19 case or is an exposure site, we will immediately follow the direction and advice from ACT Health. The school community will be notified immediately via Compass.
Further Safety Measures
We have measures in place to separate cohorts of students, including separate play areas and working within the block reducing student contact.
Ventilation has been checked and windows, doors and ceiling fans will be employed to support air flow
Students not Returning to school
We understand and appreciate that some families may choose not to send their children back to school.
As teachers will be returning to the classroom role, remote learning in its current form will not be available. We ask you to contact us with your situation so that we can make some plans around your child’s learning, noting that teachers may need to modify end of year reporting/assessment.
Please contact me if you have any issues or concerns and I will do my best to address them, as we all know the situation is fluid and health directives can change. We all want to care for and protect your precious children and I’m sure they are keen to return to see their friends and teachers!
Thank you again for your continued support,