Kingston Primary School
COVID19 Kingston PS - Update 4
Current at 12:30pm March 20th 2020
This Page was last updated and is current as at Friday 20th March 2020, 10am and will be updated as required.
Red text: New information Since the 18th March Update (Update 3)
Blue text: Edited information to provide greater clarity, or updated to reflect an update
Please find the latest information regarding C19 protocols that relate directly to how we are operating in our school. The School response team has discussed the Health and Education Departments directives. Below are the protocols that are in place at Kingston Primary School.
Who cannot attend school – advice as at 16 March 2020 has not changed
The Prime Minister has introduced measures placed on international arrivals into Australia. This means a mandatory 14-day self-isolation requirement will be placed on all international arrivals into Australia. This applies to all staff, students, parents/carers, contractors, visitors and volunteers on school sites.
Students or staff who have been tested for COVID-19 should follow the advice of the WA Department of Health and stay away from school whilst awaiting results.
Students or staff also need to self-quarantine if they have been informed by public health authorities that they have been in close contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus. They must isolate themselves for 14 days after the date of last contact with the confirmed case.
Should my child come to school?
- If your child is unwell, please keep them home.
- Parents must decide whether their child is able to attend school or not. If you decide to keep your child home, it’s OK with us, just let us know via the Kingston School app.
Communication with Parents
- Our main form of communication with parents is through our school app and website.
- We will send you a text message for urgent matters asking you to check our website.
- Please ensure that we have your correct contact details. If you have changed your phone number in the last 12 months, please ensure we have the new number.
Social Distancing / Mass Gatherings
- Kiss and drop at the door – All children are to be dropped off at the classroom door. Parents are not to enter the classroom.
- Non-essential visitors are asked to stay away from school. This includes all volunteers.
- Kingston Community Playgroup is cancelled
- Speech and Occupational Therapy will continue at this time.
- Children should not arrive at school until 8.20 at the earliest
- All children are to leave the school grounds promptly after the 3pm bell.
- Choir practice has now been cancelled until further notice. Smaller groups may still come together to practise (year level choir groups may still continue).
- As mentioned previously, students will not be permitted to remain on site after the school bell unless attending an approved organised activity.
- Events that involve students gathering together for incursions and all excursions have been cancelled
- School assemblies will not be held until otherwise advised.
- Honour certificates will continue to be handed out by admin to each class separately. Parents will be advised by the teacher that the child is receiving an honour certificate.
- Our ANZAC service is cancelled.
- Our School Photos have been postponed until week seven or nine, term three to be confirmed
- Our planned swimming lessons in term two are cancelled
- Parent – Teacher meetings should occur via telephone where possible.
Recess and lunch times arrangements
Students will remain under the supervision of their class teacher to eat their morning tea. This may be in the classroom or outside their class (veranda or covered areas). Class teachers will dismiss their students at 10.50am. The recess play session will be from 10.50am – 11.10am
Students will remain under the supervision of their class teacher to eat their lunch. This may be in the classroom or outside their class (veranda or covered areas). Class teachers will dismiss their students at 1.30pm. The lunch play session will be from 1.30pm – 1.55pm
Health & Hygiene practices-
- Parents are asked to keep children at home if they are unwell.
- Children will not be permitted to play on any of the school playground equipment after the final bell.
- Our cleaners have ramped up their cleaning processes throughout the school.
- Handwashing must occur on school site before eating, after the toilet and after a break in the playground.
- Soap dispensers are full every day.
- Hand washing and hygiene signs that promote an effective washing time are being promoted through the school.
- All toilet doors have posters for handwashing.
- Paper towel/air Dryers are maintained every day.
- Please discuss with your child the need to be highly respectful about the resources provided in the school toilets.
- Our resources are finite, (soap, paper towel, sanitiser) and we have had socially inappropriate actions in some areas of the school that impact on our resource levels and the respect for the work of our cleaners).
- The school is actively encouraging and demonstrating to students;
- cough, sneeze, cover protocols,
- hand washing protocols and good personal hygiene practices.
- Handshakes, high-fives and similar must be avoided.
Food and Drink Practices
- Shared food - our shared fruit sessions in early childhood have ceased
- Shared cooked food from home is not permitted and will not be distributed to entire classes etc.
- We still love celebrating birthdays, so individually wrapped confectionary may be an alternative to cup-cakes if you wish (i.e. fredo frog multipack).
- Drinking fountains - students will be discouraged from drinking directly from the water fountains. All student must have a water bottle. Water bottles can be refilled from water fountains.
Social Distances and Special Needs Students
- Where ever possible social distance requirements will be maintained.
- Our kids will still share a desk with another student.
- Our students with special needs will still require additional attention which makes social distance protocols very difficult. We will do our best to manage these situations for both staff and students.
- Please advise the school through the usual channels (app, phone, dojo) if your child is/will be absent. App and Dojo are preferred as we are experiencing a high volume of calls.
- Students who are absent due to self-isolation will be recorded as reasonable cause. Absences that have not be explained will be marked as unexplained and will be followed up for an explanation.
- If you are advised that your child has come into contact with C19 please advise the Principal immediately
Staff will follow Health Department advice on when they are to stay home.
We have many staff members who are either immuno-compromised or have immediate family members who are compromised. I expect our staff to make personal health decisions that are best for them just as I do parents for their children. Currently I expect our staff absences will continue to increase over the coming weeks. We will do our best to replace staff when they are absent.
In the case where we do not have enough teaching staff to cover our regular classrooms, as per our usual processes, we will be combining classes, keeping in mind trying not to compromise sensible social distancing. In the case of Education Assistants, we will endeavour to replace our special needs assistants. Where we cannot do this, we will endeavour to inform the parent of the student affected.
Can the school provide my child with work to complete at home?
Our staff are collating a “Learning at Home” Toolkit which will include a list of apps, websites and links to direct you to some suggested curriculum related activities that can be completed at home. This will be placed on our website next week. This is a fantastic homework hub. Our aim is to look after our children and families by continuing to work as a school community. We are not currently providing individual homework packages.
Our website: https://www.kingstonprimary.wa.edu.au/
Ongoing …. Here are areas we would like you to familiarise yourself with
- Children are to be picked up at 3 pm unless attending after school care or catching a bus
- Children are not permitted to play on any of the school play equipment before and after school (this is a current procedure and will now be reinforced)
- Ensure your contact details are up to date- please contact the office
- If your child is unwell keep them at home
- Kiss and drop at the door
What parents can do to help control the spread of the virus
- As mentioned in recent correspondence, Kingston PS has already put in place general hygiene reminders for students. Please reinforce this with your child.
- Ongoing: Please have a conversation with your children about the hygiene practices, especially no sharing of drink bottles and food. This will always be reinforced by all of our school staff.
C19 Kingston Primary School Response Team
Our school currently has a school response team that meet as often as required. The team has a school closure plan that will be implemented if directed to do so by the WA Chief Medical Officer.
Thank you all for assisting in these important containment and risk minimisation measures. Updates will be forwarded as required, and will be available on the school website: https://www.kingstonprimary.wa.edu.au/
Our website is the MAIN place for regular updates Please keep a close eye on our website and download our app for the latest advice specifically related to our school.
Thank you for helping to keep our community safe.
Important links for further information
Department of Education