Kingston Primary School
COVID19 Kingston PS Update # 6
Current at 2.00pm March 25 2020
Red text: New information since the 24 March update (update 5.1).
Blue text: Edited information to provide greater clarity, or updated to reflect an update
In these unprecedented times the reality of the challenges that many people are facing is hard to comprehend. Our thoughts go out to all our Kingston families and community members who are doing it tough right now. The future of how schools and communities operate is a very controversial topic at the moment. In this update I will outline a couple of things that we are now planning for here at the Primary School.
Learning at Home
We are now planning for longer term learning at home, or distance education packages for our community, so at the moment we have two phases of learning at home.
Phase One – Interim – In place now
We have published a document on our web page called learning at home which contains a lot of activities and links for all age groups from kindy to year six. This is our phase one – Interim package. The Education Department also has set up a web page called learning at home for you to access. They are both available now and can be accessed by anyone from our webpage (Learning at Home tab). This will remain on our website indefinitely.
Phase Two – Distance Education
Staff at Kingston are now working on a more significant Distance Education package to be released if and when we are required to implement distance education or something similar. As you will see on our webpage, (Learning at Home tab) we have set up eight areas, Kindy to year six. Our current plan is to load each of these areas with a Distance Education package each week, for each year level. Our staff teams will design the packages and they will be uploaded on a weekly basis. Each package will also include how to communicate with the teacher (probably using Seesaw, Dojo and/or email). We are in the early stages of setting this up so I will keep you updated on how it will roll out. Like you with uncertainty, we are being informed daily of the various changes to our lives and work/jobs, so I underline this information with – It could all change tomorrow, but today, this is our plan.
You can prepare for this plan by ensuring that you have the following materials available at home;
- Pencil case with colours pencils etc.
- Paper to write and draw on
- Access to our web page
- iPad and Wi-Fi
- Internet connection
If your children are not returning to school this term and you need their pencil cases etc. please see your class teacher at the classroom door and we will pass it over.
Just like everyone, C19 is having a massive impact on our P&C. They employ two people in the canteen. It is our intention to keep our canteen open for business over the next few months with the view to supply low cost meals, cakes and slices to families, grandparents and people in isolation etc.
Our canteen now supplies family meals and desserts starting from $5.00.
The canteen is fully compliant and certified with all health and safety requirements and will practice social distance requirements at all times. You will need to pick up your order. If collection of your meals is an issue, contact the canteen so we can organise an alternative arrangement.
To order – please message Ros on 0408 909 141 with your name and your order. Our Canteen will then contact you to confirm your order and pick up details. Your order must be in text format. As soon as possible the canteen will call you to confirm your order.
Orders can be placed by 6pm on the evening prior via text message and will be available for collection the next day at the time arranged on your confirmation. This service will be available and operating Monday to Friday with a pick up window also available on Saturday mornings.
Please see our website for our menu – Tab For parents - forms and documents - P&C
Should my child come to school?
- Our school is open, but parents may choose to keep their children at home.
- We are working hard to keep the staff and students, as safe as possible. If you choose to keep your child home, let us know the dates via the Kingston School app.
- The end date of term one is April 9.
- If your child is showing signs of illness, keep them home. If your child displays signs of illness at school, you will be required to collect your child.
Attendance at school
On Sunday 15 March, the Prime Minister 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 effective from 16 March, 2020.
As of 1.30pm on Tuesday 24 March, new restrictions and arrival requirements to travel to Western Australia from other Australian States and Territories will apply.
All of the above also applies to all parents/carers, contractors, visitors and volunteers on school sites.
Who cannot attend school
Students or staff cannot attend school and need to self-isolate if they have:
- returned from overseas travel, they must self-isolate for 14 days from the date of return to Australia;
- returned from interstate travel, from 1.30pm on Tuesday 24 March, they must self-isolate for 14 days from the date of return to Western Australia;
- been informed by public health authorities that they have been in close contact with a confirmed case and they must isolate themselves for 14 days after the date of last contact with the confirmed case;
- been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting results should follow the advice of the Department of Health and stay away from school.
The above also applies to all parents/carers, contractors, visitors and volunteers on school sites.
Parents/carers and staff should notify their school or line manager if the student or staff member will be away for the isolation period and confirm the date in which they were last overseas, or have been advised by the Department of Health to isolate.
- Please advise the school through our app if your child is/will be absent. App notices are preferred as we are experiencing a high volume of calls and when staff are not at school they cannot access the attendance register to record the reason for absence.
- 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. Our staff are now making sensible personal health decisions that are best for them as I expect them to. As a result, our staff absences are now increasing and I expect this to continue over the coming weeks. We will do our best to replace staff when they are absent however this will become increasingly difficult.
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.
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 must not arrive at school until 8.20 at the earliest.
- All children are to leave the school grounds immediately after the 3pm bell. Students and parents must not remain on site after the school bell unless waiting for a bus
- Choir practice is cancelled until further notice.
- 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 late term three
- Our planned swimming lessons in term two are cancelled
- Parent – Teacher meetings are now cancelled.
- Seating arrangements as best as possible in classrooms will be spread out
- If classes are collapse/combined, we will endeavour to keep the student numbers in these classes as low as possible.
Health & Hygiene practices-
- Parents must keep children at home if they show signs of illness.
- Library books or home readers will not be sent home
- Sharing between students including books, iPads and stationary where practical will not occur.
- All major access doors will remain open. This includes classroom doors.
- 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 is replenished 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 – food sharing is not permitted.
- 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 staff will distance student desks as best as possible within the classroom.
- 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.
Our website: https://www.kingstonprimary.wa.edu.au/
Ongoing …. Here are areas we would like you to familiarise yourself with
- Children are to leave school grounds at 3 pm unless attending after school care or catching a bus
- Children are not permitted at school before 8.20am
- Ensure your contact details are up to date- please contact the office.
- If your child displays signs of illness they must remain 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.
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.
- We must have your correct contact details. If you have changed your phone number and /or email in the last 12 months, please ensure we have the new number.
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
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
Learning at Home
Kingston Primary School
Department of Education
Department of Health
Department of Home Affairs
Kingston App Apple Link