Kingston Primary School
COVID19 Kingston PS Update 7
Current at 2.00pm March 27 2020
Red text: New information since the 25 March update (update 6).
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 really tough right now. This update outlines what our staff are now working on to prepare for a distance / online learning environment. I have also attached a letter to parents from our Education Minister.
Thank you to all the amazing people who make up the Kingston community. Times are very tough for everyone yet still, the support, friendship and professionalism has been incredible. Some call it “Aussie Spirit”. Today I told all my staff to take a breath. In education at least, we now have some direction of what we need to do next (of course this could/will change suddenly). For now, we have a plan here at Kingston and everyone is playing their part – staff, students, parents, and the extended Kingston community. As we go through the next stages of pandemic lockdown, our teachers will be ready to deliver curriculum. It’s like starting a whole new school, it will take a while, the rules change every day, but we will get there.
Can my child come to school?
- Families are now strongly encouraged to keep their children at home if they have the capacity to do so.
- From April 6 if you need your child to attend school, they will be supervised only. Our usual program will not run during this time. (i.e pupil free days)
- The last day of teaching at school is April 3.
- We are working hard to keep the staff and students, as safe as possible. If you are able to keep your child home, let us know the dates via the Kingston School app.
- If your child displays signs of illness at school, you will be required to collect your child.
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 – Planning now
Staff at Kingston are now working hard to prepare a significant Distance Education package to be released if and when we have a full school closure or State lockdown. 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.
Our teachers are currently contacting families to find out what resources you have at home in preparation for learning 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
- Web cam
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.
We are now combining classes across the school. If we combine two classes, the total number of students in the new class will be less than 15. All classes will be combined next week.
Kingston Canteen is open for business for family meals
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
- 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.
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.
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.
Important links for further information
Learning at Home
Kingston Primary School
Department of Education
Department of Health
Department of Home Affairs
Kingston App Android Link
Ed Dept Learning at Home
Kingston App Apple Link