Kingston Primary School
COVID19 Kingston PS Update 9
Current at 3.00pm April 3rd 2020
Red text: New information since the April 1 update (update 8).
Blue text: Edited information to provide greater clarity, or updated to reflect an update
As per the Minister’s announcement this week, today is the last official day of term 1. Next week is designated as school development/ pupil free days. During this time staff will be preparing curriculum content for next term for each year level and learning how this will be delivered digitally.
Parents and carers should keep their children at home unless they are both going out of the home at the same time to work or who’s children are unsafe at home.
Parents who need their children to attend school next week will be required to complete a sign in and sign out sheet in the front office. All students must be signed in by the parent or carer. If you are not able to sign your child in due to an early work roster (i.e. Nurse –shift worker), please contact the school as soon as possible to discuss this issue with the Principal or Deputy Principal.
Please phone 9797 5000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Emails will be followed up with a telephone conversation.
Please see our learning at home information on our website for details of how we will support learning at home using our website, email, Seesaw, and Class Dojo.
Students who need to attend school next term (according to the guidelines outlined above) will be using the learning at home modules/package in the same way that all other children who are learning at home will complete the same modules.
As you are aware, the COVID - 19 pandemic directives are ever changing and unpredictable. As a school, we continue to act upon the regular updates and advice provided by the Federal and State Governments, and the Education and Health Departments. I will continue to keep you informed as things progress over the next few weeks.
Once again, thank you for your ongoing support during this extraordinary time. I hope this update finds you and your family both healthy and well.
Learning at Home
This button will take you to our latest Information to parents about how learning athome will work. This information will help you to prepare for learning at home in
Learning at home (phase two) will start if the government gives a directive to do so. Our learning modules will be ready for the start of term two (2) April 28. Until then please access our interim Learning at home package (phase one) on our website.
Can my child come to school?
- Parents and carers should keep their children at home unless:
- they are both going out of the home to work (that is - there is no one to look after the children due to work) or,
- the children are unsafe at home.
- Students required to attend school must be signed in by the parent / carer on arrival.
- If you are not able to sign your child in due to an early work roster (i.e. Nurse / shift worker) please contact the school as soon as possible on 9797 5000 or email (email@example.com) to discuss this issue with the Principal or Deputy Principals. Emails will be followed up with a telephone conversation.
- Students that must attend school, will be supervised only. Our usual program will not run during this time. (i.e pupil free days)
- 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 progressing
Staff at Kingston are now working hard to prepare a significant distance education package to be released when we are instructed to do so by the Minister of Education. I believe that this is a likely scenario for the beginning of term two - April 28. As you will see on our webpage, (Learning at Home tab) we have set up eight areas, Kindy to year six. We will load each of these areas with a distance education module 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 using Seesaw, Dojo and/or email. We are well under way with this strategy.
Our teachers have contacted families to find out what resources you have at home in preparation for learning at home. Here is what we are planning for as a result of family contact.
- Pencil case with colours pencils etc.
- Paper to write and draw on
- Access to our web page or pick up the hard copy module from the front entrance of the school
- iPad and Wi-Fi
- Internet connection
- Web cam
If you need your child’s pencil cases etc. please call us on 9797 5000 and we will arrange a time and place for you to pick it up.
All students who attend school will be combined into smaller groups. The total number of students in the group will be less than 15.
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
- You do not need to notify the school if your child is not attending April 6 – 9.
- Please advise the school through our app if your child has been absent over the last few weeks if you have not already done so. 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 were 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.
Many of our staff will be on alternative working arrangements (AWA) from April 6-9. Staff who are on an AWA will attend the school site on a rostered basis. 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 making sensible personal health decisions that are best for them as I expect them to.
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