Principal's Update - 2

Enriching our students lives through learning

Connolly Primary School Principal

From our Principal

1st March 2022

Dear parents,

It has been an incredibly busy and stressful 2 weeks and I would like to thank you, on behalf of the whole admin team for your patience and support. These are certainly interesting times.

Covid-19 Update

You should have all received a letter from me about the latest positive case. A year 3 student has now tested positive. We have a large number of positive cases but up to now they have all been confined to the Year 5 and Year 6 students in Tuart Block.

I need to re-assure you that we are doing all we can to stop the spread. We have sufficient hand sanitiser, we have reinforced the need to wash hands and we have limited the entry and exit to and from classrooms to the outside doors. Staff are wearing masks unless directly teaching. We have separated all the students, Year 1-5, when eating lunch and we have restricted visitors to the classrooms. All staff are double vaccinated and 83% are triple vaccinated. The rest will receive their booster when eligible. I know that many of you are anxious but we are working extremely hard to keep everyone safe.

Learning from Home Packages

All teachers not isolating are delivering face to face learning which is our and the department’s preferred method. If you choose to keep your children at home i.e. not in enforced isolation then teachers will not supply work packages. However below is a link to some online resources provided by the department.

Learning resources by year level – Department of Education

Mandatory Mask wearing Letter from the DoE.

 Dear Parents/Carers

The Premier has announced Level 2 public health measures which will come into effect on Thursday 3 March, details at wa.gov.au. They include the requirement for adults and children in Years 3 and above to wear masks at all indoor public settings.

This means our students in Year 3 and above will now need to wear a mask indoors at school. The usual exemptions apply, such as removing the mask to eat, drink, take medicine or do vigorous exercise.

You may wish to speak to your child about wearing a mask, and that their friends will also be wearing them. Wearing masks in the classroom will help to reduce the spread of the virus. If your child is in Kindergarten to Year 2, you may wish to let them know that they will see other children around the school wearing a mask, just like their teacher does. Our staff will continue to explain to our students the importance of wearing a mask to support each other and help keep our community safe.

I want to assure you that the health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority and we will continue to follow the latest WA Health advice. I encourage you to stay up to date on COVID-19 safe measures at wa.gov.au.

I also take this opportunity to remind you to monitor yourself and your child for symptoms of COVID-19, and keep your child home from school and get them tested if they are unwell.

Thank you for your understanding and support to help keep our school COVID-19 safe.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the school on6206 3200.

Students are expected to supply their own masks but we do have a supply if students turn up without one.

I have a webex this afternoon with the Director General so I should find out more about how these restrictions will affect us. I will keep you updated.

Regards

David