Principal's Update - 3

Enriching our students lives through learning

Connolly Primary School Principal

From our Principal

10th March 2022

Dear Parents,

What a rapidly changing world we live in.  Since my last update, our Year 3-Year 6 students are required to wear masks indoors and the close contact rules have changed.

As Principal of a public school I am required to conform with all protocols, mandates and legislation. I believe the key to successfully navigating our way through this is communication and I will make sure you are kept fully informed.

Mrs Jo Nelligan:

Today is Mrs Jo Nelligan’s last day as she is retiring.  Jo has been our school library officer since July 2014.

During this time Jo has overseen much change in the library. We have new bookshelves, chairs, tables, a teacher preparation area and more recently the introduction of a new library operating system.

The library is the hub of the school and the one area all our students visit.

Jo has done so much to encourage a love of books and all children look forward to their library sessions.

The library displays have been amazing and enhances the warm, welcoming appeal of our library.

One of the highlights of the school year is Book Week.  Jo has organised many special events including dress up assemblies and our book fair.

Jo has been a tremendous asset managing the ICT logistics – keeping track of computers, IPads and laptops of which we have several hundred.

Jo will be a big loss to our school and on behalf of the whole school community I would like to wish her and Shane best wishes for whatever comes next.

Transition to A Very High Case Load:

As you may be aware, the State Government has announced that Western Australia will move to very high caseload settings from 12.01am Thursday 10 March.

We continue to follow the latest WA Health advice.

Under very high caseload setting, students who are asymptomatic close contacts (other than those who are household close contacts) may now:

  • continue attending school;
  • attend before school care or after school care;
  • attend school-based sporting or cultural training, practice, or events organised through the school and held immediately before or after school at their school; and
  • travel between the student’s usual place of residence and their school.

At all other times, asymptomatic close contacts should quarantine for seven days and get tested. As with other close contacts, children who are identified as close contacts should be tested on Day 1 and Day 6 (if a PCR test) or 7 (if a RAT).

These arrangements will not apply to children who are ‘household close contacts’ or who are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.

Students are considered close contacts if they are:

  • A household member of a person with COVID-19 who has had contact with them during their infectious period; or
  • Someone who has had close personal interaction with a person with COVID-19 during their infectious period, including:
    • At least 15 minutes face to face contact where a mask was not worn by the exposed person and the person with COVID-19; or
    • Greater than two hours within a small room or a classroom environment with a person with COVID-19 during their infectious period, where masks have been removed for this period by the exposed person and the person with COVID-19 (note: others wearing masks in this scenario would not be a contact); or
    • Someone who is directed by WA Health that they are a close contact.

An asymptomatic person means they have no COVID-19 symptoms.

If a member of your household is COVID-19 positive, then the whole household are deemed household close contacts and the testing and isolation protocols apply.  If your child is unwell, they should stay at home and get tested.

As always, our priority is to continue face-to-face learning.  If your child is required to isolate, we will provide them with learning to do at home.  If your child’s teacher is required to isolate, your child may have a different teacher for periods of time.  In some cases, we may need to rearrange extra-curricular school activities to ensure our teachers are in classrooms teaching.

Click on the link for close contact information. WA-Health-close-contact-information-sheet.pdf

For more information on very high caseload protocols, visit wa.gov.au.

Covid Update:

We now have all our classes back from isolation and we are slowly returning to normal.  Covid hit our school hard, especially the older students and they and their teachers did a marvellous job through this time.

We currently have a handful of students in isolation but expect them back next week.

Edudance:

Edudance is continuing and all our PP-Year4 are thoroughly enjoying their lessons.  The Edudance concert on Wednesday 6th April will go ahead in a modified form.  Parents will not be able to attend but each class ‘s dance will be recorded and uploaded through Seesaw.  It will not be published anywhere else.

Future Events:

At this stage PP-Year 4 swimming is still scheduled to go ahead at Stateswim next term. Obviously this could change but fingers crossed.

We have been informed that there will be no overnight camps. The latest Covid information says camps are to be postponed. Our camp venue has advised that at this stage day activities can take place. I will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

Thank you for your understanding as we take the necessary steps to keep our school safe and open for learning.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the school on 6206 3200

Regards

David

Principal