It is a tribute to our staff, students, and you as our amazing parents and carers for the way we have embraced and adapted to what would have to be the most unusual of starts to a school term ever. Over the past three weeks, we have made significant progress in the return to operations, and, above all, ensured quality teaching and learning for all Edney students. Whether you began the term on site, or at home, it has taken every one of us playing our part to get to this point, and I thank you.
SCHOOL ATTENDANCE IS NOW, ONCE AGAIN COMPULSORY
As of Monday, 18 May 2020 students are expected to attend school, except for those students medically referred to learn from home.
This means students are either:
- at school;
- have a medical referral to learn from home; or
- recorded as absent if they do not attend.
Over the past weeks we have seen increasing attendance on site each day, with daily attendance at Edney now more than 90% of students attending each day.
Kindergarten students are considered to be enrolled in pre-compulsory schooling, and attendance will not be compelled. I am acutely aware of the unique circumstance for our youngest students and the impact of current restrictions on attendance. We cannot fling open the gates, and, in place of this, provide the highest level of familiar staff for the children, to receive the children directly from and deliver them back directly to parent care. Over the course of this Term, Kindergarten on site attendance has gone from 40% – 80%, and, as you may have experienced with initial separation in Term 1, within moments of being on the school site, the children are happy, safe, and comfortable with their teachers and assistants and friends.
We will not be enforcing attendance for Kindergarten children, or giving up places in our Kindergartens due to non-attendance, but I strongly encourage you to work with us to try to restore on-site attendance for your child as soon as possible.
ANXIETY ABOUT RESUMING SCHOOL
Feelings of anxiety about returning to school are completely normal, and are expected given a period of disruption. We’re here to help and have developed a resource to assist, as well as being available to discuss and support in any way possible. Delaying returning to school is not an effective means of lessening anxiety – it often has a multiplying effect. Download our help guide from the school website, or call us to discuss.
IF YOU MUST CONTINUE LEARNING FROM HOME
If your child is in a category for medical exemption, and has a medical certificate confirming this, we will work with you to ensure continuity of their learning and provision of what support we can. From Week 4, the key focus of our staff is on delivering teaching face to face full time on our physical campus. Edney @ Home will remain online perpetually. We also continue to have Seesaw and Connect access for every student enrolled in the school, and had pre-prepared Edney work packages to continue until at least the end of Week 4. We will continue to monitor and respond to both the teaching and learning and technical support email addresses.
PARENTS AND VISITORS STILL MUST REMAIN OUTSIDE OF OUR GATES
While the health situation in WA continues to improve, there are still community restrictions in place, specifically around gatherings of adults. For this reason, parents and visitors will continue to not be allowed past the school gates until further notice. Thank you for your ongoing cooperation in this – you have been amazing.
OUR SCHOOL TIMES, PARKING, PICK-UP AND DROP OFF CHANGES REMAIN IN PLACE
- School gates open for drop-off at precisely 8.30am. Only the entry gates from Edney Road Kiss and Ride and the High Wycombe Recreation Centre are open. All other gates remain locked and closed at all times
- Our changes to parking, pick-up and drop-off are clearly signed, and staff are on hand to direct and support this process – please continue to follow the process
- No parents or visitors are permitted past any school gate
- Students will be dismissed at 2.30pm for K-1, and 3.00pm for Year 2-6 students. Out of School Hours Care children will be picked up at 2.30pm
- School closing times remain in place every day, 2.30pm for K-1, 3.00pm for Years 2-6
We appreciate your patience with these measures, particularly with school pick-up for K-1. We get better at this every day, where it takes between 8 and 14 minutes to clear all students safely from the school. Please wherever possible remain in your vehicles, and be ready to move forward promptly when directed to do so.
SAFETY, HEALTH AND HYGIENE ARE OUR ABSOLUTE PRIORITIES
We have always had the health and safety of our students and staff at heart. Weeks before it was required, we had extra cleaners on site all day at Edney. With the new measures for Term Two, we doubled down, meaning two full time cleaners on site at all times during the day, plus our regular before and after school cleans. We are taking a full range of health and hygiene precautions and continue to rely on the cooperation of students in observing distancing where possible, frequently washing hands, and covering coughs.
While attendance is now compulsory, it remains the case that any student or staff member who is any way ill must not come to school. Students or staff presenting as unwell will be sent home.
Thank you for your continued support.