RE: STAGGERED RETURN TO FACE-TO-FACE TEACHING
PHASE 1: MONDAY 11- FRIDAY 22 MAY 2020
As COVID-19 continues to have an impact on our society, maintaining the health and wellbeing of our students, staff and College community continues to be a priority for Charlton.
We know that parents, students and staff are keen to return to school. Coming to school is important for students’ social, emotional and academic wellbeing. Whilst our Remote Learning has been very successful, it is no substitute for the classroom and school experience. We are also committed to socially responsible action to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
On the advice and guidance provided by the NSW Government and the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC), we have devised a plan to manage the safe return to School for students and staff from Monday 11 May.
The College’s position is that school is safe, and we would like as many students as possible to return to face-to-face teaching and learning and follow the plan below. We will continue to manage the risks with the safety procedures we have in place and have extended.
The first phase of our staggered return will see Kindy – Year 10 students return 2 days per week and Year 11 & 12 students for 4 days per week.
Kindy / Year 2 / Year 4: Monday & Wednesday
Year 1 / Year 3: Tuesday & Thursday
Year 5 / Year 7: Monday & Wednesday
Year 6 / Year 8: Tuesday & Thursday
Year 9 / Year 10: Tuesday & Friday
Year 11 / Year 12: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
The plan will have between 45-50% of students on site at any time and is subject to change due to government directives, health advice and local circumstances.
1. Teaching and Learning
Remote learning will operate only on days that students are not rostered for face-to-face teaching. When a student is not rostered for face-to-face learning, the College remains open for children of families who have no other option for their children.
If your child/ren needs to attend school on their non-rostered days in weeks 3-4, you will need to book them in by completing the supervision survey. The survey must be completed and submitted by 10am Wednesday 6 May.
2. Health and Safety
The advice from the Chief Medical Officer continues to be that schools are safe places for students, teachers and staff. New research prepared by the National Centre for Immunization Research and Surveillance released on 26 April supports this. Charlton will continue to implement good hygiene measures to make our College as safe, clean and secure as we can. This includes:
1. Regular professional cleaning with high-strength anti-viral disinfectant
2. Regular hand washing protocols and the provision of hand sanitizer throughout the College, with messages about health and hygiene practices displayed prominently
3. Physical distancing within the practical limitations of the College environment, including the continuation of online assemblies, and the cancellation or postponement of large gatherings, Interschool sporting events, excursions, and avoiding close-proximity queuing.
4. Floor markings will be made at Reception and Student Services and when orders are picked up from the College canteen.
5. Use of crowded locker areas will be halted. Senior School students will operate out of their College bags. Year 7 & 8 students will continue to use their lockers periodically under supervision.
It is critical that any student who feels unwell does not attend school. This is of vital importance if they have cold or flu-like symptoms. Parents are asked to continue to follow health advice; keeping your children at home if they are unwell. Similarly, parents of children with complex medical needs are encouraged to seek medical advice from their health care professional to make an informed decision about a return to school.
3. Drop Off & Pick Up
Drop off will occur in two locations – the normal internal College road and in the lower carpark. All parents are asked to remain in their vehicles at all times. Student leaders will be on hand from 8.20am, at the two locations to assist young children from cars and to guide them to their classrooms as needed.
Pick up will occur in two locations – the upper carpark and the lower carpark.
In the upper carpark, parents are asked to remain in their vehicles. Staff will be on hand to direct traffic flow and take children to parent cars.
In the lower carpark, parents should wait on the grassed area out the back of Kindyland and maintain physical distancing. Staff will be on hand to assist Kindy students to meet their parents.
If your child is being picked up, please ensure that they know whether they will be collected from the upper or lower carpark.
Parents of Kindy students who do not have other children on site at the College, and whose children are not going to OOSH or catching buses, are asked to pick up their child at 2.30pm from the lower carpark area.
4. College Services
The College buses, Canteen and Uniform shop will return to normal operating hours. Canteen orders can be made for Recess and Lunch but will be online only (no cash sales). OOSH will be open Mon – Fri after school and mornings will be by request.
5. Financial Hardship Support
We recognise that many in our community are facing unprecedented business or income impact. Should your family be experiencing financial hardship at this time, please make contact with the College’s Business Office to discuss your family’s circumstances. The College is keen to work with families where possible to assist them to navigate and transition through the current impact.
This plan is based on information available as of 1 May. Whilst it is our hope that College will return to full attendance for all students by 1 June, it is likely that the situation will continue to evolve, and advice to schools may change. We will keep you updated regularly throughout Term 2. We also recommend that you stay up-to-date with communications from the College.
We look forward to welcoming students back as we begin the process of a return to face-to-face teaching and pastoral care in Winter Uniform (formal or sport as per normal timetable).
Please do not hesitate to contact any member of College Executive if you have queries. We look forward to seeing your child/ren in Week 3.
FACEBOOK ANNOUNCEMENT 30 MARCH 2020
BUS SERVICE //
From Tuesday 31 March the following buses will not be in operation:
– Cameron Park
UNIFORM SHOP UPDATE – 26 MARCH 10.40AM
The Uniform Shop is now selling online and via their call centre during the COVID-19 season. At this stage the shop will open on 24 April for Term 2 fittings and uniform needs. Details are available on their website. Thanks to Alinta for keeping our students in uniforms and supporting us during this time.
RE: CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE #6 – 26 MARCH 10.30AM
We are missing our students (with daily attendance approx 20-30%). However, there is a buzz in the air as we look forward to next Monday. Some teachers are already interacting with students and are developing even more innovated ways to ensure learning continues through these uncertain times. The Years 11 & 12 Preliminary Examination block next week will provide a welcome touch of normality. Thank you for your support and patience as we provide learning in a new context.
I want to reiterate that Charlton is open for students and will remain open until the government directs us to close. While the recommendation is to keep students home where possible, we understand the complexity of family life and the broad range of circumstances that contribute to decision-making. Please know that there will be no judgement or guilt around the decisions that you make regarding school attendance.
From Monday 30 March, each student will work their day schedule (JS), Remote Timetable (MS) or normal timetable (SS) including Pastoral Care and interact with their teachers through their learning.
You are welcome to allow your child to experience learning from home and/or from school. Regardless of where they learn, students will have access to the same learning materials. Occasional school attendance may give your child the chance to establish routines to enhance their capacity to engage more independently.
Our teachers will also be working to communicate with you as well as students. We will seek your feedback as we move forward. Teachers and Learning Support staff are available to answer questions from students and parents by email as normal. If you are opting to keep your child/ren at home, I encourage you to establish routines to allow students to focus on their school work. Students will have set recess and lunch breaks consistent with their timetable. Remote Learning Guides for Parents and Students will be provided soon.
I also encourage you to be vigilant with the use of technology in your home and to provide a balance with time off technology, to exercise, to connect with family and engage in non-screen activities. We will continue to provide you with further information and resources each day as we work together.
I want to share with you a part of a message that a parent sent to me today:
“I know there can be hours of work behind the scenes that comes with each decision that is made regarding the Charlton College community and I’m so very grateful to all staff for always considering what is in the best interest for all students and families. At times the best decisions can be the hardest to make, may our great God guide you at all times”.
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.
We are praying for our school community and hope you can take a moment to feel thankful.
RE: CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE #5 – BUS SERVICE – 25 MARCH 8.30AM
As announced last night via email our College will remain open for students until the end of Term 1. Remote learning will commence from Monday 30 March. During this time we are committed to providing our families with support and daily services. Therefore the College bus service will continue until Monday 30 March (inclusive).
Each day our bus drivers will be taking note of who is catching each bus. This information will be reviewed and we’ll advise you if the service will continue until the end of Term.
Please keep in mind if remote learning continues into Term 2, then our bus service will not be operational during this period.
If you have any concerns about the bus service not being available for the balance of Term 1 or into Term 2, please email John Kroon.
Remember we are in this together and are here to help and support our families. We will get through this.
PHONING US/ STUDENT ABSENCES
24 MARCH 10.00AM
PHONING US / STUDENT ABSENCES //
We understand this is a hectic time for our families. Know we are here to help. Student absences are on the increase and we know families are wanting to let us know about their child’s absence from school. With only one phone line working you can let us know about your child’s absence via the Charlton app or email email@example.com
We hope this helps! Stay safe.
RE: CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE #4 –
23 MARCH 2020 10.30PM
In a rapidly changing landscape, the NSW Premier today encouraged parents to keep their children at home. Charlton will remain open for students who need to be cared for. In the medium term, on-campus learning will be intended for children of essential services workers, children in need, and children of parents with no option other than to send their children to school.
If you are choosing to keep your child home, we ask that you notify the College via the usual means to assist us in keeping track of all our students.
From next Monday, there will be a limited canteen service available via Much Monitor for children who do attend school. There will be no cash service.
Remote learning from Monday 30 March
From next Monday, Charlton will provide access to ‘remote learning’, both for students at-home and students on-campus. We are well placed to support remote learning but parent support will be needed. The decision to begin next Monday is about giving time for parents to prepare for this transition. Specifically, please ensure that your family devices and home WiFi are operating, that your child has a place set up for home learning, and appropriate supervision has been considered.
In terms of IT, please ensure that you can access and log into Class Dojo (K-4) and/or Parent HQ (Yrs 5-12). For assistance contact:
– Email your child’s class teacher for accessing Class Dojo
– Email ICT for accessing Parent HQ
For your child/children to learn effectively from home, please remember that students will require boundaries around using devices at home, along with frequent supervision.
The Preliminary Examination period will proceed as communicated last week. Hygiene and social distancing procedures will be met in the MPC. Students who are ill should follow the College’s Appeal process. Forms are on HQ. The College is following NESA advice about assessments.
With the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on the economy, business closures will impact our community. We are aware that some school families may be experiencing financial hardship or uncertainty about their future capacity to pay school fees.
We want you to know that we are not only sensitive to this but willing to support families due to the current economic downturn. It is important to us that our families have peace of mind and that we can assist in providing stability for your children. Whether it be a pause in payments, an extension of time, fee remission, or a combination of these, we are willing to provide some flexibility around fee payments.
The College has set up an emergency relief fund to assist families in this situation. If you are in this position, please make an appointment with our Business Manager, John Kroon, by calling reception on 4959 9111. We want to make sure your children have the stability of school during this time.
Gatherings, hygiene & cleaning
In terms of gatherings, we continue to uphold the Government directives about groups of people: there are no indoor activities with more than 60 students; and we are promoting social distancing in the playground and as appropriate in classrooms.
Hygiene is a priority with all students being encouraged to wash their hands regularly and also following guidelines about hand sanitizing and going to the bathroom.
In terms of cleaning, the following items are cleaned before school starts each day.
- Door handles
- Light switches
We are endeavouring to provide room cleaning packs (disinfectant and disposable cloths) to allow for users to clean desks and common work spaces after recess and after lunch. As you can appreciate, the items in these packs are in short supply, but we are working towards having these packs in use by the end of the week.
Monitoring symptoms on site
There is a strong national directive for all parents to keep children with symptoms of fever, muscle aches, fatigue or coughs at home. If students present with identified symptoms at school, they are isolated in the student sickbay, parents are called and the student collected by family as soon as possible. Any student who is sick has been told to stay at home.
If there is a COVID-19 case in the school, we will contact all families and work with the advice from NSW Health about our next steps.
You will be updated as the situation changes on our COVID-19 Webpage and via email.
Your family’s well-being is important to us. Together we will navigate through these challenging times. Let’s continue to pray for our community and nation.