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.
18 MARCH 2020 4.00PM
FACEBOOK CANTEEN UPDATE
Due to limited volunteers in the Canteen, TOMORROW and FRIDAY we will ONLY be accepting orders via Munch Monitor. Unfortunately there will be no over the counter sales or paper bag orders. Due to COVID-19 this situation may carry forward into the next few weeks as we have limited volunteers.
Given the current environment, we are wanting to limit our students and staff from handling cash particularly around food.
To assist us in this process you can upload “snack money” onto your Munch Monitor account for your child to make over the counter sales at the Canteen. You can set a daily limited for spending on Munch Monitor.
18 MARCH 2020 9.00AM
PRIME MINISTER UPDATE
The Prime Minister announced this morning, following a meeting with all Premiers and Chief Ministers last night, a number of further measures in responding to coronavirus (COVID-19).
Effective immediately the travel advice in relation to overseas travel is at Level Four: Do Not Travel.
As described on the Smartraveller website – “At level 4, your health and safety is at extreme risk. This may be because of a high threat of terrorist attack, conflict, violent social unrest, widespread infectious disease or critical levels of violent crime. It could be a combination of risks.” All staff should be advised not to undertake overseas travel.
Effective immediately there is a ban on non-essential gatherings of 100 or more people indoors. States and Territories will be tasked with implementing the restrictions on social gatherings under public health legislation.
The following areas are exempt from the 100 person ban: airports, stations, platforms, stops, trains, trams, buses, medical and health service facilities, emergency service facilities, disability or aged care facilities, correctional facilities, youth justice centres or other places of custody, courts or tribunals, parliaments, food markets, supermarkets, grocery store, retail stores, shopping centres, office buildings, factories, construction sites, mining sites and other workplaces necessary for their normal operation.
Education facilities including schools, universities, and child care facilities will also be exempt from the 100 person indoor ban. However, we advise schools to avoid groups of this size wherever possible.
Schools should remain open. The Prime Minister was very clear that he and all Premier and Chief Ministers, on the basis of expert medical advice, remained of the view that at this stage schools should remain open. The Chief Medical Officer spoke to reinforce this advice based on the experiences overseas and acknowledged the difficulties of schools seeking to meet some of the general social distancing measures.
No school groups should visit aged care facilities. This was part of the measures for protection around aged care facilities.
Social distancing measures, keeping a minimum of 1.5 metres from others where possible and ensuring good hand hygiene were reinforced as a critical measure.
The Prime Minister also reinforced that plans need to be made for any measures put in place to be sustainable for at least six months.