COVID-19 – Return to School Guidelines

Please take time to read Updated Advice from the Chief Health Office and CEWA Return to School Guidelines.

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IMPORTANT NEWS – BACK TO SCHOOL INFORMATION – PLEASE READ!

Wednesday 13 May 2020

Dear Parents and Caregivers

The energy, enthusiasm and engagement of our students and staff in Term 2 have been a great example of our TRUE values, a love of learning and the importance of community. It has been evident at the beginning of this term that the relationships between teachers and their students have been strengthened by this crisis. In responding to the crisis, the collaboration, perseverance, and commitment of our community has been inspirational and demonstrates a high level of trust and confidence in the time ahead. The positive feedback we have received from our community has truly strengthened us during challenging times.

EXPLICIT TEACHING
The CEWA review has now been completed. It is recommended that students return to school. To that end, commencing Monday 18 May, St Peter’s will return to explicit teaching of new content. This learning will be the one mode of delivery.
Students are expected to attend school unless they are unwell, have chronic medical conditions or have medical authorisation to learn from home.
Please complete the following link by 11am on Friday 15 May ONLY if your child WILL NOT be attending school.

Students Not Attending School Form

I will then make contact with the family to discuss alternative learning arrangements. While we will return to explicit teaching, there will continue to be restrictions in place to support the health and safety of students and staff. These will include:

1. The provision of Liturgies and Merit Awards will be online.
2. Until advised differently by CEWA and the Health Department, we will not conduct assemblies, excursions or large gatherings.
3. Protocols for drop off and pick up will remain in place. Parents are to remain OFF school grounds. Parents are to remain in their cars. If you are walking to the gate, there are social distanced stickers where parents will wait to collect their children. It is important that parents do not gather in large groups outside the school grounds.

The drop off and pick up procedures are as follows:

SALISBURY STREET DROP OFF AND PICK UP

KINDY – YEAR 1 (WITH OLDER SIBLINGS ) – Drop off 8.15am – 8.45am.
Children are collected from their car by staff and gather in the Undercover area with their teachers.
Siblings in Years 2-6 walk directly to class.

KINDY PICK UP – 2.30pm (with older siblings – PP- Year 6)

PRE-PRIMARY PICK UP – 2.50pm (with older siblings – Years 1-6)

YEAR 1 PICK UP – 3pm (with older siblings – Years 2 -6)

Parents picking up from the gate will have a clearly defined area to stand and wait for their child.
Please keep the gate area CLEAR so that staff can escort children to their cars.

WOOD STREET DROP OFF AND PICK UP

YEARS 2-6 – Drop off 8.15am – 8.45am.
Students walk straight to class.

YEARS 5-6 – 2.45pm Pick Up (with younger siblings – Years 2-4)

YEARS 2-4 – 3pm Pick Up

As we cater for 503 families, we require all cars to have the family name clearly identified on the front windscreen or sun visor.
It is important that parents exercise PATIENCE at the Drop Off and Pick Up zones. You may experience delays as we ensure all children are escorted to their cars. We look forward to your support as we ensure the safety of every child.

WINTER UNIFORM
Due to difficulties in meeting the high demand of winter uniform items, together with the restrictions placed on Uniform Shop access, please be reassured that we are understanding of the transition to winter uniform.

CLEANING AND HYGIENE
St Peter’s will continue to ensure that environmental cleaning practices are in place, with enhanced routines where necessary. Students will be required to continue with hygiene practices, and this will be re-emphasised consistently throughout the day.
It is important that children bring TWO water bottles as they do not have access to the water fountains.

LIBRARY AND CANTEEN
Both areas reopen for children to access. We will continue with no money transactions in the Canteen.

PARENT ROSTERS
We are blessed to have an engaged parent community who support us in classrooms on roster. Unfortunately, we have been advised that there are no parents allowed on school grounds, which will include class rosters. We will advise once the situation changes.

PARENT TEACHER MEETINGS
Once we receive direction from the Government, CEWA and Health Department regarding parents on the school site, we will coordinate Parent/Teacher meetings.

STUDENTS WHO ARE UNWELL
All Australians have been advised by the Chief Medical Officer to stay at home if displaying ANY flu like systems. Please ensure that you keep your child at home if they are unwell. Children, at school, displaying flu like systems will be sent home to maintain the safety of all students and adults at school.

STUDENT AND FAMILY TRAVEL
Any family travelling interstate or overseas must self-isolate before returning to school, as per health regulations.
Please click on link below to view further details.

Returning to WA from International and Domestic Travel

SCHOOL OFFICE
We are unable to have parents in our school office due to Health Department guidelines. All staff are present and can be accessed via phone or email.
Our Premier will be making an announcement tomorrow regarding schools. Any pertinent information that influences procedures at the school will be communicated to our families.

We thank you for your ongoing support as we transition back to school and I am sure that together we can make the
‘new normal’ work for all members of our magnificent St Peter’s community.

Ciao and keep smiling

Pina Hutcheson

PRINCIPAL

Current Arrangements for Term 2 – Weeks 1- 4

Dear Parents and Caregivers

CURRENT ARRANGEMENTS FOR TERM TWO – Weeks 1-4

Welcome back to Term Two.

Further to my correspondence last week (21 April), please find below further information to assist you during the next few weeks (Weeks 1-4).

For the families who will be returning to school tomorrow, I would like to advise that students will be placed in their respective cohorts and designated classrooms. Students will be supervised and supported by their year level Teachers and Education Assistants. (If your child/ren is attending school this week and you haven’t advised the office, please do so at your very earliest convenience – stpeters@cewa.edu.au)

As directed by the Premier of WA, parents and caregivers are not permitted on school property other than to drop-off and pick-up their children, at which time parents must not exit their vehicles. If parents and caregivers are walking their children to and from school, they must undertake their drop-off and pick-up at the designated gate.

As per my 21 April correspondence, I would like to re-confirm drop-off and pick-up arrangements commencing tomorrow:

Salisbury Street Drop-off/Pick-up Times

Kindy

Between 8.15-8.45 am (older siblings permitted to enter via Salisbury Street)

2.30pm (older siblings to be collected at this time)

 

Pre Primary

Between 8.15am and 8.30am (older siblings permitted to enter via Salisbury Street)

2.50pm (older siblings to be collected at this time)

 

Year 1 

8.15am
3pm (older siblings to be collected from this zone)

 

Wood Street Drop-off/Pick-up Times

Years 2 – 6         8.15am – 3pm

 

For families who currently do not have a Dashboard Name Tag (surname), please create your own and place it on your dashboard when you are collecting your child/ren at the end of the day (please ensure it is large enough to be read by our Staff Members on duty – black marker pen in very large font).

If, for some reason, a student is anxious and reluctant to leave the vehicle, please advise the Staff Member on duty for further direction.

School Uniform – to assist students with getting back into routine:
* Kindy and PP students wear their regular school uniform.
* Years 1-5 students wear their Winter uniform (sports uniform on allocated Sports Day and white polo on Friday only).
* Year 6 students are able to wear their leavers’ tops every day to acknowledge this disruption during their final year (until further notice).

A reminder that there is no Canteen until Week 4 when the situation will be reassessed by CEWA.

Mrs Jenny Biancotti, our Social Worker, has uploaded information regarding On-Line Safety Tips – please click here.

As I have previously advised, our staff will continue to ensure we best support our students’ learning from home, as well as those students who may be at school, and staff will communicate weekly with all families.

I will keep you updated with any new information as it becomes available.

Stay Healthy, Stay Safe and Stay United!!

Kind regards

 

Mrs Pina Hutcheson
PRINCIPAL

28 April 2020

Returning to St Peter’s in Term 2 2020

21 April 2020

Dear Parents and Caregivers

I trust you all had a Holy and Happy Easter with your families. I welcome you all back to Term 2 and appreciate your patience as we have awaited the Catholic Education of Western Australia’s responses to Premier
Mark McGowan’s announcement on Friday 17 April.

We wanted to ensure that we were clear on this arrangement for Term 2 to avoid any miscommunication and to provide parents with a clear understanding of how St Peter’s will be moving forward. We look forward to supporting our St Peter’s families and our students’ learning in Term 2.

The following advice has been given by our Executive Director of Catholic Education, Debra Sayce, in regards to how Term 2 will be facilitated within Catholic Schools.

As you may be aware, Premier Mark McGowan announced Term Two arrangements for public schools in Western Australia on Friday 17 April. The following sets out St Peter’s arrangements for Term Two, which reflects the guiding principles of Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA):

  1. The health and safety of our students and staff remain our first priority.
  2. All students will continue to be provided with a quality Catholic education.
  3. Decisions regarding school education will continue to be informed by national and
    state-based health and education advice and align with the National Principles for School Education.

When Term Two commences on Wednesday 29 April, St Peter’s will provide one mode of learning
until Friday 22 May, with a review taking place on Monday 18 May.

KINDERGARTEN – YEAR 6 STUDENTS

  • From the start of Term Two, parents and caregivers may choose to keep their children at home to engage in flexible and remote learning online. As has been the case since our school transitioned to flexible and remote learning in Term One, this approach particularly allows parents and caregivers who are engaged in essential services or are required to maintain employment to send their children to school if they are unable to care for them at home.
  • Should parents and caregivers choose to send their children to school, these students will engage in the same mode of learning being provided to students learning from home. Schools will provide appropriate supervision but not face-to-face teaching for students attending school in person.


STUDENTS ATTENDING SCHOOL

  • Parents and caregivers need to advise the school if your child will be attending school from Wednesday 29 April. This is necessary to ensure appropriate plans are in place to comply with the Department of Health’s physical distancing advice. It also ensures the school is able to make appropriate arrangements for student supervision while ensuring teaching and learning continue.
  • Please click here to advise the school if your child will be attending St Peter’s from Wednesday 29 April. Please complete the form by Friday 24 April at 9am.
  • Medically compromised students are asked to remain at home until they receive a medical clearance to attend school. Online learning will be provided to these students.
  • Parents and caregivers are not permitted on school property other than to drop off or pick up their children, at which time they must not exit their vehicle. If parents and caregivers are walking their children to and from school, they should undertake their drop off or pick up at the designated locations.
    (For Week 1, whilst we gauge the number of students attending school, the locations will be as follows):
  • Drop Off and Pick Up for Kindy, Pre Primary and Year 1 students will be via Salisbury Street. Staff will be present to escort children to class and staff will supervise these students until pick up.
  • Older siblings of Kindy, Pre Primary and Year 1 students will also be permitted to enter via Salisbury Street.
  • Drop Off and Pick Up for Years 2 – 6 students will be via Wood Street.
    Staff will greet these students and direct them to their classrooms. Staff will supervise these students until pick up.
  • Assemblies, excursions, Interschool activities and school-based co-curricular activities will not recommence until advice is received from the Department of Health that it is safe to do so.
  • Please note the Canteen will not be available until advice is received from the Department of Health that it is safe to do so. Any student returning to St Peter’s on Wednesday 29 April must ensure they have enough food for both recess and lunch as well as two water bottles.
  • The school will continue to ensure that environmental cleaning practices are in place, with enhanced routines where necessary.
  • Students will be required to continue with the hygiene practices put in place in Term One and will need to follow the physical distancing measures that are needed to ensure the safety of all students and staff.
  • To assist students with returning to school routines we will adhere to the school uniform policy. Students will be required to wear their full winter uniform upon returning to St Peter’s in Term 2. Sports uniform is still to be worn on set Sport days and the white polo top on Fridays.

I wish to reiterate that during this period, our staff will continue to ensure we best support our students’ learning from home, as well as those students who may be at school. We acknowledge that it will be important to maintain regular contact between the school and parents and caregivers. Staff will communicate weekly with all families.

At this difficult time, I wish to reassure every parent and caregiver that the ongoing enrolment of every child in our school is guaranteed. I encourage parents seeking financial support arrangements to discuss one of the following options, which are immediately available to all families with children in Catholic schools:

  • The Centrelink Health Care Card Discount Scheme provides an automatic fee concession to the holders of eligible means-tested family concession cards. This discount applies to all year levels from Kindergarten to Year 12. Additional financial considerations are also available depending on each family’s circumstance.
  • For parents and caregivers who do not qualify for the Health Care Card discount, but who are experiencing financial difficulties, arrangements can be made to provide immediate support to assist you with tuition costs.
    I will keep you updated with any new information as it becomes available.

Stay Healthy, Stay Safe and Stay United!

Mrs Pina Hutcheson
PRINCIPAL

St Peter’s Arrangements for Term Two

8 April 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians

RE: St Peter’s Arrangements for Term Two

As school staff this week finalise teaching and learning plans for Term Two – albeit under very unusual circumstances – we have been pleased to receive advice from Catholic Education Western Australia that Term Two will commence as scheduled for schools in Western Australia.

For all Catholic schools, St Peter’s Primary School included, learning will continue to be delivered remotely and all parents and caregivers are encouraged to keep their children home.

As has been the case since we transitioned to remote learning in Term One, parents and caregivers who are engaged in essential services or are required to maintain employment may choose to send their children to school if they are unable to care for them at home.

If you intend for your child to attend school during Term 2, you must contact Mrs Kelly Dalton at kelly.dalton@cewa.edu.au by 3pm tomorrow, Thursday 9 April.
Please note only email for Weeks 1 and 2 initially – Tuesday 28 April to Friday 8 May 2020.
Further communication will be sent with regards to the weeks that follow.

Our staff will continue to work through Term Two to ensure we can best support our students’ learning from home, as well as those students who may be at school. Some staff may be working from home, or from the school, as appropriate.

As parents, you are playing an important hands-on role, assisting your children in engaging in learning at this time, as well as supporting them through any anxiety or worry they may be feeling. I would like to stress that parents are by no means expected to take the place of teachers, and we will be doing our very best to support you and your child, delivering the curriculum and providing pastoral care in the most engaging way possible remotely.

As we continue to partner to support your child’s ongoing learning, we acknowledge that it will be important to maintain regular contact between the school and parents and caregivers. Ahead of Term Two commencing, you will receive further details of our plans in this regard.

These plans have been well considered, and while we are initially planning for remote delivery of learning for the first four weeks of Term Two, we are also considering the potential for this to be extended as required.

We remain committed to the care and well-being of our school and broader community, especially those most vulnerable who must remain our first priority. One aspect of this is considering the social and financial impact of this situation on many families.

As communicated last week, I wish to reassure every parent and caregiver that the ongoing enrolment of every child in our school is guaranteed, regardless of a parent’s financial circumstances.

If parents or caregivers have concerns in this regard, I encourage you to contact Tracy Arnold directly at tracy.arnold@cewa.edu.au to confidentially discuss financial support arrangements.

The following options are immediately available to all families with children in Catholic schools:

– The Centrelink Health Care Card Discount Scheme provides an automatic fee concession to the holders of eligible
means-tested family concession cards. This discount applies to all year levels from Kindergarten to Year 12.
Additional financial considerations are also available depending on each family’s circumstance.

– For parents who do not qualify for the Health Care Card discount, but who are experiencing financial difficulties, arrangements can be made to provide immediate support to assist you with tuition costs.

Our school staff are grateful for the support and appreciation that so many parents and caregivers have shared as we journey together through this challenging time.

I will keep you updated with any new information as it becomes available.

Stay Healthy, Stay Safe and Stay United!

Mrs Pina Hutcheson
PRINCIPAL

COVID-19 Update 23 March 2020

1 April 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians

RE: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

The Executive Director of Catholic Education, Dr Debra Sayce, has requested that we share the following information with our parents and community.

The restrictions on travel between regions in Western Australia came into effect overnight and mean that all Western Australians are only allowed to travel within the region of Western Australia that they live in.

These restrictions are being enacted under the Emergency Management Act, Part 6, Division 1, Section 67, which states:

The Direction will:

– Prohibit the movement of any person or vehicle into, out of, or around any part of an emergency area;

– Evacuate and remove any person from an emergency area and close any road, access route or area of water in or leading to an emergency area;

The official direction from the Police Commissioner can be read here

The regions are:

– Perth and Peel
– South West
– Great Southern
– Goldfields-Esperance
– Mid-West
– Wheatbelt
– Gascoyne
– Pilbara
– Kimberley

For a detailed map showing the WA regional boundaries, please visit the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development Commission Website.

Restrictions announced last week for the locations below still apply:

– Kimberley (comprising all four local government areas)

– Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku

– Parts of the Shire of East Pilbara that encompass the communities of Jigalong, Martu homeland communities and Kiwirrkurra
Travel will only be permitted to other locales and towns within the regional area in which you currently reside. Police have the power to enforce these restrictions, and issue fines of up to $50,000.

There are currently no exemptions on the travel restrictions across regional boundaries for staff wishing to travel over the school holidays. This means staff who ‘prefer’ to be in another regional area to be with family and friends cannot leave the region.

Exemptions for all West Australians

Under the Direction, exemptions apply in some circumstances:

– people travelling to work

– threat of physical or psychological harm

– attending medical appointments

– transporting freight

– those who do not have access to groceries or supplies within their region

– returning to a place of residence

– attending school or an educational institution where necessary

– catering for family members

– compassionate grounds (as now defined in section 6. in the Directions document)

These exemptions are monitored and enforced by the WA Police.

Stay Healthy, Stay Calm and Stay United!

Pina Hutcheson
PRINCIPAL

COVID-19 Pupil Free Days

25 March 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians

RE: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

As more and more St Peter’s families are choosing not to send their children to school and remote learning has become increasingly more important, St Peter’s has made the decision, with the support of Catholic Education WA, to bring forward two professional planning days, after the Early Close on Monday 30th March.

TUESDAY 31ST MARCH AND WEDNESDAY 1ST APRIL WILL BE PUPIL FREE DAYS AT ST PETER’S PRIMARY SCHOOL.

This enables our teachers to plan, prepare and test for the delivery of quality remote online and offline teaching and learning. It will also allow for all areas in the school to be cleaned and sanitised to assist in the prevention of the spread of the COVID-19.

For those families involved in essential services who are unable to make alternative arrangements for these days, the school will provide a skeleton staff to supervise students who will undertake the remote learning activities set by their classroom teacher. If you intend for your child to attend school on these Pupil Free Days, you must contact
Mrs Kelly Dalton on kelly.dalton@cewa.edu.au by 3pm tomorrow, Thursday 26th March.
If you are a parent who is currently Working from Home, please keep your children at home on these two pupil free days.

We understand that this may be an inconvenience to families but we ask for your understanding that we are doing this for the safety of all at St Peter’s and to ensure, going forward, that the remote teaching is successful.

School will recommence on Thursday 2nd April.

Stay Healthy, Stay Safe and Stay United

Mrs Pina Hutcheson
PRINCIPAL

Coronavirus (COVID- 19) Update

23 March 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians

RE: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

I wish to update you with information and decisions made by St Peter’s regarding the Coronavirus.
This letter will also be posted on the School Website, under News, for future reference.

In line with the latest advice from Commonwealth and WA governments, St Peter’s is planning to remain open at least until the end of term to provide the best possible education to your children. In line with the Prime Minister’s and the WA Minister for Education’s advice, parents may choose to keep their children at home during this unprecedented time.

State and territory Premiers and Chief Ministers have committed to the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee advice that says that it is safe to keep schools open.

In considering the potential risks associated with COVID-19, our school has been working with Catholic Education Western Australia in conjunction with the WA Department of Health and the Department of Education throughout the evolution of COVID-19 to ensure we have the best possible preparedness and response strategies in place.

We are working hard to ensure our teaching and learning continuity plan supports students to engage in remote learning should our school be required to close. Those students who are not attending school because parents have chosen not to send them will be able to engage with their learning by accessing the online learning through See Saw or Teams.

Whilst supporting family decisions and the need for children to continue learning at home, it is important to ensure that our teacher workloads are carefully handled and that we are mindful of the fact that our staff are still teaching a class of students face to face throughout the school day. Teachers will endeavour to provide students learning from home, with a range of activities similar to what is happening in class; however, the learning at home may look slightly different to what is happening in class (time spent on activities, level of differentiation and limited teaching points for example).
By keeping the activities simple, it will hopefully alleviate any back and forth communication between school and home that could impact our teacher’s ability to maintain learning both here at school and for those at home.
The main priority for staff is to maintain focus on classroom learning programs. Please allow 48 hours for a response online.

Please be assured that while the school remains open, social distancing will be enforced and cleaning regimes will continue to be completed to the highest possible standards to mitigate risks associated with the
spread of the COVID-19 virus.
I ask that you also have conversations with your child about the importance of these measures.
If your child is feeling unwell in any way, please keep them at home.

In acknowledging the far-reaching impact of COVID-19 for families in our school community, I also assure parents that we remain determined that no family seeking a Catholic education for their child be denied the opportunity due to financial difficulty. Catholic Education Western Australia is addressing potential concerns relating to fees and affordability that may arise as a result of COVID-19.

COVID-19 is a changing situation that is affecting many areas of our lives, and it is normal for all of us to feel anxious and worried, your child included.

Our teachers and other school staff are doing a wonderful job in providing pastoral support to students at this challenging time. It is important to remember that as parents, you can help your child process all the information they are receiving and the changes that are taking place around COVID-19. You can stay informed and provide factual, age appropriate information about COVID-19 that will help your child feel informed and empowered, rather than afraid.

Everyone in the community has a part to play in helping control the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to follow the latest advice of the Department of Health. I will keep you informed about any changes for our school as updates become available.

The Leadership Team continues to add to measures already in place and add/adjust further measures as we receive communication from CEWA and Dept of Health in relation to Coronavirus. Please find below additional and/or updated measures to what we have previously published:

Drink Bottles – Today, we had several children arrive without water bottles. Please ensure they have two water bottles as all drink fountains have been turned off. We ask that parents please support us in this measure so that there is a reduction in the number of people in the classroom in the mornings.

Library Books – There will be no more borrowing of books this term. Please return all books by the end of this week, Friday 27th March. Children can still read books at Lunchtime. They will sanitise hands as they enter and exit the Library. A roster has been established to ensure social distancing requirements are met at the break.

Recess and Lunch Distancing – We are once again distancing the students to smaller groups as they eat their food at the beginning of Recess and Lunch.

-Years 1, 2 and 3 are in the Undercover area.
-Years 4, 5 and 6 are in the Quiet area.

Canteen – For the rest of the term, our two Canteen Manageresses, Laura Antenucci and Olyvia Browne will operate the Canteen. No parent help required.
As a safeguard, all recess and lunch items are to be purchased online through the Quickclick app. That way we remove all handling of money.

Thank you for your support at this time, and as a Catholic community, I encourage all of you to pray for those coordinating our response in Australia, and for all of those in Australia and abroad affected by COVID-19.

Decisions are always made in the best interest of our children and I thank you for your continued understanding and support.

Stay Healthy, Stay Calm and Stay United.

Pina Hutcheson
PRINCIPAL

Coronavirus (COVID- 19) Update

A message from St Peter’s Primary School, Inglewood

19 March 2020
Dear Parents

RE: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

I wish to update you with information and decisions made by St Peter’s regarding the Coronavirus.
This letter will also be posted on the School Website, under News, for future reference.

Community Support – I begin by thanking students, parents and staff for the overwhelming support of our school as we seek to positively respond to the challenges associated with the Corona Virus. We are working very closely with CEWA on all issues pertaining to COVID-19 and will follow their direction and that of the Government as far as is practicably possible.

School Closure – Whilst there has been reference to the possibility of school closures, St Peter’s is yet to receive any formal direction to close nor do we have any idea of the time when this might occur. The latest announcement by the Prime Minister was very clear on keeping schools open as long as possible. Any such closure would be under the direction of the Department of Health. In the meantime, St Peter’s has a developed a plan to facilitate the effective delivery of curriculum using the ‘Teams’ and ‘See Saw’ Digital platform. I congratulate our dedicated staff for developing the Learning Continuance Templates.

Proceed with Caution – I encourage all parents to keep their child at home if they are not feeling well. I understand that children/parents are concerned about missing lesson time and or assessments. However, I assure you that situations will be handled with great empathy by the relevant teachers. I also understand the difficulty in accessing doctors at the present time.

Important Requirements

• If a student does have COVID-19 symptoms, they should not attend school until they have medical confirmation that they do not have the virus.
• If a student has been in close contact with a person being tested for COVID-19 they are to self-isolate until the result has returned negative.
• Parents are requested to advise the Principal as soon as possible if their child develops symptoms and is being tested for COVID-19.
• Any student who has been tested for COVID-19 should stay away from school whilst awaiting results.
• Any students informed by public health authorities that they have been in close contact with a confirmed case of Coronavirus, must isolate themselves for
14 days after the date of last contact with the confirmed case.

Overseas Travel and Self Isolation – Students and staff who return from international travel must self-isolate for 14 days. This includes all parents, contractors and school visitors. Ideally, students or staff members in the same house as a person
self-isolating should make alternative residential arrangements to mitigate any possible spread of the virus. If this is not possible, staff and students residing in the same residence as a self-isolating person MUST ensure they do not have any contact with the individual.

Goodwill and Open Communication – Clearly, we rely on the goodwill of the St Peter’s community to communicate with us on their travel plans and overseas visitors. On the recommendation of the Government, and to assist in reducing community transmission, students and parents are strongly encouraged NOT to travel overseas. However, if you plan on travelling overseas you are requested to advise the school. We must commit to open two way communication to ensure the safety of everyone in our community.

Cancellation of Activities/Events/Practices/Excursions – St Peter’s has made decisions regarding scheduled activities/events/practices for the remainder of Term 1. We have given careful and due consideration to each event, and whilst we know that the cancellation or postponement of some events may be disappointing, the health and safety of all those within our school community is paramount.
The following school activities/events/practices/excursions have been cancelled until further notice:

Assemblies
GATE Talented Young Writers
Parish Masses
Indonesian Dance Incursion
Constable Care
School Disco
Swimming Trials
Swimming Carnival
Year 6 Camp
St Peter’s Dad’s Movie Night
Easter Reflection
Reconciliation Parent Meeting
All After School Training Activities
Choir
Band
Guitar Ensemble
School Banking

Parent/Teacher Meetings – We are aware that parents have selected a time to meet with their class teacher. This can no longer continue face to face. Rather, you will have the opportunity to speak during your allotted time via a phone call, if necessary. Please email your class teacher your preferred contact number if this is something you wish to pursue. The call will take place at the allocated time you selected through the online booking system. Therefore, bookings for appointments are still open until 3pm on Wednesday 25 March.

Other Cancellations – Over the holiday break, the Leadership Team will meet to identify any necessary changes to the Term 2 Calendar and notify parents via SEQTA.

Hygiene and Social Distancing – St Peter’s continues to promote high standards of personal hygiene with students. Teachers are consistently reinforcing with students the need for ‘social distancing’ and the necessity to maintain high standards of personal hygiene.

If you have any questions in relation to this information and advice, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Please remember our new mantra:

Stay Healthy, Stay Calm and Stay United.

Kind Regards

Pina Hutcheson
PRINCIPAL