Good afternoon Parents/Carers of Year 11 and 12 students
I have compiled a Frequently Asked Questions to give you further information regarding Year 11 and 12 students returning on Monday 11 May 2020. Also there is information below the FAQ that I will be emailing every Year 11 and 12 student before they return.
Will there be physical distancing in the classroom at KGSC?
· The AHPPC (Australian Health Protection Principal Committee) advice provides guidance that physical distancing (i.e. 4sqm per person in an enclosed space and 1.5m distancing otherwise) is not required for students during classroom activities. However where possible teachers will space desks and use outdoor areas to reduce student to student contact in the classroom.
· Where possible staff will adhere to the physical distancing of 1.5m from students and will encourage students to practice physical distancing.
What are the hygiene measures that KGSC are putting in place?
· There is increased cleaning of our classrooms and particularly high frequency touch points.
· All teachers will be supplied with hand sanitizer for student use.
· Student will be reminded each day of effective COVID – 19 hygiene measures.
Is the College going to have a staggered start?
As there are many complexities with changing the school start and finish time and there is a large proportion of students who have a late start (10.45am) and late finish (Period 5 classes 4.45pm) there will be no changes to the daily running of the timetable (Period 1 to Period 4 9.00am – 3.00pm and Period 2 to Period 5 10.45am – 4.45pm) at this stage.
Do I need a medical certificate for my child to 'learn from home'?
- Not at this stage. It is acknowledged that some parents of Year 11 and Year 12 students may still wish to keep their children home from school due to concerns about COVID-19 and due to student health concerns. This is an acceptable decision and your child won't be marked as being absent, rather that they are learning from home. In these cases parents and carers need to notify the school and remain responsible for their children. This includes ensuring their children stay at home and that they continue their learning.
What do I do if I have made the decision for my child to 'learn from home'?
· Place in your email to firstname.lastname@example.org that your child will be learning from home from 11/5/2020 to the 22/5/2020 (this timeframe can be shorter but at this stage no longer). Teachers will be notified of these students who are 'learning from home'.
What resources can I expect if my child is 'learning from home'?
· Teachers will cease developing the 'home based learning curriculum' and concentrate on classroom delivery. Teachers at KGSC have always provided work for students to complete if they have had long term absence from school.
What about dropping off and picking up my child?
- As the issue with dropping off and picking up is with adults congregating, I ask that you do not leave your car when dropping off or picking up your child. Do not use the Junior School drop-off and pick-up zone (unless you have a Prep or Year 1 student). Consider selecting a street which is close the College for drop-off and pick-up. Public transport will be operating on the usual timetable.
Will there be assemblies or events?
· There will be no assemblies in the Senior School for the foreseeable future. This will mean that every Wednesday Senior School students will be permitted to go home at 12.35pm unless they have a Wednesday period 4 or 5 class.
· There will also be no excursions, Performing Arts concerts and sporting carnivals/competitions.
What if my child is sick?
· If your child is sick then they must stay home until they are well. You will be required to email email@example.com to inform of your child's illness.
· If your child presents to the College ill then you will be contacted by the College and they will be required to go home.
Will the tuckshop and SUB shop be open?
- Yes both the tuckshop and the SUB shop will be open. We strongly encourage that all students come to school prepared. This includes their morning tea, lunch, full water bottle, all necessary equipment for every class.
The following information will be emailed to your child. Please take the time to go through these points with them.
1. Ensure that you are organised for the school day. This includes your morning tea, lunch, full water bottle, all necessary equipment for every class.
2. Everyone must practise good hygiene to protect against infection and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
3. Good hygiene practises include:
- washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, or using hand sanitiser, when entering school, and at regular intervals throughout the day
- particularly before and after eating, and after going to the toilet
- covering coughs and sneezes with ones elbow or a tissue
- placing used tissues straight into the bin
- avoiding touching one's eyes, nose and mouth
- not sharing food or drink
4. The Senior Studies Centre Cafeteria indoor area will be closed. There will be no further access to microwaves. If you are required to go to the Senior Studies Centre you will access it via the poolside entry.
5. Your Year Level Area that you use before school, morning tea and lunch has expanded for the rest of the year, please see the attached map.
6. Year 11 and 12 2020 ID cards will be handed out in the first week via your English teacher. If you have completed Year 12 English will need to see Mrs Richards for your ID card.
Thank you for your ongoing support.
Duncan Steel - Principal Senior School