This week we have returned to school with the COVID-19 situation rapidly escalating. It is certainly easy to feel anxious and overwhelmed at this time. On Monday the school sent home a note which outlined changes of routine, cancellation of events and activities. While it saddens the school to cancel these events we are following the advice of the Department of Education and NSW Health.
Not only are adults feeling increased levels of anxiety and stress but children are too. Staff (and parents) have being doing a wonderful job in reassuring our children they are safe and that the adults will look after them. The current media coverage and playground conversations can be difficult for children to process. I came across an article on the UNICEF Australia website that offers tips and suggestions when talking to your child about COVID-19.
It is certainly worth taking the time to read.
I would also like to recommend the following booklet which may help explain the virus to young children. It is a great teaching resouces that was recently shared with me by a colleague.
This week some of our families have made the decision to keep their child(ren) at home. There may also be times where families need to self isolate or the school is non operational. This week the school's priority has been to ensure the continunity of teaching and learning programs in all classrooms for students who are in attendance. The school appreciates the importance of students remaining connected to school and their learning. Consequently staff are working on a number of stage appropriate activities to support at home learning.
Starting Monday 23 March parents will be able to access a weekly overview of tasks that are posted on the school's website. The tasks will include literacy, numeracy and theme based activities. These tasks can be completed during the week by students. This will also include activities set by the teacher using Maths Seeds (K-2), Mathetics (3-6), Reading Eggs (K-2) and Reading Eggspress (3-6). We do request parents refrain from emailing requests for individualised work to be sent home. Staff are working hard to develop comprehensive learning overviews that will be updated each week.
In addition to the weekly overview, parents may wish to consider the following:
- Purchasing text books that are age appropriate and work through these. For example: handwriting, maths mentals and comprehension.
- Visit the school's E-Library which was recently set up by Mrs Richardson
- An audio book subscription. There are some wonderful books that are now in an audio format
Waverley Public School is pleased to announce the launch of an online Library collection via the free app ‘ePlatform’, allowing students access to a vast range of quality literature using devices with iOS, Android and Windows platforms. Students can read anywhere, and anytime, even offline.
Download the app from your favourite app store:
Utilising their NSW School student identification and password, students can ‘borrow’ books for a period of 2 weeks after which time, they are automatically returned.
eBooks are not here to replace hard copy texts, rather allowing an additional tool to support student engagement and access to reading. Furthermore, an eLibrary ensures students continue to have access to regular library sessions whilst supporting their involvement in the 2020 Premier’s Reading Challenge.
Students will be provided with a library card detailing their User ID and Password and are encouraged to test their access as soon as practicable to allow us to troubleshoot any problems which may arise.
Families can read further at https://eplatform.co/au/school/.
Please forward any questions to Mrs Richardson via Waverleyemail@example.com. Note that the eLibrary platform will not be operational until Monday 23 March 2020.
Unfortunately due to current advice, the school has postponed parent / teacher interviews. These interviews will be rescheduled for later in the year. If you have any immediate concerns or questions about your child's progress, please email the school and your child's teacher will respond.
At this stage, Waverley Public School remains open. Any changes to this status will be made by the Department of Education at which point the school will communicate to parents immediately. Understandably absenteeism is higher than normal this week. It is very important that parents communicate to the school regarding their child’s absence. Attendance rolls will be marked accordingly.
The advice from NSW Health is that students who have signs of illness should self-isolate until they have been cleared of infection. If a student comes to school with cold/flu symptoms, parents/carers will be required to collect them and take them home or to a doctor for appropriate care. We ask all parents to be extra cautious at this time - if your child is feeling unwell, do not send them to school.
Are you keeping up to date with all school communciations?
The situation is changing rapidly and the school has digital platforms in place for prompt communication. To ensure you receive up-to-date communication it is important you regularly check Dojo, our school website & Schoolzine.
1. Have you downloaded the Schoolzine App? Using this app will save time, send your child's absence and ensure you receive fortnightly newsletters.
2. Have you subscribed to the newsletter? The school sends out important information via the Schoolzine email system. In order for you to receive these emails, you need to have subscribed to the newsletter https://waverleyps.schoolzineplus.com/subscribe. You can also subscribe to the newsletter via the Schoolzine App.
3. Are you using Dojo? The school uses this digital platform for instant messaging. Teachers also used this platform to share student work and class news.
4. Have you accessed our webiste recently? There you will find up-to-date information including the school calendar. https://www.waverleypublicschool.com.au/
4. Does the school have up to date contact details including emails? If not please contact the office ASAP.
Thank you to all our families who are respecting and following the Department of Education’s policy regarding dogs on site. The Companion Animals Act 1998 provides that dogs are prohibited from school grounds whether they are leashed or unleashed. This also includes tethering a dog to the front fence. Your ongoing understanding and cooperation is appreciated.