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Yay! Teachers and Prep-2 students back at school!

Dear Parents and carers,

After our second day of Prep to Year Two children returning to learning at school, we are seeing very settled classrooms where it’s almost hard to believe our students have been away from the routines of school for so long. It’s been lovely to see our children enjoying reconnecting in person with friends and our teachers who have also been excited to have their students back in the classroom.

Thank you to our parents who have been so accommodating with the drop-off and pick-up arrangements resulting in a very smooth operation at the beginning and end of each day. It’s been lovely to see parents also reconnecting as children are being dropped off and picked up.

There are some safety measures that we ask everyone to consider mindfully:

  • With the relaxation of some regulations, it’s really important to maintain our vigilance with social distancing and hygiene. (There is no social distancing with children in school but we are still encouraging children to be mindful of maintaining some distance).
  • At drop-off and pick-up times, please ensure the entry areas are as clear as possible by moving away from these areas once children are delivered or picked up.
  • Please ensure all children have their own water bottle which may be refilled at school as students are not permitted to drink from the water fountains.
  • Please ensure teachers are advised promptly regarding student absences.
  • Medication such as epipen’s, antihistamines and Ventolin which were taken home at the end of Term 1 need to be returned via your child’s bag. Please inform your child’s teacher via email that they have medication in their bag

We ask that any loaned devices are returned to the school via your child’s school bag and that you email the class teacher to inform them that it will be in your child’s bag.

Our Year 3 to 6 teachers are being very stoic as they continue to teach remotely from their empty classrooms. However, the support in being together (but apart) at school is being appreciated by us all.

I hope our families whose children have returned to school are adjusting well to the changes in routine and our Year 3 to 6 students are still going strong with their remote learning. We look forward to the 9th of June!

Warm regards to all

Gayle, Bianca and CSPS staff

Last chance tomorrow to be part our historic ISO CSPS Dance-a-long

CSPS Virtual Dance-a-long Reminder,

If you would like to take part in the virtual dance-a-long please send a photo of your child/and siblings/and whole families (your choice) dressed in, or decorated as, a colour of the rainbow (dependant on your child’s year level)

The RAINBOW

The year level your child is in, will determine what part of the rainbow they will be:

Prep –       red

Grade 1 – orange

Grade 2 – yellow

Grade 3 – green

Grade 4 – blue

Grade 5 – purple

Grade 6 – pink

Your child will need to make a rainbow in the colour that represents their year level (be as creative as you like!).

In addition, if children want to they can also wear the colour that represents their year level in their photo.

Please email your child’s photo to:

Miss Scarmozzino if your child is in Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 at missscarmozzino@caulfieldsouthps.co

Mrs Sochen if your child is in Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 at mrssochen@caulfieldsouthps.com

Please email us by end of day tomorrow 22nd May. Thanks everyone.

Parents note — by emailing your photo/s, you are agreeing to the fact that your child/s image will be shared publicly online. 

Kind regards,

CSPS Virtual Dance-a-long team

CSPS Initial Plan for a Staged Approach to Returning to School

CSPS Initial Return to School Plan

Dear CSPS parents and families,

As you are all aware, the Victorian Chief Health Officer has advised that it is safe for Victorian school students and teachers to return to on-site schooling in a two-staged approach:

* Stage 1 – from Tuesday 26th May: All Prep to Year 2 students will return to on-site schooling. Year 3-6 students will continue remote learning from home.

* Stage 2 – from Tuesday 9th June: All Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 students will return to on-site schooling.

Monday 25th May will be a pupil-free day: All teachers will be offline on this day to participate in professional development. No learning tasks will be set for students on this day. There will be no on-site supervision of students. TeamKids is available for students requiring out of school hours care.

As the students return to on-site learning, there will no longer be a remote learning program provided as teachers’ time will be focused on providing an on-site program.

In developing the following plans for returning to on-site learning, keeping everyone safe and well has been paramount and we have planned as thoroughly as we can to achieve this outcome.

These are the initial plans that will commence on Tuesday 26th May and we have tried hard to cover a number of foreseeable circumstances and ask for everyone’s support as, understandably, there may still be some unforeseen issues to which we will be highly responsive. We are looking forward to working with our staff, students and community in this transition back to school. Through ongoing reflection, we will be reviewing our practices and making the necessary adjustments.

 

Drop Off Arrangements 8:45am – 9:10am:

At 8:45am, the gates will be opened on the basketball court (Bundeera Rd) and the back fence (reserve on Marara Rd).

Once gates are open, all students will be able to enter school grounds. To assist with social distancing, suggested arrival times for students with surnames A-K at 8:45-8:55am and students with surnames L-Z at 8:55-9:05am.

Staff will be at all entry points, welcoming and supporting students to enter the school grounds and walk to their classrooms.

Parents using Bundeera Rd entrance are asked to remain in their cars to assist with the flow of traffic and staff will be there to support the students..

Parents are asked not to enter school grounds until further notice.

Before School Care – Students in before school care will be escorted to their classroom by TeamKids staff at 8:45am.

Pick Up Arrangements 3:15pm – 3:30pm:

3:15pm dismissal for Prep and Year 2 students – All Prep and Year 2 students will be dismissed from the grassland on the back fence.

Prep and Year 2 teachers will walk their class to the grassland and line up. Teachers will dismiss students as they sight parents.

If a Prep or Year 2 student has a sibling in Year 1, the Year 1 student will be dismissed at 3:15pm also.

3:30pm dismissal for Year 1 students – All Year 1 students will be dismissed from the basketball court and exit school grounds from the basketball court gates (Bundeera Rd). Year 1 teachers will dismiss students as they sight parents.

After school care – Each day, TeamKids will notify CSPS of students booked into after school care. A staff member will collect these students from their classrooms and walk them to after school care. For Prep and Year 2 students (3:15pm dismissal), a staff member will supervise the students in the hall until TeamKids take over supervision at 3:30pm.

Adjustments to Our School Day:

There are a number of adjustments to the school day that will be in place for the remainder of Term 2. There will be:

-Only staff and students permitted on the school grounds. Visitors must phone the office before entering school buildings or grounds

-No assembly

-No lunch orders

-No drinking from drinking fountains. All students must bring a water bottle to school.      This will be refilled during the school day

-No inter-school sport

-No excursions or camps

-Physical arrangements within the school and classrooms to support hygiene as far as is practicable

Hygiene and Cleaning:

Each classroom/specialist room will have clear visuals on hygiene practices for all students to follow. This includes washing hands before entering class, before/after eating, after coughing or sneezing, using tissues appropriately and coughing into elbows.

Teachers will have regular times throughout each day for hand-washing and students will be required to wash their hands outside of these times, as required.

Soap, hand sanitiser and cleaning products are available in every classroom space and every staffroom across the school as well as hand soap in all bathrooms.

We have worked with our cleaning organisation to implement increased cleaning schedules that follow department guidelines and these practices will continue. There will be regular scheduled cleaning throughout the day which includes disinfecting toilets, door handles and communally-used surfaces, including play equipment. Hand sanitiser and soap will be regularly replenished.

Student Health and Wellbeing:

In order for us to prevent the spread of COVID-19, any unwell students or staff are to remain at home. This will help us to protect our school and wider community

Please do not send your child to school if they present with a runny nose, coughing, sore throat, headache, fever, breathing difficulties.

If a student presents with one of these symptoms at school, they will be monitored by staff in the First Aid room and parents contacted to collect their child. Please ensure your contact details are up to date and contact the office by email, to make any changes.

Return of loaned devices:

If you need to return a device that has been loaned to you by the school, please email the classroom teacher prior to returning the device, to notify of its return.

Devices can be placed in the student’s bag and students can return the device to their classroom teacher.

Please be assured that student health, wellbeing and safety are our highest priorities and underpin all organisational planning and processes, as we return to on-site teaching and learning.

Again we thank everyone in our community for your continued support, understanding, patience and cooperation throughout this challenging and difficult time.

Warm Regards,

Gayle Yardley

Principal

Professional Practice Day – Year 1 Teachers

Dear CSPS Year 1 Parents,

On Wednesday 20th May, the Year 1 teachers will be having a Professional Practice Day. Teachers have a Professional Practice day each term to support their professional development to deliver high quality teaching and learning to your child.

On Wednesday 20th May, the Year 1 teachers will be offline for the day. This will allow them to maintain focus on their professional development. The Year 1 students will continue to be provided with set tasks as part of their remote learning program on this day. The Year 1 teachers will continue to be online as of Thursday 21st May.

We thank you for your understanding and support of the teachers during this time.

Gayle Yardley and Bianca Kotsonas

Professional Practice Day – Prep Teachers

Dear CSPS Prep Parents,

On Thursday 21st May, the Prep teachers will be having a Professional Practice Day. Teachers have a Professional Practice day each term to support their professional development to deliver high quality teaching and learning to your child.

On Thursday 21st May, the Prep teachers will be offline for the day. This will allow them to maintain focus on their professional development. The Prep students will continue to be provided with set tasks as part of their remote learning program on this day. The Prep teachers will continue to be online as of Friday 22nd May.

We thank you for your understanding and support of the teachers during this time.

Gayle Yardley and Bianca Kotsonas

Professional Practice Day – Year 2 Teachers

Dear CSPS Year 2 Parents,

On Monday 18th May, the Year 2 teachers will be having a Professional Practice Day. Teachers have a Professional Practice day each term to support their professional development to deliver high quality teaching and learning to your child.

On Monday 18th May, the Year 2 teachers will be offline for the day. This will allow them to maintain focus on their professional development. The Year 2 students will continue to be provided with set tasks as part of their remote learning program on this day. The Year 2 teachers will continue to be online as of Tuesday 19th May.

We thank you for your understanding and support of the teachers during this time.

Gayle Yardley and Bianca Kotsonas

 

Friday Update & reminder to stay vigilant

Dear CSPS parents and carers,

It was a big relief to us to receive the news detailing a transition to a return to school over the next few weeks.

While very exciting, we must extend a reminder to everyone that this marathon to manage the Coronavirus COVID-19 is not over and we must all really maintain the vigilance that has been the practice so far.

We mustn’t let our State go backwards in this effort! Together we can ensure CSPS does its part to continue to fight COVID-19.

We have one further week until the first of our students begin to return and there will be further information sent in the coming week about the measures being put in place to manage this process as safely as possible.

Next week, our teachers of Years Prep to Two will be having their Professional Practice Day which is provided by the Department of Education each term to support teachers’ professional development to promote the delivery of high quality teaching and learning to your child.  This means on that day they will not be available for communication or to give student feedback. However, the students will continue to be provided with set tasks as part of their remote learning program on this day. There is a separate notice being sent with details for each year level.

Remember, there is a pupil-free day on Monday 25th May when there will be no remote learning program provided. TeamKids will offer care on this day.

Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 will return to school from Tuesday 26 May, from which time there will no longer be a remote learning program provided for these year levels except in exceptional circumstances. Please email the school email if there are any exceptional health issues to consider.

All other year levels will return to school from Tuesday 9 June.

For those students who cannot be supervised at home and vulnerable children, the existing model of on-site supervision will remain strictly in place during the two-week period from 26 May to 9 June, to enable the teachers of Years 3 to 6 to continue to provide a remote learning program for all students in those year levels.

We wish everyone a relaxing weekend and please remember to continue with good health and hygiene practices and social distancing as you enjoy the sunny weather.

Warm regards

Gayle, Bianca and CSPS staff

Transition to ‘Return to School’ – Important Information

Dear CSPS parents and carers,

I think I could hear the collective sigh of relief from teachers and parents this morning when the announcement about students returning to school was finally made by the Premier. I’m very aware of the emotional tension that has been rising amongst our parents and teachers as we’ve waited expectantly for this announcement. The unknown is very difficult to manage and impacts on everyone’s wellbeing. We have of course, been thinking about what this might look like for all of us and now we have some certainty, we will continue to do the problem-solving required work out details. We will send out further details and information as soon as possible.

I am very relieved that a decision has now been made. This has clearly been an incredibly difficult decision to make and I’m grateful it was not mine to make!

I have been extremely grateful to our whole community for the way in which this difficult time has been managed for such an extended period. I encourage everyone to take a big breath and hold the resolve that this will take from us all, in order to return to school successfully.

I want to assure our community that we are most mindful of safety and wellbeing as the highest priority.

Following advice from the Chief Health Officer, the Victorian Government has advised that schools can begin a phased return to on-site schooling.

In the first stage, students in Prep, Grade 1 and Grade 2 will return to school from Tuesday 26 May.

To support all school staff to prepare for this transition, Monday 25 May will be a pupil-free day.

In the second stage of our return to on-site schooling, all other year levels will return to school from Tuesday 9 June.

For those students who cannot be supervised at home and vulnerable children, the existing model of on-site schooling will remain in place during the two-week period from Tuesday 26 May to Tuesday 9 June. The current process that we are using to enable parents and carers to indicate the days or part-days for which on-site schooling is required will continue for this two-week period.

All other students in these grades and year levels will continue learning from home until Tuesday 9 June.

Once a year level has returned, all students will be expected to attend school as normal. This means that if you choose to keep your child/children home after their year level has returned to on-site schooling, we can no longer support their learning from home.

This does not apply to children who need to be absent for health or medical reasons. For those families, please contact us so we can make an appropriate plan.

This same approach is being taken by all government schools in Victoria.

To support the health and wellbeing of all our students and staff, our school will continue an enhanced cleaning routine and will encourage frequent hand washing.

If your child is ill or is feeling unwell, they must not attend school. They must remain home and seek medical advice.

While the Chief Health Officer has advised that students will not be required to maintain physical distancing at school, there will be a number of important changes to our school operations, consistent with health advice. This will apply until further notice. I will provide more detail about our local school context as soon as possible, but it is important to note that changes may include:

  • adjusted arrangements for drop off and pick up, including staggered school start and finish times;
  • restrictions on access to the school site for anyone other than immediate school staff and students;
  • the way we conduct parent-teacher meetings and interviews

 

We understand that some families may feel anxious about this move back to classroom teaching and learning. I can assure you that this decision has been taken on the basis of the best health advice available to our State.

More information about the return to school and coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found on the Department’s website, which will continue to be updated:

https://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/department/Pages/coronavirus.aspx

I thank our magnificent staff and school community for your continued support and patience during this time. We certainly look forward to welcoming our students and staff back into our CSPS classrooms! I look forward to the day our parents will again be able to congregate on our school grounds but for the moment, it will be children and staff and that will be something we will all appreciate, I’m sure. There will be further communication in the coming days. Thank you all.

Warmest regards,

Gayle Yardley

Principal

 

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2020

Term 1: 28 January (school teachers start) to 27 March *
(Year 1-6 students commence 30 January)

Term 2: 14 April to 26 June

Term 3: 13 July to 18 September

Term 4: 5 October to 18 December

* The first day of Term 1 is a student-free day in all government schools to allow for appropriate planning to take place for the arrival of students. Each year government schools are provided with four student-free days for professional development, school planning and administration, curriculum development, and student assessment and reporting purposes. The remaining three student-free days are determined by each individual school, so contact your school for details.