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Caulfield South PS – Further parent information re Stage 4 Restrictions

Dear Parents and Carers,

As you are all no doubt aware, we are headed into very strict procedures to minimise the movement of people around the community in order to try and reduce the spread of COVID-19. As this is a health crisis rather than an educational issue, the key focus is to restrict travel and movement for as many people as possible and this will include our teachers and parents to the best of our ability.

Remote Learning for all Students – Minimal Exceptions

Our CSPS teachers will continue to provide a remote teaching and learning program for all students and only those students who must be at school according to the new criteria set by the government, will attend on site. This will mean that both parents meet the criteria for permitted workers. Premier Andrews spoke about this today and in the next day or two we will have further detailed clarification. In the meantime, it is clear that many children who have attended CSPS so far this term or last term will now be supervised from home. Please contact the school via email if this creates a need for a loan device to access online learning.

Vulnerable Students

The school will contact parents whose children must be offered on-site supervision to discuss this option. This will include those students with a disability who are deemed vulnerable using the department criteria.

Staff who can Work from Home Must Work from Home

All teachers will work from home this time and are not permitted on site except where this is essential. This will be to support us in maintaining a safe environment and ensure the safe running of the school and staff directly engaged in the supervision of students who must be on site.

Expectation of Minimal People on School Sites

The tighter restrictions than the first two periods of remote and flexible learning will see schools returning to an absolute minimum of students and staff on site.

Curriculum Day Tomorrow Tuesday 4th August

As stated by the Department of Education, tomorrow is a state-wide Curriculum Day. (TeamKids will provide a program to support those families whose children have been attending on-site this term.) This day will give an opportunity for our staff will be engaged in online planning for the remainder of the term and it will be done off-site for most staff. This will mean any scheduled Google Meets will be postponed. Please look for communication from the teachers for rescheduling meets. Otherwise, our scheduled learning  program for tomorrow will still be available online, however, this is optional. Teachers will be ‘offline’ for the day so feedback will not be provided on work posted tomorrow. Teachers will meet firstly as a whole staff online in the morning, to discuss some of the detail required for ongoing organisation of the school and curriculum delivery. Year level teams will then meet for more specific year level curriculum planning both for the short and longer term, as well as to engage in discussion around managing authentic and reliable assessment for the term. New staffing arrangements will also be necessary to comply with the changed criteria around those staff permitted to be on-site due to personal and family health circumstances and willingness to attend on-site supervision.

New Request Forms Required to be Completed for On-site Supervision

Parents who wish to have their child considered for on-site supervision under the new tighter criteria, please complete a new form (attached) to cover any days from Wednesday to Friday this week. Completion of a form is a request only and does not guarantee access to on-site supervision for your child. Parents will be contacted via email if attendance needs meet the set criteria and attendance is approved. If further clarification is required, parents will be contacted. Only those parents who meet the strict criteria will be permitted to send their children to school for supervision. This process will be completed to ensure, to the best of our ability, that we are being fair and equitable to our school community and the community at large and that we are following the spirit of the stricter guidelines in our attempt to support the State Government efforts to reduce the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19 in Victoria.

Wellbeing

I reiterate that we will endeavour to support our students and families where we possibly can or help to arrange support that may be available. We will do this within the current government restrictions and guidelines, and we are endeavouring to apply these as fairly and equitably as possible.

My very best wishes and warmest regards to all at this exceedingly difficult time for us all to navigate. Try to stay healhy and take great care.

Gayle Yardley

Principal

Parent Request On Site Attendance Stage Four Restrictions August 2020

 

Caulfield South PS – Stage 4 Restrictions and what this means for our community

Dear Parents, Carers, Students and Staff

It has been with great disappointment that I’ve listened to the news generally for so many months but especially over the last several days when I was hoping that things would begin to turn around and we might feel a little more optimistic.

Earlier today, the Victorian Government announced that, on the advice of the Victorian Chief Health Officer, regional and rural Victoria will move to Stage 3 restrictions and metropolitan Melbourne will move to Stage 4 restrictions to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

These requirements apply to all schools across the government, Catholic and independent sectors and across all metropolitan Melbourne and rural and regional Victoria.

The changes to schools’ operations will come into effect from Wednesday 5 August, following a student free day on Tuesday 4 August, and are likely to apply until the end of Term 3.

As outlined in the Chief Health Officer’s advice on Friday, schools remain safe places for staff and students who must attend on site – but these steps are critical measures to reduce the movement of students and families across the state.

There are implications for our school, and for families in our school community.

A summary of what the changes mean for our school is below.

METROPOLITAN MELBOURNE (CSPS)

PREP TO YEAR 10

  • Prep to Year 10 students will continue with remote and flexible learning.
  • The criteria for students that can attend on-site has changed as follows:
    • children whose parents are permitted workers. The Victorian Government will provide further advice about this over the coming days and this will be communicated to parents as soon as I receive further information. At this stage, we only know there will be changes and these will impact families in our community who have been sending children to school during this current period of remote learning
    • vulnerable children in out of home care, children known to child protection and other agencies and children the school identifies as vulnerable
    • children with a disability who also fit one of the above two categories.

TIMELINE

  • Monday 3 August will be a ‘normal’ day of school under current arrangements, and we will endeavour to ensure students attending on-site learning take all their necessary learning materials home.
  • Tuesday 4 August will be a student-free day across Victoria to enable teachers, especially in rural and regional Victoria, to prepare for flexible and remote learning. This applies to Caulfield South PS.
  • Wednesday 5 August will be the first day of new arrangements for schools across Victoria.
  • This is a day ahead of the statewide introduction of the Stage 3 restrictions in rural and regional Victoria but will provide for a smooth transition and will enable as much continuity of learning as possible.

STAFFING

  • We will ensure sufficient staff are available for necessary on-site supervision for those children who must be on-site according to the new criteria.
  • Staff not required for on-site supervision will work from home.
  • New criteria will apply to staff required to attend on site also

I will provide an update as soon as possible about any further arrangements regarding how this will impact our school community.

I thank everyone in our community for your understanding and support. Once again, I encourage you all to take time to think through the new conditions calmly and know some things are beyond our control. Please focus on those things you can control and look for the positives and seek help where needed.

I will try to be available to speak to any parents who are in need and wish to discuss family circumstances. We will endeavour to support our students and families where we possibly can or help to arrange support that may be available. We will do this within the current government restrictions and guidelines, and these will be applied as fairly and equitably as possible.

My very best wishes and warmest regards to all,

Gayle

Gayle Yardley

Principal

Caulfield South PS

Back to remote learning – a few more details Friday 17 July 2020

Dear CSPS Parents and Carers,

Our first school correspondence regarding coronavirus COVID19 was sent out to our community in mid-March and I’m sure no one imagined what lay ahead for us all. Here we are now, about to embark on a second round of remote learning and we’ve had a big week here at school preparing for this and no doubt it’s been a big week for many of you. The variety of ways people are reacting and managing at this time is so broad and sometimes unexpected. Therefore, I want to remind everyone of the need to be mindful of those around you and being kind to them but also to be kind to yourselves. This prolonged pressure we are all under may impact in some unpredictable ways, so please take great care, share your concerns and feelings with those you trust and try to support one another. If you need to talk to us at school, please call or email so that we may be able to support and remember that we have parents in our community who have offered to help families in need in a variety of ways. So please ask for help if you need it. There are others who care and want to support our community. There are just a few more details below to help us manage successfully next week. We also ask that if you haven’t read all the correspondence sent out this week, that you please do that over the weekend. You will soon be receiving class-specific information from your child’s teacher, if you haven’t already received that.

It’s been said a number of times to us this week that, “Together, we can do this!” And we believe we can! So here we go again next week…

Stay well and safe everyone.

Many thanks and warm regards,

Gayle, Bianca and CSPS Staff

Student Attendance:

In line with DET guidelines, CSPS is required to accurately record and submit student attendance data daily to the Department of Education. This attendance data must include students who are present on-site at school and students who are engaging in the remote and flexible learning program from home.

In line with this, classroom teachers will be uploading a roll call activity each morning on Seesaw or Google Classroom. Students who are learning from home must submit a response by 9:30am each day and they will then be marked ‘present’ on our records. Thank you in advance for assisting us in this matter.

Students attending on-site for supervision:

  • Basketball court gates will be opened between 8:50am and 9:00am each morning
  • Once students enter the grounds, they will be temperature checked and hand sanitiser will be applied
  • Students will be dismissed from the basketball court gates at 3:30pm each day
  • Parents wishing to collect their child early, must collect them from the office foyer by prior arrangement with the office staff

On-site supervision will be provided during the period of remote learning only for students in the following categories: where parents are unable to work from home and when no other arrangements can be made, children with disabilities and vulnerable children. It is a requirement that a request for supervision form for these children is submitted every week and this should be received by the school by 10am on the Thursday prior to the week care is requested. This must be adhered to so the school has reasonable time to arrange staffing and ensure duty of care for our children. Late applications after this time will therefore not be accepted. We thank parents and carers for your cooperation in this matter.

 

Update and arrangements for collecting resources

Dear Parents and Carers,

With a return to remote learning, the staff are appreciating having time this week to plan and organise the learning program for the coming weeks. It is a challenging situation we are in but we have the benefit of the reflections from both staff and parents on our last experience and these have been used this week to help improve the learning program and make it as productive as we can for our students. We are very grateful for the training our teachers received today that was organised by one of our CSPS parents, Royi Dankner, as we endeavour to improve our use of online platforms for direct teaching. Parents will receive details from classroom teachers about some changes as we try to cater in the most effective way for the diverse learning needs of our students. I particularly want to acknowledge the efforts of our teachers this week and their focus on continued improvement of teaching and learning, even in such unsettled times. And the support from our education support team this week has been invaluable. Please see below for arrangements for collection of student resources.

We hope our students and families are managing this time well, staying resilient and keeping healthy.

Warm regards to all,

Gayle and Bianca

Re: CSPS Arrangements to collect necessary resources for remote learning

We have organised times for you to come and pick up the necessary resources to support remote learning on this Friday 17th July. Staff will be placed around the school in order to support you through this process.

  • Please be prepared and bring along an empty school bag or similar to place items into.
  • Anyone entering the school will be asked to apply hand sanitiser and continue to practice social distancing.
  • If you are unable to collect at these times we would encourage you to make arrangements with other school parents to pick up items on your behalf and drop them off at your door.

Year Prep – 2 students and only one accompanying parent are to enter via the basketball gate. They do not need to go to their child’s classroom as all resources will be distributed from the basketball courts.

Year 3 – 6 students are to enter via the basketball courts on Bundeera Rd and continue to walk straight to their classrooms to collect their resources and belongings required for remote learning. Parents will not be permitted to enter the school grounds with these students and may wait for their child outside the school.

Years Prep – 6 collection times:

9:00 am – 9:30 am     Surnames beginning with A – K

9:30 am – 10:00 am   Surnames beginning with L – Z

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm     Surnames beginning with A – K

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm     Surnames beginning with L – Z

Parent Information Monday 13 July 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

I greatly appreciate your support as we continue to navigate our way through these challenging times.

Further to the communication sent on Friday, please see the information below which includes the most recent advice regarding government schools for Term 3.

Based on advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, Victorian Government schools in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire will have specific arrangements in place for Week 1 of Term 3 as outlined below. Schools will then move to remote and flexible learning for students in Prep to Year 10 from the start of Week 2.

It is very important to note that the advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer is that schools can continue to operate. The Victorian Chief Health Officer has also provided advice about the health measures that should be taken by staff and students, and we will be following these at CSPS.

The purpose of the arrangements outlined is to reduce the number of students, parents and guardians moving across metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire in order to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

It is, however, also important that face-to-face teaching be maintained for some students and in our school, this is required to support families where parents and carers are unable work from home and no other arrangements can be made to supervise children as well as to support vulnerable students who need the support that on-site provision enables.

To provide further assurance, our school, along with all other government schools in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire, will be conducting temperature checks of all students at the start of the day. If your child is in attendance at school and does have a temperature, you will be asked to take them home from school.

The arrangements as set out by the government and Department of Education are detailed below.

This Week: Monday 13 – Friday 17 July

Students in Years 11 and 12, students in Year 10 undertaking VCE or VCAL studies, and students enrolled in specialist schools, will return to school on Monday 13 July.

Monday 13 – Friday 17 July are pupil free days for students Prep to Year 10. These pupil-free days will enable our staff to prepare for the change to remote and flexible learning from Monday 20 July.

At CSPS, we are providing an on-site supervision program for eligible students during this week. This program is available for students where parents/carers cannot work from home and no other arrangements can be made and for vulnerable students and students with disabilities.

If you need this support program and have not done so, parents should complete the attached form and return it to caulfield.south.ps@education.vic.gov.au  as soon as possible so that suitable arrangements are in place for student supervision and duty of care.

These same arrangements will be in place across schools in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire.

From Monday 20 July on

From Monday 20 July, our school will be moving to remote and flexible learning. This will be for all students apart from the following students who are able to attend school for on-site supervision, whilst they will also undertake the remote learning program:

  • children of parents/carers who cannot make suitable arrangements to supervise children at home, including children of teachers in government schools who are required to return to work on-site
  • vulnerable students
  • students with disabilities who choose to attend on site.

We will follow similar arrangements to those we put in place for remote and flexible learning in Term 2.

Our teachers and support staff have done much reflection on our previous experience of remote and flexible learning and this week, they are planning for how best to continue now that we find ourselves back in this position. It is certainly not what staff expected to be doing in Term 3 however, together our teams will do their level best to implement an engaging and effective teaching and learning program for our students, taking into account the learning from Term 2 experience.

The Department has a range of options for parents and carers to continue to support your children in their learning, available at the Learning from Home website education.vic.gov.au/homelearning.

The latest information about coronavirus (COVID-19) and schools is on the Department of Education and Training website: education.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

The Victorian Chief Health Officer has confirmed that the use of face masks or coverings by adults or children is not recommended in schools at this time. As has always been the case, students who wish to wear face masks in school and in going to and from school may do so.

And, importantly, a reminder that if you, your child, or a family member develops symptoms of a fever, chills or sweats, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, loss of smell or taste, you should get tested at a coronavirus (COVID-19) testing facility and stay home.

This is vital to help keep our school community safe.

If you would like health information from the Department of Health and Human Services, you can visit dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

As happened previously, parents who require a loan device from school should email caulfield.south.ps@education.vic.gov.au with this request and we will advise by return email when these devices will be available for collection later this week.

If there is anything the school or teachers should be aware of, particularly in relation to wellbeing issues, I encourage parents to contact me or our Assistant Principal, Bianca Kotsonas so we may be able to support families or arrange appropriate support where possible.

I thank you for your ongoing patience, kindness and understanding and I will continue to communicate with you as we receive further information.

Please stay home where possible, stay safe and healthy and take care of each other.

Warm regards to all,

Gayle

Gayle Yardley

Principal

Important parent communication re extended school holidays 10 July 2020

Dear CSPS Families,

We once again find ourselves in difficult circumstances which we will all manage in the best way we can.

As you know, next week has been declared an additional week of school holidays for all children except some categories which do not apply to our school.

However, schools will provide on-site supervision only for students who are not able to be supervised at home and for whom no other arrangements can be made during regular school hours. That is, where neither parent is able to work from home including both parents of separated families. In such circumstances, children may attend school for supervision for the period of time the parent is at work. On-site supervision will also be provided for vulnerable students which includes children in out-of-home care, children deemed by Child Protection and/or Family Services to be at risk of harm and children identified by the school as vulnerable (including via referral from a family violence agency, homelessness or youth justice service or mental health or other health service and children with a disability).

As per the previous arrangements during the period of remote learning please complete the attached official Department of Education and Training application form to request supervision at school if your family falls into the above category. This should be accompanied by supporting documentation as previously. (See school email sent out for form.)

Out of School Hours Care will be available for all families, either for full day holiday program or before and after school hours. This will give parents some flexibility.

The world continues to go through extraordinarily challenging times and we all need to be very mindful of being caring and patient although I know many people’s limits are being truly tested right now. Please try to focus on just doing what we must do to get through this time and remember what is most important to you and your family as this may just help when your patience is being tested.

We will continue our endeavour to support our CSPS children, staff and families.

I hope you are all well, stay safe, healthy and… at home as far as possible. This time too will pass.

Warm regards to all,

Gayle

Gayle Yardley

Principal

Metropolitan Melbourne Return to Lockdown

Dear Parents and Carers,

We hope that everyone has managed to have some time relaxing with your children over the school break. Like all of you, it was with great disappointment that we heard the news of another lockdown in Melbourne and what this may mean for schools.  With Stage 3 Restrictions in place for Metropolitan Melbourne, the Education Department has advised that there will be an extra week of school holidays next week and the return date for students is now Monday 20th July. Next week schools will be preparing for remote learning although there has been no definite announcement about this as yet. We will notify families of arrangements as soon as possible after more detail is available. If we do go into remote learning, devices will again be made available and there will be supervision available for children of essential workers.

We hope our CSPS community members are safe and well and it is very important that we remain that way. We are acutely aware that this is an extremely difficult time for families and, as always, we will endeavour to be as supportive as possible. Please take care of yourselves and your families.

Warmest regards                                                                                                                                                                    Gayle, Bianca and CSPS Staff

Our Big Kids are Back! Time to Celebrate!

How wonderful to have all our children and staff back at school together! To celebrate our full return which coincides with the return of the AFL competition, we encourage everyone to dress up in footy colours this Thursday 11th June. -This is not a fundraising event, just a fun way to celebrate.

With the greater number of students today we managed a very smooth entry and exit and I just want to remind everyone to be mindful of social distancing. One of the good things to come out of this challenging time has been an appreciation of some of those everyday things in life that we often take for granted. I know there will be an array of emotions amongst our parents as well as our students with the return of everyone to school, so I hope you are all coping well as we go through another change. Please know how grateful we are to have all our children back and we will do our very best to keep them all mindful of staying heathy as well as encouraging re connection with friends, class groups and the broader groups within the school.

I want parents to know how grateful we all are for the care and effort that has gone into helping us continue the learning for our children over the last couple of months. Our teachers and our community have done an amazing job under much pressure and I believe that the impact from this whole experience will reach beyond the academic learning that has occurred. Indeed, I hope there has been much social emotional development along with learning to manage change and challenges. We may have more resilient students as a result and perhaps our children will know themselves and their families on a deeper level.

I also want to reiterate that not all families have had a smooth journey during this time and I encourage anyone who needs any well-being assistance or support to contact Bianca, class teachers or me. There are services and supports that we may be able to help put in place and we can also then monitor student well-being.

A big “Thank you” to our very thoughtful and kind Parents’ Association who organised an individual Tahli’s treat ‘thank you’ cookie today in the shape of an apple, for all our staff. What a lovely and unexpected surprise! We had a truly wonderful day today with our ‘big kids’ joining the Prep to 2 students and staff on site. Let’s hope we can all look forward to a healthy and positive future resulting in a bit of a smoother road ahead for us all.

Warm regards to all

Gayle, Bianca and CSPS staff

 

 

CSPS: We have come ‘over the rainbow’ and we are all in this together. -Video

Dear CSPS families,

To celebrate the return of the 3s-6s back to school, completing our amazing school, we are gifting you this heart-felt, inspiring and enjoyable video of some of our amazing students and staff.

We have come ‘over the rainbow’ and we are all in this together. Stay safe and stay well.

https://app.seesaw.me/pages/shared_activity?share_token=fkEtKGt-QJOig6Oh0CzYWA&prompt_id=prompt.11123945-c430-4718-a37c-d6c1e1e93577

Warmest regards,

Gayle, Bianca and CSPS staff

CSPS Return to School Next Week – Years 3 to 6

Dear CSPS parents and families,

We are excited to be welcoming our Year 3-6 students back to school next Tuesday 9th June. Just a reminder that Monday 8th June is the Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday – No school.

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 a face-to-face classroom program. Please contact the school if your child is unable to return to school next week.

Our CSPS community has been apart since 24th March and we will be back together on Tuesday!

We have stayed at home and stayed safe and we have done our bit towards helping our community stay healthy.

To celebrate the return of our 3s to 6s, completing our amazing school, we are gifting you this heart-felt, inspiring and enjoyable video of some of our amazing students and staff.

We have come ‘over the rainbow’ and we are all in this together. Stay safe and stay well.

Warmest regards,

Gayle, Bianca and CSPS staff

Return to School Plan Yr 3-6 students

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 9th June 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 glitches to which we will respond as quickly as possible. 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 – 9:05am:

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 during this time until further notice.

Before School Care – Prep and Year 1 students in before school care will be escorted to their classroom by Team Kids staff at 8:45am.

Pick Up Arrangements 3:15 – 3:30pm:

3:15pm dismissal for all Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 students

3:15 pm 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.

3:15pm 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.

Siblings: If a Prep or Year 2 student has a sibling in Year 1, the Year 1 student will be dismissed with their sibling at the back gate.

If a Prep – 2 student has a sibling(s) in Yr3-6, the older sibling will be dismissed at the same time and same gate as the younger sibling.

After school care – Each day, Team Kids will notify CSPS of Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 students booked into after school care. A CSPS staff member will supervise the students in the hall until Team Kids take over supervision at 3:30pm.

 

3:30pm dismissal for all Year 3,4,5 and 6 students

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

3:30pm dismissal for Yr 4-6 students – Yr 4-6 students will be dismissed from their classrooms and are able to exit from either the back gate or basketball court gates.

After school Care – Students booked into after school care with Team Kids, will walk directly to the hall following their dismissal at 3:30pm.

 

Wet Weather Pick Up Arrangements

In the event of extreme weather, we will be inviting parents into the school grounds at pick up time. We ask that parents enter the school grounds via the back gate or basketball court gates only and do not enter the main building.

Prep – students will be dismissed from their classrooms

Year 1 – students will be dismissed from their classrooms

Year 2A and 2B – students will be dismissed from their classrooms

Year 2C and 2D – students will be dismissed from the Senior Library in the Senior Learning Centre (near back gate)

Year 3 – students will be dismissed from the Senior Learning Centre – Yr 6 end (near oval)

Year 4 – students will be dismissed from their classrooms

Year 5 – students will be dismissed from their classrooms

Year 6 – students will be dismissed from their classrooms

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Term Dates

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.