Week 4, Term 2, 2020
Dear MOPS families,
Welcome to Week 4; hard to believe we are almost half way through another term. Teachers are getting used to having almost all students back in their classes. It is good to see our yard full of children again at break times. Teachers are currently busy working on Semester One reports. These will go home at the end of this term.
It is always good to welcome new students and their families to our school. We welcome Eva Patterson who has come to us from Whyalla Town Primary School. We also welcome Harley and Jaycob Bunting who have recently transferred from Sunrise Christian School. It is great to have them join our MOPS family.
Whilst our state is enjoying the easing of some COVID-19 restrictions, the clear message remains that we are not to become complacent and that we still need to maintain reasonable protocols and measures to ensure the continued safety and wellbeing of our school community. The following paragraphs are an excerpt from the latest communication from the Education Department in relation to COVID-19:
Every school and preschool will receive one non-contact infrared thermometer for their first aid kit.
These thermometers are not for checking the temperatures of children arriving at school, they are simply to be used as part of the normal assessment when a child appears to be unwell.
The advice from the AHPPC and SA Health is that schools should not conduct wide-scale temperature checking of students as there is limited evidence to demonstrate the value of such checks.
Guidelines for using non-contact infrared thermometers along with advice to parents can be found on the Department for Education website.
P.S. MOPS received our thermometer this week. After extensive testing we found that I am fit and healthy but the roast lamb needed another twenty minutes!!!!
Around 90% of our students are at school – a great achievement!
While we have been supporting parent choice during this pandemic, we now expect all public school students who are well and not considered vulnerable to COVID-19 to attend school or preschool.
Students are required to attend school unless they are:
· Feeling unwell
· Have a chronic medical condition or compromised immune system and are not able to attend school on advice from their medical practitioner
· Live in a household with others that are deemed vulnerable to COVID-19 and are not able to attend school on advice of their medical practitioner
· Have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or have been required to self-isolate by SA Health
Continued support will be provided to students not able to attend school on advice from their medical practitioner. Families will need to provide written notification from their medical practitioner verifying the need for students to remain at home.
P.S. In the light of COVID-19, we will be enforcing stricter protocols around illness. Any child presenting at school with cold/flu symptoms will be sent home and not expected to return until it is verified that they are fit to do so.
Camps and excursions
All school camps and excursions (outside of the school grounds) should continue to be deferred for now. SA Health believe it presents an unnecessary risk due to the transport and logistics involved, the need for extra supervisors/parent involvement and sharing of equipment.
Given the amount of planning and effort that goes into organising each camp and excursion, we suggest cancelling for the remainder of term 2.
P.S. All camps and excursions scheduled for our students have been cancelled until further notice. It is highly unlikely that camps scheduled to take place this term will be rescheduled. All money paid for camps scheduled for this term has been refunded.
Physical distancing at school drop off and pick up
Parents should maintain the 1.5m physical distance between themselves and other adults (parents and teachers) at all times, including school drop off and pick up. Parents are still expected to wait outside classrooms/corridors unless negotiated with the classroom teacher or school leadership.
Keep Well Keep Connected During this pandemic, SA Health is reminding families to keep well and keep connected with their GP to manage their health. Parents can find tips and advice on the SA Health website www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/keepingwell Other resources, including TV slides and factsheets are available to download from the SA Health website.
With the return of most students and therefore increased movement in and out of the school, other issues are beginning to arise. It has been noticed that some parents are still continuing to park illegally on streets adjacent to school during drop off and pick up. The main areas where this is occurring is in Lockhart Street and Bradford Street. The side closest to the school on Lockhart Street is predominantly a restricted area. Parents choosing to park on that side of the street are creating congestion and also restricting the line of site for motorists, therefore creating greater risk for families crossing the road. There are signs and line marking clearly indicating that this area is a no standing zone. People are also parking on footpaths in front of the school on Bradford Street. This practice is illegal as it also creates a greater risk of accidents occurring. I have been approached by several parents concerned about these incidents. Please note that the school and any concerned parents reserve the right to take down the registration number of any offending vehicles. These will in turn be passed on to Whyalla City Council Traffic Management and the Whyalla Police for their attention. Please respect these road rules and more importantly the safety of our children.
Some parents are also choosing to park in the vacant lot at the northern end of our school. This is permissible however we note that some students are choosing to enter via a gap in the fence near our oval entrance. Please note that is not to continue. People are expected to enter via any of the black gates around the school. Again this is for the safety of all concerned.
On a more positive note, we welcome three preservice teachers from UniSA who will be with us over the next few weeks as part of their practical training. Jemma Brooks, Sarah Kenny and Gabby Travers will be working with the staff and students in Rooms 11, 9 and 8 respectively. We trust their time with us will enjoyable and beneficial in their professional journey.
Finally, it is with great pleasure that we share the news that Darrell and Jess Botcheon are expecting the arrival of their first child later this year. We are very excited for them and wish them well during this exciting time in their lives. We are confident they will not have any trouble choosing a name as there are 340 fine examples to choose from!!
Room 6 - Jaxon Lee
Room 7 - Franklin Borda
Room 8 - Brianna Holmes
Room 9 - Gabriella Magan
Room 21 - Jayden Harrison
Room 11 - Pippa Sutton
Room 2 - Lanna McLean
Room 3 - Summer Gillis
Room 13 - Mollie Mills
Room 15 - Riley Knowles
Room 16 - Natasha Green