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CSSS - COVID-19 Cancellations and Changes

UPDATED 31 March
Easter School Vacation
Camp Australia have confirmed that they will continue to operate a vacation care program for those who require this.
Schools status
The Term 1 break will begin on Monday 30 March 2020 for all state school students.
Five student free days have been declared for Monday 30 March – Friday 3 April 2020.
Staff of state schools and community kindergartens will begin their Term 1 break on Monday, 6 April. Schools will reopen to students and staff on Monday, 20 April 2020 unless health authorities advise otherwise.
During the period 30 March to 3 April, schools will continue to provide a program of care and supervision for children of frontline workers.
The department’s new learning@home website  provides teaching and learning resources for students at home.
We have adjusted our routines and activities to ensure we fall below 100 inside.
Over the weekend (14-15th March 2020), the National Cabinet met to determine the next steps in the response to the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID – 19). The Director General of Education has provided guidelines to schools to reduce non-essential groups of students and staff of 500 or greater.
We commenced the implementation of a number of changes today and have updated future events as follows:
This has meant a large number of cancellations and changes to school events and operations. These are in effect whilst the restrictions remain in place.
Further changes and restrictions may occur. Please check back for the most up to date information.
COVID-19 A Special Message from the Principal for Parents and Caregivers
Dear Parents & Caregivers

I am writing to further update you on the changing situation in response to COVID-19.

Mass Gatherings

As you would be aware, the Australian Government has announced that all organised, non-essential mass gatherings attended by more than 500 people must be cancelled from Monday 16 March 2020. 

While the announcement was very clear this does not apply to schools, and that there is no need for mass school closures, it does include activities such as school fetes, fairs, concerts and the like where they involve more than 500 people. 

Our school is in the process of reviewing our forward activity schedule and will postpone our participation in any activities that meet this criteria until further notice.  

As our response to COVID-19 is all about containment, I continue to ask all families to pay extra attention to health and hygiene measures employed at home with your children, particularly the use of soap and, if soap is not available, hand sanitiser. You can be assured we are reinforcing this message at school.

These directions are all about supporting a national effort to contain and slow the spread of COVID-19.  Each one of us, and our school, play a vital role in this effort and I ask for your continued support in this containment effort.  Students must not attend school if they are unwell.

International Travel

I also draw your attention to the Australian Government’s announcement that all people arriving in Australia must now self-isolate for 14 days on their arrival back to Australia. The Department of Education banned all staff and student international school travel last week – this ban now also includes any travel to New Zealand.

Continuity of Teaching and Learning

As the COVID-19 situation evolves, our school continues to prepare for continuity of learning and teaching.

The Department of Education has many resources available to us and our teachers will seek to minimise any disruption to student learning should our school be impacted by the virus. 

Ongoing Planning 

As we have already seen across the world, this situation is likely to continue for some time and is evolving. As such, as a school and as a community, we must all prepare over the short, medium and long term. 

I ask that you continue to take all necessary local actions to support your child’s, and the school’s, health and hygiene and act in a protective and preventative manner to help limit the spread of coronavirus.

I will continue to provide communication as Australia’s response to COVID-19 evolves. Thank you for your vigilance in helping us manage this public health issue.

Quick links
·         Full School and Sector Assemblies
·         School Disco
·         NAPLAN for Years 3 and 5 in 2020
·         RI Concert
·         RI Lessons (from 23 March)
·         Kokoda Challenge
·         Easter Bonnet Parade
·         Yr 6 Beach Day
·         Term 1 Gala Day Sports (rescheduled to Term 4)
·         Full school ANZAC Day commemoration (commemorated in classrooms)
·         All representative sport including district, regional, state, national and internationally
·         All camps planned for after 20 March including Year 3 Sleepover, Yr 4 Camp, Yr 5 Camp, Yr 6 Camp and Choir and Instrumental Music Camps are required to be cancelled or rescheduled
·         Prep ‘All Families are Special’ incursion
·         Cross Country postponed to Term 2 and possibly to be modified
·         School Photos postponed to the 28-29 July
Going ahead with modifications
·         Staggered lunch time play areas to limit numbers in the one location
·         Poetry Competition (without an audience)
·         Gold Dojo Celebrations modified to reduce size of groups
·         Before school supervision at the tuckshop - we will monintor and split the group if the numbers approach 500. If this is needed a group will also be supervised in the Year 1 lunch area.
·         National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence- no large group session
Under watch for possible changes
·         Kids Kokoda Challenge (cancelled)
Excursions and Incursions going ahead at this stage
·         Swimming Lessons
·         Yr 1 Coomera Springs Pond Excursion
·         Yr 1 Starlab incursion
Unwell students
We need to keep everyone healthy at this time. If your student is unwell or experiencing flu like symptoms, please keep them at home and contact the school.
Continuity of Learning
We have been requested by the government to prepare for a possible school closure. Our teachers are ready with on-line learning programs to ensure continuity of learning should the school be asked to shut down at any stage.
These decisions are made by Queensland Health and the government.
The school has a plan to ensure the continuity of learning for students should the school have to close during the school term.
If students are absent due to self-isolation and the school is open, parents will be able to access a suite of learning at . This should be available from 23 March 2020.
Exceptional Times
We are in exceptional times. We dedicate ourselves to our work for students and these changes and events are difficult for everyone.
Thank you for your support and understanding. It is appreciated.
Kind Regards,
Chris McMillan
Coomera Springs State School