La Perouse PS Newsletter

Respectful, Responsible, Learners.

Week 10, Term 3, 2020

Dear parents and carers,


Looking back on the last term, I feel immense pride of our students and staff. Despite having a very unsettling start to the year, our students have shown that they are resilient and flexible and have made pleasing growth towards achieving their learning goals. I also want to thank our staff who have worked tirelessly to reach all students and design engaging and exciting learning opportunities that has seen students be active in their classrooms and beyond.


During the break please could you give us some feedback. Have your say about our progress this year and complete the 'Tell Them from Me' parent survey here: http://nsw.tellthemfromme.com/2021community


We wish you a relaxing and safe time with your children and look forward to seeing your little cherubs, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, on Monday the 12th of October.

2021 ENROLMENTS


We have had a pleasing number of parents contact the school, inquiring about enrolment for 2021. If you have a neighbor or family member with a child ready for school in 2021, please let them know that the principal is taking families on socially-distanced individual tours/Q&A opportunity. Just call to make an appointment.



Kindergarten Orientation will take place on the original dates: 26/10/2020-29/10/2020 from 9am until 11am. We are still required to maintain social-distancing and the NSW Health guidelines and we are waiting for further detail from the Department so that we can prepare a COVID-19 safe plan. This may mean that children attend each of the 4 days but parents are assigned one of four sessions so that we can keep parent group numbers low.


Please bear with us whilst we organise a safe orientation experience. As soon as we have finalised the plan we will communicate it to all parents who have contacted the school inquiring about a 2021 enrolment.

Transition to school

COVID-19 UPDATE

There was an announcement today that some restrictions that have been in place are now lifted starting next Term.

To summarise the following can take place with strict guidelines:

  • Kindergarten orientations
  • Year 6 assemblies and farewell
  • Excursions and camps
  • Inter-school sport

However, the following remains on hold:

  • parent and carer attendance at school assemblies or events
  • parent and community volunteers
  • large parent functions including working bees, fundraisers, school barbecues and information evenings.

We will continue to collect and deliver your child from the front of the school due to parents still not being allowed on site without prior approval. P&C meetings will occur online and the same procedures as Term 3, regarding student illness, are in place for Term 4 and are detailed below.

  • During the COVID-19 pandemic, anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, loss of taste, and loss of smell), even mild symptoms, should not be at school.
  • If, after testing negative, the person has ongoing symptoms which persist beyond 10 days, the person (staff or students) should arrange to see their doctor. The medical assessment should consider whether the symptoms are typical for that person (for example seasonal, allergic rhinitis), and provide documentation for the school if this is the case. If there are new symptoms at any time, the person should be tested again.
  • Isolated incidents of sneezing or coughing may not indicate that a student is suffering from an illness. Staff talk with students about how they are feeling to determine if a cough/sneeze is an isolated incident or whether the student is unwell. Where a student is unwell arrangements will be made to send them home.
  • Schools should encourage staff and parents to arrange for the person who is unwell to be tested so they can return to school as soon possible once their symptoms have resolved to minimise the absence from school. For people who are unwell with respiratory symptoms, a negative COVID-19 test result must be received and sighted by the school.
  • COVID-19 testing for students with complex health or disability may be challenging. In these situations, schools are to ask the parent/carer to have their child assessed by their medical practitioner. Where a medical practitioner determines that a COVID-19 test is not indicated, a medical certificate must be provided to the school to confirm that the student does not have symptoms that warrant a COVID-19 test. The certificate must also indicate that the student is able to return to the school environment.

  • Where a parent/carer is unwilling to allow their child to undertake a COVID test or provide the school with a negative COVID-19 test result, the student is to be excluded from school for a 10 day period. Additionally, the student must have been symptom free for at least 3 days before returning to school.

ORGANISATION

PLEASE HELP US - KEEP YOUR INFORMATION UP-TO-DATE

It is really important that we can contact you and your emergency contact at all times. If you or your emergency contact's landline, mobile number, email or address changes please provide us with the updated contact details ASAP. This can be done by:

  • calling the school office
  • emailing the school on laperouse-p.school@det.nsw.edu.au
  • completing the form on the SchoolStream APP or by
  • checking the letter which is being sent home, that outlines the information we currently have on file, and writing on this, the updated details before returning to school.


HOLIDAY CHICKEN ROSTER

If you would like help look after the chickens during the holidays or on weekends, please just send email us (laperouse-p.school@det.nsw.edu.au) and provide your mobile number so that we can add you to the WhatsApp group. The chickens need to be let out each morning and put away each night. They also need their water and pellets topped up and you can bring down any vegetable/fruit scraps, which they will be very thankful for. One perk of the job is that you get to take home any eggs that have been laid.


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:

Monday 12th of October - Students return to school

26/10-29/10 - Kindy Orientation from 9am -11am

30th October - Teacher Appreciation Day

4th November - 6pm P&C Meeting (Zoom)


Warm regards, Lisa Haller | Principal