Last Friday Premier Mark McGowan and Education Minister Sue Ellery announced that “Parents/guardians will be able to enter school grounds to drop off and pick up their children” as of Monday, 8th June 2020.
As much as this news is welcomed, we need to make sure we are confidently maintaining the 2 square metre rules as outlined by the government. To ensure we are abiding by this direction I need to make parents and carers aware that they will not be allowed to enter classrooms when dropping children off and encourage parents not to congregate outside classrooms before and after school, particularly in our Kindy to Year 3 classes.
At this stage we would like to continue to operate as we are. This includes continuing to encourage an increased degree of independence displayed by our students, continuing with strategies adopted that have led to significant reduction of child anxiety at the beginning of the school day and allowing teachers to maintain their focus on welcoming students and getting them settled for the day.
We will adopt an approach that encourages parents to continue allowing students to enter school grounds independently. Parents who need to enter the school particularly our Kindy to Year 3 parents, we will adopt a ‘drop at the door’ policy. This would mean parents/carers will leave their child/ren at the door and not enter the classroom. Parents will need to be consciously practising social distancing from other parents. If parents need to enter school grounds for business other than dropping off and picking up of children, please present to the front office.
In regards to parents who need to contact teachers we will continue doing what we are doing and communication can be done via phone or email. Also pre-arranged parent/carer meetings can proceed, adhering to physical distancing of one person per 2 square metres and good hygiene practices.
Staff email addresses are available on the school website: www.wonganhillsdhs.wa.edu.au
I would like to thank all parents/carers for their support and understanding as we move forward.
If you have any queries, please contact me, Bruce.W.Nind@education.wa.edu.au or on 96712 300 during office hours.
Mr Bruce Nind