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Yesterday, the Government made an announcement that affects all public schools in Western Australia.
It was advised that schools will remain open until the end of term (Thursday 9th April), however parents are strongly encouraged to keep their children at home if they have the capacity to do so due to work commitments and the ability for your child to access online resources.
We recognise that there will still be families who need to send their children to school during this period. These families may include:
What this means for East Beechboro Primary School is:
Parents who are considering keeping their child at home are asked to encourage their child to continue their learning at home. We are recommending that students:
Parents are advised that students at East Beechboro who are in good health are most welcome to attend school until the end of term.
This is a constantly changing environment and we will continue to inform parents of changes that may affect our school. Parents are assured that school-aged children will continue to receive an education in Western Australia. It will however be different. A longer-term education model for Term 2 and beyond is currently being investigated. As soon as this information is available, parents will be notified. Please ensure that you keep up to date with all notifications via notes home, the school app and the school website.
I would like to thank our school community for their support of our school.
In order to minimise the number of people at the canteen and to minimise the need to handle cash, the canteen will not be open for over the counter orders.
Orders for lunch, recess and treats (including icy poles) can be placed on QuickCliq. Alternatively, please fill out orders on lunch bags. These can be placed, with payment, in the lunch crates in classrooms.
Lunch orders will still be delivered to classrooms as normal. Orders for recess and after lunch treats for students in Years 1 to 6 will still need to be collected by students from the canteen. By placing orders at the start of the day via the above methods, will significantly reduce the amount of time that students will be waiting at the canteen.
Given the current environment, we hope that you understand that these measures are taken to minimise risks to the school community as a whole.
Monster Easter Raffle
Raffle tickets are still on sale for 50c each ($5.00 per book).
The raffle will be drawn on Wednesday 8th April. All winners will be notified.
Extra books are available from Rooms 15 & 16 and the office.
Notes have been sent home with students in regards to additional measures the school will be implementing to reduce risks of virus transmission.
Parents are advised, that effective immediately:
Thank you for your assistance.
Education Ministers have met today and have decided that NAPLAN will not proceed in 2020.
In the current environment, the decision to cancel testing will assist school leaders, teachers and support staff to focus on the wellbeing of students and the continuity of education, including potential online and remote learning.
Due to the current environment and as precautionary measures, Jump Jam will be cancelled until further notice.
The Commonwealth Bank has also ceased the School Banking program due to the current environment with COVID-19. Parents are still able to make deposits at local branches and via online banking.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Parents and families are advised that the P&C Sausage Sizzle Fundraiser to be held at Bunnings Malaga this Sunday, 22nd March, has been cancelled.
Thank you to those parents who had offered to volunteer their time to assist.
Dear Parents and Caregivers
We are certainly in a space of uncertain and unprecedented times. It is without doubt that like myself, your conversations over the weekend with friends and family have been dominated by COVID-19. What does it mean for us as individuals, our families, the community, society and school? In order to keep our community as well as possible, it is important that we work together with this aim.
Following directives from the Director General this morning;
To contain the spread of germs and virus, if you or your child demonstrate any symptoms of being unwell please stay at home and seek appropriate medical advice.
We are all working and living within “unknown territory”, however, we must all work together to ensure the safety, health and wellbeing of all those around us including our families and ourselves.
It is essential that we remain calm in this environment. Parents are assured that they will be kept informed of Department of Education directives that affect our school.
Shayne Harris - Principal
The Department of Education is working closely with the Health Department in regards to Coronavirus (COVID-19). While the Department of Health advises that the risk of transmission of the virus remains low, they are monitoring the situation and the Department of Education are acting on their advice to take any necessary precautions that can be put in place to slow its transmission.
With the goal of reducing the spread of viruses at East Beechboro Primary School and in the community we are encouraging community members to practise rigorous hygiene. The school has implemented additional hygiene practices, including extra anti-bacterial sanitisers in classrooms, explicit instruction on handwashing and posters in toilets outlining effective handwashing techniques.
Good Hygiene Practices
Further information is available on the Department of Health (WA) website at www.healthywa.wa.gov.au/coronavirus or by calling the healthdirect helpline on 1800 020 080.
As information about Coronavirus is constantly being updated we will place updates on our school website. Should we receive any information that directly affects our school, parents will be notified. It is therefore important that we have up-to-date contact details for your children. Please notify the office if your details have changed.
The Australian and Western Australian Governments have recently updated their advice for students travelling from or through Hong Kong. The latest advice is that students who have travelled from or through Hong Kong are no longer asked to stay at home and may return to school. Please keep updated with the latest novel coronavirus advice from the Department of Health.
Advice on returning to schools and early childhood centres (for children returning from China)
As an extra precaution to the advice for returned travellers above, parents of children are asked NOT to send their children to school or childcare if the child has returned from mainland China (excluding Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) within 14 days. Even if they don’t have symptoms, it is advised that they do not attend school or childcare. This is to ensure the safest possible environment for children. Children do not require a medical certificate or clearance but are asked to remain at home until 14 days after leaving mainland China. Please note this advice applies only to children attending school or childcare.
For general or travel related queries about coronavirus please go to the healthdirect website.
For more information, see the fact sheets below or call the Coronavirus Health Information Line, on 1800 020 080.
If you have recently visited Hubei Province, you must isolate yourself for 14 days after you left Hubei Province, other than for seeking medical assistance.
In addition to the above, if you arrived in Australia after 1 February 2020 after travelling to, or transiting through, mainland China (excluding Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) you must isolate yourself at home for 14 days after you left China, other than for seeking medical attention.
It is especially important these returned travellers take special care to avoid sensitive settings such as health care, aged care, child care and school facilities for 14 days following leaving mainland China.
Medical certificates are not required for people who need to self-isolate.
Parents will be notified should there be any further updates.
The Department of Health advise that if a student has been in contact with someone who has contracted the virus, they should seek medical advice and stay away from school until they are clear of symptoms for 14 days.
As an extra precaution, if a student has travelled to or through China or Hong Kong in the past two weeks, parents are asked to keep them away from school for a period of 14 days from the date they returned to Perth.
This is a precaution as the incubation period for this virus can be up to 14 days. After that time, and no symptoms, the student may attend school.
Parents who have concerns about the risks to their children are asked to visit the Department of Health website (ww2.health.wa.gov.au/coronavirus). A fact sheet is available on this site and is attached to this app message.
We are currently converting to NBN and as such our school number has changed. The new school number is 6216 1900.
If you call 9279 7299, you will recieve a message that the number has changed and that your call will be redirected to the new school number.
Check Your Category is "ON" from the Settings Tab.
A new Smartlink App update for all iOS and Apple devices is now available via the App Store app on your device.
Once you have completed the update open the Smartlink app > go to the Settings tab and check your relevant “Category” (year group, classroom, age group) is turned “ON”.
Thanks from the Smartlink Team