|Monday 25 October||Kindergarten and Year 1 return to face to face learning.|
|Monday 1 November||All remaining students return to face to face learning.|
Dear Parent / Carer,
Congratulations India! Today I have had the pleasure of being able to watch India from Year 3, present her prepared and impromptu speeches as part of the Regional level of the Multicultural Public Speaking Competition. What a confident and calm student we have in India. Her speech was informative and entertaining and I can honestly say I left listening to her feeling empowered for our future. India was then given a topic - "A Big Mistake" to write a short impromptu speech on. She spoke about our environment and the impact we all have on it, and in particular about recycling. India, Jamberoo were already so proud of you, but watching you do all of this on a zoom in a room with Mrs Behl-Shanks and myself we are absolutely blown away. India was named the Regional Runner-up this year -Congratulations!
As our children start to reemerge from COVID lock down, we understand many may be feeling very anxious. Please help us help our students, by keeping us well informed if you are noticing anything at home. We know some children may take longer to settle back into learning from school.
Once again thank you so much for your ongoing support in such challenging times. I hope to see many of you on Wednesday at our Term 4 P&C Meeting.
Welcome back to Term 4. We’re excited about our return to face-to-face learning and welcoming students and staff back onsite where we know the best learning happens. This is a short summary of what our parents and students can expect.
Jamberoo teachers are looking forward to welcoming back students in the coming weeks and we would like to thank you for keeping your children working from home until this time, so that we have time to plan for the safest possible return. Thank you for your consideration in this regard.
While we know there is excitement about the return to school it’s important that we stick to the staged return to give us time to be ready to welcome back students onsite. Students will return to face-to-face learning in the following order
· from 18 October – department preschool, Kindergarten, Year 1
· from 25 October – all remaining year groups.
Our COVID-safe return to school plan is NSW Health approved and includes numerous effective practices to support the health and wellbeing of our students and staff. These practices include vaccinations, mask wearing, reduced mingling of student groups and staff, ventilation in classrooms and continued good hygiene and cleaning.
As we return to school students will be kept in their cohorts to minimise opportunities for transmission of COVID-19 and to enable effective contact tracing and containment. This means minimising interaction between students on school grounds and keeping cohorts together where possible.
Jamberoo Public School Cohorts:
Cohort #1 Kindergarten and Year 1
Cohort #2 Year 2 and Year 3
Cohort #3 Year 4 and Years 5/6
Masks are required to be worn on school site by staff indoors and outdoors and strongly recommended for students indoors and outdoors unless exercising or eating.
Jamberoo Public School will not be providing masks and ask that if you intend on wearing one that you bring one from home that is labelled with your child’s name on it.
All staff required on site supporting the return to school will need to be fully vaccinated from 18 October. Then from 8 November all staff, contractors, volunteers and students on student placement on a school site will need to be fully vaccinated, including Outside of School Hours Care staff.
Having open or well-ventilated spaces reduces the risk of transmission of COVID-19 because infectious particles are more quickly diffused in the open air. The department will continue to work with NSW Health to provide us with advice and guidance on maintaining good ventilation in our school and we will make use of our outdoor spaces wherever practical.
Jamberoo Public School classrooms all have good cross ventilation. Teachers will be opening windows and doors so that this can occur, they will also use outdoor learning spaces where appropriate.
During Term 4 many school-based activities will remain on hold until NSW Health advise otherwise. This includes large celebrations like assemblies, presentation days and graduations, arts and sports events.
Jamberoo Public School is currently planning ways to hold virtual celebrations with our school community and further information will become available in our newsletter or on Dojo.
Parents and students will be notified if a decision is made to close the school due to a confirmed case of
COVID-19. During this time we will continue to provide learning from home activities and we will let you know when we can return to face-to-face learning.
At Jamberoo Public School, this information will be available on Dojo and in our Newsletter.
Onsite orientations and transition programs are not currently allowed in person on school sites until we are advised differently by NSW Health. We’ll share more information in the coming weeks about our school’s virtual orientation and transition program.
Jamberoo Public School is currently planning for a virtual orientation and transition to school program.
Ms Greta Lewis