Our wonderful canteen team are asking us all to play our part in reducing waste at our school. Here's a simple way to help....if you're ordering something that requires a spoon, try bringing your own from home.
PSSA Junior Cricket
Celebrating their recent success - well done to our Junior Cricket players.
Updated response to COVID-19 (20 March)
The following information is an update to that provided on Monday, 16 March. Please check the revised lists of activities and events that will and will not go ahead.
I ask for your understanding and support in particularly noting the postponement of our Parent Teacher Interviews and Student Led Conferences until Term 2, and the cancellation of our Scripture (SRE) classes, Winter PSSA trials (soccer and netball) and School Banking until further notice.
Announced to schools this afternoon, NAPLAN testing will not proceed this year.
Please be assured Turramurra North PS continues to carefully monitor the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Currently there are no reported cases within our school or local community. This means we are operating as close to normal as possible. However, hygiene and other practices recommended by both the Departments of Health and Education are being emphasised – these include hand washing, sneezing into the elbow or tissue and staying away when sick.
Based on the Federal Government advice any student or staff member who has been in, departed from, or transited through mainland China since 1 February, Iran since 1 March or the Republic of Korea (South Korea) since 5 March, Italy since 11 March is excluded from child care services, school or work for 14 days from the date they left mainland China, Iran or the Republic of Korea (South Korea) or Italy. These students or staff members are also required to self-isolate at home from the community for a period of 14 days, as the COVID-19 incubation period can be as long as two weeks.
Any confirmed case of COVID-19 will be excluded until they are medically cleared to return.
Close contacts of a confirmed case of COVID-19 will be excluded for 14 days since last contact with the confirmed case. Students who have returned to Australia and have shown no symptoms during the 14-day home-isolation period are able to return to school or work. NSW Health has processes in place to identify any close contacts of cases confirmed in Australia. A close contact is a person who has spent significant time either face to face (15 minutes) or in an enclosed space (2 hours or more) as someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. It is advising these close contacts about not attending work, school or early childhood and childcare services.
The Department of Education continues to work closely with NSW Health to monitor and respond to developments and to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff.
Consistent with current guidelines, children, students and staff who are unwell with respiratory illness should remain at home until symptoms resolve. In accordance with our current practice if any student becomes unwell we will implement our infection control guidelines and follow the advice provided by NSW Health as appropriate.
Promoting good hygiene at school:
The school receives regular updates to support the planning and management of issues related to COVID-19.
We have soap dispensers in the toilets and they are refilled as required. Regular hand washing with soap is actively promoted. Classes have access to hand sanitiser, and as cleaning standards require, the toilets and desk tops are cleaned every day. The school has plenty of toilet paper and tissues. All staff have been reminded to explain to their students the need to be extra vigilant in all health matters. Posters have been displayed in classrooms depicting hand washing procedures and infection control measures.
If staff member or student presents with flu-like symptoms:
A staff member will be requested to leave school immediately to seek appropriate medical advice from their treating health practitioner. They will remain away from the workplace until they have recovered from their illness. A student will be taken to the sick bay with appropriate staff supervision and where possible have staff maintain a distance of 1.5m. The school will contact parents/carers to come and collect the student and seek medical advice from their treating health practitioner.
Postponement and cancellation of specific events and activities:
From this week, schools in NSW, will cancel assemblies, presentation nights, excursions, travel, sports carnivals and other public events as a precautionary measure to protect staff and students from the spread of COVID-19. Mark Scott, NSW Department Secretary, has indicated that the measures are designed to reduce exposure via non-essential gatherings.
The following events and activities WILL NOT GO AHEAD unless notified otherwise:
- NAPLAN testing (Years 3 & 5) will not go ahead this year
- Assemblies on Monday mornings and Wednesday afternoons ( I will be presenting awards, ribbons and badges to students in class.)
- Principal’s Assembly (2 April) and ANZAC Day Assembly (9 April)
- Stage 3 Great Aussie Bush Camp (25 -27 March)
- All excursions
- The Reading Mentor program
- Band rehearsals
- PSSA - all training, matches and competitions temporarily cease until further notification
- Winter PSSA trials - soccer and netball
- School Cross Country (3 April)
- Student Led Conferences and Parent/Teacher Interviews (30 March to 3 April - postponed to Term 2)
- Easter Hat Parade (7 April)
- Scripture (SRE) classes
- Scripture (SRE) Easter Assembly (8 April)
- School banking
The following events and activities WILL GO AHEAD unless notified otherwise:
- Gymnastics classes at school (Mondays)
- Choir and Dance rehearsals at school
- Class photos (1 April)
- NTOOSHC (before and after school care)
We will provide more information about our ability to reschedule some of these events at a later date or our ability to reimburse parents/carers as soon as we are able to.
If your child accesses one of our community groups before or after school, please make contact with the provider to determine the arrangements they have in place.
Forward planning and preparation:
The advice schools receive is changing rapidly, and we make changes to our activities and events accordingly. As always the safety and welfare of our students and school community is our prime concern. Our school is operational, and we will continue to implement proactive measures in the school to minimise any potential risk and reassure students. These are sensible measures to protect our students and staff while maintaining our essential service across education in the community.
I will continue to update the staff and community as information is available, sending alerts via School Stream. Please ensure you have the School Stream app installed on your phone.
If you have any queries, please contact Rachel Wald directly at email@example.com.
An important Notice from CommBank School Banking
The health, safety and wellbeing of our communities and our people is our first priority. Due to the rapidly developing situation with coronavirus, School Banking has been temporarily paused from 20 March 2020 until the start of Term 2. Please don’t bring your deposit book with your weekly banking into school and we will notify you when banking will recommence.
If you would like more information contact your school banking co-ordinator Tania Kullmann on firstname.lastname@example.org who can assist you.