Term 3 and 4 Arrangements
We have mixed feelings about the latest guidelines for the return to face to face teaching. We are excited that our Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 students will return to their classrooms from Monday the 12th of October. However, we are also disappointed that we are waiting to hear when our Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 students will be able return to face to face teaching. Our teachers remain committed to supporting all of their students, in the classroom and when delivering the remote learning program. The Year 3-6 teachers are working together to explore ways to keep their students motivated throughout the extended remote learning period.
The details about the easing of the restrictions that I provided on Monday can be found here:
Feedback on Remote Learning Program
There were 65 responses to our latest feedback survey.
The following percentages indicate what is working well for your child/children:
|Learning Resource Pack||93%|
|Sharing Learning on Microsoft Teams||70%|
Here are some examples of the way that you are motivating your children:
- Having regular breaks, if it seems that learning is not going to be a positive experience that day we abandon it and come back to it another day
- Rewards systems
- Break up the day with craft and inquiry based projects
- Going for walks and having time to play outside
- Following a structure and routine of the day
- Make sure that there is a distinction between school activities and home activities
- Using checklists and well-organised folders with tabs for different subjects
- Focus on one subject a day
- Completing all of the school work in the morning
- Talking through the weekly planner together and asking my child to take responsibility for which tasks they will be complete during the day
- Asking friends or grandparents to help my child with learning tasks via WebEx.
Parent Teacher Meetings
We are looking forward to tomorrow’s parent teacher meetings so that you can discuss your child’s progress and their learning goals for the remainder of the year. Your child is welcome to attend these meetings so that they can contribute to the discussion. Please remember that these meetings are being held in teachers’ WebEx meeting rooms.
Recording Absences during Remote Learning
The Department of Education is monitoring student attendance throughout remote and flexible learning and we are expected to record attendance and absences in a similar way as we do when students are attending school in the classroom. Your child will be marked as being present on any day that they attend a morning check in or check out, or a live lesson or small group conference. They will be marked absent if the teacher does not see them at all on any given day. Please approve any recorded absences on Compass in the usual way.
Prep 2021 Transition Program
We held our first 2021 Prep Transition Information Session last night via WebEx. At this stage, the transition program will be held remotely until such time that our new Prep students can visit classrooms. Thank you to Sophie Herbert for leading the transition program and for her flexibility in this interesting year. Please contact Karen at email@example.com if you are yet to enrol your child who is starting in Prep next year.
Please advise us as soon as possible if you know your child will not be attending Ivanhoe East Primary School next year. This information will assist us with our planning for 2021.
We are all looking forward to the return of children to school. Hoping you all stay safe and active and are able to enjoy some time in improving weather.
This year, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is important to be proactive in managing your child’s asthma and allergies (hay fever) as the return of school coincides with the hay fever season and it takes many weeks for preventive medication to be effective.
At school during the pandemic we are required to isolate and send home any child with symptoms compatible with Covid-19 (fever, cough , runny nose, sore throat etc). As you can imagine this will be tricky in hay fever season and during the Covid-19 pandemic it will be impossible to know if your child’s runny nose or cough is due to hay fever, asthma, a common cold or Covid-19.
Many of you will have already started your child’s preventer medication for their asthma and allergic rhinitis (hay fever). You may already be using the Pollen count watch App which can be very helpful in pre-empting hay fever days which are commonly those north windy days. If your child is prone to thunderstorm asthma this is predominantly due to rye grass allergy. You can choose to receive email alerts on high epidemic thunderstorm asthma forecast days by downloading the Vic Emergency app.
Please do not send your child to school with any symptoms of Covid-19 as they will be sent home according to the current DHHS coronavirus guidelines. Discuss you child’s allergy and asthma prevention management with your child’s general practitioner.
As always if you have any concerns about your child’s health with their return to school you can contact me via email: firstname.lastname@example.org and if needed we can arrange a meeting via phone or online.
Asthma foundations Victoria ‘TIPS FOR PREPARING FOR SPRING WHEN YOU HAVE ASTHMA AND ALLERGIES”
Allergy Australia “Allergic rhinitis allergy plan”
https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/ to receive email alerts on high epidemic thunderstorm forecast days
RCH > Kids Health Information > Fact sheets > Hay fever
(COVID-19). Common symptoms include:
- Fever, chills or sweats, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, loss of sense of smell or taste.
If anybody has any symptoms, they should get tested and stay home until they receive their test results. It does not matter how mild the symptoms are.
Hilda Hallinan - School Nurse