Students in the yard
With the transition back from remote learning to on-site learning in full swing we have started to notice that some students are fatiguing quicker than normal. Students have been reminded of the school values especially the notion of respecting themselves and each other. This has not been something that has been noticed school wide, however I believe a proactive approach with this will help support our students with 2 and a half more weeks of on-site learning left. We would appreciate if a conversation around the dinner table could occur about how important it is to respect ourselves and each other, and how this leads to a positive learning environment for all.
I would like to thank the proactiveness of the family whose child tested positive last week. By keeping their child at home as soon as they noted symptoms and subsequently getting them tested, we have so far avoided any further cases here at IEPS. I would like to reiterate the importance that if a child/family member has any symptoms no matter how mild, they should get tested and remain at home until they receive a negative result and are symptom-free.
In light of this, I would also like to reiterate the CHO still directs primary school students in Grade 3-6 to wear a face mask indoors at primary school unless a lawful exception applies. Parent/carers of a student/s who meet the criteria for an exception should provide their approval in writing for their child/ren to not wear a mask and send this directly to your child's teacher via email/compass. You are able to find further information regarding this via the following link https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/face-masks-when-wear-face-mask
Thursday December 9th is our 2022 Year 6 Graduation. I am looking forward to the event and I’m sure our Year 6 students even more so. More information will come out directly to our year 6 families tomorrow regarding the logistics around the event.
On a separate note, I do apologise if you have tried to contact myself directly through the compass platform. I had unfortunately not been connected properly therefore was not able to receive messages. This has now been fixed and I am now contactable through the compass platform. Alternatively, you can reach me by calling the school or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thu 2 Dec
9:30am - 11:30am
Fri 3 Dec
9:30am - 10:30am
Mon 6 Dec
Tue 7 Dec
Wed 8 Dec
Thu 9 Dec
Fri 10 Dec
Term 4 Roster
Next term’s roster is now available online! We cannot do this without you. Please choose anytime that is free and fill in your name.
Volunteers are required to be fully vaccinated. Please provide proof of vaccination to the front office.
Volunteers & Hygiene
Please use the QR code at front entrance of the school and sign in at the office kiosk upon arrival.
We will be practising social distancing in the canteen. Please wear a mask. No more than 1 volunteer will be in the canteen at any one time. All surfaces will be sanitised regularly and hand sanitiser is available for your use.
End of year class morning teas
Morning teas will be offered Monday 13th December, Wednesday 15th December & Thursday 16th December. Please keep an eye out for the
flyer via compass very soon, to check which day your class has been
allocated. Please order on My School Connect.
Orders close Wednesday 8th December at 9.30am sharp.
Sonia - Canteen Manager
Phone: 03 94992171
Enrolments for incoming Preps in 2022 are being finalised for next year. Enrolment forms may be downloaded from the link below.
When lodging the enrolment form, we are also required to sight the original birth certificate and current immunisation history statement, which we will take a photocopy of for school entry requirements.
Library Books are Due…
Thank you to those who have promptly returned library books. End of Year Notices will be distributed this week, as it is the final week of borrowing. It is essential that all library books are returned by tomorrow. Thank you in advance for your assistance in returning in a timely manner.
A reminder that in line with current directions from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, masks are compulsory indoors for students in grades 3 to 6 unless a lawful exception applies and strongly recommended for students in Prep to Grade 2.
Students are required to provide their own masks for use at school and we would ask that they also have spares in their bag just in case the mask is misplaced or damaged throughout the day.
Thank you for your understanding.
How your child's school will manage suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19
Staff or students with COVID-19 symptoms
The Department of Education and Training (DET) has comprehensive procedures in place with the Department of Health (DH) to manage suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 in schools.
If a member of school staff or a child has symptoms matching those of COVID-19, the school will ask them to go home and get a PCR test, and to self-isolate while awaiting the outcome of that PCR test.
For students with COVID-19 symptoms, the school will isolate the student as quickly as possible on the school site, then contact a parent or carer to ask them to collect the student immediately.
- chills or sweats
- sore throat
- shortness of breath
- runny nose
- loss or change in sense of smell or taste.
A headache, muscle soreness, stuffy nose, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea may also be considered a symptom.
Isolation and supervision
If a child, young person or staff member at school is showing symptoms of COVID-19 and cannot travel home immediately, the school will isolate them in a suitable area at the school, with supervision as appropriate.
Staff protection and hygiene
If a student cannot remain alone in an isolation area while waiting to be collected, the staff member looking after them will wear personal protective equipment, in accordance with DET guidance, while supporting the student.
The school will take all appropriate actions to respond to the suspected case, record keeping and reminding the school community about good COVIDSafe practices such as hand hygiene and monitoring for symptoms.
If a staff member, a child or family member is diagnosed with COVID-19
Procedures are in place with the DH to manage suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 in schools.
Immediate action by the school once it is notified of a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19
The school will contact DET if they are informed that a student or staff member:
- is a confirmed case
- has been in close contact with a confirmed case.
Schools no longer need to report confirmed positive cases of school community members if those school community members were not onsite in the 48 hours prior to the onset of symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
DET may advise that the school will close for an initial 24 hours to allow for identification and notification of primary close contacts. This instruction will be provided as soon as possible.
As part of this, DET will provide schools with a spreadsheet and instructions to complete the identification of primary close contacts (close contact) and communication templates to use.
What the school will do once they have notified DET?
Schools will contact affected students and staff (close contact) and advise them to get a PCR test and remain at home until they receive contact from DH, who will confirm the quarantine requirements.
Families and households of identified close contacts do not have to isolate.
Students and staff who have not been identified as a close contact can return to school.
A deep clean is not required after a positive case has attended onsite. COVIDSafe Routine Cleaning (daily whole of school clean, including high-touch clean and disinfect) is the appropriate level of cleaning.
When will the school reopen?
Impacted schools will be open and running as normal as soon as possible.
In most cases, schools that have been closed due to a confirmed COVID-19 case will re-open within 24 hours. In rare circumstances, the contact identification process may identify additional cases or take longer than expected. This means that the school may need to stay closed for longer. The school will keep in touch with parents, carers and staff about this.
If I, my child, or family member has been identified as a close contact by the school
Staff and students who have been identified by the school as a close contact are advised to only leave their home for brief periods of time for necessary activities:
- caregiving to family members when no alternative is available
- medical care
- to get tested for COVID-19
- in an emergency.
How do I know if I’m a primary close contact?
DH will review all the people the school has identified as close contacts and will confirm that they are primary close contacts (PCC). DH or the Local Public Health Unit will get in touch with the parent/carer or staff member via SMS to confirm that the parent or student is a PCC. This may take some days.
DH will advise how long the PCC should quarantine for and will outline testing and release dates.
If the isolation period is:
- 14 days: The PCC will require an additional PCR test on day 13 prior to returning to school. Once they receive their day 13 negative test result, they can stop quarantining immediately.
- 7 days: The PCC will require an additional PCR test on day 6 prior to returning to school. Once they receive their day 6 negative PCR test result, they can stop quarantining at 11:59pm on day 7.
Upon completion of quarantine and if they have returned a negative PCR test, PCCs are not required to wait for clearance from DH to leave quarantine.
If a case of COVID-19 is identified at your child's school
- Step 1
COVID-19 case confirmed
Principal identifies close contacts and asks them to get a PCR test, then stay at home and wait for contact from the Department of Health. The Department of Education and Training informs WorkSafe if a Department employee or contractor has tested positive for COVID-19.
If contact identification is complete and no closure is required go to step 3.
- Step 2
Possible school site closure, then reopening
If necessary, the school may close for 24 hours to allow time to complete the identification of close contacts.
- Step 3
Daily COVIDSafe Routine Cleaning can continue even if the school site is closed. A deep clean is not required; COVIDSafe Routine Cleaning (including high-touch clean and disinfect) is the appropriate level of cleaning. The Victorian School Building Authority will arrange for a daily attestation from the service provider confirming that the required COVIDSafe Routine Cleaning has occurred at the school.
- Step 4
Return to school
Principal informs the rest of the school (those not identified as close contacts) that they can return.
For more information: Department of Education and Training: 1800 338 663
Rapid antigen testing pilot in schools
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approved the use of rapid antigen testing for home use from Monday 1 November.
The Department of Education and Training is currently working with the Department of Health to run a rapid antigen testing pilot in school communities from Monday 8 November.
The Department of Education and Training is currently working with the Department of Health to roll-out a state-wide program for any new COVID-19 exposures on school sites from Monday 15 November. This program will help unvaccinated or partially vaccinated students to return to school as quickly as possible after being identified as a primary close contact (PCC) after a seven-day quarantine, instead of a 14-day quarantine.
Hi Ivanhoe East Community,
School holidays are fast approaching and OSHClub bookings are now open!
Lockdown has come to an end, and we’re prepared to celebrate a summer filled with fun-packed activities that will keep your little humans engaged all holidays! With plenty of water-play, sports, cooking experiences, crafts, group games, and so many more enriching activities - you won’t want to miss out on these holidays!
If there’s one thing that the last two years have taught us it’s that we should prepare for everything, so we have a COVIDsafe plan in place for each service. We have quickly become experts at providing incredible experiences during restrictions so rest assured, whatever comes our way, we are prepared to have the best summer holidays.
Come join in the fun and book your place, today!
Feel free to pop by the centre; remembering to check in via the QR code at the door; or give us a call and we'll be happy to answer any questions! Our program is now available which we are happy to email or print you off a copy.
See you soon!
The Team at Ivanhoe East OSHClub
Ivanhoe East OSHClub
0408 724 893