It is strange times we find ourselves in with the coronavirus pandemic affecting every aspect of our lives, but here at school we are continuing to provide learning to all of our students either in class or via home-learning packages.
For those students continuing with home-learning, we do ask that any completed work be returned to the school, either when the packages are dropped off, or with your child when they return to school, so that the teachers can see what your child was able to do to help the teachers with their ongoing planning and assessment.
The start to Term 2 has gone smoothly, with staff and students taking care to avoid close contact and a daily routine of cleaning resources, classrooms and play equipment throughout the day by an additional cleaner provided by the Education Department.
I would like to thank parents and carers for your cooperation and understanding with the safety practices around drop-offs and pick-ups, and not coming onto school grounds unless absolutely necessary. In addition to dropping off and picking up from the front gate, we are also allowing parents who live behind the school, to drop off and pick up their children at the art room, however we must ask you not to come past the end of the art room verandah.
COVID-19 RESEARCH STUDY IN SCHOOLS
West Northam has been very lucky to have been invited to be a part of the Government’s research study into the affect of COVID-19 on schools.
The WA Government is partnering with the Telethon Kids Institute for this study to test for COVID-19 among school students and staff who do not have coronavirus symptoms. The study is expected to begin in mid-May, and will provide greater certainty around the possible transmission of the disease in schools.
You can find more information on the COVID-19 research study inside today’s newsletter.
FREE FLU VACCINES FOR CHILDREN
The Health Department is providing free flu vaccinations for primary school aged children. Protection from the flu is especially important at this time to keep us all as healthy as possible, so please do take advantage of the free vaccines. There is more information on how to get your child’s free vaccinations inside this newsletter.
Many of you will be familiar with the school Connect page that we started up last term. Through Connect you can see whole school or class notices, get information about school or class events, read about classroom learning activities, see messages from your child’s teacher and access your child’s attendance records. By downloading the Connect Now app onto your phone, you will have easy access to Connect and make sure that you never miss out on notices and information from the school.
Cheryl Prater, Principal.