Dear parents and caregivers,
Thank you for your support for our school community during the latest lockdown.
The work that we have done together over the past week, minimising movement, returning to remote learning, wearing masks, and getting tested has meant that the Chief Health Officer has lifted the lockdown in the 11 Local Government Areas.
This is great news and from Monday 9 August 2021 our school will welcome back all students and staff.
Many of our Year 12 students have scheduled assessment this coming week. Assessment will continue as planned. I am aware that some Year 12s have assessments tomorrow. Our Facilities Team last week set rooms to ensure we were ready should the decision have been to lift the lockdown. I encourage Year 12 students to work hard today to finalise their preparation for these exams. Year 12 students have been sent a copy of exam rooming and exam timetabling today by email.
Whilst the return to school is welcome news, we need to implement additional restrictions to minimise transmission and further protect the health and safety of our school community. These additional restrictions include wearing of masks on school sites for all adults and students and limiting parents, carers and other visitors on our school site unless absolutely necessary.
Please ensure that your student brings a face mask to school tomorrow. Our experience last week was that whilst all students arrived with their disposable mask these did not manage to last the full day. Can you please ensure you are providing with your child with an additional face mask to safeguard the health and safety of all other staff and students. Students not wearing a mask will be provided with a mask by school staff and parents of any students with mask exemptions will be contacted for verification. It is recommended that you remind your child of good hand hygiene practices.
I realise that having parents and carers on our school site is part of our school routine and this restriction will be challenging, especially for our youngest students. However, these restrictions are necessary so our students can return to their classrooms from Monday in the safest way possible.
Restrictions on having parents/carers and visitors on school sites have been in place in the past, particularly during last year and our school will be reinstating our previous arrangements to ensure students enter and leave schools safely. If for any reason a parent or carer must be on school grounds, you are reminded that you must wear a mask at all times while visiting the school.
Administration staff will meet students at entrance gates tomorrow morning to assist with the wearing of masks on our school site. The Department of Education has also asked us implement the following additional restrictions until otherwise advised:
- assemblies and other large group activities including instrumental music groups, choirs, performances, extra curricula sporting activities, and dancing will not be permitted
- interschool sport and excursions will not be permitted.
I realise the latest developments may create challenges for families, but please be assured these decisions have been taken as a necessary response to the evolving COVID-19 situation.
The Department of Education will continue to keep me and all principals up-to-date with any further required changes to school arrangements over the coming days and I will continue to provide parents with this information as soon as it becomes available.
Further information for parents is available in the Department of Education’s frequently asked questions.
I encourage you to stay informed of the latest developments regarding COVID-19 by regularly visiting the Queensland Government’s COVID-19 website.
Thank you for your understanding as we continue to work together during these difficult times.
Mark Rickard, Executive Principal