Principal’s News – Letter to Parents

Dear parents/carers,

I want to thank you all for your support in what was one of the most unusual starts to a

school term we have ever seen. Together, we have been able to make the best of this

situation and ensure your child’s safety and continuity of learning.

Today, the State Government announced changes to education based on a review of

current arrangements and updated health advice.

As of Monday, 18 May 2020 all students are expected to attend school, except for those

students medically referred to learn from home.

This means students are either:

at school;

have a medical referral to learn from home; or

recorded as absent if they do not attend.

Over the last three weeks we have seen 94% of our students return to school, which has

been fantastic.

Current health advice states that schools remain safe for staff and students and should

remain open. We want to make sure all children get the best education possible, which is

why attending school is so important. We are here to make sure all children are learning

and there’s no doubt, schools are the best place for them to learn.

For parents with medical advice (we will need a certificate) that their child should not attend

school, for week 4 you can continue with the current package. From week 5 we will work

with you in partnership with the School of Special Educational Needs: Medical and Mental

Health to support your child’s learning from home. This means that the work packages will

not be linked to our class programs. If you feel your child is in this category, please do not

hesitate to contact me or you site deputy and we will work together on next steps.

If your child does not attend school without a medical reason, they will be marked as absent

and will not be provided a learning program.

The extra cleaning and hygiene practices implemented at the start of Term 2 will continue

and as part of the social distancing measures, we continue to ask parents/carers to drop

children at the school gate and not enter the school grounds.

The State Government will continue to make decisions based on the best health advice.

Thank you for your continued support as we move forward.

As we are now progressing back to normal processes, we have made the decision that

cupcakes can now be sent to school for birthdays from next week. You will need to contact

your teacher and organise how they will be picked up from you as you cannot take them

direct to class. A reminder to check with the class teacher about allergies.

Once again, thanks for your support at these changing times. If you have any questions,

please to contact me on 9407 3050 or via the school email address.

Kind regards,

Shelley Blakers

Principal

West Coast Language Development Centre

A copy of the letter from the Principal and Chief Health Officer; Term 2 parent letter from principals 14 May