Dear Parents, Guardians and Carers,
Today I have implemented the measures outlined below to limit the possible spread of COVID-19 within our community. My main concern is the health and wellbeing of the students and staff within our school but also importantly the broader community of Bright and surrounding districts, during the coming months. The measures we put in place at Bright P-12 College will contribute to broader efforts across the community to contain and slow the spread of the COVID -19 virus over a period of what could be a number of months. Because we live in a small community we each have an important role in limiting the spread of the virus to the most vulnerable and at risk. I appreciate some of the measures listed below will cause disruption and angst within your families and thank you in advance for your support and goodwill during these challenging times.
CAMPS AND EXCURSIONS
- All camps and excursions outside the school have been postponed or if there is no other option cancelled until further notice. Once we have the go ahead from DET to begin excursions and camps again we will reschedule those camps and excursions we can.
- That includes the following camps and excursions planned for this remainder of this term:
- 5/6 Swimming
- Hume Swimming
- Year 11/12 Studio Arts visit to Top Arts
- Year 12 Retreat
- All Outdoor Education Trips
- 3-12 Cross country
- For the purposes of excursions, a school excursion is defined to include local parks, cafés and sporting facilities, including local swimming pools, anything outside the school boundaries.
INCURSIONS WITHIN THE COLLEGE
- All planned incursions within the College have been postponed or cancelled until further notice.
- This includes the Wellbeing Week planned for the last week of this term. SRC Casual Clothes Day will operate as normal
- Year 11 Ball dance lessons
- Everyone arriving in Australia from overseas from midnight March 15th, 2020 will be required to isolate for 14 days, this includes students and staff who may be returning from overseas travel.
- Importantly, it also includes parents and carers and any other relatives or friends of your child who are returning from overseas travel. As they are required to self-isolate, they must not visit the College to pick up children or for any other reason.
RESIDENTIAL AGED CARE VISITS
- Based on advice from the Commonwealth Government to protect vulnerable community members schools should not visit residential aged care facilities until further notice.
- The Commonwealth Government has announced that mass gatherings of more than 500 people are now prohibited. This explicitly does not include schools running their normal teaching and learning program, however it does apply to any school event that involves attendance by community members, students and staff where the total attendance will exceed 500.
- That applies to the following planned Bright P-12 College events:
- Celebration of Success Assembly scheduled for the last day of this term 27th March
- Bright Fun Run
- We will be looking at postponing the event and rescheduling later in the year dependent upon availability of resources. I would like to thank Matt Fullerton and his team for all the work they have put into the event so far and our sponsors. More information on this can be found on the Fun Run website
PARENT TEACHER INTERVIEWS
- The parent/teacher interviews scheduled for this week have been postponed to a date to be decided next term. Of course, if you have concerns around your child’s progress please contact the teacher.
PARENT READING PROGRAM AND OTHER VOLUNTEERS
- For the remainder of this term we will take a pause from all parent/ community volunteers into the school. This will impact our Parent Reading Program, so we strongly encourage parents to prioritise hearing your child/ren read at home.
NO MEETINGS FOR STAFF AFTER SCHOOL
- To recognise the stain on the teaching and non-teaching staff at Bright P-12 College I have cancelled any planned afternoon staff meetings for the next two weeks.
FRONT OFFICE TO SHUT EARLY
- The Front Office of Bright P-12 College will close at 3.45pm as of tomorrow 17th March 2020. If you need assistance between 3.45 and normal closing hours of 4.00pm please call the College number 03 57551166 for help.
- As of tomorrow, 17thMarch 2020 the Canteen will be closed until further notice. This will include lunch orders. Please make sure your child/ren have a packed lunch each day. This is due to the increasing unavailability of canteen supplies of fresh produce and meat. I apologise for this necessity as I know it will be a real inconvenience for many families but please know it is unfortunately unavoidable in these times.
- Again, cancelled until further notice.
STAY AT HOME IF FEELING UNWELL
- If your child is feeling unwell please keep them at home until they are better. Children who present unwell during school hours will be removed from the class to the Front Office for parents to collect. Please provide a notice on Compass or contact the Front Office if you are keeping your child at home
SOCIAL ISOLATING AT RECESS AND LUNCH FOR STUDENTS
- Each Secondary year level have been assigned specific areas in the yard for their recess and lunch break.
- At this stage, Primary students will be out for half of lunch and recess and running a ‘wet day’ style timetable. This is to reduce the number of students in our spaces at the same time.
VET AND WORK PLACMENTS
- At this stage VET and Work placements will proceed as normal. If that changes I will notify you.
WELLBEING STAFF FROM GATEWAY HEALTH AND ALPINE HEALTH
- Staff from Gateway and Alpine Health will be visiting us as normal. We feel it is extremely important we continue to support our student and parent community with these services. Rob Taylor will be in each Monday and Miranda Schroeder will be in Thursdays. If you any reason this changes parents will be notified. Any students who are feeling anxious or concerned can visit Jenny Young Wellbeing Leading Teacher for support as an initial step.
GOOD HYGIENE PRACTICES
- Again, all the above steps are part of our efforts at Bright P-12 College to contain the spread of COVID-19 and I thank you for your support. Perhaps the most important steps we can take are to pay extra attention to hygiene – washing hands and how we cough. Today and over the next couple of weeks we will start each morning with a reminder to students of the importance of personal hygiene in our efforts to support the wider community.
- All primary classrooms have access to hand washing facilities with soap and paper towel to wash their hand before and after returning to class as well as in the toilets for washing hands after going to the toilet.
- Secondary students have hand washing facilities in some specialist classrooms and the toilets.
Finally, I thank you for your support over the coming weeks and months as together we develop ways to deal with the difficulties of operating a school during a pandemic. Tomorrow the Leadership team will be exploring ways to facilitate offsite teaching and learning, if it should come to school closure and I will keep you informed of any developments as they occur.
Wishing you all the very best.
Jean Olley - Principal