COVID-19 Updates

Silkwood is a community and as such we have a responsibility to work together in partnership to keep those who are our most vulnerable, safe from Coronavirus and where possible, minimise the effects of the economic impact this will have on us all. 

SCHOOL REOPENING

Silkwood School will officially re-open to all students following the Queensland Premier’s recent announcement that from Monday 25 May, remaining Queensland students can head back to school.

Our COVID-19 Safety Plan for the school site remains in place and all Silkwood students who remain at home for self-isolation purposes will be supported by Silkwood’s Home Learning Program.  

Children of essential workers and vulnerable children can continue to attend as you have been.

  1. Essential worker – any worker who must continue to attend their workplace for essential business during this time. If your home is your current workplace and you are still expected to attend to your work during school hours and therefore unable to support your child/ren or have someone else in your household support with their learning you fit into the category of Essential Worker. 
  2. Vulnerable children include children identified by schools or who:
    • are currently receiving services from Child Safety, including children who are subject to a child protection order 
    • are subject to a youth justice order. 

Home Learning

As at 20 May 2020

We will offer a modified home support program for the remainder of Term 2 in place of our home learning program. Managing both an onsite full teaching load and having to run a home learning program is a big ask for our Team. For this reason, modified home support programs will differ in each year level as they will be dependent on what the individual learning teams can manage.

If parents wish to continue with home learning once school re-opens they are asked to notify their Learning Community Leader no later than Friday 22nd May to discuss options.

Term 3 Home Learning

We are not able to continue to offer home learning support in Term 3.

The government considers a family who are electing to home school in Term 3 as home schooling so therefore must enrol in an accredited distance learning program or home school program.

Silkwood will be working towards having an accredited distance learning program; however, the design and accreditation requirements for this program will take around 12-months.

In Term 3, families who have students who are medically compromised will need to provide the school with a doctor’s certificate and organise a time to meet with their Learning Community Leader to discuss options for modified enrolment.

School Bus Travel

Our School Bus schedules will return to normal from the 25th May.

Physical distancing requirements are exempt for buses; however, the school is being cautious and in response has:

  • increased cleaning and hygiene procedures
  • introduced hand sanitiser on the bus
  • reminding students of a ‘no-touch policy’

For more details on our term 2 School Bus Schedules below:

STUDENT HEALTH AND SAFETY

School Cleaning

The school has implemented the following cleaning practices:

  • Hospital-grade cleaning products are standard practice with all of our cleaning processes.
  • We have increased deep cleaning frequency as per Government guidelines for toilets, wash bays, drinking fountains and sickbay areas.
  • Door handles, cupboard knobs, classroom and office surfaces are disinfected daily.
  • Hand sanitiser and disinfectant is provided in all spaces for utilisation by the Team and Students.
  • Physical school resources that students have used during the day are disinfected daily.  
  • Playground equipment is sanitised daily.

Student COVID-19 Safety Program

The Learning Community Leaders will roll out an education program for students which will cover:

  • What is the coronavirus
  • How to keep themselves safe
  • Hand Washing procedure
  • School procedures for safety (social distancing and hand sanistising)

This will be run fortnightly to remind students on how to keep themselves safe.

Student Health

If your child develops flu-like symptoms ie. sore throat, cough, fever, shortness of breath, fatigue please:

  • keep your child at home
  • avoid close contact with others such as touching, kissing or hugging, or any mass gatherings, especially those involving other children
  • see a doctor or contact 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) immediately
  • seek medical advice if your child has other underlying medical conditions
  • call ahead to the medical centre or doctor’s surgery, advising of your child’s symptoms

If a student shows signs of flu-like symptoms ie. sore throat, cough, fever, shortness of breath, fatigue please whilst at school:

  • the school will provide a face mask for the student to protect our team and fellow students
  • the student will be isolated from staff and other students (whilst maintaining visual supervision)
  • parents/caregivers will be called to collect their child immediately
  • call ahead to the medical centre or doctor’s surgery, advising of your child’s symptoms

School Absence

If a student has any coronavirus symptoms ie. sore throat, cough, fever, shortness of breath, fatigue they must stay home and isolate and see a Doctor for advice. It puts our entire community at risk to send a student to school with these symptoms.

Parents and carers of children and young people with complex medical needs are encouraged to seek medical advice from their health practitioner to support informed risk assessment and decision-making regarding the suitability of on-site education for their child.

We will provide a Home Learning Program for any self-isolating family.

We have relaxed our stance on the requirement to provide medical certificates during this time for student absences.

Attendance

Standard Roll marking with resume on 25th May, 2020.

For the remainder of term 2, families who are electing to continue to self-isolate will be marked ‘Absent – Approved Educational Activity’.

Notifying the School of Absences

We kindly ask you to follow our normal absenteeism procedures by emailing attendance@silkwood.qld.edu.au or calling our school office 07 56550300. This process applies to all students, whether they are home-based or school-based learning.

Late Arrivals and Early Departures

From Monday 25 May we will be required to record late arrivals and early departures

Late Arrivals: Students arriving to school after 8.30am will be required to collect a late pass from the school office before going to class.

Early Departures: Parents/carers will need to call the school office before collecting their child early from school. The student will be waiting outside the relevant school office before being collected.

A member of the Community Relations Team will complete the Early Departure Register and complete the ‘Sited by Team Member’ column to confirm the student has been collected by an authorised adult.

School Events

Cancellations and Postponements

To ensure our responsibility for community safety the following gatherings will be postponed or cancelled until Term 3:

  • Excursions, camps
  • After school programs (excluding one on one music lessons)
  • Whole school events/meetings
  • Open evenings
  • Festivals