COVID-19 Update

"It takes a community working together in partnership to deal with a pandemic. What one person does will impact another so, individual choice does matter."

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. 

To read the full details of our Silkwood Community COVID-19 plan (updated on 08 July 2020) please click the button below:

SCHOOL REOPENING

Silkwood School officially re-opened to all students on Monday 25 May. Term 3 will see a return to ‘normal’ schooling for all students, except those who are medically vulnerable or living with someone who is.

This COVID-19 Safety Plan for the school site remains in place and can be viewed on our website at any time.

Learning Program Update

Silkwood School has returned to on-site teaching and learning for all students. We are required to monitor student attendance to ensure all students return to onsite learning.

For those students who are unable to attend school due to their own medical vulnerability to the Coronavirus, or they live with medically vulnerable people, that is: 

People who are likely to be at higher risk of serious illness if they are infected with the virus include:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 50 years and older with one or more chronic medical conditions;
  • People 65 years and older with one or more chronic medical conditions;
  • People 70 years and older;
  • People with compromised immune systems - The most current list of chronic medical conditions that increase the risk of serious illness from COVID-19 can be accessed on the Department of Health website
For students who meet the above criteria, home support arrangements are offered for their learning. This is a minimised learning program matched to the needs of the student. This is not our COVID-19 whole school home learning program. They are to provide the school with a medical certificate outlining the reasons for exclusion from onsite learning and organise a time to meet with their Learning Community Leader and Advisor to discuss. 

School Bus Travel

Our School Bus schedules returned to normal on 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’.

Click the button below for more details on our School Bus Service:

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 (13 432 584) 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.

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.

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.

Attendance

Standard Roll marking resumed on 25th May, 2020 and will continue in term 3.

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

We have resumed our usual practice of recording late arrivals and early departures (as required by the Department of Education) and this will continue in Term 3 and beyond.

Late Arrivals: Students arriving at 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. Our Community Relations Team will then provide instructions to collect your child.

School Events

Full details of our term 3 2020 events can be found in our Term 3 - Back to School Newsletter.

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