The Department of Education are working closely with the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC), NSW Health and other agencies to ensure schools continue to operate in the safest ways possible in the COVID-19 environment. Inaburra continues to follow their directions.
We ask that you continue to check the current NSW Government COVID-19 news and updates on hotspot areas and public health orders.
We encourage families to refer to this page as the authoritative source of truth regarding Inaburra School’s response to the COVID-19 situation. It will continue to be updated as new information comes to hand.
UPDATED COVID-19 GUIDELINES
UPDATED: Tuesday 20 July 2021
Inaburra Term 3 – Return to remote learning until 30 July
Schools are required to provide learning remotely until at least the 30 July. For Inaburra students this means we will be providing lessons remotely for at least the first two weeks of Term 3. One of the reasons provided by the Premier for extending this time of remote learning is so that Year 12 students can still come to school for their practical work and examinations.
The advice from the NSW government is:
“Parents and carers in Greater Sydney must keep children – across primary and secondary school – at home unless they need to be at school. Schools and outside of school hours care (OOSHC) services are open for any child that needs it.”
Consistent with this advice, Inaburra will be open for families who need to send their children to school during this time although we encourage students to learn from home.
Digital Curation Platforms
In addition to Google Classroom and Seesaw as our digital curation tools we will also be using Zoom and/or Google Meet in order for teachers to connect with students in their classes where this is appropriate. Teachers will be actively monitoring students’ engagement in learning during this time by checking in with students in a range of ways. The approach that we are taking varies for different stages and I would encourage you to read the information relevant to your child’s stage.
We will be encouraging parents to sign up as Google Guardians and will be providing specific information about how to do this.
Students will be expected to be neatly attired when they engage in online learning – students in K-10 can wear their sports uniform when learning online, for example. Students should be also seated at a table or desk when engaged in online learning rather than lying down on a couch or a bed.
Students attending school are expected to wear school uniform, however they have the option of wearing the sports uniform at this time.
On Monday, staff will be preparing for online learning to begin Tuesday morning. The timetable for online learning in the Senior School will be different to our regular timetable. The key points to notice are that we will be maintaining our regular timetable with each lesson being reduced in length to allow for a ten minute break at the end of Period 1 and a ten minute break at the end of Period 3. This will ensure that all students have a sizeable break between each lesson. The plans for Early Stage 1, Stage 1, Stage 2 and Stage 3 in the Junior School have been sent out to parents ready for the commencement of the Term.
Mask wearing for students when on campus
Students in Year 7-12 who are at school will be required to wear masks. Students in Junior School (Years K-6) are not required to wear a mask. The guidelines in terms of wearing masks do provide some exceptions for certain students. All students will be provided with masks if they do not bring their own. Please read instructions for wearing a mask safely and effectively.
We will continue to maintain our increased cleaning regime around the school over the next week, even though our numbers on site are reduced. This includes wipe down of high touch surfaces and toilets throughout the day. All classrooms have access to hand sanitiser and students will be reminded to use sanitiser throughout the day.
Other management controls on site
There will be no temperature checks as there were last year. Senior students are being asked to sign in with a QR code for both the Government and the School. Usual roll marking methods will continue for Junior School students.
Students will be assessing spaces that allow for social distancing, and will also be reminded to maintain appropriate distancing when outdoors.
There are reduced staff numbers on site to reduce the opportunity for community transmission, and thereby protect both students and staff.
Year 12 Students
Currently, Year 12 students can be onsite to learn but also to receive assistance with practical projects. In addition, we have moved the trial HSC examinations back by one week so that the trials will now run in Weeks 3 and 4. This is in line with the advice provided to Department of Education schools on Friday 16 July. Information about practical trial exams will be provided within the next week.
From Monday 19 July, all public transport services within Greater Sydney including Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour areas will run to a reduced timetable. This means most bus services in the Greater Sydney area are running to a Sunday and public holiday timetable. Inaburra has been notified that there will be no school buses running until further notice.
Extra-curricular activities will be on hold for the next two weeks. All excursions and incursions will be cancelled, as well as inter-school sport. We are, however, continuing to make plans in relation to Year 9 camp and Global Ed later in the year. Final decisions in relation to both of these events will be made at a later time in the term.
Canteen and Uniform Shop
Please note that the Canteen and the Uniform Shop will not be in operation for the duration of the current restrictions.
Helpful links and further information
The links below are very helpful. In particular, the NSW Health websites provide up to date and accurate information.
The Department of Health has posted several publications here:
Guidance on Home Isolation:
Federal Government Guidance:
The World Health Organisation’s advice for the public can be found here:
The Australian Government has a dedicated COVID-19 Health Information Line, which operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week: 1800 020 080