COVID19

18th November 2020

Dear Parents and Caregivers
Today it was announced that a 6 day state wide lockdown will be enforced from midnight tonight. This obviously has implications for Preschools and Schools.

Thursday (19th) and Friday (20th) will be school closure days and Monday (23rd) and Tuesday (24th) will be pupil free days. Those students of ESSENTIAL workers (hospital staff, teachers etc) can attend school on Thursday and Friday with a skeleton staff and a modified learning program -look at it like a supervised care arrangement. NO students or staff will be on site on Monday and Tuesday. We strongly encourage parents and caregivers to keep their children home and safe during these testing times.

From Wednesday 24th -students will be able to work remotely from home. I will endeavour to keep you all updated as best I can as soon as information comes in. If you need to contact me regarding any of this, please email me at Jacqui.vandeleur593@schools.sa.edu.au.

This is a challenging time for all but I know we will all work together to keep things running as smoothly as possible. Please remember your children will have lots of questions and I’m sure some may be feeling anxious and scared. Please rest assured as soon as I find out any further details I will endeavour to let you all know as soon as possible.

As a community, I would appreciate any questions asked directly to me as I am at the fore front of receiving information as it comes to light from the department. I trust I will have your full support in this.

Thank you all -we hope to see you back soon -keep safe and enjoy the ‘extra’ long weekend!

Kindest regards,

Jacqui Vandeleur
Acting Principal

Our Learning SA Resource

This site is an online collection of education materials and has been developed by department curriculum managers and expert teachers.

The site provides learning materials and activities across all learning areas in the Early Years Framework and the Australian Curriculum. There are materials that are appropriate for families as well as resources that are more targeted towards teachers.

Our Learning SA
(LINK)

 

Useful Links

The site provides learning materials and activities across all learning areas in the Early Years Framework and the Australian Curriculum. There are materials that are appropriate for families as well as resources that are more targeted towards teachers.

Deparment for Education Website
(LINK)

Department of Health’s Website
(LINK)

SACE Board & SATAC answer students’ COVID-19 questions

We know the COVID-19 coronavirus is causing a great deal of uncertainty for SACE students.

Will students complete their SACE in 2020? Will the ATAR still go ahead? What about exams? Do Special Provisions apply with COVID-19? What about university entry?

We put these questions and others collected from students in South Australia and the Northern Territory to SACE Board Chief Executive Professor Martin Westwell, and SATAC Chief Executive Officer Stuart Mossman.

Using the same format as the ABC’s You Can’t Ask That, watch the You Can Ask That video below to hear Martin and Stuart answer students’ concerns about the impact of COVID-19 on SACE and SATAC processes. Please circulate this video with your school communities.

Visit SATAC website
(LINK)

 

Tips for Parents while supporting students at home

Start creating a structure and routine for this temporary but “new normal”  if school closures go ahead, we don’t know how long it may last, so setting up systems and schedules in the first few days or weeks (and sticking to them as best you can) is much easier than trying to implement them after a prolonged period of unstructured days and late nights. Teacher tip go in hard and then relax a bit!

  • Establish a daily schedule based on your child’s age.
  • Dont be scared to throw out the schedule if it’s not working that day. The weather outside is beautiful or your children just need extra love and comfort.
  • Don’t worry if you can’t explain something or understand something – contact us and we’ll support you, or let us know and we’ll go over it when we get back.
  • Don’t expect your child to sit and concentrate for more than 30-45 minutes at a time (even less for children 8 years or under!)
  •  We don’t expect you to home-school! There are times we can’t cover the entire curriculum so we don’t expect you to while you are working, maintaining a home and keeping your family safe.

Take time for yourself! create a “staff-room” to escape to and share the “yard duties” fairly!

At this time, your child’s emotional wellbeing, physical and mental health are more important than their academic knowledge and skills.

 

A Parents Guide to Microsoft Teams
(LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO)

*please note not all functions of teams in this video will be utilised by Tintinara Area School Teachers. As new functions are being used students will be advised.

 

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