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FAQs: Returning to face-to-face learning: Week 5

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Return to Face-to-Face and COVID19

FAQs: Returning to face-to-face learning: Week 5

Important Update: TUESDAY MAY 19, 2020

Parents received emails (19/5/20) from the Deputy Head Master, Summer Hill regarding the return to face-to-face teaching in week 5 for Years 7-12.

  • From the start of Week 5 (Monday 25 May 2020) all students from PreK to Year 12 will attend school every day
  • As a step towards full attendance for our younger boys, students in Years 3-6 at the Preparatory and Junior Schools will have two days of face to face learning, and three days of remote learning in Week 4

Please read this webpage carefully: there are updates to sport and music tuition information.

Trinity is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all students, employees, and visitors to the School and will continue to follow the advice of Government and Public Health authorities in response to COVID 19 in transitioning back to the classroom in Term 2, 2020.

The greatest risk of transmission in the School environment is between adults. The National Cabinet has agreed to a series of National Principles for School Education, which include “The health advice consistently provided by the AHPPC is that attendance at a school campus for education represents a very low risk to students. The advice also notes that appropriate practices must be employed at schools, like at other workplaces, to provide a safe working environment for school staff, including teachers, and that the specific AHPPC advice regarding school campuses should be followed”.[1]

 

COVID19 PRECAUTIONS AND RETURN TO SCHOOL

How will the School manage suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19?

Any student who is unwell or displays symptoms potentially associated with COVID-19 must not attend School.

NSW Health recommends anyone with symptoms should be tested.

Any Student who has been tested must not attend School while waiting results and adhere to isolation/quarantine protocols.

Any student who, while at School, becomes unwell or displays symptoms potentially associated with COVID-19 must immediately inform his teacher and report to the Health Centre.

If required, Parents will be contacted by the School’s Nurse to collect their son and seek appropriate medical attention.

The School will be notified by the NSW Public Health Unit of any Student who is confirmed COVID-19 positive. Return to School will not be permitted until formal release has been received from the local public health unit or treating physician.

Will the School be maintaining its cleaning arrangements to prevent the transmission of the coronavirus

As well as the provision of soap and hand-sanitiser, there will continue to be a rigorous cleaning regime across all campuses, as per AHPPC guidelines, including:

  • clean and disinfect frequently-used high-touch surfaces such as benchtops, desks, doorknobs, taps, and hand rails at regular intervals throughout the day
  • clean and disinfect frequently used objects such as computers, photocopiers and sports equipment
  • provide bins in every classroom and empty them regularly throughout the day
  • thoroughly clean frequently touched points in bathrooms after each recess and at the end of the day

Are the boys being encouraged to practice good hygiene?

Boys will be required and reminded to practise good hygiene as directed for COVID 19. Please support the School in reminding your sons to support these practises:

  • wash hands regularly (before and after eating, using the bathroom, etc)
  • use provided hand sanitiser
  • cover coughs and sneezes with elbow or tissue
  • place tissues straight in the bin,
  • avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
  • do not share food and drink
  • do not share personal equipment or stationery
  • do not use mobile phones while at school
  • initiate non-contact greetings
  • limit physical contact in the playground

How is the School managing appropriate physical distancing requirements?

The greatest risk of transmission in the school environment is between adults. Staff and parents alike will be required to maintain physical distancing and the School has made the following changes to a number of arrangements:

Arrival and departure from school

  • Parents should not park and leave their vehicle to access the School premises or access the School via pedestrian gates for the purpose of pick-up and/or drop-off
  • Students being transported to School by private vehicle may only exit/enter the vehicle at designated drop-off and pick-up areas. Parents are not permitted to leave the vehicle
  • Students should, where possible, maintain physical distancing when arriving or departing School and waiting for transport (private and public)

How is physical distancing being managed for students?

Boys will be required and reminded to practise physical distancing. Please support the School in reminding your sons to adhere to the following practises:

  • avoid close-proximity queueing (on entering and leaving classrooms),
  • space out in classrooms as much as possible from other people
  • maintain 1.5m physical distancing from academic and support staff
  • maintain physical distancing when moving between classrooms or activities
  • limit the use of shared equipment or resources
  • limit physical contact during activities
  • submit work electronically for feedback where practicable

Is physical distancing being followed at recess and lunchtime?

Boys will be required and reminded to practise physical distancing. Please support the School in reminding your sons to adhere to the following practises:

  • maintain physical distancing and follow directional markings and signage when queueing
  • not to congregate in common areas during recess and lunch
  • bring an individual water bottle to School for use as water bottle refill stations will be open, however water fountains /bubblers will be closed

Is the cafeteria open at lunchtime?

The Cafeteria and Canteen will be open and is now cashless. Lunch orders may be placed and pre-paid according to the usual process. Purchases made during the day can be paid for in the cafeteria and canteen using either their student ID card which is linked to the family Flexischools account, or now through an EFTPOS transaction using a debit card. Cash will no longer be accepted.

When using the cafeteria, Middle and Senior students are expected to maintain physical distancing and follow directional markings and signage when queueing

For the Preparatory and Junior Schools, lunch can be pre-ordered through Flexischools. Cash payments will not be taken during this time.

Does the instruction not to share food and drink extend to sending in celebratory food to share with my son’s friends, like birthday cake and party bags?

Regretfully, yes. Distributing and sharing food, even on wonderful celebrations like birthdays, is an unnecessary risk in our current climate. Due to our protocols concerning hygiene, boys are not able to celebrate birthdays by bringing items to distribute (eg. cakes, donuts, lolly bags) for the time being. We will advise if and when this restriction is reconsidered.

How will physical distancing be managed during teaching and learning?

  • Smaller classes will be maintained, where possible
  • Avoid close-proximity queuing – enter and exit with 1.5m distancing
  • Student work to be submitted on-line for review rather than physical provision, where practical
  • Where appropriate, some lessons may be conducted outside
  • Class rooming will be reviewed to place larger classes in larger rooms

Will the School be holding large gatherings, like assemblies or chapel?

During face to face learning the School will not assemble students in groups larger than a class, except for short, year-based, operational briefings in outdoor spaces at the start of the day and on occasion as needed.

How will you be managing meetings between parents and Trinity Staff?

Parent/Teacher meetings, or any other required contact with Staff will be conducted through electronic communication or video conferencing. If it is not possible to prevent in person meetings, Parents must follow the physical distancing guidelines and NSW Public Health orders in and around the School premises.

Have any staff or students at Trinity been diagnosed with COVID-19?

Thankfully, no. If the School is notified that a member of staff or a student is diagnosed, and if they have potentially attended school whilst infectious, the School community will be notified and we would expect to be closed for one or two days to enable contact tracing and thorough cleaning.

Will students and staff be required to wear face masks to school?

No. Advice from the Commonwealth Department of Health, NSW Health, and the AHPPC is that face masks are not recommended for general use in the community or in schools. Apart from use by health care workers who are in frequent contact with sick people, face masks are of benefit to people who are sick so they don’t cough on others. Trinity’s approach is to require people who are sick not to come to school.

Will the School be checking students’ temperature?

Based on AHPPC advice to schools, good hygiene practices and environmental cleaning are more important for reducing risk. AHPPC advice is schools should not conduct wide-scale temperature checking of students as there is limited evidence to demonstrate the value of such checks. If your son is sick or has a temperature, he must not attend School.

Will staff and students be required to download the COVIDSafe app?

The strong recommendation of public health authorities and government is that people should download the COVIDSafe app. The decision whether or not to do this rests with individuals.

Why does every school seem to have a different approach to the return to face-to-face lessons?

Independent schools like Trinity have freedom to make these decisions. While we discuss our approach with other independent schools, and we consider the approach of the State and Catholic systems, we try to find the best way forward for our particular context.

Face-To-Face Learning: Week 5

What is the plan for Week 5 face to face learning in the Preparatory School?

In Week 5 all students from Pre-K to Year 6 will attend school each day.

What is the plan Week 5 face to face learning in the Junior School?

In Week 5 all students from K to Year 6 will attend school each day.

What will week 5 face-to-face-learning look like in the Middle and Senior Schools?

Years 7-12 will have face-to-face classes full-time, using the existing timetable.

Please note, the School has re-timetabled some classes to facilitate social distancing. All students will need to check their live timetable to confirm the location of their classes.

What if I am not comfortable to send my son to school for face-to-face learning because I have general concerns about COVID-19?

The School understands and has some sympathy for those concerns; we have all experienced some anxiety during this time. However, by way of reassurance, it is important to note that the public health authorities, the government, and educators all recommend that students attend school. In addition, Trinity has put into place extensive strategies to manage the risks associated with COVID-19, which are detailed on this page. The School will continue to monitor the risks in the weeks and months ahead. Given the likelihood that the coronavirus will be active in Australia for many months to come, holding a child back from school because of general concerns is not sustainable.

What if my son is absent because he is deemed high-risk or vulnerable to COVID-19?

If your son is:

  • high-risk or vulnerable to COVID-19, or
  • living in a household with someone who is vulnerable, or
  • required to self-isolate because of close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19

please make contact with the respective Head of School in the first instance, so we can work out how best to support your son using a separate, case-management approach.

As we have consistently demonstrated, the School will always go over and above to support those boys with particular needs or vulnerabilities.

What is my son is absent because he is sick (unrelated to COVID-19)?

This category of absence will be managed as it always has been; the student’s main responsibility is to recover, and he will then be supported to catch up on work missed. The usual processes for documenting and verifying student absence will take place.

Will ongoing remote learning be available?

Since students should attend school unless unable to do so (see above), the School will not support ongoing remote learning as a parental choice once face to face learning has resumed.

How will the rest of Term 2 unfold?

We all recognise that the situation is fluid and not easy to predict. The arrangements described above will commence in Weeks 4 and 5 of Term 2. We will monitor and review the situation proactively and take advice from the Government and public health advisory bodies.

Please download the School’s app as there may be customised information per year group supplied via this channel if there are changes to the situation.

Sport and Co-Curricular

When will Sport and fitness recommence?

There is optional recommencement of sport. Parents of students in Years 7-12 are directed to the email sent by the Deputy Head Master on May 19th in reference to sport training per year group. The email contained links to permission forms which parents are required to complete.

Sport training is following public health advice and our risk management processes.

The Fitness Centre will open for small groups of up to 10 students between 8:00am and 4:00pm.

The pools, Sports Centre, ovals, outdoor track and basketball courts remain closed except for optional timetabled sport training sessions and PDHPE practical classes.

How is sport being managed by Year group?

Years 11 and 12

Optional sport training will be offered to Year 12 and Year 11 students on Saturdays in Week 5 (30 May) and Week 6 (6 June). Registrations details will be provided in due course.

Year 10

There will be no sport training for students in Year 10 on Tuesdays and optional training will be offered during timetabled Sport on Thursdays in Week 5 and 6. Parents may apply for students to depart the campus at 12:40pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays to facilitate a staggered departure and social distancing. Use this permission form.

Year 9

There will be no sport training for students in Year 9 on Thursdays and optional training sessions will be offered to Year 9 students during timetabled Sport on Tuesdays in Week 5 and 6. Parents may apply for students to depart the campus at 12:40pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays to facilitate a staggered departure and social distancing. Use this permission form.

Year 8

There will be no sport training for students in Year 8 on Wednesdays and optional training sessions will be offered to Year 8 students during timetabled Sport on Fridays in Week 5 and 6. Parents may apply for students to depart the campus at 12:40pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays to facilitate a staggered departure and social distancing. Use this permission form.

Year 7

There will be no sport training for students in Year 7 on Fridays and optional training sessions will be offered to Year 7 students during timetabled Sport on Wednesdays in Week 5 and 6. Parents may apply for students to depart the campus at 12:40pm on Wednesdays and Fridays in Week 5 and 6 to facilitate a staggered departure and social distancing. Use this permission form.

Is the optional winter sport training in my son’s chosen sport or is it more general fitness training?

The training is in the student’s chosen winter sport, with training and drills modified to allow for risk mitigation: small groups (no more than ten athletes/staff), maintaining distance between participants, no contact between players, and use of non-contact drills.

Will transport be provided for students who opt not to participate in sport training? 

A limited ‘bus service to Ashfield, Sydenham, Wolli Creek and Allawah Stations will be offered for students exercising the option to depart at 12:40pm rather than remain for sport.

I prefer for my son not to participate in sport, but I do not wish him to leave early. What are my options?

Supervision will be provided for students who remain on campus until 4:00pm but opt to not participate in sport.

Has individual music tuition recommenced?

Students in Year 7-12 may recommence face to face individual music tuition by arrangement with their music tutor. No lessons may be scheduled to begin before 8:00am or conclude after 4:00pm. Music tuition will follow public health advice and the School’s risk management processes.

 

 

Transport, Traffic Management, Staggered School Times

Can I drive my son to and from the School?

Yes. If you are bringing and collecting your son please remain in your vehicle.

The Summer Hill carpark is likely to be busier than usual as more parents exercise this option. We recommend you leave home a little earlier and allow extra time.

When it comes to the roads surrounding the School at pick-up and drop-off, please be patient and observe all traffic management signs.

How is the School avoiding congestion in car parks and supporting social distancing?

The School is implementing staggered finish times to avoid congestion and support social distancing. Years will be dismissed as follows in the Junior, Middle and Senior Schools:

  • K-2 students ready for pick up from 2:45pm
  • Years 3-6 students ready for pick up from 3:00pm
  • Years 7-9 students ready for pick up from 3:30pm
  •  Years 10-12 students ready for pick up from 3:40pm

Years will be dismissed as follows in the Preparatory Schools:

  • Pre K students ready for pick up from 2:45pm
  • K-2 students ready for pick up from 3:00pm
  • Years 3-6 students ready for pick up 3:15pm

Please be patient – teachers will be on duty to have students ready when cars arrive but there will be a traffic queue.

Please be on time – if you arrive early (especially parents of boys in Years 3-6) you make it difficult for parents of younger boys and will likely be asked to leave the carpark. If you are late or join the queue just before the next pick-up ‘window’ you will likely be delayed behind the next wave of parents picking up older boys.

Please use your named windscreen visor provided by the Auxiliary. It is an enormous help for teachers in identifying readying the boys for your arrival, which speeds up the movement of the whole car line. If you need a second visor or have lost yours, replacements can be ordered by contacting www.SignSafeKids.com  (or you can simply make your own label with big, bold lettering and attach it to the passenger visor).

Please follow the carpark rules – safety trumps convenience! The traffic guidelines for carpark use are linked here.

My son usually travels to school on a Trinity bus. Will the buses be running when face to face returns in Week 5?

Buses will return to normal from Week 5.

Please refer to the Trinity Transport Document for the route details.

A limited bus service will operate for students who exercise the option to depart at 12:40pm in lieu of sport.

What hygiene measures exist on the School buses?

Telfords, the supplier of the School’s bus services, has provided the following information:

  • All vehicles in the fleet have alcohol hand sanitisers gel pump packs fitted, located in an easy to reach place upon entry
  • All vehicles are wiped down by the driver after every bus run, including entry points, dashboards, handrails,  arm rests, seating and any other points of contact

 

Uniform and Catering

Will my son need to wear School uniform when he is at the School?

In the Middle and Senior School, the normal expectations and arrangements for uniform in Term 2 will apply for both face-to-face learning and school-based supervision.

For students in the Preparatory and Junior School in Week 5 we will return to the previously established pattern of the boys wearing their sports uniform on the dedicated sport day and their full winter uniform every other day.

How do I access the uniform shop as we return to face-to-face learning?

The Uniform Shop is open, but with limited numbers in the store to encourage physical distancing.

Midford continues to encourage online orders.

If your son requires a uniform fitting, an appointment is required. To book an appointment, please call 02 9581 6048. Please be aware that the Uniform Shop does not accept cash and will only be accepting either eftpos or Credit Card purchases.

  • the uniform shop will be open Monday to Friday 8:00am – 4:00pm.
  • appointments for uniform fittings are available
  • open for the pick up of phone or online orders, or over-the-counter purchases that do not require a fitting

For online ordering visit https://www.midford.com.au/ and select Trinity Grammar School from the Online School Shops tab. If you are a first-time user of the online system, Midford has additional instructions to set up your user profile. Read them here.

I have an appointment booked, what do I do on arrival?

Please knock on the door to let the Midford customer team know you have arrived. There is currently a high volume of demand and only three people are allowed into the shop at a time; there may be a brief delay. Please wait outside in an appropriate physically-distanced manner until the shop staff invite you to enter.

Can I turn up at the uniform shop without an appointment?

If your son requires a fitting for his uniform, an appointment is required. If you do not need a fitting, e.g: need to pick up an online order, exchange a uniform item, or purchase a new size, you do not require an appointment. However, there is a high volume of demand currently, and only three people are allowed into the shop at a time. So please be prepared to queue outside in an appropriate physically-distanced manner.

(You will be queuing outside the office of the School’s friendly MarComms team. Feel free to wave!)

I can’t make an appointment in time for the return to face-to-face School, what do I do?

The School assures all parents that boys can return to School in summer uniform if they are unable to get a fitting for in time for their winter uniform.

Currently Midford and the School have to be very careful with the opening of a retail space under the current restrictions The system of appointments has been adopted so as to maintain physical distancing between individuals, adults in particular.

We have to restrict the hours of operation of the Midford Shop and School in order to allow for extra cleaning and control of individuals visiting the site.

Will the Cafeteria and Canteen be operating in Term 2?

Yes. From Term 2 and beyond, the Cafeteria and Canteen will be open and is now cashless. Lunch orders may be placed and pre-paid according to the usual process. Purchases made during the day can be paid for in the cafeteria and canteen using either their student ID card which is linked to the family Flexischools account, or now through an EFTPOS transactions using a debit card. Cash will no longer be accepted.

For the Prep and Junior Schools, lunch can be pre-ordered through Flexischools. Cash payments will not be taken during this time.

Helpful Links and Information

COVID-19 National Principles for School Education: https://www.dese.gov.au/covid-19/schools/national-principles-for-school-education

The Australian Government has a dedicated COVID-19 Health Information Line, which operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week: 1800 020 080

Information on the COVIDSafe app: https://www.health.gov.au/resources/apps-and-tools/covidsafe-app

Information on use of face masks

Commonwealth Department of Health: https://www.health.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/2020/04/coronavirus-covid-19-information-on-the-use-of-surgical-masks_0.pdf

AHPPC advice to schools 24/04/2020: https://www.health.gov.au/news/australian-health-protection-principal-committee-ahppc-advice-on-reducing-the-potential-risk-of-covid-19-transmission-in-schools-24-april-2020

 NSW Health FAQs: Do face masks protect against COVID-19? Which face masks?

https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/frequently-asked-questions.aspx#2-3

The NSW Health websites provide up to date and accurate information in both English and Mandarin.

https://www.health.gov.au/resources/collections/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-resources

NSW Health FAQs:  https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases/Pages/coronavirus.aspx

Guidance on Home Isolation: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/factsheets/Pages/hubei-contacts-and-travellers.aspx

Federal Government Guidance: https://education.govcms.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19

The World Health Organisation’s advice for the public can be found here: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

The Department of Education has advice and resources for parents and carers to support student success when learning remotely. Visit: https://education.nsw.gov.au/teaching-and-learning/curriculum/learning-from-home

Headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation, funded by the Australian Government Department of Health offers information and advice for maintaining health and wellbeing, as well as coping with stress. Visit: https://headspace.org.au/

[1] https://www.dese.gov.au/covid-19/schools/national-principles-for-school-education