Once again, thank you for your patience as we work through changes brought about by COVID-19. As you know, at the end of Term 1, 2020, Joseph Banks Secondary College was well placed to move into an online learning environment for the majority of students. Since the onset of the safety measures announced by National and State Governments we have attempted to be agile and flexible in our responses and planning.
During the holidays, the Premier announced the plan for Term 2 for Western Australian Government schools. The plan is included in the links below. Importantly, the Premier announced that schools are open for all parents and carers who choose to send their children from Wednesday 29 April, 2020. Year 11 and 12 students are strongly encouraged to attend school. He also indicated that students who attend school will be taught a face to face program.
The details included in the plan have meant that Joseph Banks Secondary College planning has been adjusted to meet the outlined requirements. These are unprecedented times and therefore, we will need to do some things differently to maintain learning and to keep your children and our staff safe.
Our Term 2, 2020 Revised Learning Plan is included in the links below. There are some key changes in our plan. The most important change is that we expect that most students will attend school and be taught in a face to face environment. For those students whose families choose for them to learn at home, online resources through SEQTA will be available. In this scenario parents will be responsible for supervising their child’s learning.
The Western Australian Government Plan for Term 2 also outlines key safety, hygiene and health measures that need to be maintained at least for the first three weeks of term. Many of these were established in Term 1. However, the following will be implemented from Wednesday 29 April:
- Staggered break and finish times will be implemented for the first 2 ½ weeks of term. This may be subject to change. Students who are unable to leave school at the scheduled time will be supervised.
- To enable staggered break and finish times, student timetables will be modified. Please see details included in the link above.
- Increased environmental cleaning throughout the day, including high touch surfaces. We have employed additional cleaning staff to undertake this.
- Students will be encouraged to wash hands regularly, and hand sanitiser will be provided in all classrooms and offices.
- Parents and visitors will not be permitted to enter the College grounds.
- Xenia Café will be open for take-away orders only.
- Physical distancing will be encouraged and applied where practicable.
- Your child will be encouraged to bring their own drink bottles as health advice is that students should not be sharing drink fountains.
Please note that bus services may not be in full operation yet. A public holiday timetable for buses will be in place during the week 29 April to 1 May. Services have not been published for the week beginning 4 May. Parents may wish to contact Transperth for details.
We are excited to be welcoming students back to school and look forward to seeing them here on Wednesday 29 April. If you are choosing to keep your child at home, they will be able to access learning resources via SEQTA. During the time that your child is learning from home, staff will make contact, at least once per week, to monitor their progress.
I am aware that the National Cabinet is meeting today and there will be a focus on the plan for Education for the rest of the year. Following this meeting, information about Year 11 and 12 exams, especially ATAR exams is likely to be published. I will keep you updated as soon as I have clarity about Western Australian requirements.
Please enjoy the remaining days of the break. Stay safe and well.