As you are no doubt aware Dianella SC ESC is open for students as of Wednesday 29 April.
I have condensed some of the available literature for you.
What is the current DoE position on students with special educational needs (SEN) attending schools? The WA Chief Health Officer letter which was sent to all school staff states:
What Can I do as a Parent?
What we are doing:
Kiss and Drive Instructions:
Quality parenting is always hard work - in these uncertain times it's even harder. I thank you for your continued patience and devotion to your children who are all missed by our staff.
At school we have been focused on curriculum continuity and trying to make teaching & learning packages which meet each students' needs and interests. As we move towards Term 2, staff will continue to work in their class teams to ensure your child has meaningful work to complete. Let me reassure you that we do not expect students to complete these packages before Term 2 begins and that students are expected to take the holidays as a break from formal studies.
If you run out of work or feel we need to make some adjustments to the work provided, please do not hesitate to contact your class teacher direct via email, Seesaw or when you are scheduled to chat.
Staff will sort out how best to contact you over the next few days to confirm that you are able to access the packages and to check in on their students. Please keep checking the school website and emails/seesaw for latest updates from your child's teachers.
Staff are now on an IT learning journey and will be practicing WEBEX this week to test our capacity to use this tool effectively. We will let you know as soon as possible if this is the best IT platform for your child.
At present it is unclear as to what the future holds for this wonderful school, state and country. Be assured that a soon as I have clear directives regarding how the school will function next term I will let you know. At this stage I am preparing for a continuation of our current closure for at least the first 2 weeks of Term 2. I will use the school Webpage, Facebook and teacher communication types to keep you informed.
Whilst I have been ensuring that staff are kept busy with meaningful tasks I have also preparing some staff and student health and well-being activities. Please be assured that these activities do not impinge on our first duty to deliver quality curriculum to each student. Rather activities like a school song, crazy hair, gratitude e vents, and slippers day are intended to reassure our students that we are okay and waiting for their return. I believe that joining you in projecting a positive attitude to our students will contribute positively to their health and well-being.
I wish you all a safe Easter Break and hope that you are able to witness many positive human behaviours in your community during this challenging period.
I cannot express enough on behalf of my staff our continued appreciation of your support during these challenging and changing times. We remain committed to ensuring that Curriculum continues but are very mindful that this is not always easy in your home settings for many reasons. We are here to help as best we can. Your student’s teacher will be in contact at some stage soon to identify a suitable time for them to make contact with you. Please be understanding of the following:
I hope this has been helpful for you. We are here to support your children. Please contact us if you need more work or unclear as to our current role.
Dianella SC ESC
Developmental Disability WA:
As you are aware, families are now encouraged to keep their children at home if they have the capacity to do so.
Education support settings are unique environments, that present a more complex environment for our students and staff in regard to the current pandemic threat.
Students who require close proximity with staff and those who have a cognitive or communication impairment that makes it more difficult for students to regulate their behavior are at greater risk of acquiring and/or transmitting the virus. This includes students who require toileting, feeding, dressing and manual handling and those who are unable to regulate social distancing and behavior.
The Department of Education has been in close consultation with the Chief Health Officer throughout. Given the spread of COVID-19, and the vulnerability of our education support students, the decision has been made that our education support students should remain at home.
We recognise that every student has a unique situation and we will be working with families on the individual case management of your child with a view to safely supporting our students at home. Please contact us if you require our help in supporting your student at home.
We know our school is different to most schools, and our students have different educational needs. This undoubtedly will be one of the biggest challenges we face. Your child's education will continue, but it will look different. No matter what the situation, we will be staying connected with all our students.
I understand this is unsettling news but I want to assure you that the safety of all students and staff is our number one priority.
One of the best aspects of our school is our ability to look after one another. I am here for every one of you and your children, as are all the staff. These are unprecedented times and I know we will pull together and get through this.
Dianella SC ESC
Information packs to help facilitate discussions surrounding the Novel Coronavirus (Covid19) are below.
Parents of children are asked NOT to send their children to school if the child has returned from mainland China or Hong Kong within 14 days. Even if they don’t have symptoms, it is advised that they do not attend school or childcare. Although the risk to children is very low, this is a precautionary approach to ensure the safest possible environment for children. Children do not require a medical certificate or clearance, but are asked to remain at home until 14 days after leaving mainland China or Hong Kong. More Information can be found in the download below.