Message from Principal 17 August 2021

Dear CMS Community,

As we plan for Remote Learning next week, we remain conscious of the requirement for children of essential workers to be supervised on campus.

The ACT Government’s explicit instruction is that all who can work and learn from home must do so. This means that there is very limited supervision capacity on campus and only for children who cannot be cared for safely under supervision at home, where no parent or adult family member is able to work from home.

For children of essential workers, on-campus schooling is available from 8.30am – 3.00pm (children will have access to the same materials being shared by Directors through the Google Classroom). After that, from 3pm to 5pm each day, we are offering our usual Gumnut after-school care. We are not offering Breakfast Club before-school care.

So that we can ensure appropriate supervision of children required to be physically in school, can you please email me at rael.matthews@cms.act.edu.au by COB Thursday of this week, confirming which of your child/ren will require supervision at school.

If you require your child to be on campus after the school finishing time of 3.00pm, please also confirm your Gumnut booking by sending an email to gumnut@cms.act.edu.au  Normal fees will apply for Gumnut attendance. Just as a point of information, any permanent, ongoing, After School Care bookings will be suspended until 2 September or as advised.

For Snowgum children, care is available from 8.30am to 5.00pm. If you require your child to be supervised on campus, again, please let me know at rael.matthews@cms.act.edu.au by COB Thursday of this week, confirming which days you require your child/ren to be at school. Normal fees will apply for Snowgum attendance. The gap fee will be waived if your child does not attend.

Important information for families with children physically at school over the next few days/weeks

  • Critically important – if anyone in your household is in quarantine as a close, casual, or secondary contact, your child cannot attend on-campus schooling.
  • Everyone aged 12 or over must wear a mask at all times
  • Everyone coming on to the school campus must use the CBR Check In App when arriving at school
  • You must adhere to hygiene and physical distancing measures still in place (hand sanitiser is available at every entrance)
  • You must drop/collect and leave immediately, minimising the number of people on campus at any one time
  • All children are to bring their own packed food with them. Please pack enough food for the full day
  • All children must bring a water bottle with them. We will not be using/sharing cups and glasses.
  • There won’t be any shared food for children or staff

Just to reiterate, we’re operating a ‘100% well’ policy; Children with ANY symptoms of cold, flu or other illness must stay home until well, and any children that display symptoms during the school day will be required to be collected asap, and will need to stay home until well.

We have increased our daily hygiene and environmental cleaning, and I appreciate everyone adhering to these guidelines so that we all have the best chance of getting through this period safely.

Finally, given the growing list of exposure locations across the ACT, it is most likely inevitable that members of our community will be considered close, casual or secondary contacts. In all such cases that require action from the School or from sections of the School community, we will work closely with ACT Health, follow directions and advise those relevant. Of course, it is also foreseeable that there may be a case of COVID directly within the school community at some point, as we have seen for some schools already. If this is the case, again, we will work closely with ACT Health and communicate as swiftly as possible with you all with guidance and advice.

As always, any questions, reach out. Take care, stay safe, and be mindful of staying well.

Kindest regards,

Rael

Rael Matthews
Principal CMS