I was very encouraged to see so many parents at our recent annual parent engagement evenings. Our focus area for 2020 is 'successful learning: how can data help?' I trust that the plenary sessions helped parents to appreciate that our teachers take information about our students seriously and invest time making adjustments to their teaching practice to cater to student need. Where the data reveals a possible weakness, we are keen to acknowledge this weakness and take specific steps to address it.
Our executive team will reference reliable, authoritative information to make wise, practical decisions to achieve this objective. We are also working on contingency plans should the risks increase.
Based on recent advice, our teachers have been briefed on ways to help all students exercise good personal hygiene practices. Teachers will seek to do this in a way that is supportive and does not cause undue alarm or distress to any student. I would appreciate parents selling the same message at home that we are trying to convey to students at school:
- cough into your elbow rather than your hands
- use tissues if you have a runny nose
- wash your hands before eating, when your hands are dirty or when you have accidentally coughed into your hands
It is currently difficult to buy substantial quantities of tissues; however, the school will try to supply tissues to classrooms as best we can. Parents are encouraged to send tissues to school with their children. Teachers will remind students to dispose of tissues appropriately. The school staff are very conscious of the importance of keeping surfaces clean and other fundamental hygiene practices.
Please pray that COVID19 will be controlled and that those who contract it will recover. Please also pray that the economic impact of the virus will be minimised and that the Lord will be with those whose livelihoods have already been adversely affected.
For those who are worried about, and those who have been impacted by, the coronavirus I trust that the Lord will be with you.
Do not worry about anything, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6
But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, who is confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries on a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit Jeremiah. 17: 7,8
Mr Brett Hartley