In an announcement this morning, Premier Peter Guttwein has asked parents and carers to keep students at home if they can from this Monday, 30th March.
Blackmans Bay Primary School will continue to cater for children of essential workers and those students who are not supported to learn from home.
Please continue the learning your child/children have been doing. We are developing more substantial learning from home programs in the event of partial or full school closures in Term 2.
Please advise the school office if you have not already done so, via email or the school website/app ‘Report an absence’ if your child/children are not attending.
Thank you for your ongoing understanding.
Easter chocolate fundraiser
A super big thank you to all the families that have sold boxes of Easter chocolates. Every dollar raised is mega significant in these challenging times, your support is appreciated.
With the announcement of school holidays starting next Friday 3rd April - we are keen to collect all money raised ASAP please.
We will draw the 12 prizes on Wednesday 1st April, to send home with their lucky winners. Every box of chocolates sold is one entry into the draw, with money returned.
Electronic Transfer will be easiest but cash also welcome to the school office. Remember to email us if you do an EFT - BBPS.email@example.com
Watch for the video draw on FB for the winners. Good luck.
Self assessment for risk of coronvirus
Please find attached a handy flow chart for self assessment for risk of coronavirus
Information for families re student levies 2020
Please find attached information about student levies for 2020.
COVID 19 latest Update
Please see attached the latest update on COVID-19 which we have just received this afternoon.
Please see attached a letter which went home today with students participating in the Combined Schools Woodwind program.
Thanking you again for your patience and support.
COVID 19 Update Students last day of term 1
Our latest update this mornig is that students last day for term 1 will be Friday 3rd April.
Teachers will be working in the following week participating in 4 professional learning days.
We are expecting more information later today and will update you as soon possible.
COVID-19 latest update from the Tasmanian Department of Education
Please find attached the latest update from the Tasmanian Education Department re: COVID-19 which was emailed last night.
Information for families to support learning at home is available on the Learning at Home page on the public Department of Education website, this will continue to be added to over time. These include everyday activities based around the home, as well as ways to support learning and wellbeing of learners
COVID 19 Update
As you are well aware the situation regarding COVID 19 is changing daily. We apologise for sending you repeated updates but we feel that the following should be addressed and could you please implement as of tomorrow.
Pick Up and Drop Off
We strongly encourage you to drop your child/children off at school gate in the morning, except for younger students or students with additional needs who may need to be walked to class. If you do need to come into the school with your child, we ask that ALL parents drop their child at the classroom door and not enter rooms. The only exception is Kinder, where parents may have to enter briefly to settle their child. Obviously this is an attempt to further stop the spread of the Coronavirus.
If you need to have a conversation with a teacher this should be very brief and occur outside the room.
We apologise for any inconvience this may cause.
Please remember that if you child is sick, they are to stay at home.
From tomorrow (Tuesday), students will have access to a grey lead in their room but parents can send along a pencil case with coloured pencils, glue stick, scissors etc. for individual student use.
Thank you again for your support it has been amazing.
Launch into Learning Program - Cancelled
Due to the Corona Virus we advise that the Launch into Learning Programs which are currently held on Monday and Wednesday, will be cancelled until further notice.
Updated Information for families Re; Corona Virus
We would like to update families in regards to the Corona Virus. We know everyone is in a difficult and stressful situation. Information is changing rapidly which adds to people’s distress. The following outlines our situation at the moment;
As a precautionary measure to reduce exposure the following social distancing measures have been adopted:
- School Canteen – LUNCH ORDERS ONLY. NO counter sales at recess or lunch. Our canteen Manager is taking extra measures with regards to hygiene in the canteen.
- School student banking is cancelled until term 2
- Grade 6 Band Rehearsals - cancelled on the 2nd April and 7th May
- Launching into Learning Wednesday morning music session is cancelled until further notice
- Men’s Shed cancelled until further notice
- School Term 1 Disco cancelled
Supporting Good Hygiene Practices
- Teachers are conscious of hygiene and are constantly reminding children about the protocols of handwashing and appropriate coughing and sneezing regimes.
- Toilets are constantly monitored for soap and soap dispensers. We take this opportunity if families can remind their child/children to use these products appropriately.
- School cleaners have been asked to wipe down door handles regularly.
- Students are being reminded to wash their hands before and after using technology devices
Students Staying At Home
We have had a few enquiries from parents and staff about online learning for students remaining at home. We fully support your decisions with regards to this, however due to the fact that the school is not closed and teachers are still preparing for their classes we are not in a position to provide substantial work packages. Teachers can however send home Mathletics and Reading Eggs logins to help support student learning. The DoE curriculum services are at the moment working on an online website that will be able to deliver online learning if the schools are eventually closed. Teachers will meet this afternoon to prepare a flyer for each class with regards to supporting students.
If your child is remaining at home please let the school office know in writing via the ‘report an absence’ on the school website/App, or email the school. We are still experiencing phone line issues so please be patient, this is a state wide issue. Parents are not expected to provide medical certificates as this could ultimately end up clogging up the health care system. Parents will also not be penalised with absence letters.
Please remember that the Department of Education’s Facebook page and website alerts page have useful information for parents and carers: https://www.education.tas.gov.au/about-us/alerts/
The Tasmanian Department of Health also has detailed information, including a phone hotline number, fact sheets and FAQs:
Blackmans Bay Primary School Team