COVID Lockdown Update 29 March 2021


​Lockdown update 29 March 2021

29th March 2021 
Dear WESS Families
Please find below the official letter from our department regarding the 3 day lockdown.

✓   WESS is closed for 3 days from tomorrow
✓   Only the children of essential workers or classified as “vulnerable” can attend WESS
✓   OSHC will remain open for students attending school during the 3 days
✓   Parents / carers MUST notify the school via QParents (preferably) or email if your child/ren 
will be absent
✓   Students DO NOT have to wear masks
✓   Parents / carers cannot enter the school grounds. Pick up and drop off processes – please see 
previous newsflash
✓   There will be no online learning during the 3 days
✓   The Easter Bonnet parade has been cancelled as students would like to take their bonnets home 
for Easter
✓   The Colour Run has been postponed – date to be advised
✓   Parent/ Carer – Teacher Interviews will be RESCHEDULED and be replaced with phone interviews. 
Teachers will send out communication over the next 3 days.
✓   The WESS Tuckshop will be closed for the 3 days
✓   PLEASE complete the survey sent to all families earlier this afternoon to help us approximate 
numbers for supervision (NB this is NOT an absence notification)

Many of you may now be aware of a number of locally acquired cases of COVID-19 that were confirmed 
As a result, the Premier has today announced that Greater Brisbane will be entering a 3-day 
lockdown, from 5pm tonight until 5pm Thursday 1 April for residents in the local government areas 
of Brisbane, Ipswich, Moreton, Logan and Redlands.

Our school will therefore be closed for a three-day period from Tuesday 30 March 2021.

At present the school will reopen after the Easter School holidays on Monday 19 April 2021.

During this 3-day period, the school will however remain open for vulnerable children and children 
of essential workers. We kindly ask all parents who can keep their children at home to do so.

During this time all on-site sports and extracurricular activities will also be postponed.
Our on-site Outside Schools Hours Care facilities will remain open to vulnerable children and children of essential workers.
Students on-site during this period will not be required to wear face masks.
Staff will attend on-site as normal to support those children still attending school and to further plan for their Term 2 lessons.
There is no requirement for schools to provide online learning during this 3-day lockdown. However, parents and students at home are able to access a wide range of resources via the department’s Learning@home website.
As a reminder, while the school is closed it is important that we all continue to follow state-wide recommended hygiene and physical distancing measures throughout this period and to stay within our homes as much as possible.
If you are unwell or develop any COVID-19 symptoms at all, please get tested immediately. Please continue to monitor the Queensland Health website for affected locations. If you have been to any of the listed locations you should refer to the online self-assessment, get tested, isolate immediately. and contact 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) if you have any questions.
I will continue to provide any further updates as appropriate.
I would also encourage you to continue to refer to general information as provided on the Queensland Health website. It is important that we all continue to focus on our own wellbeing and mental health and there are some great resources and information tools available on this website.
For assistance in languages other than English, please refer to the National Translating and Interpreting Service, and the Translated Australian COVID-19 information and resources.
I thank all parents/carers for your support as we embark on this temporary closure.
I look forward to bringing our whole school community back together again and resuming our normal school operations in Term 2.

Take care everyone !!

Kim McNamara (Principal)

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