Dear Parents, Students and community members of Springfield Lakes State School,
Firstly, I want to pass on my very best of wishes for 2022, needless to say that recent announcements mean the year is not starting the way any of us wished. Thankfully, the school was advised to begin preparations for 'alternate' learning arrangements to commence the new year last December. Our scheduled Staff Professional Development Days will proceed next Wednesday, and we will have ample opportunity to prepare for the commencement of learning on 7 February.
Please consider the following details communicated to Principals from our Director-General, Michael De-Ath:
Changes to the school year
The formal start of the academic school year for kindergarten to year 10 will be delayed by two weeks, from 24 January to 7 February, for all schools, sessional kindergartens and kindergartens on school sites.
Will schools be open?
Yes. From 24 January to 7 February schools will open for vulnerable children and children of essential workers. While we will endeavour to keep schools open, this will depend of the capacity of our workforce due to illness and/or isolation from COVID-19.
Essential workers are those who must continue to attend their workplace. This includes early childhood and school staff. Schools will provide supervision for children of these workers if they attend school during this period.
Will school staff be attending school?
Throughout the student free days on 19-21 January and until 7 February, there will be reduced staff on school sites.
Principals will work with staff to make local decisions on ways to reduce the numbers of school staff on site. As always, these decisions take into consideration the health, safety and wellbeing of staff, students and the school community.
The department's dedicated learning at home website will be available for parents if they wish to access these resources. It can be found at https://education.qld.gov.au/curriculum/learning-at-home and provides parent versions of curriculum resources as well as many other learning resources.
It is important to understand that structured teaching and formal lessons will not take place during the period 24 January to February 7, nor is it expected that children will use the learning from home resources during the two weeks unless you wish them to do so. Skeleton staff will provide supervision and education-based activities for the children of essential workers who chose to attend. Further details will be provided regarding locations for supervised activities.
In an attempt to reduce numbers on site during the coming weeks, the process of dropping off book packs will be delayed until further notice.
We look forward to commencing full instruction from the 7th of February.
Yours in education,