Dear MNBSHS parents and caregivers,
Thank you for your ongoing support as we work together to respond to the evolving COVID-19 situation.
As announced by the Premier on Sunday 9 January, the start of the 2022 school year in Queensland will move from 24 January to 7 February to avoid opening schools during the predicted peak of the Omicron wave and allow more time for children to receive their COVID-19 vaccinations.
However, our school will remain open for children of essential workers and vulnerable children during this period.
The definition of an essential worker as defined by Queensland Government is as follows:-
If you intend to send your child to school during this period, they will be supervised only and there will be no face-to-face learning. If you need to send your child to school you must ensure your child is well and not displaying any signs of illness. Further to this, students need to maintain a level of behaviour reflective of usual school expectations – parents/caregivers will be called to collect their child otherwise.
We are asking parents who are essential workers to register their students for supervision using the following survey link by no later than 3 pm Wednesday 19th January. Essential Worker Survey link - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/L55DWNW. In this way, we can organise the appropriate skeleton staff for supervision and consider Canteen availability.
From Jan 24 – Feb 7, we are reducing the number of staff on our school site to minimise COVID transmission and further protect the health and safety of our school community. School staff will supervise any students who attend school. As indicated above, we will not be providing teaching activities during this time, nor are you expected to supervise remote learning for students who remain at home.
However, if you would like to support your child's learning during this time you can access the Department of Education's learning@home website. This site contains a range of student learning material and links to other high-quality education websites.
Please note that from Monday 31 January, Year 11 and 12 students will undertake remote learning for one week until the revised formal start of the school year for face-to-face learning on 7 February. This will occur via the Teams Application students have used previously. Further information to assist students in ensuring all students are up to speed on the use of Teams and can log onto Teams will occur during the week of Jan 24 – Jan 28 (ready for lessons from Jan 31st).
If your Year 11 and 12 child (only at this stage) does not a have laptop for use from Jan 31, please send an email IT@macknorthbeachesshs.eq.edu.au clearly indicating:-
- Laptop Needs in the subject line
- Your child's name and Year 11 or 12
In this way, the IT staff are able to start preparing a laptop for your child's use during Week 2 (Senior Learning). Be looking out for further details around collection during my next main communication later next week.
Masks – the Queensland Government has mandated the wearing of masks in schools by staff and students. Students are able to wear a mask from home, use a disposable mask or purchase one of the (new) triple layered, medically approved, masks from school. These will be available for purchase using the Parent order form via the link https://form.jotform.com/Mackay_Northern/student-mask-orderform. A collection process will be communicated shortly.
Other operational updates:-
Student OneSchool Access - I have had some enquiries indicating student OneSchool access is not working because of inactivity. If this is the case, please note the change to the email address that problems need to be sent to. Inability to log on should be reported to IT@macknorthbeachesshs.eq.edu.au not ITHelp@macknorthbeachesshs.eq.edu.au. In the email, indicate clearly:
- OneSchool Access Issues in the subject line
- The student's name and 2022 year level
A password reset will be organised from Jan 17th, when the IT staff are back on site.
Payments/Fees: There will be no payments or fees required in the first two weeks of the school year. Invoices for student fees will be raised for 2022 after week 3 which can be paid remotely.
Enrolments: If you are aware of anyone looking to enrol at our school, could I ask that you pass on the following information to them. Our Enrolments Officer, Mrs Tamara Hutchinson, will process all enrolments in online format only. Ensure all documentation is attached, accurate and up to date. Tamara will contact parents to organize interviews via phone with a DP or Sector HOD.
Uniform Shop: The Uniform Shop will be open as previously advertised and adhering to strict, socially-recognised COVID-safe practices. Please cooperate as directed. Opening hours are attached to my email.
Entering School Grounds
To manage and accurately monitor the movement of our school community from Jan 17, all visitors to the school, staff and students must enter via the main front gate.
Check-in procedure – all visitors to the school will be supported at the gate to answer any queries. Preference is to utilise the FAQ (https://qed.qld.gov.au/covid19/frequently-asked-questions) and calling the office, before visiting (4842 1333).
I also encourage you to stay informed of the latest developments relating to COVID-19 by regularly visiting the Queensland Government website. https://education.qld.gov.au/
In closing, thank you for your understanding as we continue to work together during this difficult and unprecedented time. The Department of Education will continue to keep all principals up-to-date with any further changes to schooling over the coming weeks and I will continue to provide parents with this information as it becomes available.
Whilst COVID-19 continues to throw us curved balls, I know that as a community we have well-weathered the COVID storm of the past two years and this year will be no different. Our staff will work tirelessly to ensure we can continue to provide the best care and education for our most precious resource – our students, your children.
Thank you once again for the wonderful ways in which you continue to cooperate with, and support our school during these disrupted times which we are currently experiencing. We've done this before, and we are about to do it all again!
Keep smiling and stay safe everyone!
Sian Burrows | Principal | Mackay Northern Beaches SHS | Striving for Excellence
Mackay Northern Beaches SHS acknowledges and pays its respects to the traditional custodians of the lands and sea. We pay our respects to all Elders, past present and emerging.