GISS Return to School in Term 4
Created on October 7, 2021
What you need you to know about on campus learning in term 4.
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Returning to class interm 4 at GISS
We are happy to welcome you back on our beautiful school grounds, where we have been preparing for a safe and fun learning environment.Our Covid guidelines have been developed based on advice from the Department of Education, Department of Health and the Association of Independent Schools.
Hallo from all of us at GISS
What you need to know
10.Cleaning & Hygiene
4.Separation for stages
5. Activities during term 4
8.Off-campus hybrid learning
1. Key dates
9.Returning to the best place to learn
2.Masks & Vaccinations
11.When in sick bay
6.Pick-up & Drop-off
October 18,Monday - Primary (K-4) will resume on campus
October 25,Monday - Secondary (5-12) will resume on campus
November 10,Wednesday -IB exams finish, masks no longer mandatory for Primary
It's great to have you back primary school!
All the best to our Year 12 students sitting their final IB exams, which starts today!
Congratulations Year 12 on finishing your IB exams
Masks & Vaccinations
All staff will be wearing masks while on campus
Primary and secondary students are required to wear a mask indoors unless they have a medical exemption
Certain exceptions apply as per Department of Education (DoE) guidance.All staff, contractors and volunteers will be vaccinated in line with the current Public Health order and to fulfil the school's obligation under WHS law.
Primary students (K-4) mandatory mask-wearing will expire after November 10, the last day of the Year 12 IB final exams.Mandatory mask wearing for all staff on campusMandatory mask wearing for students on the school bus and indoors (excluding preschool students and those with medical exemptions).Mask-wearing outdoors is strongly recommended for students (commencing 25 October). A strong plea to parents to have all children vaccinated as soon as they become eligible and the vaccines become available (for 12-year-olds and up, this is the case now).
NSW Health has asked AISNSW to disseminate the following information to schools:NSW Health strongly urges all students aged 12-15 years to receive two doses of either Pfizer of Moderna COVID-19 vaccines as soon as possible before returning to school.
Student vaccinations continuedThere is currently a sufficient supply of the Moderna vaccine to community pharmacies and thePfizer vaccine to General Practitioners.Bookings can be made via theVaccine Clinic Finder.Depending on location, bookings are available within the next few days.COVID-19 vaccination is the best protection against severe illness and also reduces the risk ofspreading COVID-19 to others.Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 now will help to protect both you, your family and yourschool community.For students and families who have questions or concerns related to getting vaccinated, referto NSW Health'sKnow the facts COVID-19 vaccinefact sheet.
To reduce student contact and interaction on campus.Primary and secondary campus will be separated in stages.GISS Kiosk will resume 'normal' takeaway operation for staff and secondary school students (except students taking IB exams).Primary school and preschool will remain pre-order only and may not go to the kiosk.
Separation for stages
Stages for separation with designated break areas and times will occur in the following groups -Primary schoolRecessMorning tea in the classroom (at 10.05 am)Recess starts at 10.15 am:K-2: Sports Field + AreaY3-4: Campus 1 Lunch breakK-2: Campus 1 + Playground (at 12.05 – 12.55 pm)Y3+4: Campus 1+Play ground (at 12.55 – 13.40 pm)Junior secondary schoolRecessY5+6: Campus 3 (front of E. Selbert H./front of the library)Y7+8: Campus 2 (Section A)Y9+10: Campus 2 (Section B or in front of their classrooms)Lunch breakY5+6: Sports field + green area (at 12.05 – 12.55pm)Y7+8: Sports field + green area/next to the library (at 12.55 – 13.40 pm)Y9+10: Campus 2 (Section B or in front of their classrooms at 12.55 – 13.40 pm)Senior secondary schoolRecessYr12 Church LawnYr11 Courtyard outside of Art, or top floor IBLunch breakYr12 Church LawnYr11 top floor IB, the courtyard behind art room, the garden behind IBSC/near the art room.
How to easily pre-order food from our GISS kiosk:1. Download the 'Flexischools' app (Apple devices link/ Android devices link)2. Register3. Food order options for you to choose from will automatically be available on your account once activated.
Activities permitted with special COVID precautions
Library activities are permitted in-line with Infection Control practices in place.Singing, band and choir are only permitted in stages.
Activities that are not permitted or on hold
Interschool activities and eventsAssembliesSchool performancesExcursions, camps and field trips
We will use outside spaces or in indoor areas with plenty of cross ventilation and with students able to spread out at least 1.5 m in each direction
Multiple groups may not mingle in the library. Only permitted individual groups in an assigned stage.
We hope that many on and off campus activities can still resume during term 4. This includes sports, excursions and some end of year events.
We hope that excursions and field trips will be permitted to resume during term 4.
Pick-up & Drop-off
Preschool drop-off and pick-up procedures will remain as isParents may pick-up their primary school children between 3pm and 3.15pm at the Kiss & Drop Zone.Junior secondary students will remain in class with their teachers until 3.15pmSenior secondary students will self-checkout via the app
There are 9 stopping bays@ the Kiss & Drop Zone
Parents may pick-up their child by foot from the Kiss & Drop Zone
GISS Kiss & Drop Zone Map & RulesGISS Gate A for PreschoolGISS Gate D for all other students
Parent waiting areas will be clearly marked at the main entrance to campus.
Parents with children in primary and secondary school should pick them up after 3:15PM. Staff will supervise primary students until they are picked up with their older siblings.
Sorry, only students and staff are allowed on campus during school hours.Parents picking up their children on foot should enter through the school’s main entrance and use the designated waiting area on the lawn above the Preschool.You must sign in with the NSW QR code, wear a mask while on school grounds and follow social distancing guidelines.For essential meetings on campus, please call to book an appointment.
No one who is unwell is permitted on campusAdults who are not double vaccinated are not permitted on campusWe will need to see your vaccination certificate if you are entering campus
Our school campus is open only to staff and students during school hours. Visitors must have a prior appointment before entering campus!
Teachers will work to include students through hybrid teaching options but we encourage families to send children back to campus.
Off-campus hybrid learning
Please discuss the off-campus learning options with your class teacher and inform them by October 13 if you plan on keeping your child/children at home.
And our school on Myoora Road is the best place for teaching, learning and social interaction.
We're all excited to see you here!
Cleaning & Hygiene
2x daily cleaning of high touch surfaces, including playground equipment
Classroom & staffroom ventilation protocols will be adhered to in all classrooms
HEPA filtration installed in all classrooms, library & staffrooms
If students present to sick bay with cold/flu like symptoms, staff will take their temperature and call their parents/carers to collect their child from school.Students cannot return to school unless they have provided the school with a negative COVID test.
When in sick bay
Thanks & see you soon!