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Staged Return to Face-to-Face Learning

Friday, 15 Oct 2021

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Congratulations, you’ve done it! The time has come and finally, it is my absolute pleasure to be able to welcome some of you back on Monday 18 October and everyone else the following week, 25 October.

The staged return will be as follows:

Stage 1: 18 October 2021

Beginners, Kindergarten, Year 1, Year 11, and Year 12 by appointment with their Yr 12 teachers.

Stage 2: 25 October 2021

All other year groups.

As mentioned previously, our return is supported by a COVID-19 Safe Plan.

Please be assured that the College has conducted rigorous risk assessment and management processes to reduce the risk of a COVID-19 outbreak at the College. These strategies include the Department of Education’s Health endorsed guidelines, and other strategies including:

  • Physical distancing and separation of cohorts where possible
  • Mask wearing (I understand that further discussions are underway on the wearing of masks in schools and as soon as this is clarified, you will be notified)
  • The adequate provision of hand sanitiser and soap
  • Enhanced cleaning schedules
  • Ventilation
  • Ensuring that staff and students do not attend the school with symptoms of COVID-19

This revised return to school schedule does not impact on the requirement for all school staff to be double vaccinated by 8 November 2021 as required by the Public Health Order. From 18 October, the overwhelming majority of all staff will have at least one level of vaccination. Please contact us if you have a concern about this or would like further information.

Please see below specific details for both the Primary and Secondary Schools.

PRIMARY RETURN TO SCHOOL SCHEDULE

Stage 1: Monday 18 October – Beginners, Kindergarten and Year 1

Stage 2: Monday 25 October – All other year groups

Primary Aged Children and Masks

The wearing of face masks for Primary aged students is not a requirement, rather a recommendation. Further information may follow pending NSW Health Advice.

Primary School Morning Drop-Off

8:20am onwards, Kiss ‘n Drop Zone. Parents to remain in cars where practicable; physical distancing and adult wearing of masks required.

Primary afternoon Pick-Up

2:30pm, Kiss ‘n Drop Zone. Parents to remain in cars where practicable; physical distancing and adult wearing of masks required.

SECONDARY RETURN TO SCHOOL SCHEDULE

Stage 1: Monday 18 October – Year 11 to full timetable (Wk B) and Year 12 by appointment with their teachers

Stage 2: Monday 25 October – All other year groups

Year 12 students will continue to be prioritised as they prepare to complete their final year of schooling, undertake focused study sessions, and transition to further education, training and work.

While at school, appropriate face masks are required indoors for all students in Year 7 and above. Students and staff travelling to and from school by public transport must follow NSW Health Advice, including mask wearing.

It has been a pleasure to partner with you particularly during this time of remote learning and I thank you for all you have done to support learning. Your unwavering support at this time is greatly appreciated.

“But we will trust in the name of the Lord our God.” Psalm 20:7

Regards,

____________________________

Sharon Sopher
Principal

Belmont Christian College

Phone: (02) 49228300
Email: college@bcc.nsw.edu.au
Web: www.bcc.nsw.edu.au
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Street: 65 John Fisher Road, Belmont NSW 2280
Post: PO Box 492, Belmont NSW 2280