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Key messages for students

Burnside High School —

We know that we have amazing students here that will be respectful of the guidelines. It is really important that we keep everyone safe and healthy.

It has been a very different time for all of us and we appreciate that getting back to a 'safer normal' will take some time. Please take your time to read through the following guidelines and talk to your family about how you will approach your start back to school.

The key messages for us to maintain a safe environment for everyone are:

  • Stay home if you are sick

  • You must walk onto the school site. We cannot have parents or caregivers dropping off students on the school site. This is for contact tracing reasons. Please think about how you will get to school. Drop offs should be away from the main entrance and you can walk in. Drop off points can be: Memorial Avenue - pedestrian gate will be open. Greers Road along Jellie park area or before the skate park. Guildford Street gate will be open. Grahams Road walkway. Please be aware that buses may have reduced capacity, check with the operators.

  • Don't greet each other by touching or hugging. There should be daylight between you and other people. You should be far enough away from each other so that you are not breathing on or touching each other.

  • You should wash your hands or use hand sanitiser at the start of each lesson. There will be hand sanitiser in class but we are asking that you bring your own if possible.

  • Observe good hygiene practices - Cough or sneeze into your elbow and avoid touching your face.

  • You are responsible for your own personal contact tracing. In class we have attendance registers so know who is in each class. During breaks and lunch you should keep a note of who you were in close contact with. Close contact is defined as within 2 metres for 15 minutes or longer. This does not mean that you need to record who is in front of you on the stairway when moving around as it will be less than 15 minutes . You will also need to keep a record of how you get to and from school, particularly if you travel by bus. The key things to note are:

  • Where you were
  • When you were with them
  • Who you were with
  • The school day is as normal except that there will be no bells to signal lesson change. This means that classes will be released from rooms at varying times to reduce congestion. There will be a bell to signal the start of period 3 and a bell to signal the start of Period 5.
  • Please bring all equipment and charged devices with you. No sharing of devices or phones. You will need to bring all food and water bottles filled. There is no canteen and no water fountains. There is no hot water for noodles. We would like you to stay away from congregating in locker areas.

  • Keep left - in the flow around the school keep to the left hand side and keep a distance from the person in front of you. Take your time. Teachers will know that the flow of students to class will be slower.

  • PPE - there is no requirement to wear gloves or masks. If you do feel more comfortable wearing them, then please do so. Please respect other people's rights to do this.

  • Uniform - summer or winter for the next two weeks

  • PE - If you have PE period 1 or 2 you can arrive at school in your PE gear during Level 2.

  • Be kind to each other. Different people react in different ways. Some of you may be anxious. If we all stick to the rules people will feel good about being at school. Schools are safe places to be.

  • Student office - only one student at a time. Spacing and sanitiser on entry, payment is by card.

  • Year 11 students are to study at home on Wednesday period 1 unless attending a tutorial

  • Library - for the first week the library will not be open at the start of the day. It will be open at the end of the day with sign-in requirements.