Posted 27/01/2022

Dear Parents and Carers

We are thrilled to welcome all students back to Clyde Fenton Primary School.

A special welcome to our new students and families who join the Clyde Fenton family in 2022.

Keeping our kids and educators safe as we manage with COVID-19 in the NT is our highest priority.

In line with the Northern Territory’s return to school plan, we have preventative measures in place to keep our learning environments as safe as possible for students, families and our staff.

I want to reassure families that we will support you and your child/ren to access ongoing education in 2022. Face to face learning remains the most effective and preferred option to support your child/ren to be their best.

We acknowledge that you may be nervous about sending your child/ren to school. Please take the time to speak with us, if you or your child have concerns around attending school, so we can do our best, to keep school and education routines safe and welcoming.

Supporting wellbeing will be a focus at Clyde Fenton Primary School, particularly in Term 1, 2022 as the Territory responds to the current COVID-19 outbreak. Through age-appropriate education, we will be supporting students to remain calm and informed of how best to protect themselves and others against COVID-19. This will include basic health and hygiene education, highlighting the importance of mask wearing (noting the Chief Health Officer recommends Year 3 -7 students should wear masks, and Year 8-12 students must wear masks in line with current mask mandate) and maximising time to learn outdoors and in smaller groups.

In the first 4 weeks of Term 1, 2022 to minimise the risk to students and staff, we will prioritise learning activities inside the school grounds and will minimise visitors in schools.

Excursions and extra-curricular activities will be paused for the first 4 weeks and we ask that all students with the exception of preschool, transition and students with additional needs, are collected at the front of the school.

Parents and carers of preschool, transition and students with additional needs are to wear masks, use the Territory Check-In app, sanitise hands on arrival and physical distance while in school grounds.

We have plans in place to respond to COVID-19 cases in our schools – the attached flowchart outlines what you need to do if your child/ren test positive and/or are identified as a close contact. It also highlights how we will response and support our school community when we have positives case in our school.

We understand this is not the usual start back to our school year, but it is the new normal to make sure our students are safe.

We will continue to provide you with ongoing updates.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me on 89733844.

Yours sincerely

Jeff Parker Principal