|Rachel Oldham in her Facebook video.|
MESSAGES to local school communities have been posted on Facebook by the principals of two New Norfolk schools.
In the most recent, published yesterday, New Norfolk Primary School principal Rachel Oldham speaks directly to families who have started learning from home due to the coronavirus pandemic and encourages parents to contact the school about any requirements.
Addressing her students, Ms Oldham says she hopes they are working hard and being good to their families. “We wish you well over the next couple of weeks. Look after yourselves, be kind to one another, and maybe most importantly try to enjoy this time together.”
|Stuart Lord in his video.|
In a video posted last week, New Norfolk High School principal Stuart Lord notes that this Friday, April 3, will be the last day of term for students following the announcement that the first four days of next week will be student-free days to enable staff to prepare packages to support learning at home.
Mr Lord says there have been no reported cases of COVID-19 in the school and he had been assured that he would be informed if there was. “I would tell the community immediately and our school would be closed down for cleaning and tracing,” he said.
“In the meantime, please be mindful that commenting on rumours can cause unnecessary anxiety, and as we all know, there is enough to worry about already. None of us have lived through anything like this before, it is for us an unprecedented situation which is going to be difficult and challenging for the whole community.
“All of our staff … have been working hard and will continue to do whether there are students here or not. I am incredibly proud of the way that they have been rising to meet the challenges which face us. I also want to be very clear that however things unfold from here we will not stop our work supporting students and supporting student learning. Let’s take care of each other and do what we can to stay safe.”