Liam King, Principal
This week we received some good news as the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) was replaced with the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO). This RMCO came into place on 10 June and will continue until 31 August.
Here is a summary of the new RMCO continue adhering to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs):
- Interstate travel is allowed, except for areas under Emergency Movement Control Order (EMCO);
- Foreign borders will remain closed so International Travel remains limited;
- Most activities (social, religious, economic, etc) will resume in stages;
- Museum visits, busking, commercial fishing, meetings and workshops are allowed;
- Non-body contact sports are allowed, as well as group activities such as group cycling, but sporting events in stadiums, as well as public pools and rugby are still prohibited;
- Religious activities are allowed, provided they follow the SOPs;
- More people will be allowed to enter religious houses of worship according to the facility size;
- Schools will be opened in stages after obtaining advice from the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education;
- Business operating hours have returned to normal hours; whilst,
- Activities such as reflexology, theme parks, large religious processions, open houses and night clubs are still prohibited.
Following the announcement of the RMCO, the Ministry of Education (MOE) and Ministry of Health (MOH) met on Tuesday and on Wednesday they announced the return to campus date of Wednesday 24 June for our Year 11 and 12 students. This also coincided with the release of their SOPs for schools, some of which are still being clarified.
Key Points from SOPs for Schools:
- Temperature screening and student symptom check before entry into school;
- Provision of a one-way movement plan guide for the flow of pupils;
- School assemblies and activities, involving teachers or school children in large numbers, are not permitted (face-to-face);
- School premises and classrooms are to be cleaned before the school session begins and after the end of the school session;
- A one-metre spacing of students is required at all times;
- Students are encouraged to bring food from home, not to share food with others and to eat in the classroom during recess and Canteen operators are to only provide packed food;
- Students who develop symptoms will be isolated before treatment is sought;
- General hygiene training will be provided to students, staff, cleaning contractors and canteen operators;
- Provision of soap at canteens, toilets and prayer rooms will be increased;
- Students using buses or vans will be kept one seat apart; and,
- Teaching and learning will be untaken in the classrooms, as well as at home for some students.
Therefore, AISM will break next Friday 19 June for our normal Term Break to allow staff and students to recharge and prepare for Term 3. Term 3 classes were scheduled to commence on Wednesday 15 July, but classes will now commence on Tuesday 14 July. Although we await further information on the next stage of the staggered return of students to campus, at this stage, this will mean that students from ELC to Year 10 will continue to learn through our off-campus ‘Continuity of Learning Program’. Our Year 11 and 12 students will return to a campus based learning program in the bridging phase of our Continuity of Learning Program.
The MOE and MOH have said that they will continue to provide updates and that the return to campus will be staggered, so it is still our hope that more year levels will be able to commence classes on campus on Tuesday 14 July. We will continue to monitor this situation and provide further updates throughout the break.
In order to ensure that we continue to improve our programs during the RMCO, we have put together a short survey to allow parents to provide feedback so that we can continuously improve the experiences we are offering the students.
Therefore we would like to invite parents to complete this survey by clicking here.