When Royal Oak Community School opens next week for the new school year, it is prepared to do so safely.
Head of school Julia Murray says there has been independent thought and discussions about “how to protect our children, who can’t
All staff and any volunteers who come into the school will be fully vaccinated, she says. “It’s one thing we can control to protect our children.”
They’ve also done upgrades, adding Hepa filters to every classroom, and a UV filter system for the whole building to protect against the spread of infection.
Classes will still be kept to cohorts, from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 4 and Grades 5 to 8, she says, each cohort under 40 students.
There is still room for students in Grades 1 and 2, so the school is offering a 50 per cent discount for new students in those grades, says Murray.
The school will continue to offer synchronous learning, as it did last year, with 50-inch TVs allowing teachers and students in the classroom to engage with students who are learning from home.
If any of their students has to quarantine at home, says Murray, it will be an easy transition for them.