The global pandemic is having a profound impact on our adolescents with many being forced to miss out on so many rites of passage. Some are becoming more anxious or depressed which is completely understandable given the current situation. However, should your teen display any unusual behaviour that lasts for more than 2-3 weeks, it may be a cause for concern.
Research shows there are specific risk factors that increase the likelihood of teenagers developing a mental health problem. Some are set in stone, whilst others are modifiable. Adolescents are considered to be more at risk of anxiety and depression disorders which may affect their mood, thinking and behaviour. It can impact their ability to function and perform normal activities.
It is therefore vitally important for adult carers to remain vigilant during this time for any signs of distress, even though your adolescent may not have any prior history of a mental health disorder. Early intervention, diagnosis and treatment is more important than ever. In the current climate, one useful thing you can do is help your teen focus on the things that they can control –– such as their learning, diet, exercise and sleep.
In this Special Report, adult carers will be provided with a checklist that can be used as a guide in determining if there is any cause for concern. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this Special Report, and as always, we welcome your feedback.
If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please contact the school for further information or seek medical or professional help.
Here is the link to your special report
Students will attend the following days: Year 7 and 12 – Monday, Year 8 and 12 – Tuesday, Year 9 – Wednesday, Year 10 and 12 – Thursday and Year 11 - Friday.
Year 12 has been given three days considering the importance of face to face access as they are completing their HSC courses. Year 11 and 12 classes will be in science labs that allow for social distancing measures to prevent the classes from having to be divided. Year 11 and 12 are also able to access the Learning Support team on Wednesdays in the library.
This will give Year 12 the opportunity to meet with available staff and to use the school and its resources as needed.
Please be aware that this plan is based on Government and Departmental guidelines in connection with Covid-19 and will remain in place until notified otherwise.
Phase 1 reintroduction is an opportunity for educational engagement rather than social reconnection. While we cannot accommodate for social reconnection just yet, I look forward to us being able to do so before too long. Because of this I seek your support in adhering to the following points that will ensure safety and structured education delivery:
- The first two weeks of school are a continuation of Term 1. Students should remain at home unless otherwise at risk or if you are working in an essential service.
- Following the above attendance plan is crucial to safety and practical school operations. Students must be in attendance only on their designated day or in accordance with Term 1 attendance guidelines.
- Teachers will be marking rolls electronically as usual. Students who do not present for timetabled classes will be marked absent. Usual absentee notifications will be in place.
- If you intend to keep your child at home during the Phase 1 reintroduction please make sure the school is notified through the Front Office.
- All travel arrangements to and from school remain as usual.
No doubt, there will be the need for further clarity on a number of issues. For example, our reporting processes also remain contingent on advice from Department of Education. In the interim, we have planned for and are equipped to send out our Year 12 Semester 1 reports as usual. I will keep you informed of developments in these matters.
Needless to say, there is still some uncertainty as to how the Term will unfold. There are, however, some definites as follows:
- Attendance and learning for the first two weeks of Term 2 will be exactly the same as it was at the end of Term 1. This means students will be learning from home and staff will be in attendance on a rotational basis;
- School Development Day (known in some communities as pupil free day) will be extended to include both Monday and Tuesday next week. This means that the term will not start for students until Wednesday next week (April 29th);
- The school will remain open for students who need to attend but where practical, parents are encouraged to keep their students at home;
- Our focus now is organising our capacity for 25% attendance in Week 3. I hope to have finality on this for you next week.
Once again, I thank you all for your patience and I look forward to when our school operations are back to usual.
The delivery and provision of education opportunities to all students at Moruya High School (MHS) has evolved at great speed over the last two weeks. In these challenging times I take this opportunity to consolidate the messages that have been sent via social media, letter and other electronic means. I am aware that a small number of people have...
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