Communication to all Deer Park Sunshine Network Schools – 4th August 2020


Dear Parents, Guardians and Families,

As you are aware from initial media reports the school system is supporting the limiting of movement in communities by moving all schools to remote learning and implementing tighter restrictions and criteria for students to attend on-site and to limit the number of students and staff at school.

Your support has always been appreciated during this unprecedented health crisis. The school and system are aware that for many families your home situation has and will change. A further predicted 250,000 people will be home as a result of the Stage 4 restrictions.

As the principal of Sunshine Special Developmental School, I implore you to support our efforts to keep our staff and all of our families safe by considering carefully whether you believe you fit the criteria for on-site care and supervision.

The criteria I have thus far is:

  • Children of permitted workers only where there is no ability to provide supervision at home (the definition of permitted workers aligned with announcements about essential continuing industries). Announcements that define these industries are expected shortly
  • Students deemed vulnerable by the school and the Department of Education and Training.

The new restrictions are in place to have an impact on the health crisis we are facing, the Premier has made it very clear that exemptions will be extremely rare, in the interest of significantly limiting movement.

A process will be defined by the Department of Education and I will keep you as updated as I can as information becomes available to me.  Please email the school ([email protected]) if you think that you meet the criteria above, and there is no other supervision alternative at home. We will then be able to contact you and it is anticipated there will be a form to complete against specific criteria for your child to potentially attend on-site care and supervision.

Please keep in mind onsite attendance at school is care and supervision ONLY, with students engaged in the same Remote Learning as other students. This supervision has stringent social distancing, no play space and is compliant with COVID safe practices.

Please stay safe, we all look forward to seeing our school reopen when it is safe, but it will take a community effort.

Kind Regards

Nicole Edwardes