Important COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates

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Arrangements for Term 4, 2020 - 18/9/2020

Dear Parents and carers,

On behalf of our school, I want to say a big thank you to all our students, parents and carers for your continued resilience and support during Term 3. I know remote and flexible learning has not always been easy, but through our collective efforts, our students have continued to make valuable progress in their learning. You can be confident that our school will support any student who has fallen behind to catch up.

Term 4 is important for every Victorian student, and our teachers will strive to deliver high-quality learning for everyone. Whether we’re teaching remotely or face-to-face, our focus for Term 4 is on making sure that every student is supported in their wellbeing, learning and transition needs.

The Victorian Government has outlined the staged return to on-site schooling as part of its gradual roadmap towards reopening.

All Victorian schools have continued to provide remote and flexible learning for the remainder of Term 3, except specialist schools in rural and regional Victoria, who have continued on-site schooling consistent with current arrangements.

Term 4 on-site schooling arrangements for students

Subject to the advice of the Victorian Chief Health Officer, the Victorian Government has released a staged approach for students to return to on-site schooling.

The purpose of the plan is to get students back in the classroom as soon and as safely as possible without putting at risk all that has been achieved through the period of restrictions to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

To achieve both these aims, the return to onsite learning needs to be staged, just as the easing of all other restrictions is staged. This is the best way to ensure the ongoing safety of the whole community.

For our school, the following arrangements apply:

59 October (first week of Term 4)

  • remote and flexible learning will continue for all students
  • on-site supervision for children of permitted workers and vulnerable students will continue to be provided, consistent with existing guidelines.

From 12 October (second week of Term 4)

  • students in Prep to Grade 2 will return to full-time on-site schooling. The existing remote learning program will not continue for these year levels
  • remote and flexible learning will continue for all students in Grade 3 to Grade 6
  • on-site supervision will remain available for students in Grade 3 to Grade 6 who are the children of permitted workers and vulnerable students.

This will continue until a date is set for the return of all students to on-site learning, based on health advice.

 Outside school hours care and vacation care

During the staged return, outside school hours care will be available to students attending for on-site supervision and progressively for the relevant year levels returning to on-site schooling.

After the Bell Vacation care is operating at our school during the school holidays but only for students who have been eligible for on-site supervision at school in Term 3.

Health and safety measures

The Term 3 remote and flexible learning arrangements were put in place to significantly reduce the movement of more than one million students and their families across Victoria, to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Thanks to you and your family for contributing to this on behalf of our school community.

As on-site schooling resumes, we will continue to have in place strong measures to protect the health and safety of students, staff, families and the community. This includes restricting parent access to school grounds and continued emphasis on hand hygiene and physical distancing where possible.

Whether your child is, or children are, returning to face-to-face learning or will be continuing with remote and flexible learning, please be assured we will be focused on three key priorities in Term 4:

Mental health and wellbeing

Our highest priority will be the wellbeing, particularly the mental health, of every student and member of staff. This means effectively mobilising all available resources to support our most vulnerable students and enabling staff to access the relevant support services.

 Learning and excellence

Some of our students have thrived in the remote and flexible learning environment, others have maintained their learning progress, and some have fallen behind, despite their best efforts and those of their families and teachers. Our priority will be supporting both those who need it to catch up and those who have progressed to continue to extend their learning.

Transitions

We will make every effort to ensure successful transitions for children moving from kindergarten into Prep and the Grade 6s moving into Year 7.

We know some families are worried that their child may have to repeat a year due to the disruptions of coronavirus (COVID-19). There is little evidence to support the benefits of repeating a year to catch up. Instead, schools will use teaching strategies that draw on the best evidence available to help students meet their learning needs. 

Parents, families and carers can be confident that the best option for almost every child is to stay with their peer group, whether that is moving from kindergarten into Prep, or moving from Grade 6 into Year 7 at secondary school, or students moving up any year level in between.

Our school, working with you, has shown it can be flexible and adaptable in responding to the challenges of coronavirus (COVID-19) and will continue to meet student needs as we look towards the end of the 2020 school year and ahead to 2021.

Kind regards,

Brooke Cross

 


Update to Families - 7/8/2020

Dear Families,

Good Afternoon everyone.  I hope you are well, warm and safe at home. It sure has been a roller coaster ride this week as we have been sorting through all of the new information around stage 4 restrictions, permitted occupations, permits, criteria and policies!  Like many of you I am struggling to get my head around all of this information and have been tuning in to the Premier’s daily press conferences to try and make sense of it all. Thank you for your patience as we wait for official directives from the Department of Education and work with staff to come up with arrangements and processes going forward.

Well done to all of our students, ably supported by you, their parents and carers, for the fabulous effort you have put into your remote learning this week.  You are doing an amazing job and whilst I appreciate that at times it is difficult, you are doing so very well!  We are all very proud of each and every one of you.  As always if you need help or support please contact your child’s class teacher, Mrs Roberts or myself. 

This time around we are making every effort to maintain connection and engagement with every student.  Each teacher is running regular WebEx check-ins with their class, in small groups and also with each individual child.  This is so they can teach to point of need, are able to support you and your child through this difficult time and so that we can keep up with assessment and feedback.  Plus it’s really nice to connect with each of you and see how you are going.  Our ES staff are also helping with these check-ins and are continuing the support work they were doing last time we had remote learning.  A massive thank you to all of our staff for the work you are putting into this and the dedication you show to our students.

Due to the restrictions in movement under stage 4 restrictions we will no longer be able to provide printed weekly work packs for collection from school.  Teachers are unable to come into school to print these packs and collect previous weeks work in person and we do not believe it is responsible to ask you to leave home to come to school to pick up work.  Instead we will continue to send out the work via email every Monday and there will be no need to print any worksheets. Students will complete their work online, in the work books and on paper.  Class teachers will communicate with you about how this will work and what the changes will look like.

Please be mindful that our staff are working extremely hard under difficult circumstances, so please be kind and respectful to them always.  We are trying to work within normal school hours, so teachers are not always available outside these hours. It may be that they reply to emails and messages the next day or when they are able.  Please continue to be patient and considerate of this.  

On Sunday, 2nd August, 2020, the Department of Education (DET) altered the criteria for students to qualify for onsite attendance. The criteria for eligibility has changed significantly and some families that may previously have met the criteria for onsite attendance now do not qualify.

The criteria for students to attend onsite learning has changed as follows:

  • children whose parents are permitted workers. The Victorian Government has been providing further details about this and comprehensive lists can be found on the DHHS website.
  • vulnerable children in out of home care, children known to child protection and other agencies and children the school identifies as vulnerable (including via referral from a family violence agency, homelessness or youth justice service or mental health or other health service).
  • children with a disability who also fit one of the above two categories

In line with these updated criteria, DET has supplied all schools with an updated attendance application form. The form can be found here.
This form must be emailed to the school email address by Thursday 4.00pm of the week prior to the attendance request.  If you have already spoken to me and made arrangements for next week you are not required to fill out a form for this week.

We also request that families of permitted workers attach their permitted worker form or forms to support their application.

We are here to support our families and assist wherever we can. It is important to note that all school staff will be working from home unless they are required to be onsite. Submitting your onsite application form on time means that we are able to provide adequate supervision.  Please contact me if you require further information or wish to discuss your eligibility for onsite learning.

Stay safe and well, and pop into our Story Time WebEx tonight if you are able.  I will be reading the Gruffalo, which is one of my all time favourites.

Regards,

Brooke Cross


Update to families - 10/7/2020

Dear Families,

This post is to confirm arrangements as we know it for next week, from Monday 13th July to Friday 17th July.

As previously advised, next week is a continuation of the school holidays for students.  All staff will be onsite at school, but the days are classified as student free days.

There will be onsite care/supervision arrangements for next week ONLY if you are unable to make alternate arrangements for the care of your child/children or you cannot continue with your current school holiday care arrangements.

Onsite supervision next week will be provided by the school between 9am and 3.30pm.  Following further information provided by the State Government and DET, After the Bell is unable to provide care during the day. 

However, they can provide before and after school care for any students who require it.  If you require care before or after school, you must book in with After the Bell TODAY – please contact them via email atbookings@afterthebell.com.au if you wish to book your child in.

 

If you require your child/children to be cared for at school next week between 9am and 3.30pm you need to do the following to register your request:

 

  • Email Brooke directly with your request – Brooke.Cross@education.vic.gov.au
  • Explain the circumstances as to why you need onsite care
  • Wait for a confirmation email from Brooke

 

Please note:  Onsite care/supervision is for next week only.  No learning will be provided.  There has not yet been any information regarding remote learning. 

Parents are not permitted to be onsite.  Social distancing, temperature checking and increased hygiene arrangements will continue as per Term 2.

Parents will need to provide food and activities for students to entertain themselves during the day. The students will be supervised by a teacher and aide – but not their regular classroom teacher.

Thank you once again for your patience and support as we work through these new arrangements.  We will continue to keep you updated as and when we receive information from the Department of Education.


Message from Brooke Cross - Principal - 8/7/2020

Dear families, 


Yesterday afternoon the Premier announced that school holidays will be extended by a week as the metropolitan area returns to stage three lock down. He further announced that this would apply to all students except for the following:
" Students enrolled in Years 11 and 12
" Students in Year 10 enrolled in a VCE study, for VCE lessons
" Students enrolled in specialist schools
Schools still have very little information from the Department of Education and Training (DET). More information should be forthcoming by Thursday or Friday and this will be communicated to you in a timely manner.

For families who need to arrange care for next week, our OSCH Care program will be offering care as per curriculum day / student free day programs.  They will need a minimum of 10 children each day to attend in order to run. Please contact After the Bell directly for booking information.

As yet, we do not have any further information regarding remote learning, but given staff are being given the week to prepare for this, I would suggest families consider this a strong possibility.

We will keep you up to date as we receive more information. Please continue to check your emails and the school Facebook page.


Take care and look after yourselves.
 

Regards,

Brooke Cross



Remote Learning Update - 15/5/2020

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Letter sent out via Flexibuzz - 15/5/2020

Information from the Department of Education - 
Following advice from the Victorian Government on Tuesday 12 May, some students will be returning to school from Tuesday 26 May.

The Victorian Chief Health Officer has advised that it is safe for Victorian school students and teachers to return to on-site schooling in a two-staged approach:

  • Stage 1 – from Tuesday 26 May

Early years students (Prep to Grade 2) will return to on-site schooling. All staff will attend on-site. 

  • Stage 2 - from Tuesday 9 June

Grade 3 to 6 students will return to on-site schooling, subject to health advice.

The Department’s latest advice on can be found at www.education.vic.gov.au/coronavirus



Remote Learning Update to Parents (Sent via Flexibuzz on 17/04/2020)

Please click the following links to access the information:

Letter sent to parents (via FlexiBuzz) from Brooke Cross (17/04/2020)


COVID-19 Update to Parents (Sent via Flexibuzz on 10/04/2020)

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Letter sent to parents (via FlexiBuzz) from Brooke Cross (10/04/2020)

Learning From Home - Fact Sheet (DET Resource)

Onsite Attendance Form - (DET Resource)



Video message from James Merlino - Education Minister (08/04/2020)




COVID-19 Update to Parents (23/03/2020)

Please click the following link to access the information:

Letter sent to parents from Brooke Cross (23/03/2020)