30th September 2020
Dear Parent / Guardian,
No doubt you will have heard the Premier outline his views on the adjusted road map. In essence the details that relate to schools are as follows:
Primary and secondary students:
There will be a phased return to onsite learning in Term 4:
From 5th October (first day of term)
- Only VCE and VCAL students (including Year 10 students in VCE). can attend onsite for General Achievement Test (GAT) and essential assessments.
- Those students in Years 10-12 will be notified of any days that they are required for essential assessments – please note that the GAT is on Wednesday 7th October.
- Students of permitted workers and vulnerable students will also be on campus.
- Otherwise online learning will continue for this week.
From 12th October
Some students return to onsite learning.
- All primary school students (F-6) return to on-campus learning on Monday 12th October 2020.
- VCE and VCAL students (including Year 10 students in VCE) return to on-campus learning.
- Students in Years 7-10 will continue with remote and flexible learning.
- There will be exceptions for vulnerable children and children of permitted workers, who will continue to be able to attend on-site.
- A return to onsite learning of Year 7-10 secondary students will be considered following further public health advice.
While this is great news for our primary students, I am aware that students in Years 7-10 will be disappointed by this outcome and encourage patience at this difficult time.
A critical aspect of the return to on-site learning will be a strict enforcement of the community requirements to maintain physical distancing especially at the start and finish of the school day.
With regard to drop-off and pick-up protocols please note the following will apply:
- Stay in car routines will be encouraged
- Parents are also advised to make contact with staff via email/phone or zoom rather than face to face on campus.
We have been informed that compliance with community restrictions will be monitored by authorised officers. This will include monitoring of any breaches of the restrictions, including in relation to gatherings at school gates at the start and finish of the school day. Therefore, it is imperative that parents and carers do not congregate in breach of continuing community restrictions.
Our school day will begin as usual; however, the end of each school day will have a slightly staggered finish to assist with maintaining physical distancing. Last time it worked quite well and we encourage parents to remain in their cars or have the students meet you off-campus. Further details of routine will come from the Primary / Secondary Heads.
Because the situation is a little uncertain in week one, we need your help. On-campus supervision for children of permitted workers and vulnerable students continues in line with existing guidelines. So, you will receive a survey in the next day or so to indicate whether you’re a permitted worker and how many students are involved. To ensure we have enough staff on campus for supervision, please complete this promptly as this will allow us to plan appropriately.
We are excited / pleased / ecstatic / happy / enthusiastic / overjoyed / elated / thrilled / (you choose your word!) that most of our students (your children) are heading back to an on-campus learning environment in the second week of term.