From the Principal
URGENT COVID -19 update: Term 2 -Remote and Flexible Learning.
Dear Parents and Carers,
As you are aware, the situation regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve in Victoria, Australia and the world, and I would like to take this opportunity to again thank you for your support during the last 2 weeks of term and the early commencement of the Term 1 holidays on Tuesday 24th March. I am hoping this letter finds you and your loved ones safe and well.
This week the Victorian Government has confirmed that all schools will move to remote and flexible learning when students return for Term 2 next Wednesday 15th April.
It has been a very clear directive by the Victorian Government based on the advice of the Chief Health Officer that all students who can learn at home must learn from home.
“As we act to slow the spread of coronavirus, the message to students and parents of government schools is clear: all children who can learn at home must learn from home – with exceptions only in extremely limited circumstances.” (James Merlino- Education Minister)
As a result, all students will be learning from home, except for children on days when they are not able to be supervised at home and no other arrangements can be made.
This is not an action the Government has taken lightly, and I understand it may cause you and your family concern and stress. Please know this step is being taken to slow the spread of the virus and ensure the health and safety of all Victorians.
Please see attached the on-site attendance request form issued from the Department of Education to be completed each week in the event that you are unable to have your children supervised at home. Please return as soon as possible to your class teacher via COMPASS or to the school email address firstname.lastname@example.org if you require your child to attend on-site.
For the reason of health and safety, it has also been directed that most staff will also be required to work from home. Only a few will be on site to support and supervise the remote learning program and school operations, within strict guidelines for health and hygiene.
As you know from our correspondence prior to the holidays, all teachers have been working hard to put curriculum plans in place to ensure continuity of learning and to support the wellbeing of all our students. We will continue to do this every day your children are learning from home.
Work is underway in all schools to identify students who do not have access to digital technologies at home. Devices such as Ipads will be made available on loan to these students free-of-charge to ensure no student misses out. The Department of Education are also examining ways to provide network access for students who may not be able to connect at home.
We will also provide hard copies of learning resources in the event of an internet outage or in cases where it is not possible for students to have digital access.
This is an unprecedented and challenging time for all of us and because of that, it is critically important that we work very closely together (of course adhering to physical distancing laws) to ensure that we provide the very best possible support for the ongoing wellbeing and learning of our students and your children.
We will be in contact on Tuesday to commence Term 2, with the first remote learning day on Wednesday. The teachers will provide all the information specific to your child/ren’s class and learning and the means by which we will remain connected.
I am now however, also including the following information from the Department of Education.
The Department of Education’s Learning from Home website provides information and resources for parents and carers: https://www.education.vic.gov.au/parents/learning/Pages/home-learning.aspx
Further information regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) and schools can be found on the Department’s website, which will continue to be updated as the situation evolves: https://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/department/Pages/coronavirus.aspx
I sincerely thank you for your support during this time.