From the Principal



 

23rd September 2021

Dear parents and carers,

In our newsletters prior to the end of term 3, I said that I would forward the information  from the Department of Education when it was received. We will forward any further detail and reminders before the commencement of Term 4.

Thie week the Victorian Government announced the Roadmap to Deliver the National Plan.

The Roadmap, which is based on advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, sets out the staged return to onsite learning in Term 4, with the plan being that all students returning onsite by Friday 5 November as follows:

Remote learning will continue for all primary year levels from 4th October to 15th October (first 2 weeks of term)

Year levels

From Wednesday 6 October

From Monday 18 October

From Tuesday 26 October

From Friday 5 November

Prep

 

Monday – Wednesday

Monday – Wednesday

* (all days)

Year 1-2

 

Thursday – Friday

Thursday – Friday

*

Year 3-4

 

 

Tuesday – Wednesday

*

Year 5-6

 

 

Thursday – Friday

*

Year 7

 

 

*

*

Year 8-9

 

 

Tuesday – Wednesday

*

Year 10

 

 

Thursday – Friday

*

Year 11

 

 

*

*

Year 12 (VCE units 3/4 and final year VCAL and IB)

*

*

*

*

 

This will, however, depend on final advice from health authorities closer to each stage.

Remote and flexible learning will be delivered to students on the days they are not onsite.

Vulnerable children and children of parents or guardians who are on the authorised provider and authorised worker list can continue attending onsite.

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Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) programs will be open for all students during Term 4 in line with their return to onsite attendance at school.

Vaccination

Getting vaccinated is the best way to be protected from and prevent the spread of COVID-19. I encourage all students aged 12 years and over and their parents to get vaccinated as soon as possible. To book a vaccination appointment go to coronavirus.vic.gov.au.

Mental health and wellbeing support for students over the holidays

Mental health support, resources and advice are available for students and families to access over the holidays.

Two factsheets for students and families have been developed to support the mental health and wellbeing of students during this time.

These have been developed to support school students and families over the school holidays to:

  • support positive mental health and wellbeing of students
  • identify signs that students may need mental health support
  • access available support.

These fact sheets are also available in 19 different languages on the department’s website.

 

Please limit your movements over the holidays in line with restrictions and stay safe.

Thank you

Jenny Robinson

Principal

Letter from the Principal - back to school in Term 4 - National Roadmap.




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IMPORTANT COVID UPDATE! Tuesday September 21

Dear Families,

As I am sure you are aware,  the Victorian Government along with the Chief Health Officer has released the roadmap out of Lockdown for Victoria.

We know that for many of you ,you were hoping that all students would return to on-site learning at the beginning of Term 4, and we again ask that as a community we ban together to work through this next step in making Victoria and our school community safe.

We will continue to update you throughout the school holiday period, please keep an eye on Compass and the website for updates as we get closer to the beginning of the term.

If you are an essential worker,  you can access online, via compass and the school website, an application for your child to be onsite.

This MUST be submitted by no later than 1pm THURSDAY.

Again we wish to thank you for your support during these uncertain times.

KPS Leadership Team

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Updated July 20

Dear Families

We are sure that you have all heard the news today regarding the extension of the current lockdown.

We know that for some of you this news will be not what you were hoping to hear, however we will all continue to band together to ensure that we can get back to ‘as normal as possible’, and that we all remain safe and healthy.

You will have already received an email and Seesaw codes from your child’s teacher for online learning for this week, and we know that many of your children have already joined in daily morning circle time with their class and have moved straight back into remote and flexible learning.

We congratulate them for their flexibility and resilience.

All students will continue to learn from home, except for students in the following categories:

 

Children where both parents and/or carers are considered authorised workers who cannot work from home, work for an essential provider and where no other supervision arrangements can be made:

  • Where there are two parents/carers, both must be authorised workers, working outside the home in order for their children to be eligible for on-site provision.
  • For single parents/carers, the authorised worker must be working outside the home in order for their children to be eligible for on-site provision.

Children experiencing vulnerability, including:

  • in out-of-home care
  • deemed vulnerable by a government agency, funded family or family violence service, and assessed as requiring education and care outside the family home
  • identified by a school or early childhood service as vulnerable, (including via referral from a government agency, or funded family or family violence service, homeless or youth justice service or mental health or other health service) 
  • Where a parent/carer indicates that a student with a disability is vulnerable because they cannot learn from home, and/or informs the school the student is vulnerable due to family stress, the school must provide on-site supervision for that student. This may apply to students enrolled in specialist schools and students with a disability enrolled in mainstream schools.

 

If you feel your child fits into one of these categories then an application to be onsite can be found on the school website within the COVID update section, the application form has also been sent out via compass. All applications must be sent to the school by no later than 1pm Thursday for the following week, this ensures we are able to make the necessary arrangements for suitable supervision while also following government advice of those who can work from home , must work from home, meaning we will only have a limited number of staff on site at any time.

We hope that the continuation of this short, sharp lockdown until midnight Tuesday 27th July will mean that we can hopefully get back to school onsite on Wednesday July 28th as we are very much looking forward to seeing you all in person.

As usual we will continue to keep you updated via compass and on the school website.

Wishing you safe and well

Tom and Wendy