As you would be aware, the Victorian Government has made some significant announcements in relation to arrangements for schools in Victoria for Term 3.
Based on advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, Victorian Government schools in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire will have specific arrangements in place for Week 1 of Term 3 as outlined below. Schools will then move to remote and flexible learning for students in Prep to Year 10 from the start of Week 2.
It is very important to note that the advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer is that schools can continue to operate. The Victorian Chief Health Officer has also provided advice about the health measures that should be taken by staff and students, and we will be following these.
The purpose of these changed arrangements is to reduce the number of these students – and their parents and guardians – moving across metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire in order to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
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. If you are working from home your child must also work from home.
To provide further assurance, our school, along with all other government schools in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire, will be conducting temperature checks of all students at the start of the day. If your child does have a temperature, you will be asked to collect them from school.
The new arrangements are set out in detail below.
Monday 13 – Friday 17 July
Pupil free days for students in Foundation to Year 6. These pupil-free days will enable our staff to prepare for the change to remote and flexible learning from Monday 20 July.
We will provide an on-site supervision program for students who need it during this week. This program is available for students where parents/carers cannot work from home and no other arrangements can be made and for vulnerable students.
Monday 20 July onwards
From Monday 20 July, our school will be moving to remote and flexible learning.
The following students are able to attend school for on-site supervision, but will also undertake the remote learning program:
• children of parents/carers who cannot make suitable arrangements to supervise children at home, including children of teachers in government schools who are required to return to work on-site
We will follow similar arrangements to those we put in place for remote and flexible learning in Term 2.
We will only have a skeleton staff at school and these staff members will be responsible for the care of any students who need to attend.
In relation to this:
- the students at school will be doing the same online work as those at home
- students will not have their own class teacher, but will be supervised by available staff
Process and Deadlines
- To assist our planning for students requiring on-site supervision, please complete the attached form and email it to the school at email@example.com. Applications must be submitted by Thursday 3pm.
- Please write ATTENDANCE FORM in the subject line. The form will also be available from our website to download.
- Confirmation of attendance will be provided to eligible families by 3:30pm Friday.
- Parents must apply on a weekly basis if care is needed for the following week.
For those students approved for on-site attendance please ensure your child is not at school prior to 8:50am or after 3:10pm. If your child/ren requires supervision outside of these hours then please make alternative arrangements or contact Camp Australia:
Entry to the school for on-site attendance will be via Gate 5 - Pyke Street.
If you need to enter the school for any other reason, please call 9742 6659 and make an appointment to speak to a staff member.
The Department has a range of options for you to continue to support your students in their learning, available at the Learning from Home website education.vic.gov.au/homelearning.
The latest information about coronavirus (COVID-19) and schools is on the Department of Education and Training website: education.vic.gov.au/coronavirus
The Victorian Chief Health Officer has confirmed that the use of face masks or coverings by adults or children is not recommended in schools at this time. As has always been the case, students who wish to wear face masks in school and in going to and from school may do so.
And, finally, a reminder that if you, your child, or a family member develops symptoms of a fever, chills or sweats, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, loss of smell or taste, you should get tested at a coronavirus (COVID-19) testing facility and stay home.
This is vitally important to keeping our school community safe.
If you would like health information from the Department of Health and Human Services, you can visit dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus
I will continue to communicate with you as soon as we receive further information.
Werribee Primary School