12th February 2021
Dear Parents, Guardians and Families,
Again we find ourselves in a time of uncertainty as we move back into Stage 4 restrictions, we thank you for your support during this difficult time, it is appreciated more than you could know.
The Victorian Government today announced new directions to prevent the spread of the COVID-19, in the form of a ‘Circuit Breaker.’
As a result, in line with the directions issued from Victoria’s Chief Health Officer, all Victorian schools will move to a period of remote and flexible provision from Monday 15 February to Wednesday 17 February inclusive.
Schools must continue to provide on-site supervision for students in the following categories:
- Children whose parents are considered essential workers as listed, cannot work from home and where no other supervision arrangements can be made
- Vulnerable children (children in out-of-home care, children deemed by Child Protection and/or Family Services to be at risk of harm and children identified by the school as vulnerable (including via referral from a family violence agency, homelessness or youth justice service or mental health or other health service).
The school is contacting families that fall within these categories to ascertain alternative care arrangements and need for onsite attendance.
The program delivered on-site will be the same as the program delivered to students undertaking remote learning. Most of our staff will also be working from home and the volunteer staff on supervision are not available for direct instruction or any extra teacher support other than remote learning expectations. It highly likely that these staff will be unfamiliar to your child and the onsite supervision will occur in the hall for both Primary and Secondary students.
During this period, schools should, to the extent possible, enable continuity of learning from home. Seesaw will be used as the platform for students engaging in meaningful activities across the 3 days of Lockdown. Teachers will upload a literacy and numeracy task to Seesaw by 9am Monday – Wednesday. These activities can be accessed at your convenience across the day.
We are required to mark attendance daily, please ensure you log into Seesaw and say good morning to the classroom team to indicate your attendance.
We are hopeful that this short, sharp lockdown will be effective, and we will see you all back at school on Thursday. We will continue to communicate any updates to you via SchoolStream and Seesaw.