COVID Update – 15th July, 2021

Dear Parents, Guardians and Families,

Whilst this is not the news any of us were wanting to hear, the Victorian Government today announced a 5 day lockdown from midnight Thursday 15th July until Tuesday 20th July inclusive.

As a result, in line with the COVID restrictions announced, all Schools will move to remote and flexible learning (Learning at Home) including Specialist Schools. All staff (where possible) will be working from home.

 Please be assured that we are prepared and are doing everything we can to ensure you and your child are well supported during this period of Learning at Home.

On Friday, you can expect to see curriculum activities uploaded and accessed daily from 9am through your child’s Seesaw account for:

  • English
  • Maths

 From Monday, you can expect to see curriculum activities uploaded and accessed daily from 9am through your child’s Seesaw account for:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Specialists

Schools will continue to provide on-site supervision for students in the following categories:

  • Children whose parents are considered essential workers, 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 has contacted 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’s 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.

We are expecting a revised School Operations guide from the Department of Education and Training tomorrow. Once this information is received, we will consider any changes that require implementation and ensure timely communication to support the smooth transition back to school on Wednesday 21st July.

We are looking forward to seeing staff and students back onsite and as further information and guidance is provided I will continue to update you through School Stream. Again I thank you for your ongoing support, patience and persistence.

Take care and stay safe.

Kind regards,

Nicole Edwardes

Principal