Wednesday 18th August 2021
Dear Parents, Guardians and Families,
We hope this finds you all safe and well? I would like to start by thanking the entire school community for your support of the Government’s efforts to minimise movement across the state, your support, patience and understanding is greatly appreciated as we have implemented the Department of Education and Training guidance in an endeavor to keep our community safe.
Due to the ongoing level of community transmission of coronavirus in Victoria, the current lockdown across Melbourne will be extended until 11:59pm on Thursday 2nd September.
To help slow the spread of the virus, we need your support in complying with the new strengthened restrictions and helping our public health team to get ahead of this virus. We request parents, guardians and families continue to do the right thing by following all health directives. This includes making careful and supportive choices about accessing on-site supervision at school.
We completely understand that the current situation creates many challenges and that Learning at Home for some is extremely difficult and we appreciate that many of you may be juggling working from home commitments, other children at home and limited access to outside opportunities given the current restrictions. We want you to be kind to yourselves, do what you can when you can and if that is too difficult, it’s ok, health and safety is the priority. The safest place for students, staff and families is at home.
The categories for onsite supervision remain the same with the only change being families applying under the authorised worker category now required to provide a permit from their employer.
- Children where both parents and or carers are considered authorised workers who cannot work from home, work for an authorised 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.
Parents and carers who are authorised workers will need an authorised worker permit from their employers to access on-site supervision for their child/ren in Category A.
On-site supervision continues to be available for the below students:
- 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, an authorised worker permit is not required for accessing on-site supervision under Category B.
If you believe that you fit the criteria please email the us at [email protected] by 12pm tomorrow (Thursday 19th August). We will then contact you to discuss any further supports we can provide your child at home or, if necessary, their return to school during the lockdown period.
Please be aware that there will be a rotation of teaching and education support staff members to support on-site attendance who may not be familiar to your child. Students who meet the criteria to attend school will be provided and supported to engage in the remote learning delivered on Seesaw by their teacher and the hard copy home learning pack provided by the school.
I know this is a challenging time. There are a number of supports available. These include:
- A short video produced by headspace with tips and strategies for parents and carers during lockdown
- Student Mental Health and Wellbeing resources for advice
- Advice for students about how to adapt during COVID-19
- Resources for learning from home
- Translated resources for learning from home
As part of the phased COVID-19 vaccination rollout, more Victorian parents, carers, and students are now able to receive the COVID-19 vaccines.
With more appointments now available over the next two weeks, we encourage you to book your vaccine at Victorian Government’s COVID-19 vaccine online booking system.
I trust our school community will ensure we do the right thing at this time, by complying with the restrictions in place and making careful and supportive decisions that limit movement through the community.
Thank you again, for supporting your child’s learning during this time. If you have any questions or queries, please contact us on 9311 4804 or via the school’s email address [email protected].