Update: 1st September 2021

 

Dear Parents, Guardians and Families,

We thank you for your continued support during this time of uncertainty, it is greatly appreciated.  You would be aware that today the Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced that the current lockdown across Melbourne will be extended until Thursday 23rd September. Therefore, for the remainder of Term 3 all schools will continue to provide remote and flexible learning.

To ensure we provide support and continuity of learning, in anticipation we have pre-prepared hard copy learning at home packs for every student to support their Seesaw learning. These two-week packs will be delivered to you tomorrow via the bus service, this will be a contactless delivery.

 Your Learning at Home pack includes A two-week Learning Plan and Learning Activities for:

  • English
  • Math’s
  • Science
  • Fine and Gross Motor

Your child’s classroom teacher will continue to provide learning for English, Math’s and Science via Seesaw and our Specialist teachers will send learning tasks weekly via Seesaw.

We completely understand that the current situation again creates many challenges and that Learning at Home for some is extremely difficult. 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 home.

We have contacted Foodbank and will also be delivering Help Hampers to all families, these will be delivered tomorrow along with the Learning at Home packs. We hope that these hampers remind you that we are thinking of you all, send our care and support to you during this difficult time and always.

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.

Categories:

  1. 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:

  1. 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 2nd September). 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 would like to thank you all, our parents, guardians and families for your messages of support and appreciation, for checking in to see how we are and for keeping your children and families safe and well. These are trying times and our support of each other, and home school partnership has never been more important.

Please continue to reach out via Seesaw, ask questions, send messages of support to our staff and let us know how you are going, also support each other through your networks.  Please see below a list of support services.

We will continue to keep you updated via School Stream as new information that impacts us becomes available and thank you for your support and understanding as we maintain a safe environment for everyone and continue business as usual during these times.

You are in my heart and thoughts, and I look forward to seeing you all very soon.

 

Kind regards,

Nicole Edwardes

Principal