Update Face Coverings – 21/07/20

Dear Parents, Guardians and Families,

I hope this finds you safe and well.

As you would be aware, in line with advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, the Victorian Government has announced that those in Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire must wear a face covering when they leave home from 11:59pm Wednesday 22nd July 2020.

Face coverings will be mandatory for people aged 12 and over. These measures will slow the spread of COVID-19 and help protect the community.

Students or staff who have a medical condition – including problems breathing, a skin condition on the face, a disability or mental health condition – are not required to wear a face covering. This includes students who attend specialist schools. 

Whilst exempt, we currently have many students aged 12 and over wearing face coverings at school. We encourage you to supply a face covering for your child and we will support them through modelling, teaching and learning to wear a face covering if this is suitable and where possible. Our students have exceeded our expectations with the way they have adapted to hand sanitising and hygiene, temperature checks and we too can support them (where appropriate) to explore the use of face coverings.

I have contacted the Department of Education and Training (DET) regarding the process for exemption, to support students who are unable to wear face coverings out in the community. I am awaiting a response and will communicate this as soon as I hear from them.

Parents/carers will be required to wear face coverings whenever they leave the house, including for taking their child to and from the bus, school drop off and pick up.

Teachers and education support staff will not be required to wear face coverings while teaching, but those who wish to do so, can. Staff are required to wear face coverings when not teaching.

We thank you for your continued support at this time and always and appreciate your feedback.

Navigating these challenging, uncertain and unprecedented times together with your support ensures we provide the safest environment for your children, our staff and community.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or queries.

 

Stay healthy and safe!

Nicole Edwardes

Principal