2020 – LETTER to Parent – COVID
21 May 2020
Thank you for all your support during these past few weeks of remote and flexible learning. This letter is an update from a previous correspondence dated 13 May 2020.
As previously advised, following advice from the Chief Health Officer, the Victorian Government and the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria Ltd (CECV) have deemed that schools can begin a phased return to onsite schooling.
In the first stage, students in Prep, Grade 1 and Grade 2, senior secondary students (Years 11 and 12 VCAL and VCE) and all students in specialist schools will return to school from Tuesday 26 May.
Year 10 students undertaking VCE and VCAL studies, including VCE VET studies, should also attend school for those classes where practicable. If this is not possible for your child/children, our teachers will make sure the work provided to students attending at school is also provided to your child/children via SEQTA as per standard protocol. Year 10 students unable to travel home at the end of their scheduled VCE/VET classes may be supervised at school for the remainder of the day.
To support all school staff and senior students to prepare for this transition, the College will be hosting Staff Curriculum Planning Days on Friday 22 May and Monday 25 May. This means that no classes will operate for Year 7-12 students on these days. Please note that College Main Reception will be closed on Friday 22 May and will be open via phone/email from 9.10am – 12.00pm and 1.45pm – 3.15pm on Monday 25 May.
In the second stage of our return to onsite schooling, all other year levels will return to school from Tuesday 9 June.
For those Year 7 – 10 students who cannot be supervised at home and vulnerable children, the existing model of onsite schooling will remain in place during the two-week period from Tuesday 26 May to Tuesday 9 June. The current process that we are using to enable parents and carers to indicate the days or part-days for which onsite schooling is required will continue for this two-week period.
All other students in those year levels will continue learning from home until Tuesday 9 June.
Once a year level has returned, all students will be expected to attend school as normal. This means if you choose to keep your child/children home after their year level has returned to onsite schooling, we can no longer support their learning from home via remote learning. This is the approach being taken by all Catholic and government schools in Victoria.
This does not apply to children who need to be absent for health or medical reasons. In circumstances where a student is absent from classes following the activation of Onsite Learning, students will be able to access learning materials and details of Home Study via the SEQTA Portal as per standard practice.
To support the health and wellbeing of all students and staff, our school will continue an enhanced cleaning routine and will encourage frequent handwashing.
If your child is ill or is feeling unwell, they must not attend school. They must remain home and seek medical advice.
We understand that some families may feel anxious about this move back to classroom teaching and learning. While the Chief Health Officer has advised that students will not be required to maintain physical distancing at school, there will be a number of important changes to our school operations, consistent with health advice to all schools.
We will be implementing increased health and safety measures as we manage the transition back to school-based learning.
To provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the operational protocols and how we are responding to the challenge of adult social distancing in a College environment, we have included a list of Frequently Asked Questions. We hope these will provide clear guidelines for all students, staff and parents. I ask you to especially note the adjusted arrangements for drop-off and pick-up, restricted access to the school site for anyone other than immediate school staff and students and the bus and canteen arrangements. These will apply until further notice.
More information about the return to school and coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found on the CECV website, which will continue to be updated: www.cecv.catholic.edu.au/Coronavirus-information-for-parents.
We are absolutely committed to working with you through these challenging times. The health and safety of everyone in our school community must remain our highest priority. Thank you for your ongoing understanding at this difficult time. We look forward to welcoming students back to the classroom.
Mr Nick Scully
2020 - LETTER to Parent - COVID (21 May)