Addition to Principal's update 21st March 2020.
Dear Parents, Guardians, Carers and Students,
In this additional update for the 21st March 2020, I have included DET advice around student attendance next week, an explanation of the College Council motion that went out to parents yesterday and information for parents whose children are absent next week.
AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCEMENTS
This afternoon the National Cabinet announced new social-distancing measures, among a range of other measures to support our communities as we continue to deal with the challenges of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
On the recommendation of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC), the National Cabinet also determined that early childhood settings, schools and higher education institutions remain exempt from these requirements.
We will continue to follow the recommendations of the Victorian Chief Health Officer, and if the advice changes, we will move to implement that advice as quickly as possible.
Based on this advice, schools will continue to be open next week. This is important as we remain firmly committed to ensuring that our children continue to gain the full benefits – both learning and social development – that schools provide. This includes our special schools, which do a wonderful job educating some of our most vulnerable students.
This includes the children of those performing critical services, from our own teaching colleagues and other professions such as health, emergency and transport workers and for students with complex needs and those in vulnerable circumstances.
Students who are required to be self-isolating will be supported to continue their learning at home through a range of on and off-line resources.
We understand, however, that the new social-distancing measures might increase the level of anxiety in our communities.
We want to reassure our parents that next week, Victorian Government schools will remain open and will continue to provide the full range of classroom teaching, learning and social activities that are so important for our students.
STUDENT ABSENCES DURING THE PANDEMIC BUT BEFORE REMOTE LEARNING
COLLEGE COUNCIL MOTION
The Bright P-12 College Council moved a motion, as a College Council made up of parents, students and DET staff, which was sent to all parents yesterday. This is a College Council view. College Council consulted with representatives from DET prior to proposing this motion which is intended to align with DET policy and support the College.
Some parents of Bright P-12 College have decided to self-isolate and not send their children to school as a pre-cautionary measure.
The College can support the continuity of learning for those students in the following ways while the school is operational: Primary students –email Ms Kelli Jacobsen (Assistant Principal Primary for support) and Secondary students – use the available learning materials currently on Compass.
Any students who choose to self-isolate will not be disadvantaged through attendance requirements for VCE, VCAL or general school attendance.
While the College is fully operational it is not possible for our staff to provide a complete off-site learning program (if and when we do go to a Remote Learning our whole focus will be on providing off-site learning). I ask you not to contact individual teachers at this stage as they are very busy and will be unable to answer you concerns.
I appreciate your support and understanding of our situation at present, however if you do have concerns for your child’s learning while at home please contact the College.
Bright P-12 College