Dear Parents, Guardians, Carers and Students
My apologies for the update over Easter, but I have now received the information I have been waiting on from DET, regarding many areas of operations for Term 2, but in particular On-site attendance for students.
The Victorian Government has provided a very clear direction that every student who can learn from home must learn from home, based on the advice of the Victorian Chief Health Officer.
In Term 2 we will continue to offer on-site learning and teaching programs for eligible students during regular school operating hours.
ELIGIBLITY FOR ATTENDING ON-SITE
Attending school on-site will remain available in limited circumstances for:
- Students on days or part-days when they are not able to be supervised at home and no other arrangements can be made. This will be available for children of parents who cannot work from home.
- Vulnerable students.
- Small groups of VCE and VCAL students to complete learning requirements that cannot be undertaken at home. We will advise if these arrangements are necessary directly to VCE and VCAL students, in regular student updates.
Our purpose for On-site delivery will be as a community service to those parents who cannot work from home and have no other options available in order to allow them to continue their critical work during this pandemic. The focus of our on-site delivery will be the care, safety and learning of the children and staff attending. We do not want to put the staff and students attending at a much greater risk of contracting the virus than they would have if self-isolating at home.
We will not be able to offer a normal classroom experience as this would put your children and the volunteer teachers supervising at risk of exposure to the virus. We will be taking every precaution available to us to prevent the spread of the virus in our College and the community. We are currently finalising our process and procedures for on-site delivery but it will include: social distancing at all times, individual learning spaces, individual hand sanitiser use, washing hands regularly, individual sport and exercise equipment and play and possibly temperature testing. The shared playground facilities will not be in use.
The students attending on-site will be using the same teaching and learning program as the students learning remotely.
Attached to this post are two documents:
- A parent information sheet from DET for parents, guardians and carers
- An on-site application form
ON-SITE APPLICATION PROCESS AND TIMELINES
The process for application for on-site attendance is as follows:
- The parent, carer or guardian fills in the attached on-site form and emails it to me at email@example.com
- On receipt of the form submitted by the parent, carer, guardian I will ensure the application is complete. This may require me giving you a phone call to confirm the details of the form
- If I am satisfied the request meets the threshold of the student being on-site, then I will confirm attendance with the parent, carers, guardian and explain the logistical arrangements and requirements.
Timeline for applications
- This week due to the lateness of the application process I would require applications to me by no later than MONDAY 13TH APRIL BY COB
From then on I will need to determine student attendance in advance each week to support adequate staffing and health and safety requirements:
- The application form to be emailed to me by COB THURSDAY of each week.
- Parents, Carers and Guardians will be notified of confirmed attendance by COB FRIDAY of each week.
I will be continuing to update you regularly during this term with Principal updates to keep you informed and connected to the College during a period of Remote Learning.
We are on this journey together and be assured the College staff have made enormous progress over the last four weeks preparing for Remote Learning.
Wishing you all the very best.
Bright P-12 College