Principal's message Term 3

18th September 2020

Dear Parents and carers,

As term 3 draws to a close I want to thank you all for your support throughout what has been a really tough term. I want to sincerely thank you for everything you have done in remote and flexible learning. I know it has not been easy for everyone. I hope you can enjoy the holidays with your family. Term 4 is important for all Victorian students and our teachers, support staff and therapists will deliver high quality learning for everyone.

As you will know we are engaging in professional learning from the 5th until the 8th of October each morning as a whole staff. We will be learning about Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS).

Remote and flexible learning will still occur for the last session on each of these days. Friday the 9th of October will be a day of remote learning. This is because our pupil free days were scheduled for the 15th and 16th of October which is when we return to face to face teaching in line with the advice from the chief health officer. I felt that it would be too disruptive for students and their families.

From the 12th of October our students will return to full-time on-site schooling. If you wish to keep your child at home longer, please contact me to discuss how we can support you.

The student transport buses will operate as usual from the 12th of October. The buses will go to the regular pick up points.

The mental health and wellbeing of all of our students and staff will be a high priority as we  re- engage students back into the school routine. This will assist the students to transition back with the structure and predictability that supports all of our students. We will be supporting social and emotional learning alongside curriculum based learning. This means effectively mobilising all available resources to support our most vulnerable students and enabling staff to access the relevant support services

The term 3 remote and flexible learning arrangements were put in place to significantly reduce the movement of more than 1 million students and their families across Victoria, to slow the spread of Coronavirus. Thanks to you and your family for contributing to this on behalf of our school community.

As on-site schooling resumes, we will continue to have in place strong measures to protect the health and safety of students, staff, families and the community. This includes staggered start and finish times, restricting parent access to school grounds and continued emphasis on hand hygiene and physical distancing.

All students are encouraged to bring in their own water bottle each day for safety reasons. School programs will operate as usual with the exception of swimming, hydro, excursions, incursions and camps which are all prohibited at this time. As restrictions ease some of these programs could be re-instated during term 4.

If your child is medically vulnerable it is really important to seek medical advice to ensure on site learning is the best option at this time. If the medical advice is such that your child will remain at home we will provide the learning materials they will need.

Many of our families borrowed school owned devices and I would appreciate it if these could be returned when your child returns to school. All other equipment borrowed will also need to be returned.

If your child is unwell they must stay at home, seek medical advice and if tested for COVID -19 stay at home until you get the test results indicating they are clear to return to school. The same applies to all of our staff.

Our school, working with you, has shown it can be flexible and adaptable in responding to the challenges of coronavirus (COVID-19) and will continue to meet the needs as we look towards the end of the 2020 school year and ahead into 2021.

Kind Regards