24th March, 2020
Dear Parents and Carers,
As you are aware, the holidays have been brought forward to contain the spread of coronavirus in our community. During this week, our staff will be planning further for remote learning in the event that this will be required next term.
If you and your partner work within the essential services and do not have alternative childcare arrangements, you are able to send your child/ren to school. Lyn and I will provide a supervision program. Essential services include health, corrections, police and emergency services workers. If essential services workers require holiday program places for their children over the Term 1 holidays due to the State of Emergency, please contact the school. DET will then work out with the school and OSHC providers to determine the level of provision of holiday programs that can be provided over the coming holidays.
If you and your partner do not work in an essential services occupation and your child/ren are sent to school this week and on Tuesday 14th April, you will be contacted to pick them up.
The Victorian Health Officer (VHO) will advise on whether the transition to flexible and remote learning and support should commence on the first student day of Term 2 (Wednesday 15th April) closer to that date. We will communicate this via email and our Facebook page.
In preparation for remote learning our staff contacted all families to ensure email addresses, phone numbers and devices were available. This helped us move forward with our planning preparations. We have set up Google Drive to include, Google Classrooms, Google Hangouts, Google Chat and email. All 3-6 children know how to use the Google suite, however, this will be new learning for the Prep to 2’s. Throughout the holidays, we will be sending out a letter explaining how to connect and use the google suite for all families. This letter will also include your child/ren’s passwords and usernames. In the event of remote learning, this will be your child’s contact to their teachers and their learning. There will be more information to come regarding remote learning for all our units and specialist subjects as we continue our planning next term.
If we move to remote learning from Wednesday the 15th of April, you will be notified. Your child’s teacher will make contact also.
Take care everyone, we will see you after the holidays either online or in person. Stay isolated and look after yourselves.
Lyn and Kate