14 May 2020
Dear parents and carers,
We are all very excited to be working together to get our students back into face to face learning!
Thank you for all your support during these past few weeks of remote and flexible learning. Your efforts, supporting your children’s remote learning have been unbelievable. You all deserve medals! Your feedback and appreciation for the work that our teaching and support staff have done has been great to hear as well. Thank you all so much!
Following advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, the Victorian Government has advised that schools can begin a staged return to on-site schooling.
In the first stage, students in Prep, Grade 1 and Grade 2, senior secondary (Year 11 and 12 VCAL and VCE) students and all students in specialist schools will return to school from Tuesday 26 May. The country bus service will resume as normal.
Year 10 students undertaking VCE subjects or Foundation VCAL, should also attend school for those classes where practicable at the University Campus. 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.
Churchill Campus Year 10 students undertaking a VCE subject who are bus travellers, can catch their normal school bus to and from the University Campus for the day. They will participate in remote learning in the library or study hall when not attending on-site VCE classes.
Morwell Campus Year 10 students undertaking a VCE subject will catch the bus provided by the school from the front of Morwell Campus at 1.10pm on Monday and Thursday afternoons to the University Campus. They can return to Morwell on their normal town buses. On Friday morning, those students should catch their regular town bus service to the University Campus. They can then travel back to Morwell Campus on the bus provided by the school and the students can make their own way home from there.
There is much to prepare for the return to face to face on-site learning and to support all school staff to prepare for this transition, Monday 25 May will be a pupil-free day and there will be no remote or on-site learning on this day.
In the second stage of our return to on-site schooling, all other year levels will return to school from Tuesday 9 June.
Students currently enrolled in the Care and Supervision program will continue in the existing model of on-site schooling which 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 on-site schooling is required will continue for this two-week period. If your circumstances have changed please obtain an application form at the office of the relevant campus.
All other students in these 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 on-site schooling, we can no longer support their learning from home.
This does not apply to children who need to be absent for health or medical reasons. For those families, please contact us so we can make an appropriate plan.
This same approach is being taken by all government schools in Victoria.
To support the health and wellbeing of all our students and staff, our school will continue an enhanced cleaning routine and will encourage frequent hand washing.
If you child is ill or is feeling unwell, they must not attend school. They must remain home and seek medical advice.
While the Victorian 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. This will apply until further notice. I will provide more detail about our local school context as soon as possible, but it is important to note that changes may include:
- Some slight changes to breaks, lunch and dismissal times to avoid crowding
- Changes to the way some classes are run and the activities allowed within some classes
- restrictions on access to the school site for anyone other than immediate school staff and students
- the way we conduct parent-teacher meetings and interviews
Campus specific information will be advised closer to the start date of on-site learning.
We understand that some families may feel anxious about this move back to classroom teaching and learning. I can assure you that this decision has been taken on the basis of the best health advice available to our state. You should also know that we are taking all steps to ensure the physical and emotional health of your students as they return to school and continue with their education.
More information about the return to school and coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found on the Department’s website, which will continue to be updated: https://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/department/Pages/coronavirus.aspx
Thank you for your continued support and patience during this time. We look forward to welcoming our students back to the classroom.
On behalf of the Principal Team at Kurnai College