Dear parents, carers, students and staff,
Over the weekend, the Victorian Government announced that, on the advice of the Victorian Chief Health Officer, we find ourselves again moving to Stage 3 restrictions to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
These requirements apply to us at Kurnai and all other government, Catholic and independent schools across the state.
The changes to schools’ operations will come into effect from Wednesday 5 August, following a student free day on Tuesday 4 August, and are likely to apply until the end of Term 3.
As outlined in the Chief Health Officer’s advice on Friday, schools remain safe places for staff and students – but these steps are critical measures to reduce the movement of students and families across the state.
There are implications for our school, and for families in our learning community.
A summary of what the changes mean for our schools is below.
YEAR 7 TO YEAR 10
Year 7 to Year 10 students will return to remote and flexible learning.
On-site supervision in rural and regional Victoria will be available to:
Children whose parents cannot work from home
Any child with a disability
Application forms will be sent out via Compass and to be returned to your campus Principal.
SENIOR SECONDARY YEAR 11 AND 12 (VCE AND VCAL)
All Year 11 and 12 provision for both VCE and VCAL will return to remote and flexible learning.
The GAT will be rescheduled from Wednesday 9 September to Wednesday 7 October.
The schedule for the VCE examinations and release of results will remain as previously advised.
Further information about consideration of disadvantage and coronavirus (COVID-19) will be provided shortly.
As the majority of students will be working from home, there will only be necessary staff on site.
A reminder that if families need assistance with laptops and/or internet connection please call the relevant campus general office between 9am-3pm on school days, or email via firstname.lastname@example.org, or alternatively leave a phone message on 5165 0600 if you require this support.
Our communications team are posting highlights and useful snippets on our College Facebook site and I encourage you to check in from time to time to see some of the examples of the creative and supportive approaches to learning taking place across the College.
We understand that the current situation creates anxiety and uncertainty for many of us. As parents and carers you all did a wonderful job during Lockdown 1 and I am confident that once again, despite the enormity of the task you will rise to the occasion once again.
In the meantime, if you have any queries or need further support do not hesitate to contact your campus principal, we are here for you. We have been here before and it is through working and supporting each other that we will be able to provide the best education for all of our students. Our support staff are also available to talk to your children if you feel they need extra support.
Please continue to take care of yourself and each other,