Initial information regarding the phased return to on-site schooling

Dear parents, guardians, carers and students,

Thank you for all your support during these past few weeks of remote and flexible learning.

Following advice from the Chief Health Officer, the Victorian Government has advised that schools can begin a phased 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 will return to school from Tuesday 26th May.

Year 10 students undertaking VCE studies, including VCE VET studies, should also attend school for those classes where practicable. 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.

To support all school staff to prepare for this transition, Monday 25th May will be a pupil-free day.

In the second stage of our return to on-site schooling, all other year levels will return to school from Wednesday 10th June. (NB. Tuesday 9th June is already scheduled as a pupil free/report writing day for both Fitzroy High School and Collingwood College).

For vulnerable children and those students who learn from home, the existing model of on-site schooling will remain in place during the two-week period from Tuesday 26th May to Wednesday 10th 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. Please ensure that the correct form is completed, signed and returned to myself or the office.

All other students in these grades and year levels will continue learning from home until Wednesday 10th June.

Once your child’s year level has returned, they 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 your child is ill or is feeling unwell, they must not attend school. They must remain home and seek medical advice.

While the 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 to all schools that is available. 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:
arrangements for drop off and pick up, including possible staggered school start and finish times;
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
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.

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.

Yours sincerely,

Linda Mitchell (Principal)