We are continuing to communicate with you as soon as we get updated advice from the Department of Education during this time of uncertainty in Victoria.
We communicated yesterday regarding eligibility for Remote Learning. Please understand the letter was written to explicitly explain the difference between Remote Learning during this time when we are onsite, and general absence due to sickness.
In this time when people are not following Government guidelines, we, in support of the constant Government messages and reminders, encourage our community to be tested and remain at home whilst awaiting the results.
In the communications sent home we stated that Remote Learning would not be provided for students while waiting for a Covid-19 test result. This was because waiting for the test result is only a short-term absence and in most cases because the child is unwell. In this case, if the child began to feel better but you were still waiting for results the online resources we have provided previously could be used. We would also encourage reading, doing a recount of the book to practise writing skills and general maths discussions and experiences like cooking or playing cards and board games. Throughout the next few weeks, we will continue to share ideas and resources that could be utilised during a short-term absence. As you are aware every situation is different and we will work with families to ensure every child is supported.
The Victorian Chief Health Officer’s advice is that schools continue to be safe places to learn and work and that schools across rural and regional Victoria – thankfully including ours, are able to continue operating as normal.
It is worth noting than schools in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire have moved to remote learning for years Prep-10 to avoid more than 700,000 students
and their families moving around that area, rather than because schools are unsafe.
As you may be aware, some schools in our region have been closed due to confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19). However, the health advice is that unless otherwise directed, schools can continue to operate while observing health measures recommended by the Victorian Chief Health Officer.
This includes implementing a range of measures to reduce the risk of transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19) in school settings, including social distancing for adults and increased cleaning. The wearing of masks for children is not compulsory in regional and rural areas.
The Department of Education & Training and the Department of Health & Human Services have introduced comprehensive procedures to manage suspected or confirmed cases in schools. Where there is any risk to the health of students or staff they act quickly to manage it, including closing the school to allow for contract tracing or cleaning if required.
We understand this is a time of heightened anxiety, but please be assured that our school is taking all necessary precautions to ensure a safe learning and working environment for our students and staff.
If you would like health information from the Department of Health and Human Services, you can visit dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus
Thank you again for your continuing support.