I would like to sincerely thank the entire School Community for their support throughout this period of remote and flexible learning. Thank you once again for your outstanding work. Your commitment to enhancing our students’ wellbeing and educational outcomes has been incredible and helped pave the way for a return to school.
Victoria’s return to on-site school attendance is based on the advice of the Victorian Chief Health Officer who, with the wellbeing and safety of students and staff in mind, has fully endorsed a return to on-site schooling. A copy of his statement is included at the end of this document and our COVID-19 return to school Policy can be found on our school’s website.
School will look and feel different in the short term and with the main risk of introducing coronavirus (COVID-19) to the school environment coming from adults, close proximity between adult members of the school community must be avoided. Parents are respectfully requested to NOT ENTER the school grounds. This will assist us to create the conditions for a safe and successful return to school.
If we get this right at Edithvale Primary and throughout our broader community, we will be doing our bit to stop the spread of this disease and take further steps towards a return to life we all knew before COVID-19.
The strategies we will put in place are designed to support physical distancing and good hygiene practices to reduce the risk of coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission within the practical limitations of a school environment. They will not necessarily suit every individual in our community and they may create some short term pain- but the end result will be worth it.
We Request that students of the following years enter through their designated gate: By opening as many entry and exit points to the school as is safe, and allocating staff to ensure students are safely supervised we are hoping that students and parents feel safe and confident with their arrival/departure from school.
Families will need to plan for and adapt to altered arrangements to arrive at times specified
“In metropolitan, regional and rural schools where there is any risk of congregation at school entry and exit points, schools must introduce staggered drop-off and pick-up times.”
Students should bring their own water bottle for use at school as students should not drink directly from drinking fountains at this time. Taps may be used to refill water bottles.
Throughout remote learning our students have acquired new skills and knowledge that will hold them in good stead when school resumes. They have learnt how to manage their time and how to be patient. They have developed new communication skills, resilience and persistence. They have become more proficient with digital technologies and discovered a new way of learning.
Through lack of direct and explicit face to face instruction, many will also have missed out on the chance to work on other important skills. Specific goals that your child’s teacher were working closely with your child on in Term 1 will not have been consolidated and these will be picked up when school resumes. Students will have new academic and social goals and work on these throughout the remainder of Term 2.
Students will be out of rhythm and routine and lack learning stamina. It will take a little time to build this up and get used to face to face teaching. Please be patient with them and us.
To help prepare your child for a return to school, we have included a few tips that we hope will assist in getting our students back up to speed as quickly as possible so that they can successfully transition back to school.
Toilets: School is very different to home,start trying to take scheduled toilet breaks at the times your child will be having their recess and lunch breaks. This will build the body’s ability to lengthen the period between toilet stops.
Talk: Talk with your child about what they might expect when school resumes (there are no right or wrong answers as none of us really knows what to expect). Ask what they are looking forward to and reflect on the successes they have had during remote learning. The more confidence and belief they have, the greater the chances of a successful return to school.
Although ALL staff will be on-site from 26 May, the restriction on parents entering school grounds means that communication channels will remain as they have for the last 8 weeks - with a few minor changes.
Years F to 2:If you need to communicate with your child’s teacher, please email, via the School email: email@example.com or phone the School on 9772 1393.There may be times where the phones are un-manned.In those times, you will be asked to leave a message, and the appropriate staff member will return your call.If you need to come into the school grounds, please call the office first, for further instruction.
Years 3 – 6:Arrangements will remain the same as they have been during this period of remote learning.Communications should go through the School email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone the School on 9772 1393.There may be times where the phones are un-manned.In those times, you will be asked to leave a message, and the appropriate staff member will return your call.
Physical distancing is not practical when providing direct care. In this situation, standard precautions, including hand hygiene, are important for infection control.
The Department of Education (DET) has stated that schools are required to provide Semester One reports to families. However, recognition that schools have adopted revised teaching and learning plans for Term 2.
Our semester 2 reports will be solely about students’ efforts, attitudes, contributions and achievements during remote learning. Term 1 Progress reports for all students were posted to COMPASS in March and reflected the face to face learning completed in the first 8 weeks of school.
Reports will include
The Foundation – Year 2 Reports will be made available via Compass on June 5 with parent/teacher interviews being held the following week- remotely
The Years 3-6 Reports will be made available via Compass June 19 with parent/teacher interviews being held the following week- remotely
In line with community advice, reasonable precautions are still advised to reduce the risk of coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission in the context of sport and recreation.
As Victoria’s Chief Health Officer, and as a member of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee, and with the health, wellbeing and safety of students and staff front of mind, I fully endorse a return to on-site schooling for all Victorian schools.
As you know, since the beginning of Term 2, most children have been learning remotely in order to limit the number of people moving around the state and to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
This careful approach continues, and I trust that you have confidence in my view that it is safe for our community to have school students begin a phased return to classrooms.
I thank teachers, staff and families for their incredible efforts in helping deliver remote and flexible schooling and, in doing so, helping to flatten the curve of the pandemic.
These efforts, in addition to significant testing, mean we are now in a position to begin moving back to face-to-face teaching.
This is in addition to the available evidence that largely indicates that transmission between children in the school environment is low.
This growing evidence, coupled with low levels of community transmission in Victoria, means that the risk posed to staff and students returning to on-site schooling at this time is very low.
Everyone in the Victorian community has a role to play in protecting themselves and keeping the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) suppressed.
Thank you for your incredible contribution to Victoria’s response to coronavirus (COVID-19).
Adj Clin Prof Brett Sutton
Victorian Chief Health Officer
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