Although we received some direction yesterday, there are still plenty of potholes in the roadmap ahead for our return to school. We’re closer than we were on Friday and delighted that at least there will be some students transitioning back into school early next term. We’re hopeful that early next term, even more students will be back.
There will be many different emotions that our friends, families and students will be experiencing as a result of yesterday’s announcements. Hope, Frustration, Excitement, Disappointment, Fear, Relief. Over the next few weeks many of us may experience these feelings at different times and we encourage you to reach out so that we can support you and your children in whatever ways that we can.
Each and every day that I am at school I am reminded that I work with an amazing staff and alongside an incredibly resilient and strong community. The next two weeks for us will be about connecting with our students and communities and the information included below from the Department of Education continues to form part of this connection.
More information will come to hand over the next few days and when it does we will, forward this on as soon as we can. For the most part, there is no discernible change in the short term to our school operations.
The Victorian Government has released its plan for easing coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions. It includes the following decisions about school operations. Any changes to these are subject to the advice of Victoria’s Chief Health Officer.
All schools will continue to provide remote and flexible learning for the remainder of Term 3.
5 – 9 October (first week of Term 4)
- Remote and flexible learning will continue for all students, except in specialist schools in rural and regional Victoria.
- On-site supervision for children of permitted workers and vulnerable students will continue to be provided consistent with existing guidelines.
From 12 October
Schools in Metropolitan Melbourne
- Students in Prep to Grade 2 return to full-time on-site schooling. The existing remote learning program will not continue for these year levels.
- Remote and flexible learning will continue for all students in Grade 3 to Year 10, other than for children of permitted workers and vulnerable students.
Date subject to health advice
- All students from Year 3 to Year 10 in metropolitan Melbourne will continue with remote and flexible learning. A date for the return of these year levels to face-to-face learning will be subject to further health advice.
Term 4 on-site arrangements
- School staff will be required to attend school at times when they are delivering on-site learning or supervision. At all other times, they will continue to work remotely where possible.