Snap lockdown extended

20-July-2021

Dear Families,

I would like to thank our community during this challenging time for its positivity and focus on those most precious to us: the children in our care.

Like me, many of you would have been intently waiting to hear from Premier Dan Andrews today. His message, though somewhat disappointing, was unsurprising – all schools will continue with remote and flexible learning until midnight on Tuesday July 27. We are planning, and hoping for, a return to face to face teaching and learning in the middle of next week.

Throughout the State and within our community the cumulative impact of these recurring lockdowns will increasingly affect the resilience, hope and courage of our people. Our Staff and I are thinking of you all at this tremendously challenging time.

We acknowledge that remote learning is not always easy, it’s also not the preference of leaders, teachers and support staff either as we juggle remote learning in our households too. Please know that we are here to support each other and each and every one of you.

Although we have again seen high numbers of students engaging with the learning and we know that many students have coped well with the remote learning, we also know that there will be some students and families who may struggle with this work. Our staff will continue to reach out and connect with you and your children over the next couple of days.  We want to keep supporting our students and limit the risk of any child disengaging.

Our teaching staff have been preparing for this eventuality. Updated weekly overviews will be available soon via SEESAW and these will reflect DET priorities- namely – student wellbeing and learning.

A reminder to all families that for any students with a disability, who cannot learn from home due to vulnerability or family stress, access to on-site learning for that student is available.  Please email us edithvale.ps@education.vic.gov.au or call (9772 1393) our school directly so that we can organise for this support.

Week 2 Overviews

A brief overview of what the next few days looks like for your child is included in the attachment below. Staff will be available at different times throughout the day to offer support and advice for students to help them attempt the learning tasks and provide feedback on their completed work. These varying times aim to take into account the needs of our families – noting that flexibility for all of us needs to be prioritised.

Further details are provided in the Week 2 overviews and our aim is to keep the structure and routine that our students are familiar with in place for the next couple of days.

Term 1 Canteen Price List  Foundation Term 3 Week 2 Overview
Term 1 Canteen Price List  Year 1 Term 3 Week 2 Overview
Term 1 Canteen Price List  Year 2 Week 2 Overview
Term 1 Canteen Price List  Year 3 Term 3 Week 2 Overview
Term 1 Canteen Price List  Year 4 Term3 Week 2 Overview
Term 1 Canteen Price List  Year 5/6 Term 3 Week 2 Overview

School Crossings

Due to the State Government announcing a snap 5-day lockdown, Council has suspended all school crossings effective immediately until the morning of the 21 July 2021 and we apologise if this causes any inconvenience. Council has taken into consideration the only children attending schools in this period, would be the children of essential workers who should be getting dropped at the school grounds by their parents/care giver.

On-site Supervision during Lockdown 5.0

As with other remote learning periods, our school will provide on-site supervision for students who are eligible. To request on-site supervision, please use this link On Site Attendance Request Form  and complete the form. This needs to be submitted by 3pm on Sunday 18 July so that we can send confirmation letters later that afternoon as required.

The French avenue gate will be opened at 8:45am for those who qualify. this includes:

Children where both parents and or carers are considered authorised workers who cannot work from home, work for an essential provider and where no other supervision arrangements can be made:

  • Where there are two parents/carers, both must be essential workers, working outside the home in order for their children to be eligible for on-site provision.
  • For single parents/ carers, the essential worker must be working outside the home in order for their children to be eligible for on-site provision.
  • Vulnerable children, including:
    • children in out-of-home care
    • children deemed vulnerable by a government agency, funded family or family violence service, and assessed as requiring education and care outside the family home
    • children identified as vulnerable, (including via referral from a government agency, or funded family or family violence service, homeless or youth justice service or mental health or other health service)

 

Summary of Key Operational Requirements

A list of permitted activities at schools is below.

Good luck, take care and remember…. Greatness is a lot of small things done well everyday 🙂

James Whitla