EPS Coronavirus Updates

Important Update

02-Aug-2020 Dear Families, Good evening and I hope that you enjoyed the sunshine over the weekend. I firmly believe that Our finest hour is yet to come! Earlier today, the Victorian Government announced that, on the advice of the Victorian Chief Health Officer, regional and rural Victoria will move to Stage 3 restrictions and metropolitan Melbourne will move to Stage 4 restrictions to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). These requirements apply to all schools across the government, Catholic and independent sectors and across all metropolitan Melbourne and rural...

Future Planning Information

27-Jul-2020 Dear Families and I hope that this finds you safe and well, Today, 3 Kingston Network schools have closed for deep cleaning, with confirmed COVID cases. We are NOT one of these and I want to briefly outline the process to you IF our school ever had to be closed to help with planning When a school is closed, generally on short notice, no one is allowed onsite for any reason, including all staff and students. COMPASS notifications and an SMS will be immediately sent out to ALL families. The timing of...

It’s Official. Remote and Flexible learning is back!

12-Jul-2020 Dear Families Today’s announcement from Premier Dan Andrews has confirmed what many of us thought was inevitable- a return to remote and flexible learning. We’ve done this before and we can do it again and I am confident that we can continue to build upon the many successes we experienced during the first round of remote learning and make this round even better. We know that this will be a challenging period in our lives and we know that there will be a few ups and downs...

Pupil Free Days

09-Jul-2020 Dear Families and Friends of Edithvale I sincerely hope that you and your loved ones remain safe and healthy and that the current COVID19 headlines have not impacted too greatly upon the time you have spent with your family over the holiday period. This was certainly not a message I envisaged writing so soon after school had returned to some sort of normality at the end of last term and I’m certain that there will be a few more messages sent out in the coming days. You...

Return to School Information

12-MAY-2020 Dear Parents & Carers Thank you for all your encouragement during these past few weeks of remote and flexible learning. We understand that this has been a challenging time for our students and families. As a community, we can be proud of the support we have given each other, our adaptability, and unity. Thank you for your extraordinary work, support and dedication during this time- it takes a village to raise a child and the Edithvale village is a great one! One of the exciting tasks ahead...

Wellbeing Week – Support for Parents & Carers

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Family Wellbeing Support

22-April-2020 Dear Families, We recognise and understand that these difficult times bring challenges that we may not be prepared for. This is a very hard time for families. It’s also the perfect time to remember that you don’t have to be perfect! It is perfectly normal to feel tired, stressed and worn out. Our ongoing commitment to our students’ and our parents’ health and wellbeing has seen us reach out to the CASEA team, to offer support in managing the different emotions that many of our families may...

Phoning the School – Change in Operations

15-Apr-2020 Good morning parents & carers. Due to the current Covid-19 Crisis, all of our office / administration staff are required to work from home if they are able to. We have had to alter the way we operate and manage school operations. This means that our telephones will not be attended at all times. When you call, if the phones are unattended, you will be asked to leave a message. This message is then automatically sent to the School email, which is being monitored by all of...

Coronavirus Update April 9

09-April Dear Edithvale Families Following advice from the Victorian Government on Tuesday 7 April, Edithvale Primary School will be moving to remote and flexible learning from the first Day of Term 2, Wednesday April 15 This is a step all Victorian government schools are taking to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). This means that all students who can learn at home must learn from home. This is a very clear directive from the Victorian Government based on the advice of the Chief Health Officer. We will continue...

Coronavirus Update March 23

23-March Dear Families We have just received some clarity and answers to a number of questions involving all schools and as a matter of urgency we are forwarding this to you now. Your patience and support for our students and each other through this challenging time has been greatly appreciated. Sincere Thanks. Yesterday the Victorian Government, with the support of the Chief Health Officer, announced the bringing forward of school holidays in Victoria, commencing from Tuesday 24 March. Care and supervision During this week, we will continue to...

Coronavirus Update March 22

22-March Dear Families I appreciate these messages and updates that we continue to send may be time consuming and I apologise if there are too many. I can assure you that they are written with the best of intentions and I hope they keep you informed and help somewhat to manage any anxieties associated with this insidious virus. At the time of writing it is apparent that schools throughout the State will be closed from Tuesday March 24 and school holidays for students will begin tomorrow at 3:30pm....

Coronavirus Update March 20

20-March Good evening one and all I apologise for the lateness of this message but I wanted our community to be among the first in the State to know about a few decisions made today by the Department of Education that will impact on our school in the next few weeks and months. Additional Pupil Free Days The Minister for Education today approved an additional two pupil-free days. The first will be on the last day of this term – Friday next week (March 27)– and the second...

Coronavirus Update March 19

19-March Dear Edithvale Primary School Community Victorian schools remain open, in line with the latest advice from Australia’s Chief Medical Officer and Victoria’s Chief Health Officer. Further information regarding school assemblies and events can be found on the Department’s website. The decision for schools to remain open is based on the best medical and health advice. As you would know, additional measures to respond to coronavirus (COVID-19) were announced yesterday morning, including further restrictions on public gatherings. Consequently we will NOT be holding our regular Friday assemblies until...

Coronavirus Update March 17

17-March Dear Edithvale Primary School families I write to provide a further update on the coronavirus disease SCHOOL CLOSURES The advice of the Chief Health Officer remains at present that our schools should stay open, except in the case of a confirmed case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). As you may have heard, Toorak Primary School will be closed for 24 hours from today as a staff member there has tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Until we hear otherwise our school will remain open. TALKING WITH CHILDREN In...

Coronavirus Update March 16

16-March This morning our Premier declared a state of emergency for Victoria. What this means for our school is unclear at this stage. The attached statement from the Victorian Chief Health Officer regarding the importance of our schools remaining open for now, provides some information and insight into current thinking.  DHHS - the importance of our schools remaining open (118 KB) - 16-Mar-2020 We will continue to support our students and families during these uncertain times. On Friday we installed hand washing stations in every classroom, displayed posters...

Coronavirus Update March 15

15-March Dear Edithvale Primary School Families, I understand that there is considerable anxiety and concern surrounding the increase in the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus across the world and I wish to assure you that we continue to follow the daily updates and advice being given to us from the Department of Education and Training. Unless we are informed otherwise, our school will be operating classes as normal on Monday- except to add that some staff will be given time throughout the day to develop lesson plans...

Coronavirus Update March 13

13-March Dear Edithvale Primary School Families, I write to keep you informed of the potential impact that novel coronavirus (COVID-19) may have on our school in the coming weeks and months and to assure you that we are working tirelessly to ensure we are prepared for what might come next. We are a great community. We are a strong community- and together we will overcome any challenges that lie ahead of us. As you may be aware, recently, the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus a pandemic...