TERM 3 UPDATE

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Dear parents and carers,

As you would be aware, the Victorian Government has made some significant announcements in relation to arrangements for schools in Victoria for Term 3.
Based on advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, Victorian Government schools in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire will have specific arrangements in place for Week 1 of Term 3 and schools will then move to remote and flexible learning for students in Prep to Year 10 from the start of Week 2.
The purpose of these changed arrangements is to reduce the number of students – and their parents and guardians – moving across metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire in order to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The Victorian Chief Health Officer has also provided advice about the health measures that should be taken by staff and students, and we will be following these.

To provide further assurance, our school, along with all other government schools in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire, will be conducting temperature checks of all students at the start of the day. If your child does have a temperature, you will be asked to collect them from school.

The arrangements for term three are set out in detail below. These arrangements will be in place across schools in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire until at least 19th August 2020.

From Monday 20 July, our school will be moving to remote and flexible learning. This will be for all students at Albion North PS.

The following students are able to attend school for on-site supervision, but will also undertake the remote learning program:
• children of parents/carers who cannot make suitable arrangements to supervise children at home, including children of teachers in government schools who are required to return to work on-site
• vulnerable students
• students with disabilities who choose to attend on site.

Any students who do need to attend school will be supervised but not necessarily by their teacher. They will also be expected to follow social distancing rules whilst in class and in the playground and children from different year levels will not be able to play together.

To assist our planning, if you need supervision at school for your child, please complete the attached form and return it to school before 4 p.m. on Thursday 16th July 2020. This is to make sure that we have enough staff on site to supervise students and this form will be required weekly.

Students who are learning from home will follow similar arrangements to those we put in place for remote and flexible learning in Term 2. The Department requires daily contact with each child so that we can mark them as present. This could be a phone call or a WebEx meeting.
Students who used school devices during term two will again have access to their device. Parents will be able to collect devices and other required materials from school on Thursday or Friday at the following times:

Students with surnames A – D: Thursday 16th July between 9:30 and 12:00
Students with surnames E – L: Thursday 16th July between 12:30 and 3:00
Students with surnames M – R: Friday 17th July between 9:30 and 12:00
Students with surnames S – Z: Friday 16th July between 12:30 and 3:00

*If your children have different surnames, you will be able to collect all devices at the same time.

The Department has a range of options for you to continue to support your students in their learning, available at the Learning from Home website education.vic.gov.au/homelearning.

The latest information about coronavirus (COVID-19) and schools is on the Department of Education and Training website: education.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

The Victorian Chief Health Officer has confirmed that the use of face masks or coverings by adults or children is not recommended in schools at this time. As has always been the case, students who wish to wear face masks in school and in going to and from school may do so.

And, finally, a reminder that if you, your child, or a family member develops symptoms of a fever, chills or sweats, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, loss of smell or taste, you should get tested at a coronavirus (COVID-19) testing facility and stay home.

It is vitally important to keep our school community safe. The ‘second wave’ of coronavirus has produced a greater number of positive cases on a daily basis than in term two. We must all do what we can to ensure that each member of our community stays safe and healthy.

If you would like health information from the Department of Health and Human Services, you can visit dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

I will continue to communicate with you as soon as we receive further information.

Yours sincerely,

Jean Bentley
PRINCIPAL