RETURN TO SCHOOL INFORMATION

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Dear Parents and Carers,

The Victorian Chief Health Officer and Victorian Government’s road map outlines a staggered return to on site learning for all students. The Department of Education and Training has given Albion North PS permission to vary slightly from this.

Our students will return to school in class groups, rather than year levels and are expected to return as follows:

From Monday 18th October:
P/1A and P/1B: at school Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
Starting time will be at 9 a.m. Finishing time will be 3:15 p.m.
Remote learning on Thursday and Friday

1/2A and 2/3A: at school Thursday and Friday
Starting time will be at 9 a.m. Finishing time will be 3:15 p.m.
Remote learning on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday

From Monday 25th October:
P/1A and P/1B: at school Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
Starting time will be at 9 a.m. Finishing time will be 3:15 p.m.
Remote learning on Thursday and Friday

3/4A and 3/4B: at school Tuesday and Wednesday
Starting time will be at 8:50 a.m. Finishing time will be 3:05 p.m.
Remote learning on Monday, Thursday and Friday

1/2A and 2/3A: at school Thursday and Friday
Starting time will be at 9 a.m. Finishing time will be 3:15 p.m.
Remote learning on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday

4/5A, 5/6A and 5/6B: at school Thursday and Friday
Starting time will be at 8:50 a.m. Finishing time will be 3:05 p.m.
Remote learning on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday

From Friday 5th November: all students on site.

Please note that these dates may differ slightly depending on the vaccination rate. Variations will be notified through the School Stream app.

Students should arrive at school as close to their appointed starting time as possible to go straight into classrooms and avoid mixing with other cohorts in the playground.

Remote learning will continue when students are not on site.

To accommodate the return to school we are required to follow the following rules
1. Ensure that cohorts do not mix. We will have different starting and finishing times and different recess and lunchtimes for each cohort when they are on site.
2. Students in grades 3 to 6 are required to wear a face mask indoors unless an exemption applies. This is mandated by the Chief Health Office and the Department of Education and Training.
3. It is recommended that students in grades Prep to 2 wear a face mask indoors unless an exemption applies.
4. Maintain hand hygiene expectations including use of sanitiser when using shared equipment.
5. Students who are unwell should stay at home.

Other changes to our school routine:
1. Parents, carers and other visitors to the school are expected to abide by the Chief Health Officer’s current direction at all times with regard to density limits, face masks and so on.
2. Parents/carers are permitted on school grounds but not inside classrooms. If you need to speak with a teacher this must be done through a phone call or WebEx.
3. Parents who need to visit the office for essential matters must scan the QR code and must observe the density limits in the office area.
4. There is to be no sharing of food. This means (for example) that treats for children’s birthdays are not able to be brought to school at this time.

Our school canteen will operate daily under strict health guidelines. There will continue to be no over counter sales for parents and some menu items may not be available at this time due to health and safety or supply issues.

Students who are vulnerable or are the children of permitted workers (according to DET and DFFH/Child Protection guidance) may still attend for on site supervision on days that their class is not present. This should be booked in advance. Children in this category will be a cohort and will have a separate recess and lunch time to other groups that are on site.

The Department is very clear in its expectation that all children should attend on site on their rostered days unless they are unwell. Our attendance will be monitored and ‘parent choice’ will not be an approved absence. If your child is unwell or has an appointment and cannot attend school, please contact us to let us know. This can be done by calling 9312 5900 or using the School Stream app.

After school care will be available for students on their rostered days. If you require this service please contact Kelly Club directly on 0402 042 970 or albionnorth@kellycluboshc.com.au

We are looking forward to welcoming everyone back on site. If you have any questions please contact me on 9312 5900.

Jean Bentley
PRINCIPAL