9 April 2020
Remote Schooling arrangements from the start of Term 2
Dear Parents, Guardians and Carers
As you will be aware, the Victorian State Government has announced that, to increase physical distancing across the population and prevent the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19), all Victorian Schools will be implementing the Remote Schooling program effective 15 April 2020. This means that from the start of Term 2, all students who can learn from home must learn from home.
All students at St Joseph’s Primary School, Orbost will commence Remote Schooling on 15 April 2020 at home except for:
• children of parents who cannot work from home;
• children who are not able to be supervised at home and no other arrangements can be made; and • vulnerable children, including children in out of home care and children deemed by Child Protection and/or Family Services to be at risk of harm.
To clarify, it should be noted that the latest information from the government states that ‘You can have another person come to your house to look after your child if you need to go out for one of the four listed reasons (food and supplies, medical care and care giving, exercise, and work or education), or if you are working or studying at home. You may also drop your child at another person’s house to be looked after, while you are out, if it is for one of the four listed reasons.’
Remote Schooling tasks have been assigned to students by their teachers. Information about Remote Schooling and learning materials have been distributed to our parents/guardians in preparation for the Remote Schooling program. Additional learning materials will be provided throughout Term 2.
I wish to reassure you that the safety and wellbeing of our school community will remain our highest priority with physical distancing provisions being made for the safety of students and staff.
Please note that if you choose to send your child to school, your child will be supervised whilst undertaking the Remote Schooling program which has been designed by our school. As such, your child will be undertaking the same program as those children learning at home.
In addition, I wish to advise you that your child’s teacher will not necessarily be supervising your child on-site, but will continue to support your child through the Remote Schooling program as previously advised to you.
In accordance with direction from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, public parks are closed. Due to the risks involved, children will not be permitted to play outside during remote schooling except in structured, non-contact games where appropriate shared equipment is not required and social distance can be maintained. Inside play will be restricted to games that maintain social distance and do not require students to touch equipment that others are required to use too e.g. balls, games.
If you need to send your children to school, and are eligible to do so, please register your intention by responding to today’s text message by 9am, Tuesday 14th April. You may be contacted by a member of staff to verify reasons and confirm days and times so that we can ensure that we have sufficient staff on duty to supervise students in attendance.
I appreciate that this is a very challenging time for all in our community and your cooperation with our Remote Schooling program is very much appreciated.
School staff will be available throughout the Remote Schooling program and you are asked to make contact directly with your child’s teacher if there are any concerns about your child’s wellbeing or learning program. If you do need help or additional support, please contact school on 5154 1289 or 0428 032 636.
During this difficult time, we must all take care to support one another. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who may be unwell, and those who are working to keep our community safe.
9 April 2020