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COVID-19 – 13 July UPDATE

13 July 2020 by

 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

As you would be aware, the state 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, Catholic schools in metropolitan Melbourne will have specific arrangements in place for week one of Term 3, as outlined below. Schools will then move to remote learning for most students in Year 7 to Year 10 from the start of Monday 20 July 2020.

It is very important to note that the Victorian Chief Health Officer has advised that schools can continue to operate. The 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.

The purpose of these changed arrangements is to reduce the number of students and families moving across metropolitan Melbourne in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

It is, however, important that face-to-face teaching be maintained for select students. This includes students in Years 11 and 12 (and Year 10 students who have VCE studies or VCAL strands in their learning program) because of the importance of enabling all students to continue or complete their senior secondary certificate, either VCE or VCAL.

It is also important that support is provided to families where parents/guardians cannot work from home and others who need the support that onsite provision enables. The new arrangements are set out in detail below.

 

Monday 13 – Friday 17 July
Students in Years 11 and 12, students in Year 10 undertaking VCE or VCAL studies will have returned from Monday 13 July.

Monday 13 – Friday 17 July are student-free days for Years 7-10; therefore, students not in the categories above are not required to attend school. These student-free days will enable our staff to prepare for the change to remote learning from Monday 20 July.

 

Arrangements beginning on Monday 20 July
From Monday 20 July, our school will be moving to remote learning. This will apply to all students except the following:

  • Year 11 and 12 students and Year 10 students undertaking VCE, VET or VCAL programs
  • Parents/guardians who cannot make suitable arrangements to supervise their son/daughters at home, including the sons/daughters of teachers in schools who are required to return to work onsite
  • students with disabilities who choose to attend on site.

We will follow similar arrangements to those we put in place for remote learning in Term 2.

If you are in a position where you believe your son/daughter needs to be supervised on site at the College please email principal@mackillop.vic.edu.au as soon as possible so that appropriate structures can be put in place to support these students.

 

Change in Mindset
Thanks to the feedback from our students, parents/guardians and teachers. We learnt a great deal from our first experience of remote learning. As a result it is our intention to make changes to the mode of operation for this second round of remote learning.

Please watch out for a revised Learning Continuity document from the College in the next few days as this will outline the significant and important adjustments to how remote learning will work for your son/daughter.

 

Face Masks
Victoria’s Chief Health Officer has confirmed that the use of face masks or coverings is not recommended in schools at this time. As has always been the case, students who wish to wear face masks in school and when going to and from school may do so.

 

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

 

Kind Regards,
Rory Kennedy
Principal

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