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COVID-19 – 19 March Update 1

19 March 2020 by

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The rapid evolution of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak continues to be a challenge for everyone in education and, as of 18 March at 2.00pm, the advice to schools is to remain open. I am aware this has caused concerns for parents, guardians, staff and students.

Because the health and safety of school communities is our highest priority, the school’s decision to stay open is based on advice from the Australian and Victorian Chief Medical Officers. When advice from the Chief Medical Officers changes, we will communicate those changes to our school community.

We continue to actively monitor developments and are working closely with the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria Ltd (CECV). The CECV is partnering with the Victorian Department of Education and Training, and Victorian Department of Health and Human Services to ensure our practices reflect current advice and support the needs of our school community.

The school’s leaders and teaching staff are committed to ensuring that learning remains available to students as part of all students’ entitlement to access the Victorian curriculum.

We have plans in place to support students to learn from home and, while we remain open, our emphasis will be on the learning and teaching currently in place in our classrooms.

More information will be shared in future updates.

Rory Kennedy

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