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COVID-19 – 24 July Update 2

24 July 2020 by

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We thank you for your support and patience as we navigate yet another very challenging situation.

As a College, the safety and wellbeing of our community is at the heart of every decision we’re making. It is for this reason, and with the advice of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Catholic Education Melbourne (CEM), that we’ve made a series of decisions that we believe are in the best interest of our community.

These decisions are as follows:

Student Learning
Year 7-10 remote learning will continue as it has been, until Monday 24 August as directed by the Victorian Government.

All VCE, VCAL and VET students will:

  • undertake remote learning as of Monday 27 July
  • continue with remote learning until Tuesday 4 August inclusive
  • commence face-to face teaching on Wednesday 5 August.

The College will be closed on Monday 27 July to allow for the final aspects of the deep cleaning to conclude. No one, including staff, will be able to access the College grounds during this time.

Tuesday 28 July presents as an opportunity for staff and students to access the College to retrieve any equipment required to help with remote learning, such as laptops, books etc.

To access the College and ensure everyone’s safety, your son/daughter must ring reception first, to let them know of their intention to come into the College. Access to the College must be through the Administration building where temperature checks will be taken prior to entry. Students must leave immediately after collecting their materials. Parents/Guardians must remain in their cars while such access occurs.

Please note this will be the only day that students will have access to the College grounds.

We understand that this will mean some students may not have the equipment they need for their lessons on Monday (e.g. laptop etc.) however, it is in the best interests of all concerned that we wait until the deep cleaning process is complete before allowing entry. In the case where all equipment isn’t available for Monday, we ask both staff and students to do the best they can to deal with this unusual situation.

Students can expect to receive learning continuity plans from their teachers on Monday, with the expectation that they attend Zoom classes where their attendance will be taken.

Student Reports
Due to the school closure, reports were unable to go out today, Friday 24 July, as previously planned. A key element of their publication required someone on site. Please expect all reports to be published by midday Wednesday, as staff are not allowed back on site until Tuesday 28 July.

The College and Contact Tracing
The College will be closed until Tuesday 4 August, with the exception of Tuesday 28 July for student access. This is to allow time for staff from the DHHS to carry out contact tracing and to identify any staff and students who have been in contact with the confirmed case.

With the support of the MacKillop community, and in taking these very necessary steps, we are hopeful that we can protect our staff and students while working towards containing and slowing the spread of COVID-19 in the wider community.

In closing, we take comfort in knowing that we have a level of certainty in our way forward. As a College community, we have a firm planned response to this particular set of unusual circumstances and we now know what it looks like when this plan is implemented. Every effort is being made to ensure the continued safety and wellbeing of the entire community.

At this stage, we ask only for patience and understanding in that we are still awaiting further advice and information from DHHS, however this will be shared as soon as it becomes available for further updates.

I urge you all to exercise patience and tolerance with one another in what continues to be an unprecedented time for the College.

God bless.

Kind regards,
Rory Kennedy

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